Al Jazeera is reporting that, after one failed attempt, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Alliance has joined forces with the Iraqi National Alliance (INA), spearheaded by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In theory they would be four seats short of forming a government.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a former PM, Abdul Razzaq al-Kadhimi, an INA advisor, and State of Law officials made their announcement during a press conference on Tuesday.
"An agreement was reached to form a parliamentary bloc through the union of the two blocs, the State of Law Alliance and the Iraqi National Alliance," the officials said in a statement.
Their actions come right in the middle of al-Maliki’s recount. But while the situation is extremely fluid and may change tomorrow, the future seems to be trending towards a Maliki-Sadr alliance as US forces withdraw.
Do you think US officials saw that coming?