Iraq is heading to extend Barham Salih and Al-Kazemi to prevent a power vacuum

Iraq is heading to extend Barham Salih and Al-Kazemi to prevent a power vacuum

4-20-2022

Iraq is heading to extend Barham Salih and Al-Kazemi to prevent a power vacuumBAGHDAD – Well-informed Iraqi political sources said that contacts are taking place between most of the political parties aimed at laying a ground for consensus leading to the continuation of the current authorities temporarily until the crisis of the constitutional vacuum caused by the absence of a legal quorum is resolved to choose a president of the republic who is able to assign a prime minister to present his formation before Parliament .

The sources revealed the formation of a new political alliance away from the election results through Sunni rapprochement with the coordination framework, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and a number of deputies from small and independent blocs with the aim of pushing Parliament to extend President Barham Salih as well as Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, even if temporarily and for a period not exceeding six months. In order to preserve the work of the constitutional institutions, and to give powers to the caretaker government and its ministers to provide the necessary services to Iraqis, as well as to fulfill the country’s foreign obligations.

The same sources indicated that this consensus is a necessary consensus and is mainly caused by the evasion of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, from taking responsibility for leading the new phase, because his current has won the largest bloc in Parliament, and that his opponents’ call to form a government within forty days was nothing but an entry point for withdrawal, but Without handing over the task to a new parliamentary alliance, which opens the door to a long-term constitutional and institutional vacuum.

An agreement is a necessity resulting from Muqtada al-Sadr’s evasion of taking responsibility for leading the new phase

On Tuesday, Iraqi leaders, including Barham Salih, Al-Kazemi and Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi, called for addressing the political impasse, and working with mutual confidence from all political forces to form the next government.

The leaders unanimously agreed that the country needs steps to address the political blockage and resolve political differences, so that the political dispute between the parties does not turn into a tool that threatens the state, calling for solidarity to address the mistakes and negatives that accompanied the political process in the country.

Barham Salih said that “the political blockage and the lack of understanding to form a government, more than five months after the parliamentary elections, has become a worrying and unacceptable matter,” warning that “there are those who want to occupy the Iraqis in internal conflicts that threaten their entity.”

He stressed, “We have to overcome the difficulties, because the disruption of constitutional benefits is unacceptable, and the constitution must be amended,” calling for “turning the page on differences and immunizing the country to confront corruption and reform the political institution.”

Local observers considered that the Iraqis have no choice at the present time but to extend Barham Salih and Al-Kazemi, because they have the confidence of a minimum number of Iraqis, especially Barham Salih, at a time when there is no ground for consensus on the other Kurdish candidate, Riber Ahmed, nor on Jaafar Al-Sadr, Prime Minister. The proposal of the Sadrist movement and its allies.

Observers warned that al-Sadr’s insistence on imposing Riber Ahmed, the candidate of Massoud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and his personal candidate, and one of his cousins, Jaafar al-Sadr, would mean the impossibility of reaching a settlement, first because of the absence of a legal quorum in Parliament that allows them to be recommended, and with the passage of time an alliance will be lost. Saving a Homeland.” The parliamentarian supported the representatives with the escalation of criticism directed at him, and secondly that the two men are unknown and do not have valuable experience to lead a country the size of Iraq and in its difficult circumstances.

The Shiite coordinating framework forces are now seeing in maintaining the Al-Kazemi government, with cabinet reshuffles, the most realistic and appropriate option in light of the current political impasse.

To avoid the presidential vacuum, the Federal Court decided to extend the duties of President Barham Salih until a settlement of the political dispute was reached. The decision sparked controversy between Barham Salih’s opponents, who considered that the court’s decision was “political” and in his favour, and those who saw it as a necessity to prevent a vacuum in the head of the pyramid. Authority.

President Saleh was recently forced to seek the advice of the Federal Court, which represents the highest judicial body in the country, to interpret Article 72 of the Constitution to enable him to continue his work until the requirements of Article 70 of the Constitution are completed, after Parliament was unable to elect a new president.

In parallel with the extension of Barham Salih, the Shiite coordinating framework forces are now seeing in maintaining the Al-Kazemi government, with ministerial amendments to it, the most realistic and most appropriate option in light of the current political impasse, especially with the Sadrist movement not showing any cooperation or response to the initiative put forward by the framework to form the parliamentary bloc the biggest.

The State of Law coalition, led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, expressed on Thursday the possibility of supporting the renewal option for Al-Kazemi, noting that his conservative position in the past was based on a principled premise, which is not to renew the three presidencies.

On Tuesday, Al-Kazemi called on the political forces in Iraq to address the political crisis by working with mutual confidence, stressing that “the Iraqi people are concerned about the continuation of the political blockage, and we have to admit that there is a crisis of confidence between us and we have to confront and diagnose it before reaching the required political options.”

Al-Kazemi added, “We strive to find solutions, and sometimes, unfortunately, we strive to invent obstacles and political obstruction.”

He continued, “Before proceeding to a political solution, we must think about restoring confidence and creating the atmosphere for that, and the political forces must stop accusing and treason of belonging to the homeland, religion and sect.”

For his part, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi called for work to complete the constitutional entitlements and for Parliament to exercise its legislative role.

“We have to work to eliminate crises, develop state institutions, and overcome the political crisis to form the new Iraqi government,” al-Halbousi said.

Hadi Al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization, stressed in his speech that Iraq is living in exceptional circumstances and realistic solutions must be come up to save the country and expedite the end of the political impasse to come up with a strong government.

Al-Amiri said, “We have to get out of the crisis of forming the Iraqi government by forming a strong government capable of taking responsibility for ending the problems of the Iraqis with realistic solutions and giving up everyone to protect the country.”

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