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.
Weeks after the elections in Iraq were held, the Parliament has not yet been formed. Current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is seeking to push parties to form blocs that would lead to a complete parliament.
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.
Al Nasr, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's bloc, looks to have won in only one province, according to preliminary results. Muqtada al Sadr backed Sa'iroun Alliance has come first in Baghdad and other provinces throughout Iraq.