Deadlines – Steps in Iraq’s Crawl Towards a Government
May 17, 2010 · Posted in NEWS
May 16 (Reuters) – A recount of votes cast in Baghdad did not change the results of Iraq’s March 7 election, leaving intact the two-seat lead of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s cross-sectarian Iraqiya coalition.
Because no coalition won enough seats for a majority in parliament, weeks of political negotiations may be needed before the formation of a new government.
Here are the next official steps and constitutional deadlines as Iraq’s fledgling democracy crawls toward establishing its next government:
* The Independent High Electoral Commission said it would publish the preliminary results on Monday and objectors would have three days to file complaints before the results could be sent to a court for final certification.
* The supreme court has no deadline for certifying the results but election officials said they did not expect a long delay. The court has been considering the results from 17 other provinces, excluding Baghdad, for several days already.
* President Jalal Talabani must call on the new parliament to convene within 15 days from the date of the certification of the election results.
* The oldest member of the Council of Representatives chairs the first session, in which members have a maximum of 15 days to elect a speaker and two deputies.
* The council elects a new president within 30 days of its first session.
* The new president has 15 days to ask the largest bloc in parliament to try to form a government and choose a prime minister.
* The prime minister-designate must form a governing coalition and name a cabinet, or Council of Ministers, within 30 days. * If the prime minister-designate fails to pick a cabinet in the required time, the president has 15 days to nominate someone else to try to form a government.
* The new prime minister designate has 30 days to try to form a governing coalition and council of ministers.
* A new government is deemed to have been formed when a prime minister’s cabinet nominees and their programmes win the approval of an absolute majority of the members of the Council of Representatives, or parliament.
SOURCE: Iraqi constitution, election officials (Reporting by Waleed Ibrahim, Muhanad Mohammed and Ahmed Rasheed, editing by Jim Loney)http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE64F0C6