September 4, 2018 / 11:33 AM / a year ago

Iraq lawmakers agree to delay next meeting and speaker's election to Sept 15

BAGHDAD, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Iraqi lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to delay their next meeting, where they are expected to elect a speaker of parliament, to Sept. 15, state TV reported.

Parliament held its first session since May’s national election on Monday but failed to elect a speaker, what should have been the first step towards forming a new government.

The temporary leader of the assembly said on Monday it would remain in session until Tuesday, but failing to reach a quorum on Tuesday, lawmakers agreed to resume the session on Sept. 15. (Reporting by Raya Jalabi, Editing by William Maclean)

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