BAGHDAD

Iraqi lawmakers on Monday failed to elect a new head of the state as political factions boycotted the parliament session.

The parliament’s presidency cancelled the vote as it lacked quorum to hold a session, a parliamentary source told Anadolu Agency.

The source said that 58 out of 329 lawmakers attended the session, forcing the parliament’s presidency to delay the session to elect the president.

Twenty-five candidates are vying for the presidential office, including incumbent President Barham Salih.

On Sunday, Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court temporarily suspended Kurdish politician Hoshyar Zebari’s bid for presidency after lawmakers filed complaints, including corruption accusations.

* Writing by Ahmed Asmar​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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