Iraq parliament elects Sunni lawmaker Al-Halbousi as speaker

Iraq's parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking the first step towards establishing the new government four months after an inconclusive national election.

Parliament was due to elect a speaker and two deputies during its first meeting on September 3, but failed to do so as lawmakers were still trying to determine which competing bloc had the most seats.
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