While the leaders remain in the rivalry of winning the throne, Iraq waits for the formation of its government. The Iraqi government was slated to officially serve from May this year, but it is yet to be formed. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court has put an end to the long-standing bewilderment.
The results of May parliamentary elections in the country, have been ratified by the Supreme Court of Iraq. It has also commenced a 90-day constitutional deadline for the top parties to form a coalition government.
According to the nationwide recount of votes, which was disclosed on August 10, Muqtada al-Sadr retained his lead. Owing to that, the populist Shia leader got the rights to play a central role in the government negotiations.
The voting results were opposed by many Iraqis, including Kurdish and Sunni Arab groups, who alleged widespread electoral misconduct.
The warehouse, where boxes containing ballots from the May 12 voting were kept, was destroyed by a huge fire in June. The blaze came just days after the order of recounting all 11 million votes came from the parliamentarians.
Several officials, including the Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, believed the fire a deliberate act, with an intention to harm the country’s democracy.
The nine-member independent electoral commission supervising the process of the recount was dismissed by the MPs, and the judges replaced the body.
However, after the recount, only a little change was seen from the initial results. Besides, the number of seat won by Sadr’s bloc did not change.
With the ratification, the results have become formal. Now, within 90 days, the lawmakers together have to elect a speaker first, then the President, and finally a Prime Minister and cabinet.
The government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is now serving in a caretaker capacity, and has welcomed the announcement of the Supreme Court.
In a statement, it said, “The government welcomes the decision by Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court to certify the results of the May 12 parliamentary election. This milestone paves the way for the convening of the first session of the new parliament, and subsequently the formation of the new government.”
The citizens of Iraq are growing impatient due to the poor basic services, unemployment, and the slow pace of rebuilding after a three-year war with the Islamic State militant group. In such a situation, the political uncertainty over the formation of the new government has elevated tensions across the country.