The Supreme Court ruled that two-thirds of MPs need to be present to elect the president. Sadr’s alliance was able to get 202 lawmakers to show up, 18 short of the necessary number.
Al Mada reported that Sadr is trying to win over Samarraie’s faction and other independent MPs for Wednesday’s session to make another try at the presidency. If the breakaway Azm group were to rejoin Sadr’s alliance he would only need 6 independents to have a quorum. If he’s successful there’s little the Framework can do to stop him forming a majority government other than to delay the process as much as it can. If he fails however Sadr will have to compromise with his rivals.
Ahmed, Hassan Ali, “Cross-sectarian bloc emerges in Iraq,” Al Monitor, 3/28/22
Al Mada, “26 deputies from the boycott camp closest to saving Wednesday’s session,” 3/29/22