Al-Sadr continues to mobilize… and Al-Maliki is “courting” his current

Al-Sadr continues to mobilize… and Al-Maliki is “courting” his current

7-5-2022

Al-Sadr continues to mobilize... and Al-Maliki is courting his currentOn the eve of an unprecedented mobilization by the leader of the “Sadr movement”, Muqtada al-Sadr, in the face of his opponents from the forces of the Shiite “coordinating framework”, the leader of the “state of law coalition” Nuri al-Maliki sent a message of reassurance to the Sadrists of the possibility of their participation in forming the next government despite their withdrawal from the political process and their resignation from Parliament. While al-Sadr’s opponents have not yet agreed on a specific candidate to head the next government, they seem to have become convinced that a person who will satisfy him should be sought.
While al-Sadr formed a supreme committee to arrange the unified Friday prayer, which he ordered to be held in Sadr City in Baghdad on July 15, al-Maliki, one of al-Sadr’s chief opponents, announced in a statement yesterday (Monday), that “the next government must be a government that resurrects.” A message that it is a service to all Iraqis and that it was not exclusionary, marginalizing or abolition of any party that participated in the political process and participated in the elections or did not participate and those who remained in it or withdrew from it.
This position is new; Especially as it explicitly indicates the possibility of the Sadrists participating in the next government according to their electoral entitlement, even after their withdrawal from Parliament. However, expectations indicate that al-Sadr will not accept this offer. Especially since it was issued specifically by al-Maliki. Al-Sadr, and throughout the past months, during which he wanted to form a “national majority government,” he tried more than once to co-opt the forces of the “coordinating framework” to enter with him in the formation of the cabinet, but he excluded Maliki, which was rejected by the “coordinating framework” that hindered al-Sadr’s ambition to form his government.
While the leaders of the “coordinating framework” are discussing; Which includes “State of Law”, “Al-Fateh”, “Asaib”, “State Forces”, “National Bond” and “Atta”, the specifications of the next prime minister, but it is not yet known whether this initiative by al-Maliki is directed at the “Sadr movement”. Was it in agreement with the rest of its partners in the “coordination framework” or is it an initiative related only to the “state of law”.
In this context, observers of the Iraqi political affairs believe that if what was issued by al-Maliki came in agreement with the rest of the partners within the “framework”, this would serve as a message of reassurance to the Sadrists of the possibility of their participation in forming the government, especially since there is a prevailing impression among the The street claims that the Sadrists are disturbed by their political withdrawal because they were the largest parliamentary bloc before their resignation.
There are those who say that the leader of the “Sadr movement” himself may have regretted his decision to withdraw his deputies from Parliament for several reasons; Among them, the forces of the “coordinating framework” dealt with the issue of his withdrawal completely coldly; Rather, with a kind of recovery and victory, according to what was suggested by their haste to convene an extraordinary session of Parliament in order for the replacement representatives to take the oath in place of the Sadrist MPs. Among other possible causes of Sadrist’s “regret” is that the Sadrist movement’s ex-partners; They are the “Kurdistan Democratic Party” led by Massoud Barzani, and the Sunni “Sovereignty” led by Muhammad al-Halbousi, they failed him by not showing solidarity with him. In this context, the former spokesman for the Sadrist movement, Hassan al-Zarkani, said in a statement yesterday that “Al-Sadr had hoped for the (democratic) and (sovereign) to withdraw from parliament and move toward escalation, but what happened (was) the opposite.”
While al-Maliki’s message to the Sadrists appears to be a calm and a prelude to dialogue after the Eid al-Adha holiday, what was announced by the Iraqi parliament representative for “the rule of law” Muhammad al-Sihud that this “coalition” nominated al-Maliki for prime minister, could cause “tension” with the Sadrists.
Although al-Maliki took the initiative to contain al-Sadr after his political withdrawal, all expectations indicate that al-Sadr will not accept al-Maliki as prime minister.
Information about the prevailing differences within the “coordinating framework” indicates that its leaders have not yet agreed on a specific candidate to head the next government, but they are now convinced that they should search for a personality with special specifications so that Sadr is satisfied with him, as well as the United States, Iran and the regional environment.
Expectations were made that the two most prominent leaders within the “coordinating framework” forces; They are Nuri al-Maliki, the leader of “State of Law” and Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition. They nominated themselves to head the government, but according to the official statements of the “framework” forces, no name has been agreed upon, which means that everyone remains in the circle of confusion, in the A time when Sadr began to mobilize his obedient audience.
Although the united prayer called by al-Sadr will coincide with the end of the legislative recess of Parliament and the resumption of official negotiations between the blocs, no one can expect whether the “framework” forces will be able to resolve their candidate for prime minister and put him in the face of al-Sadr as a fait accompli or whether the differences remain. What makes it easier for al-Sadr to take his next step, which may be massive demonstrations at the gates of the “Green Zone” and threatening to storm it.
And the “Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported that the head of the “Victory Coalition”, Haider al-Abadi, set in a tweet on his account on “Twitter” yesterday the conditions for his participation in the next government, saying that “the political division, and the political, economic and sovereign challenges, require a moderate governance equation.” It defuses crises and is widely accepted, and a national government capable and efficient for a specific stage to reform the economy, provide services and provide job opportunities. He added that “other than that; We are not with it and we will not be part of it, because it will complicate the crisis and lead us to the unknown.”

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