May 13, 2018 / 10:18 AM / in a year

Factbox: How the new Iraqi government will be formed

An Iraqi woman's finger is seen stained with ink at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad, Iraq May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis voted on Saturday in their first parliamentary election since the defeat of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, a poll which could affect the balance of power in the Middle East.

Here is how the new government will be formed, according to the Iraqi constitution, which specifies a 90-day process:

If the prime minister-designate fails to put together a governing coalition after 30 days, or if parliament rejects the prime minister-designate’s proposed cabinet, the president must nominate another candidate within 15 days.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Catherine Evans

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