An Iraqi military truck transports burnt vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces on a road at Salahuddin province July 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Iraqi lawmakers broke their deadlock Tuesday and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country.Lawmakers broke into applause after Jubouri passed the 165-vote threshold needed to win the post, before the proceedings turned to electing two deputy speakers -- one Shiite and one Kurd.Under an informal agreement that took hold after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the speaker's chair goes to a Sunni, the presidency to a Kurd and the prime minister's post to a Shiite.The police official said five militiamen and four soldiers were killed, while seven others were wounded.
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