Middle East

Iraq parliament fails to convene for lack of quorum

Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) celebrate the group's declaration of an Islamic state, in Fallujah June 30, 2014. (AP Photo)

BAGHDAD: The acting speaker of Iraq's newly elected parliament said that no agreement had been reached on naming a new speaker and that the parliament now had no quorum.

Lawmakers had taken a recess to discuss candidates for a speaker, who has traditionally been Sunni Muslim, as well as two deputies who are Shiite and Kurdish. Parliament convened with 255 deputies out of 328, but only 75 returned after the recess.

"No agreement has been made on the speaker," acting speaker Mehdi al-Hafidh told lawmakers. "We have a lack of quorum and lack of agreement on the names."





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