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Iran hails Iraq parliament selections

16 Sep,2018

Afp, Tehran: 

Iran hailed the selections made by Iraq's parliament a day after the body elected candidates backed by a pro-Tehran bloc as speaker and first deputy. 

"The Islamic Republic of Iran supports decisions made by the (Iraqi) people's elected representatives," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said.  

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported Iraq's democracy, territorial integrity and national sovereignty," he added.  

Iran is a key power broker in neighbouring Iraq and many of the militias that played a central role in ousting the Islamic State group are known to be close to Tehran.  

Iraq's national politics has been in paralysis since the May 12 national elections, but Saturday's appointments were expected to solidify new alliances and pave the way towards forming a government.  

"We hope we soon witness the election of the president and prime minister to form a new Iraqi government," said Ghasemi. 

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