Chaos scenes at the first session of the new Iraqi parliament | Political News

Iraq’s new parliament held First session Nearly three months after the Iraqis voted in the general election, the result of the general election was questioned by powerful factions backed by Iran.

As a reflection of the tension, Sunday’s meeting was chaotic, and the oldest MP and Speaker Temporary, 73-year-old Mahmoud al-Mashahadani, was taken to the hospital after he fell ill.

The Parliamentary Media Office did not provide more details about Masha Hadani’s condition, only that his blood pressure was being checked.

As competing political groups claimed to have a majority of seats in the parliament, the presidential election process was disrupted.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdul Wahid said that a temporary spokesperson was appointed and the meeting restarted.

“It’s always been chaotic here,” he said in the parliament’s media center.

“Only half an hour after the inauguration of the newly elected parliament, we heard fierce disputes among members of the parliament, and then we heard that the interim Speaker Mahmoud was hospitalized,” Abdul Wahid said.

This chaotic meeting may lead to long-term political battles between rival groups to choose a new president and prime minister.

The parliament was originally scheduled to elect a speaker and two representatives at the first meeting.

By convention, the Iraqi parliament speaker is a Sunni, the prime minister is a Shia, and the president is a Kurdish.

From the first meeting, the parliament still has 30 days to elect the new president of the country, and then he will ask the largest group in the parliament to form a government.

Disagreements within Shia

Pro-Iranian groups suffered heavy losses in this war Early electionThis is in response to months of street protests calling for reforms.

The result sparked street protests by supporters of political parties who underperformed in parliamentary polls.

Last month, the Iraqi Federal Court approved the results of the October election and confirmed the victory of the influential Shiite leader Muktada Sadr.

According to the final result, Sadr’s group won 73 seats in the 329-seat parliament and has the upper hand in choosing a new prime minister. But he will have to deal with tensions with rival Shiite organizations that continue to reject the election results and demand a say in the formation of the government.

The second-ranked Sunni al-Taqdum (Progressive) League won 37 seats.

The pro-Iranian faction that claimed voter fraud lost about two-thirds of its seats — a major blow.

Supporters of the armed group set up tents around the so-called “green zone” of the capital and sat in for more than two months, while they appealed to the Supreme Court of Iraq. The Green Zone is the seat of the Iraqi government and many foreign diplomatic missions.

Zeidon Alkinani, an Iraqi political analyst, stated that the main obstacle to the formation of the government is the internal Shia divisions caused by the rift between Sadr and the Shia coordination framework, which was established by the former prime minister. Nouri al-Maliki (Nouri al-Maliki) and other pro-Iranian groups. Legal status, Fatah Alliance and its allies.

“The Sadrist movement is trying to establish a majority government this time,” Alkinani told Al Jazeera.

“They believe that this time they have the confidence and power to elect to create a majority government that they will lead – they will be the only Shia political participant and Kurdish and Sunni partners in such a majority government to unilaterally rule this government.”

On the other hand, he added that “the Shia coordination framework is using their influence inside and outside the government to ensure that the consensus government will include them, even though they have failed in the election.”

“The only clear agreement we are witnessing is an agreement within the Sunni group, which is mainly led by Takdum,” he added.

Iraqi parliamentarians attend the parliamentary inauguration meeting in BaghdadThe new Iraqi parliament held an inaugural meeting three months after the legislative elections, because Shiite leader Muktada Sadr is likely to become the king-maker of the next government [Iraqi Prime Minister’s Press Office/AFP]

Witnesses said that on Sunday, members of the Sadr group walked into the capital, Baghdad, in the tradition of the late Mukhtada’s father, Muhammad Sadr, wearing a white belt symbolizing the Shroud of Death.

Witnesses added that at the same time, some independent lawmakers arrived at Parliament by tuk-tuk or motorized rickshaw from Tahrir Square in Baghdad (the center of anti-government protests that broke out in October 2019).

During the violent demonstrations, tuk-tuk vehicles were used to transport the wounded.