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Shia coalition says to pursue government formation talks in Iraq

Move comes after MPs loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr quit Parliament

Mustafa M. M. Haboush   | 13.06.2022
Shia coalition says to pursue government formation talks in Iraq

Iraq

BAGHDAD

A coalition of Iran-backed Shia parties said Monday it will continue talks for the formation of a new Iraqi government, one day after the resignation of lawmakers loyal to firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

In a statement, the Coordination Framework said it respects the decision of the Sadrist bloc to resign from the Iraqi Parliament.

The coalition said it will seek to ensure a wider participation of the Iraqi groups "to complete the constitutional obligations and form a national government."

On Sunday, lawmakers from al-Sadr’s bloc resigned after the Shia leader asked them to step down amid a prolonged stalemate over the government formation.

Al-Sadr’s bloc was the largest winner in last year’s general election, with 73 seats in the 329-member Parliament.


* Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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