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Iraq court orders parliament to convene, choose speaker

Last Updated: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 18:39

Baghdad: Iraq`s Supreme Court on Sunday ordered
parliament to convene and choose a speaker, nearly eight
months after inconclusive elections left the country without a
new government.

Court spokesman Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar told a news agency the
parliament was ordered to end a delay in choosing a speaker,
the first step to forming a coalition in Iraq, which has been
without a government since the March 7 elections.

"In a decision taken today, the supreme court ordered
parliament to to return to its regular meetings and do its
regular work," Bayrakdar said.

"It must start by choosing the speaker and two deputies,
and then proceed step-by-step for the other nominations," he


First Published: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 18:39

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