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Iraq begins security plans for first Parliament session

Arab World Materials 12 June 2010 13:14
Iraqi Security forces began securing the area around the parliament building in preparation for its first session after the March 7 elections.
Iraq begins security plans for first Parliament session

Iraqi Security forces began securing the area around the parliament building in preparation for its first session after the March 7 elections, DPA reported.

Though there will not be a curfew and the nearby bridges will not be closed, the Baghdad Operations Command began securing the area ahead of the assembly which is scheduled for Monday, al-Mada daily quoted a security official Saturday.

The Iraqi parliament convenes after three months of political tensions following the elections in which former prime minister Iyad Allawi's Secular-Sunni Iraqiya List beat the rival State of Law coalition of incumbent premier Nuri by just two seats.

Allawi's list won 91 seats in the 325-member parliament, compared to 89 for al-Maliki's alliance.

The parliament will elect a president for the country, who will then invite the head of the largest bloc to form the new government.

Both Allawi and al-Maliki are competing to head the future government. Allawi insists he has the right to form a new government because his bloc won the highest number of seats.

Meanwhile, al-Maliki says he has the largest bloc in the parliament with 159 deputies, after his alliance with the Iraqi National List, though that total would still be four seats short of a majority.

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