Iraq: “The Framework” gives the Kurds a deadline before the Eid holiday to choose the President of the Republic

Iraq: “The Framework” gives the Kurds a deadline before the Eid holiday to choose the President of the Republic


Iraq - The Framework gives the Kurds a deadline before the Eid holiday to choose the President of the RepublicThe Shiite “coordination framework” revealed that the two main Kurdish parties were given an opportunity to decide the candidate for the position of President of the Republic, before the Eid al-Adha holiday, noting that in the event of “negotiations failing” between them, he would resort to passing the candidate after the Eid holiday, and while he talked about his adherence to his alliance With the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, he expressed his support for dialogue with the Democratic Party.
The head of the Sanad bloc, which is affiliated with the “Frame”, Ahmed Al-Asadi, said in a televised interview that “the coordination framework supports any rapprochement between the Kurdish forces, especially the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, to end the crisis of the presidency.”
He added: “In the event of failure of the negotiations between the two parties, the framework, in all seriousness, will resolve the situation, and pass the President of the Republic immediately after the Eid holiday and without any delay.”
He pointed out that «the alliance with the Union is strong and continuous, and we will open the doors of dialogue with the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty and Independents to end the crisis and proceed with the formation of the government».
The recent “tweet” of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, put the current President of the Republic, Barham Salih, the candidate of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, in a critical angle, which threatens to renew him in the position for a second term.
He expressed his regret at the nomination of Saleh for the post of President of the Republic.
And he stated in his “tweet”, that “it is very, very shameful that the so-called President of the Republic of Iraq: (Barham) refuses to sign the law (criminalizing normalization).”
He added, “It would be shameful for the people for their president to be normalizing and unpatriotic, but rather subservient to the West or the East.”
He continued, “I am innocent of this crime before God and the Iraqi people… I regret his nomination for the presidency before and after.”
In response to Al-Sadr’s “blog”, the Presidency of the Republic issued a press statement in which it spoke about the circumstances of the law “criminalizing normalization with Israel.”
According to the presidential statement, “the Presidency of the Republic has previously received the draft law (criminalizing normalization with the Zionist entity) sent by the House of Representatives, for the purpose of completing the procedures for its issuance and ratification and in accordance with the legal and constitutional mechanisms followed by the Presidency of the Republic for the laws enacted by the House of Representatives. The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, directed to deal with this law in the form sent by the House of Representatives without any notice, and it was published in the Iraqi Gazette on June 20, 2022 to enter into force.

fixed position

He added that Saleh’s position, “as is well known, is a firm and supportive position for the Palestinian cause and the attainment of the full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the liberation of their homeland from the occupation of the Zionist entity.
Deciding the presidential position is a gateway to determining the largest parliamentary bloc, which the president entrusts with forming the government, and choosing a new prime minister.
With the withdrawal of al-Sadr’s deputies from Parliament, the road has become paved for the “coordinating framework” in forming a “consensual” government, similar to previous experiences, since 2003.
The representative of the “Sadiquon” bloc, which is affiliated with the “framework,” Rafiq al-Salihi, stressed that the vision of “ The coordination framework” revolves around the formation of a consensus government in which all political forces participate, indicating that “the political forces have a great desire to speed up the formation of the government and to stay away from auctions.”
He pointed out, in a statement carried by his bloc’s media, that “the political situation is not likely to continue to obstruct the formation of the government,” explaining that “the coordination framework, after the withdrawal of the Sadrist bloc, became obligated to form the government as the largest bloc.”
He added that «the vision of the coordination framework, the formation of a consensual government in which all political forces participate and does not focus in one direction, but rather puts the interest of Iraq above all considerations», noting that «the political forces have a great desire to speed up the formation of the government and to stay away from bids and proposals from here and there that would complexity of the political situation.

“until the last moment”

On the other hand, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi urged the political forces to expedite the formation of the government, stressing at the same time that his government will continue its work until the last minute.
He said, during the meeting of the Federal Council of Ministers, the day before yesterday, that “the government is working at the end of its session, and we are waiting for the political parties to work with full force to form a government that represents the aspirations of the Iraqi people, so that it can present a vision to address these challenges,” noting that “this The government will remain at work until the last minute until its tasks are handed over to the next government, which is why I remind the political elites of the importance of expediting the formation of a government that does its duty, and at the same time we will work for the last minute to follow up on all the details.”
He stated: “We have commitments that we must implement and continue with, and despite the many internal challenges, we have succeeded in the policy of external balance, and this was a major goal from the first moment in working to restore our relations with neighboring countries and friendly countries and with our brothers,” referring to “the situation of Iraq’s interest.” In the first place, and this balance stems from the interest of Iraq, the Iraqi people, and we will continue with this policy, and we will not go to any axis at the expense of another axis.”
He went on to say: «We put an equal distance with everyone in order to bring to Iraq investments and support, in order to compensate for the failures, frustrations and absurd wars that have left their repercussions on the Iraqi people. What is required is to rebuild our relations on the basis of the Iraqi interest and on the basis of good faith with all partners. As for the policy of fear, isolation and mistrust with others, it is not in our policy.”
He continued, “We think well of everyone so that we can reconcile with ourselves and others, and liberate us from the absurd policies that took Iraq in the past to semi-isolationist or escalatory policies with neighboring countries, and this will be part of the past.”
He explained that «this government came under exceptional circumstances, and it worked and is still working in exceptional circumstances, and despite all these challenges it has succeeded in overcoming many difficulties. The challenges were not easy, and the government’s slogan from the first day was that it is a government of words and deeds.” He added: “We focused on the practical aspect of citizens’ needs, and we succeeded in some of them, while others need more time to address them.”
He pointed to “campaigns in some media and social media platforms, aimed at breaking the resolve of the government’s work, and our response is silence. We do not want to enter into political rivalries for the sake of Iraq and Iraqis, and we focus on work to move towards the future.”
He added, “The House of Representatives voted on the law on emergency support for food security, and we must work to implement it with full force in order to serve the people, and I would like to remind that the law is not a budget, but rather came because we are going through an exceptional circumstance, and we, as a caretaker government, have no right to enact laws, so we resorted to The Food Security Law, which requires us to work very hard to implement it for the benefit of the Iraqis.”

cooperation of political parties

He stressed the need for “all political parties to cooperate to implement the Food Security Law, with our need for a supervisory role as well, which must take place within the public interest, and not for pressure or personal purposes, or within agendas to weaken the government.”
Regarding his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran, he said, “It was very good, in which we discussed common issues, Saudi investments in Iraq and future prospects, and we talked about the electrical connection and many projects that Iraqis benefit from, and the importance of the region being stable and calm and for Iraq to play its role in humidifying the atmosphere.” For the interest of Iraq and the region. We also talked about global challenges due to the war in Ukraine and its repercussions on food security, and how to cooperate in order to provide the needs of our peoples to provide this security.
Regarding the visit to Iran, he said, “We talked about the same points, and about joint files, as well as working on the issue of energy and water,” stressing at the same time that the Iranians expressed their willingness to “send the Minister of Energy to Baghdad to talk about the issue of water and electric energy and solve all problems.”
He continued: “We need to work very hard to overcome the challenges that the region is going through, affecting everyone and Iraq in the first place, and in particular the issue of climate changes, and for this I ask the competent ministers to pay attention to this aspect regarding water and climatic changes that affect agriculture and the lives of citizens.”