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Iraq: 3 major Sunni provinces form alliance to run in elections

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi delivers a speech during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq on November 26, 2016 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu]
Former Parliament Speaker Osama Nujaifi delivers a speech during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq on 26 November 2016 [Murtadha Sudani / Anadolu]

Representatives of the three main Sunni provinces in Iraq have formed an alliance to run in the country's upcoming general elections scheduled for 12 May.

The alliance will represent the provinces of Nineveh, Saladin and Anbar and some areas of the capital, Baghdad.

The general supervisor of alliances in the Iraqi Electoral Commission, Muhannad Al-Sabaawi, said yesterday that the Iraqi High Electoral Commission has approved the name and logo of the coalition headed by Vice President Osama Najafi. The coalition will be called "the Iraqi decision coalition".

"Vice President, Osama Najafi has formed an alliance with businessman and Secretary-General of the Arab project in Iraq, Khamis Khanjar, the head of the Iraqi National Forces Alliance, Secretary-General of the National Right Party, Ahmed Al-Massari, Planning Minister, Salman Al-Jamili and lawmaker, Talal Al-Zoba'ie," Al-Sabaawi said, adding that the coalition has submitted a formal request to the election commission to approve its name and logo.

A coalition formed by Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi and the Popular Mobilisation Forces collapsed yesterday a day after it was announced.

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