Barham Salih is running for the presidency of Iraq for a second term, and the judiciary suspends the work of the presidency of the parliament temporarily

Iraqi President Barham Salih submitted his candidacy papers to take over the position of President of the Republic for a second term in conjunction with the issuance of an order by the Federal Court to temporarily stop the work of the Presidency of Parliament.

A source in the Iraqi parliament told Xinhua that “44 people have applied for the position of the republic so far.”

President Saleh was elected president of Iraq in 2018. President Saleh belongs to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which was led by the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

It was customary in the political system in Iraq after 2003, that the position of Speaker of Parliament for the Sunnis, the President of the Republic for the Kurds, and the Prime Minister for the Shiites.

Hoshyar Zebari, a member of the political bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani, had nominated himself for the post of President of the Republic.

Judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin also announced his candidacy for the post of President of the Republic as an independent candidate.

On the other hand, the Iraqi Federal Court issued an order yesterday to temporarily stop the work of the Presidency of the Iraqi Parliament. The court stated that it had issued a “conclusive and binding” order to temporarily suspend the work of the Presidium of Parliament, which was elected on the ninth of this January, pending a decision on the lawsuit against it.

She explained that her decision came in response to the request of Representative Basem Khashan, who filed a lawsuit saying that “the election of the parliament’s presidency was marred by constitutional violations and violations of the parliament’s internal system.”

The parliamentary election session witnessed disagreements and the withdrawal of a number of deputies, while the majority of deputies proceeded to elect a Presidency of Parliament headed by Muhammad al-Halbousi.

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