On November 6th, the parliament of Iraq was meant to vote on who would head several key ministries, including defence and the interior. However, the the vote of confidence on the empty posts was not included in their agenda.
On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
On Sunday, 16 Iraqi political groups who gained seats in the May elections announced that they have formed the largest parliamentary bloc. The Alliance includes 177 lawmakers from 16 electoral lists and is now in pole position to form country's next government.
The advisor for the Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Shirwan Waeli said that the President has set the 3rd of September as the date that the new parliament will convene. This comes after the Iraqi Federal Court ratified the results for the May elections after IHEC's manual recount.
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.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.