Ambiguity surrounds the nomination of Abdul Mahdi as prime minister and Kurds determine their position

Ambiguity surrounds the nomination of Abdul Mahdi as prime minister and Kurds determine their position

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 06:31:09

Ambiguity surrounds the nomination of Abdul Mahdi as prime minister and Kurds determine their positionDespite the success of the Iraqi Council of Representatives yesterday in the election of Mohamed Halboussi as its president, the ambiguity still surrounds the choice of the person eligible for the post of prime minister, the most important as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and responsible for the management of public policies of the country.

The political tradition, and not the constitutional one, has been in Iraq since 2005, with the prime minister being the Shiite component, the most representative in parliament, while the presidency goes to the Sunni component and the presidency to the Kurds.

And emerged within the last few political names were among the list of potential candidates for the post of race competition, including outgoing Prime Minister Haider Abadi, along with figures such as the head of the alliance «Fatah» Hadi al-Ameri, and former national security adviser Faleh al-Fayadh, Call) Tarek Najm, replaced these new names.

During his last press conference, Abadi admitted that he had lost his chances of winning a second term as prime minister when he expressed his lack of “clinging to power” and his commitment to the post. , I walked with this current, and I did not walk), perhaps referring to his allies in the alliance «Sauron», led by Moqtada al-Sadr.

In spite of the political instability in recent days, the names of potential new candidates emerged, led by the former leader of the Supreme Islamic Council and former Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in addition to the political situation in recent days. Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi, who held several ministerial posts in the Interim Governing Council and the interim government before 2005, and current intelligence director Mustafa al-Kazemi.

But a source close to the negotiating atmosphere between the pivotal «building», which includes the alliance of the conquest of Hadi al-Amiri and «the rule of law» Nuri al-Maliki, and the reform led by the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr and the outgoing Prime Minister Haider Abadi, likely Abdul Mahdi on the rest of the candidates, That he is closest to winning the post of prime minister.

The source, who prefers not to mention his name, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Abdul-Mahdi has many advantages that might lead the political forces to choose him, including his good relationship with almost all parties, local, foreign and regional. The points allocated to the positions of sovereign and ministerial, as it comes from outside the parliament and the current blocs, and is calculated by the stream of independent politicians, after his withdrawal from the Supreme Council, and not to join the stream of wisdom, founded by Ammar al-Hakim.

The source confirms that «the alliance (the conquest), and its president Hadi al-Amiri, does not mind the choice of Adel Abdul Mahdi, and perhaps the cradle to put his name, as well as Muqtada al-Sadr».

Adel Abdul-Mahdi was the Vice-President of the Republic in the first electoral cycle in 2010, and then resigned from him, and served in the last electoral cycle 2014 as oil minister, and also resigned from the post, the only politician who resigned twice from a high government, Of the Supreme Islamic Council in 2016.

For his part, says the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, former MP Mohsen Saadoun «Adel Abdul Mahdi, a respected figure known, but we can not make an official statement on the issue of his candidacy for prime minister only after being officially chosen from the largest bloc».

“The prime minister is chosen by the largest bloc, under Article 76 of the constitution, and any bloc can not now nominate anyone for this post unless a larger bloc is officially announced. When that happens, we will announce our position and our observations on the candidate’s candidate. ”

Saadoun believes that the Kurds stand at a distance from everyone, and what concerns them in the next prime minister is his commitment to constitutional standards, his belief in the issue of balance, cooperation based on a clear government program, and the implementation of the Constitution.