A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
Iraqi lawmakers who met on Monday for the first time since the May election, have decided to put off their next meeting until September 15, after disputes on the issue of the largest bloc and failure to elect a parliament speaker.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s office said that Maliki bears legal responsibility for what happened in Mosul and other Iraqi cities when they fell into ISIS' hands. This comes after the Sadrist Movement's political bloc, Sa'iroun, gained a majority of the votes in the 2018 Iraqi Elections and began forming alliances.
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's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.
In a joint Iraq/UAE effort in cooperation with UNESCO, the plans to rebuild the al-Nouri Mosque and the Hadbaa Minaret in Mosul have been announced. The reconstruction will take 5 years and cost about $50 million dollars. The UAE has pledged to donate that amount for the process.