A convoy of the Iraqi security forces is seen during a patrol, as smoke rises from clashes with Islamic State fighters, in Diyala province July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Politicians have begun requesting a postponement of Wednesday's session of Iraq's parliament, after dozens of people indicated they want to be the country's next head of state.The state news agency said a non-Kurd candidate, MP Hanan Fatlawi, had also filed to run with Parliament.The agency noted that the constitution does not bar non-Kurds from running, as the sectarian allotment of the top three government posts – president, prime minister and speaker of Parliament – is an informal arrangement.The media reports quoted a parliamentary official who would only confirm that a "large" number of candidates had come forward, and that a committee had been formed to study their qualifications.
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