Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has denied plans to form a ruling coalition with Vice President Nuri al-Maliki following the parliamentary elections slated for May 2018.
Press reports said Abadi and Maliki had agreed on forming a coalition after the parliamentary elections.
In a statement, Dawa Party leading figure Jassim Mohammed Jaafar revealed that Abadi and Maliki had signed a hand-written document to form the coalition after the results of the election are announced.
All senior figures of the party attended the signing of the agreement, he added.
Abadi and Maliki will run for the upcoming elections on two different lists.
Abadi is forming his Victory Coalition which will have candidates in all Iraqi provinces. Maliki will head the State of Law Coalition.
Analysts have warned that Iran will control the results of the upcoming elections.