Iraq: An upcoming meeting of the “coordinating framework” forces to agree on a candidate for prime minister

Iraq: An upcoming meeting of the “coordinating framework” forces to agree on a candidate for prime minister

7-12-2022

Iraq - An upcoming meeting of the coordinating framework forces to agree on a candidate for prime ministerThe Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is awaiting, on Wednesday evening, a meeting of a number of leaders of the “ Coordination Framework ” coalition , the umbrella group for the political forces allied to Iran, to discuss the issue of naming a candidate to head the new government , amid division and divergence in positions between a number of the coalition parties, related to the shape of the next government and its head. And dealing with the issue of the Sadrist movement’s withdrawal from the political process, and the fears that Muqtada al-Sadr might move to the street with demonstrations to topple any new government.

Hadi al-Amiri , the leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, one of the most prominent components of the “Coordination Framework” coalition , said on Monday that he will not participate in the next government, denying that he is a candidate to head it as well. What is meant by this is the “Badr Organization”, which is headed by Al-Amiri, and not the Al-Fateh Alliance, which includes a number of political forces and wings linked to the “Popular Mobilization” factions.

According to political sources in Baghdad, the “coordinating framework” forces are preparing to hold a meeting, which will most likely be tomorrow evening, Wednesday, in Baghdad, to discuss the file of forming the government, specifically agreeing on the coalition’s candidates to head the government, so that they are put to the Shiite political forces and vote on one of them.

The same sources confirmed to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that several names are being proposed by the Coordinating Framework coalition forces, but so far nothing is official until the upcoming meeting. Those sources spoke of sharp discrepancies between the coalition forces related to the name of the proposed prime minister. The candidate has never held a government position. In line with the propositions of the Najaf reference point, “The one who is tried is not tried.” Others put forward the names of leading figures in the same coalition.

According to these sources, the meeting is often held at the home of the leader of the “Hikma Movement”, Ammar al-Hakim, in the Jadriya neighborhood in central Baghdad, and that Nuri al-Maliki, Qais al-Khazali, Hammam Hamoudi and Ahmed al-Asadi, who are among the leaders of the coalition, adopt the option of heading to form the government as soon as possible, in exchange for Hadi’s reservation Al- Amiri, Ammar al-Hakim and Haider al-Abadi, for hasty decisions that might provoke the Sadrists and create chaos in the street.

Today, Tuesday, Iraqi local media quoted Fadel Jaber, a leader in the “Coordination Framework”, as saying that an expected meeting of the coalition forces will be held on Tuesday or Wednesday to discuss Hadi al-Amiri’s withdrawal from participating in forming the government, saying that the problems facing the formation of the government are “big.” Because there are splits in the large blocs,” he said, noting that “after the Eid, the features of the new government will become clear, because all the blocs are serious about the issue of expediting the formation of the government.”

In the same context, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confirmed the imminence of announcing the name of the next prime minister, and the details of the ongoing dialogues between the political blocs.

Al-Maliki’s office said, in a statement on Monday evening, that the latter confirmed “a significant stride in his dialogues (the coordinating framework) and made progress and formulated ideas and mechanisms.”

The statement added that “the coordination framework is close to achieving its goals, the most important of which is naming the prime minister and forming a government capable of advancing the security and service reality within the mechanisms prepared in advance to serve Iraq and its people.”

Despite the announcement of the “coordinating framework” what he described as the end of the political deadlock in Iraq, following al-Sadr’s decision to leave the political process, and the resignation of the representatives of his bloc, which led in the elections, from Parliament, so far the coalition parties have not engaged in any formal negotiations with the political blocs and parties. The main Sunni Arab and Kurdish allies previously allied with al-Sadr, or independent representatives and civilian blocs, to form the new government, amid talk of internal differences between the framework forces.

The “coordinating framework” has now become the largest bloc in the House of Representatives, after obtaining the majority of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies, which makes it the main actor in the process of forming the new government, in addition to passing any resolution or bill it wants.

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