Al-Sadr seeks through “Unified Friday” to turn the tables on his opponents within the coordination framework

Al-Sadr seeks through “Unified Friday” to turn the tables on his opponents within the coordination framework

7-13-2022

Al-Sadr seeks through Unified Friday to turn the tables on his opponents within the coordination frameworkSupporters of the Sadrist movement are preparing to take to the streets in the capital, Baghdad, and a number of Iraqi provinces to perform the so-called “Unified Friday” prayer, which was called by the movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr earlier, which aims to increase pressure on his opponents within the coordinating framework who took over the management of the political process after a decision Sadr withdraw from Parliament.

The structures of the Sadrist movement have turned into beehives in preparation for this bet, which is intended to convey a message that the movement’s withdrawal from the political process does not mean leaving the field open to its political opponents, and that the step I took a month ago is nothing but a new repositioning in the Iraqi scene after it was proven to him It is clear that the coordinating framework will not allow him to translate his electoral achievement on the ground and monopolize the formation of the next government.

Observers believe that Al-Sadr’s move falls within the context of a display of his popular strength in front of his political opponents, and a sign from him of what he can do if they believe that he will stand idly by after he was forced to abandon the management of the upcoming power arrangements.

The movements of the Sadrist movement constitute an additional source of pressure for the coordination framework, which is still feeling its way in managing the political process in light of the emergence of differences between its poles over the form and nature of the next government, especially after the State of Law coalition showed a desire to impose its government vision and assign its leader, Nuri al-Maliki or a close figure. him assuming the position of prime minister.

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On Tuesday, Saleh al-Iraqi, nicknamed “Minister of al-Sadr,” announced a set of commandments regarding the “Unified Friday” prayer, urging participants to only raise the Iraqi flag, wear shrouds, and prohibit carrying weapons.

Al-Iraqi said, directing his speech to the supporters of the movement, “When you go to the place of prayer, ask for forgiveness and pray for Muhammad and the family of Muhammad,” noting that “wearing shrouds is a desirable matter, in sympathy with what our martyr reference did (in reference to the late Sadr’s father, Muhammad Sadiq).”

The “Minister of Al-Sadr” stressed “it is forbidden to raise any flag or banner except the Iraqi flag only,” saying that “the chants are central and the banners are central, so they abide by that, and only the image of the martyrs of the Sadr family is raised.”

He called for “adherence to the directives of the Central Committee,” explaining that “before the noon call to prayer, there is no harm in raising the speeches of the martyr (Muqtada’s father) exclusively,” stressing that “the bearing of arms is absolutely forbidden, except by the security authorities exclusively.” And the “minister of al-Sadr” concluded by saying, “Do not say words and do not do actions except after reviewing your estate and your leader.”

The committee charged with supervising the organization of the “Unified Friday” prayer had announced earlier that it would form sub-committees in each governorate regarding the establishment of prayer. And the Central Committee stated in a statement published by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), “Oh men of Sadr and the zealous sons of Iraq, you brave men who pledged to their leader and national leader to complete the reform project with him, and who promised them victory over the corrupt and corrupt.”

She added, “It was decided to form sub-committees in each governorate, under the supervision of the Central Committee, to arrange your affairs and your readiness in support of the religion and the homeland, consisting of officials of the Friday and group prayers, officials of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous, and the commander of the Saraya Al-Salam Brigade, a tribal face.” The “Unified Friday” gesture dates back to 1998, when Muqtada’s father, the late religious authority, Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, called for it in the context of a demonstration process directed at the regime of the late President Saddam Hussein at the time, as well as for the rest of the religious authorities.

Observers believe that Al-Sadr’s revival of this tradition and his inciting his supporters at this sensitive time for the political process in Iraq, is a double-edged sword that may lead the country to a dangerous slide.

Observers point out that poles in the coordinating framework such as the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri and the leaders of the National State Forces Alliance, Haider Al-Abadi and Ammar Al-Hakim feel that Al-Sadr is trying to corner them by using the street. On the other hand, the leader of the State of Law coalition does not seem to be aware of the seriousness of the matter through His insistence on putting his hand on the government formation process.

Observers point out that this situation forces the Trinity to take a step back, especially if Al-Maliki insists on his current approach, as they do not want to get involved in the game of “dancing on the edge of the abyss,” noting that Al-Amiri’s decision to distance himself from the next government is not stemming from A principled position, but for fear of the outcome of things.

The movements of the Sadrist movement constitute an additional source of pressure for the coordination framework, which is still feeling its way in managing the political process

The leader of the “Al-Fateh” coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, announced on Monday that he would not participate in the next government to be formed, and he also denied media reports that he was running for prime minister.

Al-Amiri said in a statement published by local media, “At a time when our honorable people are awaiting the completion of the constitutional benefits in succession, the formation of the expected service government and the approval of its national program, we have noticed that some media outlets are circulating news and fabricated comments claiming that the coordination framework is witnessing competition for the prime ministership between Al-Amiri.” and others, and that this competition may lead to the disintegration of the ‘framework’.

He added, “While I reject such media performance that is charged with lies, and may be paid for, I would like to emphasize that this news is false, and that I am not a candidate for this position, and I reject my candidacy from those who believe that this is correct among the brothers.” He continued, “What is important to me first and foremost is to preserve the unity of the coordination framework, and I will provide support and assistance to any candidate agreed upon by the brothers in the ‘framework’, despite our decision not to participate in any future government.”

And circles close to “Al-Fateh” confirmed that Al-Amiri meant the Badr Organization by speaking about not participating in the government and not the rest of the forces representing the Shiite alliance loyal to Iran.

Al-Amiri’s decision to participate in the government comes after a similar decision was taken by the head of the “Victory Coalition” and former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who stressed that “he will not participate in any government that excludes the prominent political parties in the political process,” referring to the Sadrist movement.

Al-Nasr coalition, affiliated with the National State Forces Alliance, warned earlier of any wrong ruling equation that might lead to chaos. “The initiative of the Alliance of National State Forces represents the vision and political will of the coalition forces, and its goal is to manage a transitional phase led by a government with wide support, which performs its tasks professionally and impartially,” he said, stressing that “any wrong ruling equation is not in line with the complexities of Reality and the magnitude of the challenges will necessarily lead to chaos.”

Since last September, Iraq has been witnessing a complex political crisis as a result of the insistence of the Sadrist movement, which has a parliamentary majority, to form a “national majority” government, in contrast to the insistence of the pro-Iranian forces involved in the Coordination Framework Alliance on a consensual government. Al-Sadr took a dramatic step last month by submitting the seventy-three deputies of his bloc to resign from parliament, which gave the coordination framework a parliamentary majority.

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