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Iraq parliament swears in new members after dozens walk out | Politics News

Iraq parliament swears in new members after dozens walk out | Politics News

Seventy-three legislators resigned collectively earlier in June after a prolonged political impasse over the formation of the next government.

Iraq’s parliament swore in dozens of new legislators on Thursday, replacing 73 who were loyal to powerful Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr and strengthening the power of rival Iran-backed Shia factions in the assembly.

Iraq was plunged deeper into political crises on June 12 when 73 legislators from al-Sadr’s bloc, then the biggest in parliament, quit en masse in a bid to break a logjam over the establishment of a new government.

The legislature had already been in turmoil since October’s general election, amid intense negotiations between political factions that failed to forge a majority in support of a new prime minister to succeed Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Following the mass resignation, the seats defaulted to candidates with the second highest number of votes during October’s polls.

Iraqi legislators are sworn in at Parliament in Baghdad [Iraqi Parliament Media Office via Reuters]

Although he emerged as a winner, al-Sadr has been locked in a power struggle with internal Shia rivals backed by Iran, and was unable to cobble together a coalition that could form a majority government.

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According to Iraqi laws, if any seat in parliament becomes vacant, the candidate who obtains the second highest number of votes in their electoral district would replace them.

In this case, it made al-Sadr’s opponents from the so-called Coordination Framework, a coalition led by Iran-backed Shia parties and their allies, the majority with about 122 seats.

It puts al-Sadr out of parliament for the first time since 2005, and allows pro-Iranian factions to determine the makeup of the next government.

“Today, the first step has been completed,…

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