Iraq's next gov’t depends on resolution of poll dispute

Formation of Iraq’s next government will depend on the outcome of the ongoing dispute over results of recent parliamentary polls, according to Raed Fahmi, a member of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition, which dominated the May 12 election.
Publish date : Monday 18 June 2018 14:40
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The largest parliamentary bloc, which will have the right to draw up the next government, must control more than half of the seats in the 329-member assembly, according to Iraq’s national charter.
“Consultations are still underway between the main political coalitions with a view to forming a majority bloc based on common political programs,” Fahmi told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
“Based on these consultations, it will soon become clear [which blocs] are suitable for joining our alliance,” he said.
He added: “But the successful formation of a majority bloc will depend on the resolution of the ongoing dispute over the official election results.”
Fahmi went on to say that the majority bloc would be officially unveiled when the new parliament convenes its first session.
Al-Sadr's Sairoon coalition dominated the May 12 poll, winning 54 parliamentary seats, according to official results.
Sairoon was followed by a Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's Victory Bloc (42 seats).
Ammar al-Hakim’s National Wisdom Movement, meanwhile, clinched 19 seats in the assembly.
Official results of Iraq’s May 12 election have been dogged by controversy and allegations of vote-rigging -- allegations dismissed by the leading coalitions.
On June 6, parliament voted in favor of amending Iraq’s election law, allowing votes to be recounted manually.
Shortly afterward, a panel of judges was appointed to assume the responsibilities of the electoral commission, several members of which were sacked amid widespread allegations of electoral fraud.
Al-Sadr, an influential politician and Shia cleric, has said that parliament lacks the authority to overturn official election results.
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