Iraq’s parliament has convened for the first time since the country’s election in March-
It is a major step towards the establishment of a new government but observers say it is still likely to be weeks before the political factions agree on a choice of prime minister-
The meeting of the 325-member assembly was swathed in security – coming only a day after gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iraq’s Central Bank.
Militants stormed the heavily-guarded building in central Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding dozens.
They fought a two-hour gunbattle with Iraqi security forces and were prevented from gaining access to the vaults.