Protesters and activists across Iraq are preparing for a new round of demonstrations to take place on October 25th. The new protests come after the reform attempts of the Iraqi Government were decried as "prosthetic changes".
Iraq - The vote on the eight remaining cabinet positions has been delayed until Thursday after the loss of quorum in the Iraqi Council of Representatives. Tuesday's session was marred by boycotts and a scuffle between MPs.
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.
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 Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has announced that it has completed the manual recount of the votes from the country's May parliamentary elections. Many hope that this will speed the creation of the new government after months of political deadlock in Iraq.
A long list of difficult files awaits the new Iraqi government, whose birth seems challenging. An example of these complex problems is the deterioration of the water crisis after Turkey began operating the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River, which is now shyly flowing in Baghdad.
Among the main violations that occurred was that some polling stations were not opened in time for the elections. While on the other hand, there were incidents where some parties were promoted in the polling stations. As a result, many parties in Iraq have rejected the results.