Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-26 02:07:32|
BAGHDAD, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Iraqi President Fuad Masoum on Saturday discussed with Vice Present Nuri al-Maliki the political efforts to form the new Iraqi government.
Political parties highlighted the necessity of convening the first parliament session 15 days after the ratification of the final elections results according to the Constitution, said a statement by the presidency media office.
The two Iraqi leaders stressed the importance of adhering to the Constitution, respecting the will of voters to reform, developing state institutions and providing basic services, the statement added.
On Aug. 19, the Federal Supreme Court ratified the final results of May 12 parliamentary elections, marking the first step toward forming the new Iraqi government.
The approval confirmed the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections which showed the Sairoon Coalition, backed by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, won 54 seats in the 329-seat parliament as the front runner.
The ratification widely opened the door for Iraqi politicians to form the next government and would give a push for the tough negotiations by the political blocs to form the largest alliance before the first session of the new parliament.
According to the Iraqi constitution, the ratification of the results entails the outgoing President Masoum to call on the new parliament to hold its first session under the chairmanship of the eldest parliament member within 15 days from the court’s ratification, to elect a president of parliament and then the president of the republic, who will ask the largest alliance to form a government within 30 days.
On May 12, millions of Iraqis went to 8,959 polling centers across the country to vote for their parliamentary representatives in the first general election since Iraq’s historic victory over the Islamic State militant group in December 2017.