The next move and the reason that the announcement has been delayed so long is that there is now much manoeuvring between the other parties to try and gain the most influence in a Maliki government. It appears that there are three possible options for government:
- A coalition between the INA and Maliki with support from the Kurds
- A coalition between Allawi (head of the Al-Iraqiya list) and Malaki with support from the Kurds
- A Government of National Unity where all four parties play a role.