Parliamentarians in Iraq urged to elect Speaker

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Voter at polling station in Erbil, Iraq in 2009. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Politicians in Iraq have been urged by the top United Nations envoy in the country to elect a Speaker for the Council of Representatives, the Iraqi Parliament.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed his regret that the newly elected Council was not able to reach an agreement on naming a new Speaker on Tuesday.

He said that politicians in Iraq need to realize that it was no longer "business as usual."

He added that any delay or failure to observe the deadlines set by the Constitution would be "detrimental to the country's integrity."

The next opportunity to elect a Speaker will be during the next session of the Council due to be held on 8 July.

The election of a Speaker will allow Parliament to elect a new President and move forward on forming a government.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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