New Iraqi Government Unlikely to Cozy Up to Iran
May 18, 2018 | 18:11 GMT
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- The margins of victory among the competing electoral groups in Iraq's May 12 parliamentary elections were extremely narrow, which will make the formation of a new government a volatile process in the coming months.
- While the Shiite groups will have the most impact on government formation and policy, the Kurds and Sunnis will be critical allies as Shiite leaders try to build parliamentary blocs.
- Iran's influence in Iraq is likely to remain strong even though its closest political allies saw disappointing results in the elections.