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BAGHDAD – A number of Iraqi Parliament members who are on strike held a meeting on Saturday (April 16) to vote on new leadership for the Iraqi parliament and nominated Kurdish MP Adil Nuri as second deputy speaker of parliament.
The MPs told NRT correspondent in Baghdad, Omed Mohammed, they had reached an agreement to nominate Iraqi MP Qutaiba al-Jabouri as the speaker of parliament.
One of the MPs told Mohammed Iraqi MP Hakim Zamli was nominated for the position of first deputy speaker of parliament.
The National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) said security forces cordoned off the entrance and exit around the perimeter of the Green Zone and the entrance leading to the parliament building in the Karada Mariam area after demonstrators crossed Sinak Bridge on Friday (April 15) afternoon. The demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square and later demonstrated near the entrance of parliament.
The MPs-on-strike held a session on Thursday (April 14) headed by Adnan al-Janabi. They reached a decision to dismiss house speaker Salim al-Jabouri and called for a meeting on Saturday to question Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A police source announced on Saturday, that the security forces cut Gomhoreya and Sinak bridges in central Baghdad.
The source said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, “The security forces cut al-Gomhoreya and al-Sinak bridges due to the gathering of a number of the Sadrist movement followers in al-Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.”
Khasro Goran, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council left the Iraqi capital by plane and reached Erbil International Airport Saturday evening.
“There was supposed to be a meeting in parliament at 11:00,” Goran told Rudaw at the airport. “The Prime Minister was supposed to come to the parliament and introduce the rest of the [shuffled] cabinet for approval.”
Goran said that many MPs were absent for the session as 105 MPs were “on strike” over the announced changes to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s cabinet.
Only some 50 or 60 MPs attended the session, noted Goran, which was not enough for the vote on the new cabinet. The Speaker of the parliament postponed the meeting until next week.
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