Iraq Shi’ites to Form Major Political Bloc

May 6, 2010 Updated: May 6, 2010

Iraq’s two largest Shi’ite parties have announced plans to form a coalition.

If the Iraqi National Alliance joins with the State of Law bloc, led by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, they will be just four seats short of the number necessary to form a new government.

The Iraqi Supreme Court ruled that the largest bloc organized after the election would have the chance to form a government.

Secular Shi'ite, Ayad Allawi, leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya coalition, which won Iraq’s March 7 election by two seats, argued that since his party won the election, it should have the first chance to form a government according to AP.

The report also said that a Shi’ite government could marginalize the Iraqiya and Sunnis.