The largest Iraqi Sunni alliance supports Al-Kazemi to head the next government

The largest Iraqi Sunni alliance supports Al-Kazemi to head the next government


The largest Iraqi Sunni alliance supports Al-Kazemi to head the next governmentBAGHDAD – The announcement by the Iraqi Sunni “sovereignty” coalition on Tuesday of its support for Mustafa Al-Kazemi assuming the presidency of the next government bears positive signs that the current prime minister enjoys great confidence and that he is on an open path towards renewing his term.

Mishaan al-Jubouri, a deputy in the Iraqi parliament for the “Sovereignty” coalition, said in a tweet on Twitter on Tuesday, “I and a number of deputies of the Sovereignty Alliance, along with the leader of the coalition, Khamis al-Khanjar, received Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi” in Baghdad.

He added, “I can confirm that the Sovereignty Alliance will support Al-Kazemi’s assumption of a second term if he is assigned by the Sadrist movement’s bloc to form the new government.”

The Sovereignty Alliance, led by Khamis al-Khanjar, is the largest coalition of Sunni political forces in the Iraqi parliament and occupies 71 out of 329 seats.

On Monday, the leaders of the “Sovereignty” coalition held a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, to discuss several issues, including the challenges facing the liberated provinces in particular, and Iraq in general, and ways to address security breaches, the latest of which was what happened in Anbar. According to a statement by the coalition.

Al-Khanjar said after the meeting in a tweet on Twitter that the discussion also included “and to the same degree stopping political targets that converge with terrorism in the same bad goals.” In reference to the recent bombings of the headquarters of Sunni and Kurdish parties and their personalities.

Al-Kazemi has ample chances of winning the prime ministership again, in light of the support he also enjoys from the Sadrist movement.

Iraqi political circles say that Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sees Al-Kazemi as the most capable figure to lead a “national majority” government that he seeks to form with the Sunni and Kurdish blocs.

Last January, Al-Kazemi visited Najaf to see the reality of services in the governorate, located southwest of the capital, Baghdad, which is the stronghold of the Sadrist movement.

During his visit to Najaf, which included a hot meeting with Al-Sadr, Al-Kazemi took a set of decisions and measures related to the administration of the province, including personal supervision by him after the resignation of Governor Louay Al-Yasiri under pressure from the leader of the Sadrist movement. This resignation was met with the objections of the forces loyal to Iran, led by the State of Law coalition.

Al-Kazemi has recently been carrying out an active campaign to improve his image, by announcing a number of development projects, and launching a campaign of dismissals of governors and senior officials, around whom suspicions of corruption are raised, or some of them are involved in suppressing protests, as is the case with the governor of Dhi Qar.

Observers of the Iraqi affairs believe that the recent measures taken by Al-Kazemi, which are in the context of beating at the hands of the corrupt, are consistent with what the Sadrist movement and its leader have repeatedly announced that confronting corruption will be at the forefront of the reform project that he intends to implement after forming a national majority government.

The position of prime minister is occupied by the Shiites in Iraq according to a political custom followed since 2006, while the Sunnis hold the presidency of the parliament, and the Kurds the presidency.

It is expected that the next prime minister will be named by the “Sadr bloc” led by Muqtada al-Sadr, as it led the elections with 73 seats.

And in May 2020, Parliament granted confidence to the Al-Kazemi government after widespread popular protests toppled the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

On Monday, Parliament failed to elect a new president as a result of the boycott of the session by the majority of political blocs, amid disagreements over the candidates, which hinders efforts to form the next government.

The Iraqi constitution stipulates that the elected president of the republic must assign the candidate of the “largest parliamentary bloc” to form the government.

The Sadrist bloc topped the elections held on October 10, followed by the Progress Alliance with 37 seats, the State of Law coalition with 33, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 31.

The country is experiencing a political crisis due to differences between the “Sadr bloc” and other Shiite forces allied within the “coordinating framework” regarding the formation of the government, and differences prevail among the Kurds over the presidential candidate.

Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government by excluding some forces from it, led by the “State of Law” coalition led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, unlike the rest of the Shiite forces within the “coordinating framework” that demand a consensual government in which all political forces in Parliament participate, similar to previous sessions. .