Brawl broke out in Iraqi parliament over selecting new speaker

In an attempt to control the brawl, security forces entered the parliament hall, and several members of parliament were injured.
The brawl in the Iraqi parliament, May 18, 2024. (Photo: Screengrab from the video)
The brawl in the Iraqi parliament, May 18, 2024. (Photo: Screengrab from the video)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Kurdistan24 reporter Shivan Jabari in Baghdad said on Saturday that a fight broke out in the Iraqi parliament over selecting a new speaker.

In an attempt to control the brawl, security forces entered the parliament hall, and several members of parliament were injured.

Iraqi parliament speaker nominations include Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, Salem Matar al-Issawi, Talal Zubai, and Amir Abdul Jabbar.

According to the Kurdistan24 reporter, the session of parliament to elect the speaker of parliament was postponed indefinitely.

Meanwhile, all four candidates failed to win 166 out of 329 votes in the first round of voting, so voting went to the second round. In the second round, the competition was between al-Mashhadani and al-Issawi, but the second round ended without selecting anyone, and in the third round, a fight broke out.

The votes in the second round were as follows: Mahmoud al-Mashhadani 137 votes, al-Issawi 158 votes, and Jabbar 3 votes.