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Resignations at Iraq's parliament after supreme court ends Halbusi’s term

The powerful Sunni politician has been mired in controversy amid political tensions in Iraq.
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi addresses France's President Emmanuel Macron (unseen) during a meeting at the parliament in the capital Baghdad, on August 28, 2021. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ended the term of parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi on Tuesday, a move that caused several allies of his to resign from the government.

The court said it “terminated” the membership of Halbusi as well as parliament member Laith Al-Dulaimi, the official Iraqi News Agency reported. The outlet did not provide further details.

Reuters reported that the decision related to an unspecified case brought against Halbusi earlier this year. The Associated Press reported that Dulaimi had filed a lawsuit against Halbusi claiming the speaker forged Dulaimi’s signature on a resignation letter.

The speaker of the parliament must be a Sunni Muslim in Iraq’s sectarian power-sharing system of governance. Halbusi and Dulaimi are both Sunni.

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