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.
Amid calls for abolishing provincial councils in Iraq, provincial elections have been delayed for the second time. The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which sets up the mechanisms for the elections, was frozen up until two weeks ago.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.
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.