Jordan is on a mission to rejuvenate trade with its neighbour, Iraq, as regional competitors scramble for footholds in the country. However, Jordanian officials have voiced their concerns about competitiveness within the export sector.
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 Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have rejected the Iraqi Parliament's request for a manual recount of 10% of the votes and the rejecting of IDP and expat votes. IHEC officials stated that only the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court has the power to cancel results.
On Monday, May 28th the Iraqi Council of Representatives held a session to discuss the May election results. The non-binding resolution that resulted, called for the rejection of Iraqi expat voters and IDPs and a manual recount in Kirkuk.
After four eventful years, Iraq’s parliament will end its term on April 30. The main hallmarks: absentee MPs, a lot more press conferences and lack of progress on any laws that could benefit ordinary Iraqis.