State of law coalition demands amending electoral law, modification in election commission – leader

A picture taken on September 3, 2018 shows a general view of the Iraqi parliament during a meeting in the capital Baghdad. – Iraq’s parliament convened today with a populist cleric who triumphed in May elections allying with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to try to form a government and sideline pro-Iran rivals. (Photo by SABAH ARAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — According to a leader in the Iraqi state of law coalition on Wednesday, the Iraqi state of law coalition will not support holding an early election until its demands are met.

Leader in the Iraqi state of law collation Arif al Hamami in a statement told the Iraqi Media that the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament and holding another early election requires executing several conditions, without them the coalition will not accept these steps.

“The conditions are amending the electoral law, modification in the election commission and the formation of the new government” al Hamami explained.

“Without these conditions, the state of law coalition will not accept the dissolution of the parliament and holding another early election,” He said.

The Iraqi state of law coalition has 33 seats in Iraq’s parliament after the country held its latest election in October 2021, the coalition almost lost half of its seats after a major breakdown from 67 seats in the 2018 elections downed to 33 in 2021.

The coalition and its head Nouri al-Maliki are the major political rival of the influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his political and social movement the Sadrist.

On Monday Nouri al-Maliki, in response to calls for an early election throughout Iraq which was originally generated by influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, released a statement.

“Iraq is a country that its components and people consist of a variety of nations and different sects, no will can be more superior above any but only the will of all of the people through the constitutional institutions that represents by the parliament,” al-Maliki in the statement said.

“Neither the dissolution of the parliament nor holding an early election nor changing the system will not take place unless the parliament resumes its regular sessions” al-Maliki added.

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