A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
The two largest Iraqi Kurdish political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), are likely to agree eventually on a presidential candidate, but in the meantime several hats are in the ring.
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.
Despite convening for the first time with the new members, the Iraqi Parliament was unable to achieve any of the goals on the agenda due to internal disputes on the issue of the ‘largest parliamentary bloc’. The largest bloc will be responsible for forming the new government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, Sadr-backed Sairoon Alliance and Abadi's Nasr Coalition agreed to form 'a core for an alliance' together with Hakim's Hikma Movement and Allawi's Wataniyah blocs to lead the next government in Iraq.
By joining the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Tunisia is trying to ship goods and services to the rest of Africa. The country, whose total exports stand at $14 billion, is attempting to export $4 billion by the end of 2020 to Africa alone.
On Thursday, the Kurdish party, New Generation party sent a delegation to Baghdad to meet with a delegation from the Sairoon Coalition headed by Muqtada al-Sadr. The Sairoon Coalition gained the most seats in Iraq's Parliamentary election, and will play a crucial role in forming the upcoming government.
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.