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Iraq Names Sunni as Assembly Speaker

Lawmakers in Baghdad elect three parliamentary leaders by secret ballot. Industry Minister Hajim al-Hassani, a Sunni Arab, won the parliament's speaker post, leading to hopes that a political impasse may be over and that a government may soon be formed.

The National Assembly balloting came nine weeks after Iraqis voted in historic elections. Hassani is regarded as an ally of Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

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