A senior government official told AFP only 128 of 325 MPs attended, and another official confirmed a quorum was not reached.

The “emergency session”, which had been announced two days before, was then cancelled.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the president’s office submitted a request for parliament to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, as jihadists overrun swathes of territory.

The failure of the session showcased how dysfunctional the Iraqi parliament, which has passed little significant legislation in years and is often poorly attended, has become.