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.
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, 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.
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.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s office said that Maliki bears legal responsibility for what happened in Mosul and other Iraqi cities when they fell into ISIS' hands. This comes after the Sadrist Movement's political bloc, Sa'iroun, gained a majority of the votes in the 2018 Iraqi Elections and began forming alliances.
Current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose bloc, the Sa'iroun Alliance, won the most seats in the recent elections, announced that their political blocs would enter into an alliance. The leaders said that their alliance will cross sectarian and ethnic divisions.
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.