Al-Sudani is competing with Al-Maliki for the position of Prime Minister of Iraq

Al-Sudani is competing with Al-Maliki for the position of Prime Minister of Iraq

7-8-2022

Al-Sudani is competing with Al-Maliki for the position of Prime Minister of IraqBAGHDAD – The coordination framework is experiencing controversy and disagreements among its components regarding the position of prime minister, and while local media indicate that the proposed personalities amounted to five names, Iraqi circles believe that the competition is limited to the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, and the former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani.

Those circles suggested that agreement would eventually be reached on Al-Sudani’s nomination to avoid political unrest that might be caused by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, who strongly opposes the return of Al-Maliki to the premiership, and who may use the street again to overthrow the government and re-elections.

Observers believe that the nomination of former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as well as the current Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi, is nothing but a maneuver aimed at preventing al-Maliki in an indirect way from running, as components are expected to oppose the candidacy of those who previously held the position.

The leaders of the coordination framework intend to hold wide discussions on a group of candidates to agree on a personality that meets the requirements, to end the ongoing political crisis since the last parliamentary elections were held last October.

The dispute within the framework is not only related to the shape of the next government and the candidates to head it, but it escalated into a struggle over his leadership

For about eight months, Iraq has been experiencing a political crisis due to sharp differences over the formation of the government between the coordination framework. The Sadrist bloc, which won first place with 73 out of 329 deputies, withdrew from parliament after it was unable to form a government.

And the “Baghdad Today” news website quoted what it described as a “responsible source in the coordinating framework” as saying that during its recent meetings, the framework had “concluded agreement on five personalities, with consultations taking place in the second step on one of them assuming the premiership.”

And he added, “These personalities are (the current prime minister) Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Nuri Al-Maliki, Haider Al-Abadi (the prime minister between 2014 and 2018), Hadi Al-Amiri, the former Minister of Transport and Communications, and Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani.”

He stated that “the official agreement on the name of the candidate will be after the end of the Eid holiday (next week) and the resolution of the presidential election file.”

The President of the Republic is elected by the representatives of Parliament, and the President is the one who assigns the largest number of parliamentary blocs to form the government.

The Mehr news agency quoted Ali Hussein, a member of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, as saying on Wednesday that the most prominent names nominated and proposed among the forces of the coordination framework for the position of prime minister are three personalities.

He explained that the most prominent of them are Nuri al-Maliki, former Minister of Interior Qassem al-Araji, and former Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani.

Al-Sudani is the candidate of the most important framework and the Shiite political forces bet on preventing Al-Maliki from reaching power again

Hussein continued, “He is inclined towards choosing the Sudanese prime minister because he distinguishes between relations, work, the political situation, political parties, and benefits, not to mention that he is a strong and non-controversial figure.”

According to previous statements by leaders in the coordination framework, the framework forces set criteria for choosing a prime minister to run the country in the next stage, the most important of which is that he is accepted by the religious authority and is not covered by the accountability and justice law and who is not accused or convicted of corruption cases.

Continuing disputes over the position of prime minister warn of a crack in the coordination framework, whose various components see al-Maliki’s nomination as a declaration of war on al-Sadr.

On Monday, Haider al-Abadi threatened to boycott the next government if it was not formed according to specific specifications.

Al-Abadi said in a tweet that “the political division, and the political, economic and sovereign challenges, require: a moderate governance equation that defuses crises and is widely accepted, and a capable and efficient national government for a specific stage to reform the economy, provide services and provide job opportunities.”

Local media reports indicate that the dispute between the leaders of the framework is not only related to the shape of the next government and the candidates to head it, but rather escalated into a struggle for leadership of the framework in light of the frantic movement led by al-Maliki.

For example, members of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq refuse to talk about the existence of “a larger bloc within the coordination framework that determines or is unique in choosing the next prime minister’s personality,” in reference to the State of Law coalition.

Al-Maliki has the largest number of seats among the coordinating framework forces, as he seeks to exploit the stage of the withdrawal of the leader of the Sadrist movement, and form a “services government” that defuses popular anger and withdraws the protests card from the hand of the movement.

Al-Abadi, along with Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of the Wisdom Movement, presents the option of forming an interim government that leads to new elections, to avoid provoking al-Sadr, a proposal that is accepted by Asaib Asaib leader Qais al-Khazali.

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