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Iraqi Parliament Again Fails To Elect Speaker

BAGHDAD –- A split vote in the Iraqi parliament has left neither candidate for speaker with the necessary 138 votes required for election.

The Iraqi Islamic Party's Ayad al-Samaray'i, affiliated with the Sunni Accordance Front, received 136 votes, while his rival, the National Dialogue Council's Khalil Jaddu of the same bloc, got 81 votes.

Kurdish legislator Adil Barwari told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq that parliament is likely to compromise by electing former Industry Minister Hachim al-Hasani, a Sunni who was the speaker of the National Assembly following the January 2005 elections.

Deputy speaker Sheikh Khalid al-Attia said a third vote will be held on February 21.