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.
Four months have passed since the Iraqi national elections in May 2018. Now that the Iraqi Supreme Court has approved the results, the political coalitions are negotiating the formation of a bloc before the start of the first parliamentary session within two weeks.
With Eid al-Adha approaching, Moslawi's remember their time living under ISIS rule. A resident of Mosul recounts the horrors of trying to escape the militant group after the liberation operations were launched in November 2016.
On Tuesday, six Iraqi Sunni lists announced the creation of an alliance which they called the National Front Alliance. The alliance includes the former speaker of the parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, along with Osama al-Nujaifi, Khamis al-Khanjar, Jamal al-Karbouli, and Falah al-Zaidan.
Officials in The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) have stated that the results of the manual recount show that no fraud has taken place in over 85 ballots boxes recounted in Qadisiya Province, in Southern Iraq.
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.