Al-Sadr refuses to participate in the tried-and-true Sudanese militia government

Al-Sadr refuses to participate in the tried-and-true Sudanese militia government


Al-Sadr refuses to participate in the tried-and-true Sudanese militia governmentBaghdad – The Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr on Saturday attacked the efforts of the Coordinating Framework Alliance to form a government, which it described as a “tested militia coalition”, again refusing to participate in it, and speaking of efforts to satisfy the movement by granting it positions in that government.

These statements come about two days after the election of a new president of the republic and the assignment of a new president to form a government after a long political crisis.

A year after the early legislative elections, the Iraqi parliament elected on Thursday the compromise candidate, Abdul Latif Rashid (78 years), as President of the Republic, who in turn commissioned Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani (52 years) to form a new government for the country.

Al-Sudani was nominated for this position by the coordination framework, which includes several blocs, including the State of Law led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Al-Fateh bloc representing the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions.

The framework, which has the largest number of representatives in parliament, seeks to speed up the political process after a year of paralysis and division.

But the Sadrist movement, whose leader has the ability to mobilize tens of thousands of supporters with one tweet, confirmed on Saturday its position rejecting this candidate and the next government.

A close associate of al-Sadr, or what is known as al-Sadr’s Minister, Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, spoke in a statement via his Twitter account about the existence of “undisputed efforts to satisfy the movement and silence the voice of the nation”, referring to media statements and experts who talk about the possibility of proposing ministerial positions to the Sadrist movement.

Saleh said, “In the midst of forming a coalition government of proven militia subordination, it did not and will not meet the people’s ambition… after the efforts to form a national majority government failed… We stress our unequivocal, clear and frank rejection of the participation of any of our affiliates… in this government formation headed by the current candidate or others. old or belonging to the corrupt and their authority.”

He added, “Anyone who participates in their ministries with them unjustly, aggression and disobedience for any reason does not represent us at all, but we are acquitted of him until the Day of Judgment and he is considered immediately expelled from us (the Al-Sadr family).”

He continued, “We are also showing everyone that there are malicious plans to root, root, and strengthen their authority and undermine everything else in order to increase the dominance of corruption and the corrupt, and to manipulate the people’s control, destinies and money unchecked through mixing papers and domination of judicial and security authorities, independent bodies, and the like… So beware of that.”

This is the first position of the Sadrist movement regarding the efforts to form the new government, as the movement had specified its demands to dissolve parliament and hold new early elections, while there is currently anticipation in terms of the reaction that it is expected to take after the rapid political developments.

The Sadrist movement’s refusal to participate in the next government signals that it will not remain idly by, and it is not excluded that it will turn again to the street card in an escalation against the coordination framework, which may drag the country into open confrontations that will deepen the crisis that Iraq has been witnessing for many years.

The new taxpayer has 30 days from the day he was assigned to present the new government formation. In a speech Thursday night, Al-Sudani expressed his “full readiness to cooperate with all political forces and societal components, whether represented in the House of Representatives or those present in the national space.”

At the heart of the crisis during the past months was the dispute between the two major Shiite camps: the Sadrist movement on the one hand, and the coordination framework that includes several blocs, including the State of Law led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the Fatah bloc representing the Popular Mobilization factions.

The nomination of the coordination framework for Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani in the summer, sparked tension between the framework and the Sadrist movement, whose supporters staged a sit-in in front of Parliament for about a month.

The tension reached its peak on August 29, when 30 of his supporters were killed in clashes inside the Green Zone with forces from the army and the Popular Mobilization Forces, which are Shiite armed factions loyal to Iran and affiliated with the state apparatus.