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Iraqi parliament cancels session

07-27-2010 18:05 BJT

BAGHDAD, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi parliament cancelled its session scheduled for Tuesday after the parliamentary blocs failed to resolve their differences over top posts more than four months following the March 7 parliamentary elections.

"The leaders of the parliamentary blocs agreed not to resume the parliament session today until further notice after the political entities reach an agreement over the three presidencies, " Fuad Masom, the eldest member of parliament, said.

Masom said that he held a meeting this morning with the leaders and representatives of the parliamentary blocs and they agreed that the political entities will need more time to agree on the three presidencies (president, parliament speaker and prime minister) and the government formation.

He said that the political blocs pledged to "intensify their talks so that they can resume the session which is hopefully to be held during the coming days."

On June 14, the Iraqi new parliament held its first session which only lasted about 20 minutes and was adjourned until further notice due to the disagreement over the top posts.

The parliament again was scheduled to convene on July 13, but was delayed for two weeks to give more time for the rival political blocs to overcome their differences.


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