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Iraq's new parliament meets for first time since elections

The opening session of New Iraqi Parliament held at the Parliament Building on 3 September 2018 in Baghdad, Iraq. [Haydar Karaalp - Anadolu Agency]
A parliamentary session at the Parliament Building in Baghdad, Iraq on 3 September 2018 [Haydar Karaalp/Anadolu Agency]

Iraq's newly-elected Parliament held its first session in the capital Baghdad on Sunday, Anadolu reports.

Parliament is due to elect a speaker and two deputies during Sunday's meeting. Lawmakers will later elect a new president who will task the largest bloc with forming the government.

The session was chaired by MP Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, 74, the oldest member of parliament, the state news agency INA reported.

Sunday's session came almost three months after the October 10 parliamentary elections, in which Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's bloc came first with 73 seats in the 329-member parliament.

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