After weeks of political wrangling, the Iraqi parliament finally passed the electoral law, which will allow voters to elect individual lawmakers instead of choosing from party lists. The reform to the law has been a key demand of protesters, who have been demonstrating since October 1st.
In response to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Egyptian parliament hosted Syrian Ambassador to Egypt Bassam Darwish in a move to show its official support for Syria against Turkey, and as a prelude to better diplomatic relations.
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.
During the Iraqi Parliament's session, Muhammad al-Halbusi was elected as the Speaker of Parliament with the support of the Construction bloc. The Speaker of Parliament's two deputies were also elected in the session. Halbusi is currently the youngest Speaker of Parliament to ever be elected in Iraq.
Some members in the Iraqi Council of Representative are seeking to pass legislation which extends their term in parliament until the recount process is over. The extension proposal has caused a lot of debate amongst politicians and parliamentarians.
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 holding its first Parliamentary Election in 9 years, earlier this month, Lebanon is choosing its officials. Nabih Berri, the widely expected nominee, has held the post of Lebanese Speaker of Parliament since 1992.
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.