baghdad - Sixteen Iraqi political parties form a new block in parliament. The main parties in the new block are the party of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his biggest challenger during the last elections Moqtada al-Sadr.
The new block is the largest and most powerful in the Iraqi parliament with 174 members of parliament, so it has a majority. The Iraqi parliament has 329 seats. According to the Iraqi state press agency, the parties will form the new government in this block.
Prime Minister Al-Abadi won the elections earlier this year after a recount for fraud. At first the party of spiritual Al-Sadr seemed to have won.