Iraqi lawmakers attend the session to approval the new government in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Iraq's parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi the country's new prime minister late Monday and approved most of the candidates put forward for his Cabinet amid mounting pressure to form an inclusive government that can collectively cap the advance of Sunni militants.
photo: AP/ Karim Kadim
The Iraqi parliament is expected to meet next weekend to appoint a president, said Mohammed Shamari.
Protesters and political parties had stalled the parliament’s meetings numerous times when it tried to elect the president and the prime minister.
Mohammed Shamari said in an interview that the Coordination Framework called on the PUK and KDP to speed up the decision on the presidential candidate to form the government sooner.
He said if the PUK and KDP do not agree within two weeks, the coordination framework will call for a meeting to appoint the president.
Coordination Framework is the largest faction that has fulfilled its duty and appointed Mohammed Shia Sudani as prime minister, and said the House of Representatives is likely to meet next weekend to set a new president, Shammari noted.
Earlier, Abbas Amiri, a member of the Coordination Framework, said the Kurdish forces had been given ten days to agree on a candidate for the presidency.
Almost a year has passed since Iraq held its parliamentary elections. The country has remained divided over electing its next president and prime minister in the parliament.