An international movement in Iraq… a search for solutions to break the political blockage

An international movement in Iraq… a search for solutions to break the political blockage

6-2-2022

An international movement in Iraq... a search for solutions to break the political blockageYesterday, Wednesday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq , Jeanine Hennis -Plasschaert , called for the importance of getting out of the political blockage in the country and overcoming the crisis of forming the new government, stressing the need to work to meet national entitlements.

The UN representative held separate meetings with a number of political leaders during the past two days, the most prominent of which was a meeting, yesterday night, Wednesday, with Iraqi President Barham Salih, and the leader in the “ Coordination Framework ” coalition , Hadi al-Amiri, who had previously criticized the UN mission regarding its position on the crisis. .

According to a statement by the Presidency of the Republic, “the meeting discussed the overall political, security and economic developments in the country, and emphasized the need to enhance security stability and pursue remnants of terrorism that seek to destabilize the security and stability of citizens in some regions and towns.”

The statement added that “the two sides also stressed the importance of supporting the path of dialogue and convergence to get out of the current political impasse, and taking into account the challenges facing the country, which call for the unity of the national ranks, addressing outstanding issues in a spirit of responsibility, and embarking on meeting national entitlements in a way that lives up to the aspirations of Iraqis.”

Despite the tense positions of the “Coordination Framework” alliance, which includes forces allied to Iran, towards Blackshart, Hadi al-Amiri met her in his office in Baghdad, and informed her of his support for any move. to dismantle the crisis.

According to what was reported by the official Iraqi newspaper, Al-Sabah, Al-Amiri assured the UN envoy of his bloc’s support for “the initiative of independents that includes converging visions between the two parties,” stressing “the need to announce the formation of the major bloc, and to guarantee the right of the largest social component.”

He added that “the framework is open with everyone who wants to bring their views closer, with the aim of reaching a point of convergence and understanding, in order to end the blockage and form a government capable of carrying out its responsibilities in providing services and all important files that achieve the interests of the Iraqi people.”

The independent representatives confirmed, for their part, that Plasschaert discussed their latest initiative, and the independent representative, Hussein Arab, said in a tweet on “Twitter”, “The meeting with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, dealt with the initiative of the independents that was presented earlier,” stressing, “We agreed.” To continue dialogue with all parties to reach a real solution.”

The independent representatives, who failed to unite their ranks, had put forward, in mid-May, an initiative to get out of the political crisis, but that initiative did not result in anything.

Politicians confirm that Blackshart is seeking to bring the political forces closer together, and that it will hold other dialogues. A deputy in the Iraqi parliament, who preferred not to be identified, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “Blackshart paves the way for a meeting with representatives of the Sadrist movement, the Alliance of Sovereignty, and the Kurdish forces.” He stressed that “the UN representative is currently engaged in a dialogue in which she seeks to reduce the gap between the political parties, and try to dismantle the political crisis.”

He pointed out that “Blackshart warned Iraqi politicians of a dangerous future for the political process in Iraq, if the state of obstruction and lack of understanding continues.”

It is not yet clear any position of the Sadrist movement regarding the Blackshart movement, and none of the leaders of the movement commented on the possibility of holding a meeting with the movement with it or not.

In turn, the researcher in Iraqi political affairs, Shaho Al-Qardaghi, said that Blackshart is “working to restore quotas in the country.” , so that each party takes its share of the cake under the pretext of ending the political blockage,” he asked, “Did Plasschaert tell them about the problems in Iraq, as she spoke about in her last speech before the UN Security Council?”

This is taking place at a time when the unprecedented political crisis continues in Iraq for nearly seven months, following the holding of early legislative elections last October, which resulted in the Sadrist movement winning by a wide margin over its closest rivals from the “coordinating framework” forces.

Al-Sadr, who succeeded in attracting Sunni Arab and Kurdish political forces within a cross-sectarian alliance (Saving a Homeland), insists on forming a national majority government. On the other hand, the forces supported by Tehran within the “coordination framework”, which consists of several blocs, most notably the “State of Law” led by Nuri al-Maliki, and “Al-Fath” led by Hadi al-Amiri, want to form a consensual government similar to previous governments based on the quota approach within state institutions. According to sectarian and not electoral weights.

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