BAGHDAD -- Arab Sunni factions will meet in Baghdad on January 10 to nominate a replacement for Iraqi parliament speaker Mahmud al-Mashhadani, who resigned following protests over his temper and offensive language.
The speaker post is reserved for Sunni Arabs, and the new parliament head will be chosen on January 11.
Al-Mashhadani reportedly called suicide bombers who kill Americans "heroes."
Abdul-Karim al-Samarrae, a leading member of the Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF) and deputy chairman of parliament's Defense and Security Committee, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq that all factions affiliated with the IAF will nominate a candidate for speaker, one of whom will be selected by consensus or voted in.
Al-Samarrae added that the same procedure was followed when al-Mashhadani was named speaker in April 2006.
The IAF is the main Sunni bloc in parliament with 33 seats.