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Sep 03, 2018
11:17AM

Iraq's Sadr and Abadi form biggest parliamentary bloc

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In Iraq, sixteen political groupings late last night reached an accord to create the biggest bloc in parliament. The groupings include nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. 

A close aide to Abadi told a news agency that the bloc consists of 177 deputies, which is more than half of the 329 lawmakers elected in legislative polls. As the largest bloc, it would be tasked by the President to form the government. 
The accord came just several hours before the first session of the Iraqi Parliament which was elected in May. Parliament will hold its inaugural session today during which it must elect a speaker and two deputy speakers.
Parliamentarians will then have 30 days to elect a new President for the country. The new president will then have 15 days to task the biggest parliamentary bloc to form a new government.

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