Without Muqtada al Sadr, Iraq's kingmaker, no coalition government can be formed, experts say. And if it is formed, Sunni bloc’s Halbousi and Kurdish leader Barzani are likely to be in the new government.
Iran-backed groups have lost significant ground in Iraq but Tehran still has some supporters to help it keep its influence over the neighbouring country.
Tehran’s political and military involvement in Syria and Iraq have helped to turn their state structures upside-down.
Tehran’s strategy has been to use its Shia militias to assist the PKK and exploit the terror group against Turkey, which it views as a threat in Iraq.
While protests have occasionally hit the Kurdish region since 2015, the latest demonstrations have been more intense.
Demonstrations against the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq (KRG) and the region's main parties broke out last week in towns across the northeastern region of Sulaimaniyah.
A recent agreement between Erbil and Baghdad on the status of Sinjar region has appeared to be a tipping point for recent clashes between the PKK terrorists and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
It was another hellish day in Baghdad as Hashd al Shaabi attacked the KDP office in the Green Zone.
A poor economy, political instability and insecurity in Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government persist ahead of Iraq's national parliamentary election on May 12.
Analysts say that the KRG can not establish an independent state in northern Iraq without the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which is included in the “disputed areas” according to the Iraqi constitution.
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