The Iraqi crisis is at a standstill… and speculation overwhelms expectations

The Iraqi crisis is at a standstill… and speculation overwhelms expectations

9-22-2022

The Iraqi crisis is at a standstill... and speculation overwhelms expectationsWhile everything is in place 11 months after the elections, the candidate for the position of Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, was forced to issue a clarification regarding the ministerial lists that he was said to have formed and which began to spread widely in the social media. Al-Sudani, in a brief statement to his media office, said that all rumors about ministerial lists are incorrect. What is correct in these lists is who is behind them and the goal of promoting them. And according to what always happens when the decision is approached, as the next parliament session is at the door, as expectations indicate, there are two goals behind publishing lists that they are the ones chosen by the Prime Minister-designate. The information is beyond doubt that Al-Sudani has completed the equivalent of 60 percent of his ministerial portfolio, in addition to his ministerial curriculum, which he discussed the day before yesterday in an informal session with a number of deputies in the Iraqi parliament building. The two goals behind the spread of such lists are to draw the attention of the candidate or political forces to some personalities or names that those parties wish to pay attention to, and some political figures, through electronic armies, and in order to promote one character, they make a full list of 22 ministers by default, but the intention is one character. The second goal is to promote some names that may be candidates for inclusion in the government booth, with the aim of burning them by public opinion, and thus the candidate or the political forces behind him are forced to exclude them for this reason.

The matter did not stop at the fake ministerial lists, but there is something more important at the political level. For more than two weeks, a leading tripartite committee (consisting of Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, and Muhammad al-Halbousi, Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Sovereignty Alliance) has been deliberating, and it will go to Hananah in the city of Najaf to meet with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr. While Barzani was walking in London behind the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth, the local news agencies in Iraq were promising the Iraqis that the tripartite leadership committee might have gone or will go tomorrow to Al-Hanana. Nobody apologizes for a mistake or glitch. Even when Barzani appeared to offer his condolences, or two days later he wrote an elegy in the royal condolence register, no one retracted his statement, which was received by news agencies, some of which are looking for “media savagery” as well, without calculating credibility.

There is now talk that the postponed parliament session will be held after the tripartite committee’s visit to Al-Sadr in Al-Hanana. The available information is that there is no initiative, nor a tripartite leadership committee, nor an imminent meeting with al-Sadr. As for the tripartite committee, it is a technical committee, which the National Dialogue Conference announced in its second edition to discuss with the political forces the next road map. The position of the President of the Republic, which has long been talked about, remains between the two leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union, which have long held unilateral meetings during the past months.

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