"Iraq's highest court recently clarified an ambiguous part of the constitution, ruling that either the largest electoral bloc or the largest merger of one or more groups after the election would form the government. Any political group will need the majority -- 163 seats -- of the next parliament to approve their cabinet and top executives.
Also Monday, in a sign of the violence Iraqis fear will overtake the nation as political battles ensue, two car bombs ripped through the holy southern city of Karbala. At least five people were killed and 64 wounded in the attacks, said Salim Kadhim, the spokesman of the health department in the province. The simultaneous blasts targeted an emergency service center and the education department, officials said."