IRAQI TOP LEADERS DISCUSS POLITICAL EFFORTS TO FORM NEW GOVERNMENT

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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 the May 12 parliamentary elections, marking the first step towards 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 opened the door for Iraqi politicians to form the next government, and would give a push for tough negotiations by 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.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK