ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A spokesperson for the State of Law Coalition, headed by Iraqi Vice-President Nouri al-Maliki, said talks are ongoing to create a coalition which would form the next Iraqi government, adding that they are awaiting the arrival of a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad to discuss the matter.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Hisham al-Rukabi, spokesperson for the State of Law, said discussions on the establishment of a coalition to form a majority government in Iraq are in the final stages.
“In the past month, the State of Law held many meetings with Iraqi political parties and had reached an understanding with them over its project of creating a majority government,” Rukabi told Russia-based RT.
According to the State of Law spokesperson, the only solution to Iraq’s current problems is the formation of a strong government supported by a majority in the parliament.
“After the polling ended, the State of Law resumed its talks with the political parties that share the same understanding in order to implement the project,” Rukabi stated, noting that a majority government is applied in all democratic countries around the world.
He revealed that a Kurdish delegation was expected to arrive in Baghdad soon, stating that the coalition formed in the parliament would then form the new government.
Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Monday revealed potential political allies needed to form a new government following Saturday’s as-of-yet inconclusive elections.
In a tweet on his official Twitter account, Sadr described the prospective cabinet and appeared to name 12 parties and alliances indirectly.
Those thought to be referred to are al-Hikma, al-Wataniya, Irada, New Generation, Gorran (Change), al-Qarrar, Bayariq, al-Nasr (Victory), Baghdad Alliance, Hawiyatuna, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), and Kawadir.
Sadr’s tweet excluded mention of former Prime Minister Maliki’s State of Law Coalition, al-Fatih, led by Shia militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), all known for having close ties to Iran.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany