ERBIL — A total of 64 new candidates were sworn in on Thursday to fill the seats left vacant by the Sadrist MPs after their movement withdrew from the legislature earlier this month.
The parliament said after the extraordinary session that nine candidates did not attend the session, which leaves the fate of nine seats undecided yet.
On June 12, Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist Movement, ordered members of his bloc at the Iraqi Parliament to submit resignation as his party was withdrawing form the Iraqi political process.
According to initial assessments, today’s replacement will further strengthen Iran’s influence on the Iraqi legislature. The pro-Iran Shia factions, the real rivals of Sadr, are said to have some 120 to 125 seats now at the 329-seat parliament.
From the MPs who did not show up during today’s session, four are from the Sadrist Movement and five are from Huquq Faction.
Below is the list of the new MPs: