Iraqi Parliament to elect new president on February 7

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Iraq's parliament has decided to hold a new session on February 7 to elect the country's president.

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The decision was made after a meeting between Parliamentary Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and his two deputies, during which they agreed to hold another parliamentary session to continue constitutional processes toward forming a new government, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement issued by the parliament.

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The meeting also decided to announce the names of the candidates who are eligible to run for Iraqi president on January 31, it said.

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Local media reports said that the most prominent presidential candidates include incumbent President Barham Salih, who is running for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and former Foreign Minister and Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who is running for the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

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