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Iraqiya Alliance to choose parl. speaker

Iraq’s parliament speaker will be chosen from Iraqiya Alliance led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a TV report says.

Iraq’s political parities, which have working for a long time to appoint the country’s future government, reached an agreement late on Wednesday in Baghdad to break the political deadlock in the war-torn country.

According to the deal, al-Iraqiya will choose the next parliament speaker, state television al-Iraqiya reported.

The agreement also pays the way for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to remain in his post as the head of the government.

Incumbent President Jalal Talabani will also continue to head the country for the next four years.

The accord comes after negotiations were held in the capital Baghdad on Wednesday to resolve the country’s power vacuum. Iraq has not had a government since inconclusive general elections in March.

Maliki’s State of Law Coalition and archrival Allawi’s al-Iraqiya respectively secured 89 and 91 seats in the 325-member parliament, both failing to win 163 seats required for a majority.

The MPs are expected to choose a parliament speaker on Thursday, a move which would hopefully be followed by the election of president and prime minister.

The next leadership is expected to defuse the countrywide tension, resulted from the 2003-present United States-led occupation.

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