Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has had a fairly successful track record up to this point despite some serious issues the country has faced during his time in office. Muqtada al-Sadr’s spokesman, Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, claims that Abadi’s predecessor Nouri al-Maliki stands no chance whatsoever though. Maliki’s failures led to the rise of the Islamic State through his severe transgressions against the Sunni Muslims of Iraq. Obeidi added that no new Iraqi government could be organized in Baghdad without the inclusion of the Kurdish minority residing in the country’s northern reaches though.

In an interview with local media reporters, Obeidi stated that,

The main differences are between Sairoon and the State of Law coalition, and it’s all an accumulation of past events, including their prime ministers not having a clear agenda or vision during the twelve years they’ve been in power. During the term of Nouri al-Maliki in particular, when there was an enormous budget nothing was done and the budget wasn’t used properly.”

Muqtada al-Sadr‘s Sayirun bloc, also known as the victory coalition, garnered the majority of parliamentary votes this past May election; in total, they obtained 54 seats within the house. Obeidi went on to explain that the delay in the new government’s formation was “technical because the federal court hasn’t up to this point formally agreed on the final results of the elections and that has to do with the possibility of fraud and vote rigging.”