8 steps to form the next Iraqi government

Iraqis on Saturday voted in the first election since a failed election defeat, a
vote that could affect
the Middle East's balance of power.

The following is how to form a government according to the Iraqi constitution, which sets a deadline of 90 days for the process:* Independent Electoral Commission announces the results of the final elections* President Fouad Masoum invites the new parliament to convene within 15 days of announcing the results.*

The legislators elect a speaker and two deputies by an absolute majority at the first meeting.
* Parliament elects a new president by a two-thirds majority of deputies within 30 days of the first meeting.*

The new president assigns the candidate of the largest bloc in parliament to form a government.
* The Prime Minister in charge of 30 days to form a government and presented to Parliament for approval.*

Parliament must approve the government program and each minister separately in a separate vote by an absolute majority.

If the prime minister-designate fails to form a coalition government within 30 days or if parliament rejects the government proposed by the prime minister-designate, the president must appoint another candidate to form a government within 15 days.