Iraq's parliamentary leadership to meet Monday, eyeing Wednesday session for cabinet presentation

Facing resistance from Kurdish, Sunni blocs
Council of Representatives (File Photo)

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SULAIMANI — Speakers of the Council of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbusi said on Sunday (February 23) that he would meet with his two deputy speakers on Monday to consider a request for an extraordinary session of parliament where Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is expected to present his proposed cabinet.

Last week, Allawi had called for a session on Monday, but had met resistance from the Sunni and Kurdish blocs in parliament, who are looking for ways to exert more influence over the process and select ministers hailing from their communities.

Halbusi’s announcement of the meeting comes after First Deputy Speaker Hassan al-Kaabi said that they were aiming to hold the extraordinary session on Wednesday.

Several lawmakers had objected to holding the session earlier saying that they had not received the CVs of Allawi’s proposed ministers within the 48-hour window mandated by the parliament’s by-laws.

(NRT Digital Media)