In preparation for the first session of the new parliament, Al-Halbousi and Al-Khanjar announce the formation of a Sunni alliance of 64 deputies

The headquarters of political parties and blocs in Iraq Dialogue rounds and shuttle visits between all parties with the aim of preparing for the first session of Parliament, and naming candidates for the three presidencies

The Alliance of Progress led by the dissolved Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and the Alliance of Azm led by Khamis al-Khanjar announced on Wednesday evening the merger and the formation of a Sunni alliance comprising 64 deputies, before the first session of the new Iraqi parliament convenes next Sunday.

Al-Halbousi said in a press statement that “with the approaching date of the first session of the House of Representatives and our belief in the necessity of unifying positions to achieve the unity and sovereignty of Iraq and preserve the rights of our loyal masses, we express our sincere desire to unify political action in our dear provinces under one banner.”

For his part, al-Khanjar said in a similar statement, “We are going with a coalition that has progressed in serving Iraq, protecting the rights of our people, and not listening to the pressures that are trying to keep us away from joint action.”

The headquarters of political parties and blocs in Iraq are witnessing dialogue rounds and shuttle visits between all parties with the aim of preparing for the first session of Parliament, naming candidates for the presidency of the Iraqi parliament and its two deputies, preparing for the election of a new president for the country within 30 days, and announcing the name of the largest bloc in Parliament that will be entrusted with forming the government within 30 days. for the next four years.

Presidency Nomination

The first session of parliament is chaired by what is known as the president of the age, the oldest member of the Iraqi parliament, MP Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, who headed the parliament in 2006 for a parliamentary session, and he is also a member of the Iraqi constitution drafting committee after 2003, and he is about 74 years old.

The Iraqi constitution requires the election of the council president and his two deputies within 15 days by an absolute majority of the council’s members, which means a two-thirds majority. In the event that this majority cannot be achieved in the first vote, the vote is repeated, but this time the candidates win by a simple majority, which is half of the members of the Council +1.

The Shiite parties are still far from achieving a great alliance that includes all Shiite forces to form the largest bloc due to the Sadrist bloc’s insistence on forming a national majority government, while the coordinating framework forces that include the majority of Shiite forces that lost in the elections insist on forming a consensual government similar to all the governments that were formed in Iraq after 2003.

While there is still a difference in views between the two Kurdish Democratic Parties of Kurdistan led by Masoud Barzani and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan led by Bafel Talabani regarding the nomination of the candidate to occupy the position of Iraqi President for the next four years, while the independent parties did not participate in the rounds of dialogue and presented themselves as opposition forces in the next Iraqi parliament with a number of about 40 deputies.

Iraqi President Barham Salih had called the new Iraqi parliament to convene next Sunday under the chairmanship of the oldest member.

On Wednesday, Saleh said, while attending the memorial ceremony on the second anniversary of the assassination of the Iranian “Quds Force” commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy head of the “Popular Mobilization Authority”, in Baghdad, that the new government must be able to confront and face challenges. He believed that “it is necessary to achieve radical and structural reform and meet the aspirations of the people and citizens in all parts of Iraq.

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