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.
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.
The Iraqi parliament's term has now expired - while observers have noted that this leaves the Iraqi Government in a 'constitutional vacuum,' legal experts and lawyers have quashed these fears by saying the government will operate as usual
The city of Mosul, which was the capital of the Islamic State in Iraq until less than a year ago, is planning to rebuild the historic al-Nouri Mosque and its hunchback minaret with financial support from the UAE and under UNESCO supervision.