The Spokesman for Al-Hikma list Sunday claimed a coalition would be formed in the next 72 hours between Sairoon, Fatih, Al-Hikma and Nasr to form government. The rumors haven’t been confirmed but Muqtada al-Sadr, the biggest winner in the elections, has already met with all three leaders of the other parties. He has also called on parties to help him speed up the process of building the new government.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis announced in his weekly address that Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon in Iraq, was among 14 new churchmen to be elevated to cardinal status. The announcement included churchmen from 11 countries across five continents. Sako was born in Zakho and has held the position as Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon as well as Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq since 2013.
Lastly, Google is looking to dismantle the Spotify-Apple “duopoly” in music distribution, overhauling its music service this week in the fourth attempt at convincing YouTube’s billions of users to pay. Google is unveiling a new music subscription service tomorrow called YouTube Music, which will mimic the Spotify model: for $10 a month, you get music without any ads, and might be a good alternative for those with location restrictions.