One day after the resignation of lawmakers loyal to firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a coalition of Iran-backed Shia parties said on Monday it will continue talks for the formation of a new Iraqi government.
The Coordination Framework said it respects the decision of the Sadrist bloc to resign from the Iraqi Parliament in a statement released.
Wider participation of the Iraqi groups “to complete the constitutional obligations and form a national government” will be sought, the coalition said.
Amid a prolonged stalemate over the government formation, lawmakers from al-Sadr’s bloc resigned after the Shia leader asked them to step down on Sunday.
With 73 seats in the 329-member Parliament, Al-Sadr’s bloc was the largest winner in last year’s general election.