In his speech at the opening session for the new Iraqi Parliament, Haider al-Abadi, who headed the previous government, stressed on the importance of focusing on development and the provision of services in the next stage, while protecting Iraq's sovereignty.
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.