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Iraq lawmakers elect a speaker, fill deputy posts

Cracks emerge in Shiite bloc as al-Maliki seeks third term

Posted: July 16, 2014 at 4:08 a.m.

The election of Salim al-Jubouri (shown), a Sunni, as Iraqi speaker of the parliament, demonstrates the country’s national unity, Abbas al-Bayati, a Shiite lawmaker, said Tuesday.

The election of Salim al-Jubouri (shown), a Sunni, as Iraqi speaker of the parliament, demonstrates the country’s national unity, Abbas al-Bayati, a Shiite lawmaker, said Tuesday.

Iraqi lawmakers broke two weeks of deadlock Tuesday and elected a moderate Sunni as speaker of the parliament, taking the first step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country.

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