British report: the withdrawal of the Sadrists paves the way for the return of al-Maliki to head the government

British report: the withdrawal of the Sadrists paves the way for the return of al-Maliki to head the government

2021-08-14 06:07

British report - the withdrawal of the Sadrists paves the way for the return of al-Maliki to head the governmentShafaq News/ The British “Middle East Eye” website reported on Saturday that former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki believes that the conditions are ripe for him to return to the premiership. A report for the site, translated by Shafak News Agency, said that despite his “shameful” exit from the position in 2014 after ISIS occupied a third of Iraq’s lands, he plans to achieve this return.

He pointed out that Maliki, who critics describe as “arrogant”, while his allies describe him as “strong”, almost won a third term as prime minister when the “State of Law” list won 92 out of 328 seats in the 2014 elections. But “the shocking rise of ISIS, Not all of that.”

And the British website indicated that al-Maliki’s political fortunes were damaged with the rise of his political opponent, Muqtada al-Sadr, who began replacing al-Maliki’s men in government positions, with figures loyal to him.

The site added that the Shiite political forces were divided, at a time when al-Sadr announced that his movement would not participate in the October elections, calling on his supporters not to vote.

The site considered that this situation revived the hopes of al-Maliki, according to politicians and analysts.

Sadr’s withdrawal will redraw the map of political influence and create new opportunities.

And the website quoted a prominent politician close to al-Maliki, who asked not to be named, as saying that “Al-Maliki plans to win a new mandate…and looks forward to having a greater voice and influence over the Shiite house, and he is convinced that he now has a greater chance and that he is closer to leading the government than ever.” gone.

He added that al-Maliki would be the biggest beneficiary of the Sadrists’ withdrawal from the elections, if al-Sadr did not change his position, of course.

The site indicated that Iraqi parties and politicians were uncharacteristically slow in launching their electoral campaigns this year, but this does not apply to al-Maliki.

Under the slogan of restoring the state, the “State of Law” coalition launched its early election campaign in an attempt to beautify the image of al-Maliki, who is portrayed as the best candidate for prime minister and a strong leader capable of easing tensions between forces, providing security and basic services for life and controlling uncontrolled weapons.

Al-Maliki’s media advisor, Hisham Al-Rikabi, expressed his confidence that the “state of law” is in a good position before the elections. He continued, saying that al-Maliki said it more than once, that if there was a popular desire for him to return to head the government, he would return because it is the best option for many.

The British report says that Iraq was not in a good condition when al-Maliki left office, as the security establishment collapsed in the face of the advance of ISIS and under the weight of great financial and administrative corruption. The website also indicated that the supreme reference, Ali al-Sistani, refused to return al-Maliki to head the government, even though he had obtained the highest electoral votes, after ISIS took control of several major cities.

Therefore, al-Maliki agreed, according to the report, to assume the position of vice president instead, but his loss to head the government cost him the loss of votes and influence, and he won only 26 seats in the 2018 elections, two fewer than the Sadrist movement.

Al-Maliki faces two main opponents, Ammar al-Hakim and Haider al-Abadi, but the supporters of al-Sadr and the “hardliners” of the Shiites do not trust them, and therefore the swing votes may go in favor of al-Maliki, according to the British report.

The website quoted analyst Ali Taher Al-Hamoud as saying that “the Al-Fateh alliance will be one of the biggest losers in the October elections, and Al-Maliki will benefit from the votes he loses, and he will reap the fruits of his alliance with a number of southern tribes.”

He added, “His practically chances have risen to win the elections with a greater number of seats, but not to the extent that qualifies him to compete for prime minister.”

The British website report indicated that in order to be a prominent candidate for prime minister, al-Maliki needs to do more political work.

He added that the Sadrists’ withdrawal and their call to boycott the elections would reduce turnout, but would also open the door for “State of Law” and “Al-Fatah” candidates to expand their campaigns and target electoral areas, groups and clans, which they had not dared approach before. For fear of hitting the chests.

But according to analysts and politicians, al-Maliki’s coalition and Fatah will not be able on their own to obtain enough seats to form the largest parliamentary bloc, which will have the right to nominate the prime minister and form the next government, indicating that without Fatah’s support, al-Maliki will not be able to reach his goal.

A prominent leader in the Popular Mobilization said that al-Maliki is betting on the support of the armed resistance factions and the Shiite forces close to them, adding that the armed factions have no problem with al-Maliki, and on the contrary, they consider him a financier and one of their biggest supporters, especially during his second term as prime minister.

According to the Hashdite leader, the armed factions have not yet classified al-Maliki as the man they want to be prime minister, but they view him as a strong ally after the elections, no matter what happens, “and they have no problem naming him as prime minister again,” and he is qualified to be able to curb the Sadrists. It is also acceptable to the Americans and Iranians, and it can create a balance between them.