Hammoudeh Sabbagh Elected as Speaker of Syrian Parliament

Christian lawmaker takes over from Hadyia Abbas, Syria's first female speaker, after she was discharged for misconduct in July

Hammoudeh Sabbagh was elected on Thursday as the new speaker of the People's Assembly, winning with an absolute majority of 193 votes.

Other nominees for the position included Nidal Hmaidi, Ahmad Mari and Waddah Murad, who won just 17 votes between them.

On July 20, the Assembly issued a resolution discharging Hadyia Abbas from her post as speaker on claims of undemocratic behavior.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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