Iraq parliament elects Salim Jabouri as speaker
The Iraqi parliament named moderate Islamist Sunni politician Salim al-Jabouri as new speaker on Tuesday, state television reported, winning an absolute majority of votes from deputies.
Live television footage broadcast from inside the parliamentary chamber showed the 43-year-old Jabouri being congratulated by other lawmakers.
The position of speaker is the first of three leadership posts which Iraq’s divided Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians were seeking to agree, three months after a parliamentary election.
The other two posts are the presidency and the prime minister. There was no immediate indication whether the agreement on Jabouri as speaker was part of a wider deal to break the deadlock over Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s ambitions for a third term.
Al- Jabouri — the deputy secretary-general of the Islamic Party — worked as law professor at University of Mesopotamia is was a member of the constitution drafting committee. He also serves as head of the human rights committee in the Iraqi parliament.