BAGHDAD, July 15 Iraq's parliament met on
Tuesday for talks aimed at breaking a political impasse which
has held up the formation of a government to tackle an Islamist
insurgency which swept through northern Iraq towards Baghdad.
Acting speaker Mehdi al-Hafidh called on parliamentarians to
cast their votes for a parliamentary speaker, the first of three
leadership posts which need to be decided. The others are the
presidency followed by the prime minister.
Moderate Sunni Islamist politician Salim Jabouri is the
front runner for the speaker's role.
(Editing by Andrew Heavens)