Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

July 15, 2014 1:16 PM

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Iraqi parliament breaks deadlock to elect speaker

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi lawmakers broke their deadlock Tuesday and elected a new speaker of parliament, taking the first formal step toward forming a new government that is widely seen as crucial to confronting militants who have overrun much of the country.

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