Iraqi Politicians Agree To Expedite Formation of New Government

The Iraqi political parties on Thursday announced readiness to move forward with forming a new government includes Shias, Sunnis and Kurds, a move to end political disputes since the October 10 parliamentary elections amid differences between different political parties.

Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani have agreed to work on formation of such a government to include all religious sects.

According to a joint statement, both the leaders during a telephonic conversation discussed steps to expedite the formation of the Iraqi central government. The two sides also agreed to hold a meeting for the parliamentary blocs of the trilateral alliance, according to the statement.

The three political parties had tried to get more seats in the 329-member parliament elections, in which the alliance consisting of al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance won 73 seats, the Sovereignty Alliance, a Sunni coalition of parliamentary groups with 71 seats, and the KDP with 31 seats. None of them accepted the result and started disputing the decision.

“Al-Sadr has said he will ally himself with whoever puts Iraq’s national interests first,” the statement said, as an indication that he may exclude some Iran-backed Shiite blocs in favor of parties with cross-sectarian support.

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