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.
Despite convening for the first time with the new members, the Iraqi Parliament was unable to achieve any of the goals on the agenda due to internal disputes on the issue of the ‘largest parliamentary bloc’. The largest bloc will be responsible for forming the new government.
The new Iraqi parliament held its first session as rival alliances claimed to have the largest bloc at the legislature. The largest bloc holds the power of naming a few prime minister, who in turn will be tasked to form the new government of Iraq.
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.
With no overall majority in the 2018 Iraq elections, parties are negotiating on alliances that will help them to pass the threshold for a clear mandate in Parliament. All parties have shown interest in allying themselves with, Sa'iroun, the party with the most seats, led by cleric Muqtada al Sadr.
Iraq is currently counting the votes to determine the makeup of 329-seat parliament but abstentions highlight frustration with establishment. The voter turn-out has hit an all-time low with only 44% participation rate since the first election in 2005.