BAGDAD: According to local media, the Iraqi Parliament failed to elect the country’s president on Saturday after dozens of MPs boycotted the vote. According to a statement released by Parliament, 126 of the 329 MPs boycotted the session.
For presidential elections to take place, at least 220 deputies must attend the session.
According to a parliamentary announcement, a session to elect the president will be held on March 30.
Presidential elections were initially scheduled for last month, but they were postponed when most parliamentary blocs boycotted the session over disagreements over presidential candidates and the establishment of the government.
On Wednesday, Muqtada al-party Sadr’s announced an agreement with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance to name Reber Ahmed, the KDP’s presidential contender, and Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr, the Al-Sadr party’s prime minister nominee.
Since 2006, a Kurd has been elected to the presidency of Iraq, while a Sunni heads the parliament and a Shia occupies the prime ministership.