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Published: Sunday July 13, 2014 MYT 5:40:02 AM
Updated: Sunday July 13, 2014 MYT 5:41:04 AM

Main Iraqi Sunni bloc chooses Jabouri as nominee for parliament speaker - lawmaker

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni political coalition chose lawmaker Salim al-Jabouri on Saturday night as its nominee for parliament speaker, a senior Sunni politician said.

"We have agreed on Salim Jabouri for the post of parliament speaker," said lamwaker Dhafer Al-Ani, a leading member of the new Sunni political coalition, called the Patriotic Alliance, which includes the major Sunni groups in parliament.

Jabouri is a moderate Sunni Islamist.

The appointment of the speaker in Sunday's parliament session would be the first step towards naming a government more than three months after national elections, as Baghdad tries to tackle a Sunni insurgency that has seized large sections of northern and western Iraq.

(Reporting By Ned Parker; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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