Iraq’s New Parliament to Meet January 9

MPs to advance post-election deal making

Iraq’s election results are finalized, and parliament is scheduled for its first meeting on January 9, starting the effort to form a new government out of October’s vote.

The first session will see the election of a parliament speaker, and then a new president. The president then will task the leader of the larges political bloc, in this case Moqtada al-Sadr’s party, to form a majority government.

That starts the effort to put together enough seats to form a coalition government. Sadr is already in talks with some other party figures to that end, though getting enough seats in Iraq is always challenging.

Sadr has 73 seats, but needs 165 to govern. Sadr met with the Fatah bloc yesterday, and they represent 17 seats. Bigger blocs include the Sunni Arab party, the Kurdish bloc, and State of Law.

Author: Jason Ditz

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