Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, in partnership with the German foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, held a new symposium in a series of symposiums discussing parliamentary elections in Iraq.

The symposium was titled “Post-election Change: The Postponed Promise,” as it discussed scenarios related to the post-election results.

The symposium hosted; Dr. Ihssan Al-Shmary, head of the Center for Political Thinking in Iraq, in addition to the Managing Director of Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, Dr. Ali Taher Alhammood.

Al-Shmary pointed to the difficulties of forming the next government according to the logic of the political majority, stating that the parliamentary opposition would be limited to some of the Tishreen forces that won the elections.

For his part, Alhammood presented the most important lessons learned from the elections, including the weakness of traditional institutions in the next political stage, as well as the Tishreen division between an opposition revolutionary left outside parliament, and another more willing to interact with the political process through the opposition within the next parliament.

The symposium included extensive interventions that dealt with opportunities and challenges related to the parliamentary elections and the formation of the next government.