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Iraqi opposition parties form shadow government

Some Iraqi political forces are poised to form a shadow government, but other Iraqi groups say the effort is a fool's errand.
Members of the Iraqi parliament are seen vote on remaining cabinet ministers at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq June 24, 2019. Iraqi parliament media office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY - RC1BDF0579B0
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Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Wisdom Movement, said Aug. 12 that efforts aimed at forming an opposition front would produce a “shadow government.” This comes after the concept of parliamentary opposition remained absent during the terms of three parliaments due to consensual multiparty democracy and the domination of the same parties for more than 10 years.

Baligh Abu Kalal, a top member of the National Wisdom Movement, told Al-Monitor, “The aim of the shadow government is to consolidate democracy with both pro-government and opposition camps and to offer an alternative to the current government through figures representing the opposition who diagnose the errors of the government and provide solutions and remedies.”

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