Phew: Iraqis Can Breath at Last as Final Poll Results Expected to be Ratified, Sunday

Published August 19th, 2018 - 11:06 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (Twitter)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (Twitter)

Iraq’s federal court is expected to ratify on Sunday or Monday the final results of the May 12 parliamentary elections.

Despite this, the victorious political powers have so far failed to form the largest parliamentary bloc that would in turn form the government.

Observers and politicians predicted that negotiations over the largest bloc will be postponed until after the Adha holiday, which falls on Tuesday.

Head of the Kafa Movement, former Iraqi MP Raheem al-Daraji said: “The situation is still very complicated due to inter-Shiite divisions.”

 

 

These divisions, he said, center on who the next prime minister should be, and not the largest bloc.

The Shiite Sairoun bloc, of Sadrist movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr, Victory alliance, of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Hikma, of Ammar al-Hakim, Fatih, of Hadi al-Ameri, and State of Law coalition, of former PM Nouri al-Maliki, have all failed to agree on a new premier.

Disputes among the Victory bloc are threatening its break up, revealed Daraji.

The differences stem from each coalition’s desire to name the prime minister, he explained.

Moreover, he said that the current proposed candidates are not up to the task of becoming prime minister given the major challenges facing Iraq.

The greatest of these challenges is the anti-corruption protests that are unlikely to end any time soon, he added.

The new government should, therefore, be able to meet the demonstrators’ demand by providing better services or altering the reality on the ground, he stated. Other challenges include the U.S. sanctions against Iran and how Iraq will be affected by them.

Head of the Iraqi center for media development Dr. Adnan Sarraj told Asharq Al-Awsat that it appears that the Shiite powers have not yet reached an agreement over a political vision for the country.

The Kurdish and Sunni powers, however, seem to have determined their stances within the current political roadmap.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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