QUOTE: Iraq’s New Parliament to Convene and Start Choosing Key Leaders
By Matt Bradley, July 1, 2014
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “A lot is riding on tomorrow,” said Zaid al Ali, a constitutional expert and author of the recently published book “The Struggle for Iraq’s Future.” “If they can’t come up with a speaker tomorrow, that means they will have already violated the constitution and the constitutional timetable will start slipping.”
The assembly must choose a president within 30 days of electing a speaker of parliament. Within 15 days of the president’s selection, parliament’s largest bloc must then nominate a new prime minister.