Parliament convenes for vote to elect a new president after several rockets land in and around the fortified area.
(Al Jazeera) – Nine rockets landed on Thursday near the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign missions, according to a military statement, as a controversial parliament session was about to begin to elect the country’s new president.
Iraqi lawmakers reconvened in the afternoon after quorum was reached to postpone the session, with at least 269 of the 329 members attending the session.
A first round of voting on the presidential nomination resulted in failure to reach required two-thirds majority. A second round was under way.
Several civilians and members of the security forces were wounded in Thursday’s attack, Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed reported from Baghdad.
Abdelwahed said preliminary information suggests at least nine rockets landed in and around the fortified area as the parliament was about to begin its session, which has been boycotted by members of parliament affiliated with powerful Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr.
One landed in proximity of a mosque in the Allawi neighborhood, near the Green Zone, Abdelwahed said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The attacks struck after the Coordination Framework, an alliance made up of mostly Iran-backed Shiite parties, submitted a formal letter claiming to be the largest bloc in Parliament.