Iraq speaker election vital step forward: Iran
Press TV -(Wed Jul 16, 2014) Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has described the election of a new Iraqi parliament speaker as an important and influential step toward the completion of the political process in this Arab country.
Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in her weekly press briefing in Tehran on Wednesday that the Iraqi lawmakers’ move to hold parliament sessions and appoint the legislative body’s presiding board in the current sensitive situation conveys “a strong message to terrorists and the opponents of Iraq’s political process.”
“Elected representatives of the Iraqi people indicated that they would support and protect the national interests of their country under any circumstances,” she further pointed out.
The Iranian spokesperson also expressed hope that with the participation and collaboration of all political currents, the Iraqi parliament could take another decisive step toward forming the new Iraqi government as soon as possible and demonstrate national resolve for an all-out combat against terrorism.
The remarks came one day after Salim al-Jabouri, a well-known moderate Sunni politician, won an absolute majority by getting 194 of the 273 votes from Iraqi lawmakers. After the election of the parliament speaker, lawmakers are now trying to pick the next prime minister and president. The members of parliament are tasked with naming the country’s new government.
This comes as the Iraqi forces are pressing ahead in their offensive against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken control of large swathes of the Arab state and threatened to take the battle to the capital, Baghdad.