When speaking at the a news conference in the Shiite holy city of Najaf where Muqtada Sadr lives, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced a political alliance with the prominent Shiite cleric.
On Thursday, Abadi called on the winning political blocs to hold a meeting to form a new government, which, according to the prime minister, may happen after the celebration of the end of the Muslim holy month Ramadan.
© AFP 2018 / Haidar HAMDANI
Sadr’s Saairun Alliance won the May 2018 elections, securing 54 seats in the Iraqi parliament, while the Conquest Alliance led by Hadi Amiri gained 47 seats, and Abadi’s Victory Alliance earned 42 seats in the 329-seat parliament.
Elections to the Iraqi parliament were held on May 12 for the first time after the country was liberated from Daesh terrorists.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS, Islamic State is a terrorist group banned in Russia