Iraq’s political forces have signed an agreement that will allow the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the current Parliament to continue to operate until the end of the year. Demonstrators see that the 45-day deadline an attempt by politicians to buy time.
Claims of electoral fraud during recent parliamentary elections in Iraq are more likely to stem from frustrated outgoing politicians. Regardless, political blocs are forming coalitions in order to form the new government.
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.