He said al-Jubouri promised not to support a third term for embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is under pressure to step aside. Under an informal arrangement that took hold after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the speaker’s chair goes to a Sunni, the presidency to a Kurd and the prime minister’s post to a Shiite. If parliament has a quorum Sunday, it could vote on al-Jubouri’s nomination. But in the past, Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs have agreed to all three posts ahead of time as a sort of package deal.
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