BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqiya bloc leader Iyad Allawi on Friday expected the Iraqi government lineup to take form in August and the three top state posts to be clear late this month.
“I believe that matters are God willing heading in the right direction. Negotiations are in the final stages and we hope to end this affair as soon as possible,” Lebanon’s national information agency quoted Allawi as saying after a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
“I have briefed Prime Minister Hariri on developments in Iraq and the negotiations to form an Iraqi government as soon as possible,” said Allawi, a former prime minister of Iraq.
This week has seen a breakthrough between Allawi’s al-Iraqiya bloc, which won 91 seats in the March 7 legislative elections, and incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawlat al-Qanoon (State of Law), which came second with 89 seats.
The constitutional deadline to name a president of the republic and a speaker of parliament will end on July 13. The president, according to the constitution, would designate a prime minister within 15 days.