Following the launch of a Katyusha rocket on Baghdad's Green Zone near the American embassy, Iraqi Politicians, clerics and militia chiefs say Iraq does not want a war between Tehran and Washington on its soil.
A significant step has been taken in forming the new government in Iraq, with long anticipated ministerial appointments finally established. The legislature voted to confirm 14 of Abd al-Mahdi's 22 cabinet nominees, enabling him to convene his government.
On Sunday, 16 Iraqi political groups who gained seats in the May elections announced that they have formed the largest parliamentary bloc. The Alliance includes 177 lawmakers from 16 electoral lists and is now in pole position to form country's next government.
After the Iraqi Supreme Court approved the results of the 2018 Iraq elections, negotiations to form the largest bloc in parliament are still ongoing amongst the parties with significant seats. The new parliament must convene by September 3rd.
Four months have passed since the Iraqi national elections in May 2018. Now that the Iraqi Supreme Court has approved the results, the political coalitions are negotiating the formation of a bloc before the start of the first parliamentary session within two weeks.
On Sunday, Sadr-backed Sairoon Alliance and Abadi's Nasr Coalition agreed to form 'a core for an alliance' together with Hakim's Hikma Movement and Allawi's Wataniyah blocs to lead the next government in Iraq.
Weeks after the elections in Iraq were held, the Parliament has not yet been formed. Current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seeking to push parties to form blocs that would lead to a complete parliament.