Iraqi parliament votes for new government … today

At a decisive juncture, one year after the legislative elections of 10 October 2021 and political paralysis, the Iraqi parliament will vote today, Thursday, to give confidence to the new government and its program.

About two weeks after Muhammad Shia al-Sudani was given the task of forming the future government, and after more than a year in which the country has gone through a serious political crisis, the parliamentary session is scheduled for 14:00 (11: 00 GMT) Thursday, according to an official document issued by the Parliament and published by the official Iraqi news agency, yesterday, Wednesday.

absolute majority

The government and its program must receive the votes of an absolute majority of the number of deputies, that is, half plus one, as required by the Iraqi constitution. According to article 76 of the constitution, the government is considered confidential “when the ministers are individually approved and the ministerial platform is approved by an absolute majority”.

However, this government is expected to gain confidence without any problems, especially since it was supported by the “Coalition of State Administration” (which includes the country’s main parties except the Sadrist movement), plus the fact that Parliament has been dominated by the forces of the coordination framework, which includes several blocs, including the state. The law was led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Al-Fateh bloc in representation of the pro-Iranian popular mobilization factions, who appointed Al-Sudani for the position along with his allies in the State Administration Coalition.

In addition to the coordination framework, which has 138 MPs out of 329, the “state administration” coalition includes the Sunni coalition of “sovereignty” led by Muhammad al-Halbousi, as well as the two main Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Party Democrat of Kurdistan.

It is interesting to note that Al-Sudani (52), governor and former minister from the traditional Shiite political class, was charged on October 13 to form the government by the new President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Rashid, immediately after his election.

Sadr blames the Shiite forces

From his post, he continued negotiations to resolve the division of positions between political forces and their distribution among blocs, sects and components, i.e. Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, on the basis of quotas as is customary in Iraq, provided that the largest number of ministries are in the hands of Shiites, while the remaining ministries are distributed between Sunnis and Kurds.

Meanwhile, the main opponent of the coordination framework, Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that he would not participate in the next government.

He also felt, in a tweet last night, the Shiite political forces responsible for the distortions occurring in the country, such as corruption, quotas and other crises that undermine the foundations of the state establishment.