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The parliament in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Monday elected its first ever woman speaker as a temporary stop-gap while deep political rifts persist more than four months after legislative elections, Daily Mail reported.

During the body's first session since the September polls deputies chose Vala Farid from former regional leader Massud Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

KDP MP Vala Farid has been elected speaker of Kurdistan Region parliament with 64 votes. 

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