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Iraqi speaker expects non-sectarian govt after polls
Iraqi speaker expects non-sectarian govt after polls

Iraq will hold parliamentary election on May 13

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jabouri expects the formation of a non-sectarian majority government following this year’s parliamentary election.

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime after the U.S. invasion in 2003, Iraq has seen governments formed based on a quotation system with ministries distributed between Shia, Sunni blocs and political parties of the northern Kurdish region.

However, al-Jabouri predicts a change in this system following the May 13 polls.

"The general political mood is heading towards a state of political majority," the Sunni speaker told Anadolu Agency in exclusive interview on Monday.

In post-Saddam era, only Shia political parties tend to form majority blocs between each other, something al-Jabouri hopes to be changed.

“The majority blocs can succeed with other parties from different sects and ethnicities,” he said.

The ruling Shia bloc has 180 seats in the 328-member parliament.

Al-Jabouri cited that Sunni political parties have preferred to shy away from forming a main bloc, fearing that “they could be faced with other blocs with nationalist or sectarian nature”.

“This could increase polarization in the country,” he said.

"Sunni political parties also have different views, so everyone wants to run an electoral campaign on his own," he said.


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