Iraqi parliament speaker postpones visit to Iran
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi has delayed his visit to Iran, the speaker’s office announced on Saturday, March 26, following the delay of the parliamentary session to elect the president of the republic.

Halbousi’s planned visit to Tehran came at the invitation from his counterpart, Muhammad Baqir Qalibaf, according to Iraqi News Agency (INA).
The visit was also delayed due to Qalibaf’s parliamentary duties and a health condition, INA reported.
Halbousi also said on Saturday the parliament will continue to hold required sessions until the quorum to elect the president of the republic is reached.
The Iraqi parliament delayed the session to elect the president of the republic to Wednesday, due to the insufficient number of MPs present. A two-thirds majority of members is required to elect the president.
Ahmed Assad, a leader from the Coordination Framework, presented a signature of 126 MPs who were boycotting the session.
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Saturday the continuation of the political stalemate amid challenges facing the country is “unacceptable”, hours after the country’s parliament failed to elect a new president.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives failed on Saturday to elect a new president due to a lack of quorum.
Only 202 members of parliament out of 329 were present, which is less than the necessary two-thirds quorum needed to choose a new president for the mostly ceremonial post, while 126 lawmakers boycotted the session.
“The lack of national understandings and the failure of the parliament session to complete the constitutional entitlements is unfortunate and worrying, more than five months after the early elections,” Salih said in a statement.
“The continuation of the political stalemate amid the serious challenges facing the country is unacceptable,” he added.
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