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Iraq's parliamentary elections are set for May 12 following a heated debate over efforts to delay them.Division within the SLC, and its lead faction, the Dawa Party, to which Maliki and Abadi both belong, left it unclear how Abadi would run.It never seems to have occurred to Abadi to clarify with Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission if the party was permitted to run on two separate electoral alliances.The issue was clarified on Jan. 8 when IHEC ruled that parties could not do so according to Article 29 of the 2015 Political Parties Law.When a majority of the party's leadership supported Abadi, on Jan. 13 the party decided to not run at all, allowing candidates to join any coalition as independents.Among major Shiite leaders, Abadi registered the Nasr ("Victory") Coalition, which quickly grew to include 29 parties.Its leadership seemed in disagreement over the benefits of allying with Abadi; however, Ameri emphasized that he was ready to join a coalition after the elections.
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