Dawa leaders plan to overthrow Nouri al-Maliki
Dawa leaders plan to overthrow Nouri al-Maliki
BAGHDAD – Political sources close to the Islamic Dawa Party revealed that senior party leaders sought to oust Nouri al-Maliki from the General Secretariat and return to the context of the “collective leadership” that Ibrahim al-Jaafari, when he took over as prime minister in 2005, Secretary General of the Islamic Dawa Party, “and then acquires for himself.
Senior leaders of the Dawa Party, the party’s secretary general, Nuri al-Maliki, blamed the political failures, the loss of power and the deterioration of the party’s reputation in the Iraqi street.
Senior leaders in the da’wa, like Abdel Halim Zuhairi and Tariq Najm, attribute the loss of power in Iraq to Maliki’s strained relationship with most of the political process.
Political sources confirmed to the “Arabs” that the party is about to hold a general conference to elect a new leadership. Haidar al-Abadi, Abdul Halim al-Zuhairi, Tareq Najm, Ali al-Alak, Walid al-Hali and Sadik al-Rikabi, who are the leading leaders of the party’s first line, supported the option of returning to the collective leadership system to strip Maliki of partisan leadership. His extremist religious views against secularism in Iraq, reject this option.
The sources confirm that the accession of Zuhairi and Najm to the efforts of former Prime Minister Haider Abadi in the face of Maliki, may change the equation of power within the party.
With the exception of the limited support Maliki still receives from within the Dawa, his hopes of remaining at the helm of the party fade away unless Kassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, succeeds at the heart of the equation.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, classified as a terrorist organization according to US regulations, are pressing hard to ensure Maliki remains at the head of the Dawa Party, threatening to overthrow him.
Abadi, the head of the political bureau of the Dawa Party, took an important step in trying to pressure Maliki when he announced his resignation from all the party’s leadership positions last week, calling for a revision of his organizational structure.
Political sources speculated that Abadi would play a greater political role within the party, in the event of a return to the collective leadership system and the removal of al-Maliki from the hierarchy of leadership, in light of the success of the policy of calm he followed in dealing with various political parties.
The sources point out that Abadi’s announcement of his resignation from the party’s leadership positions was a guarantee for his supporters that he does not intend to take over the party’s general secretariat, which confirms his commitment to the collective leadership option.
If Iranian efforts to support al-Maliki within the Dawa party fail, he may have to leave the party, given the rising tide of rejection of his hard-line policy of dealing with different parties.
An Iraqi political observer considered the coup against al-Maliki a bona fide decision after it became a stumbling block between the Dawa Party and the active participation in the political process, which Maliki considered himself the inventor and sole reference.
The observer said in a statement to the “Arabs” despite the losses suffered by Iraq during the mandate of al-Maliki and the economic collapse suffered because of the spread of corruption in all joints of the state in an unprecedented manner globally was not seen his opponents and friends as supporters of him, which led to encircle the party Call on a wall of isolation.
“If Dawa leaders seek to get rid of Maliki as a politically burned paper, their hopes that the party will regain its former status in political life will fail because of the great change in the popular mood. In addition, the role played by pro – Political life can not be underestimated. ”
The Iraqi observers do not rule out that Iran, the godfather of the political process in Iraq, stood with the leaders of the militias in exchange for advising the owners to exercise caution through his disappearance from the scene in order to pledge pressure on Iraq’s powerful politicians not to open the papers stage where Maliki was the only man who oppressed In the political scene through the wrong decisions culminated in the defeat of the Iraqi army in front of an organization in Nineveh in 2014.
Although Maliki’s exclusion from his Dawa party will not be easy, that process could lead to the party losing cohesion, threatening to fragment it and jumping many of its main members from its boat and moving them to other boats. A process that will incite Maliki if he feels despair of the possibility of continuing as a leader.
Internal movement within the Dawa party is accelerating to review the failures that led to his loss as prime minister in the country for the first time since 2005.
According to sources close to the party, Maliki has worked hard to deprive his former ally in the Dawa party, and his current rival, former Prime Minister Haider Abadi from a second term in office, when he appeared to be approaching it, after a remarkable performance in the file of the war on the hasty and transit in the country From the crisis of the collapse of oil prices and their implications for Baghdad’s financial revenues, as well as the destruction of the wall of Arab isolation, and the great openness in the file of foreign relations.
Maliki has encouraged Iraqi political parties close to Iran to adopt any alternative as prime minister, while observers interpreted his silence on the nomination of Moqtada al-Sadr, the veteran Shi’ite politician Adel Abdul Mahdi, to form a government after the elections in May 2018, as an acceptance, despite his relationship very tense the latter.
And leaked to the public, during the negotiations to choose the new prime minister, that Maliki is ready to give support to the parliamentary bloc of 25 deputies, to any competitor facing Abadi, what was considered in the leadership of the party an adventure that cost the invitation to lose his post, which he dominated in four consecutive sessions since 2005.
Maliki did not hesitate to overthrow al-Jafari as secretary general of the party, once he took power for the first time in 2006.
Although the party has maintained the commitment of most of its traditional leaders to support his hegemony over power, Maliki has used his presence at the head of the government and the party at the same time, to bring his son and his family from the centers of command on the two sites, which opened the door for internal competition.
This may explain the split of the party into two teams when Abadi was named to form the 2014 government, after Maliki’s attempts to secure a third term reached a standstill. The first team publicly supported Abbadi’s assignment, while the second team remained silent and did not object.
During the four-year-old Abbasi years of power, Maliki’s isolation deepened within the Dawa party, although he is at his command.