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Iraqis Elect Speaker; End Bickering

Sunday, 03 April 2005 12:00 AM

The three were elected by secret ballot, with lawmakers writing three candidates on a piece of paper that was dropped into a box. The ballots were then read aloud and marked down, one-by-one, on a large, white board.

Forty-three parliament members did not attend Sunday's session, but the reasons were unclear.

Lawmakers also hoped to name a new president later Sunday - likely Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani.

Once in his post, Talabani and his two vice presidents have two weeks to name the new interim prime minister, expected to be Shiite politician Ibrahim al-Jaafari. After that, the legislative body has until mid-August to write a new constitution that will pave the way for new elections and a permanent government.

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