“The Sadrist Movement” and the “Coordination Framework” throw the ball of government formation into the independents’ court

“The Sadrist Movement” and the “Coordination Framework” throw the ball of government formation into the independents’ court


The Sadrist Movement and the Coordination Framework throw the ball of government formation into the independents courtThe leader of the “Sadrist movement” Muqtada al-Sadr concluded the forty-day deadline he granted his opponents (the coordination framework) to form the government, with a surprising tweet before the current “9 Shawwal” date. A day after the “coordinating framework” announced an initiative to solve the political impasse in the country, seven months after holding “early” elections, throwing the ball into the court of the independents to form a government, the leader of the “Sadr movement” Muqtada al-Sadr announced his plan to form a government. Next, by throwing the ball into the independents’ court as well. freelancers; Those whose actual number differs due to the dispute over the concept of an independent representative, did not announce a clear position on the two initiatives of the two most important Shiite parliamentary blocs in the Iraqi parliament. However, independent MP Hussein Arbab, coordinator of the “Independent Iraq Alliance”, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “independent MPs will present within two days their vision on the issue of the political blockage and the proposed initiatives.” While he declined to comment on the independents’ position with either initiative; It acknowledged the existence of “different views among independent representatives regarding the possibility of participating in the government and holding executive positions or not.”

till then; Iraqi researcher Farhad Alaeddin, head of the Iraqi Consultative Council, identified the categories of independents in the Iraqi parliament. Aladdin said in a tweet to him on Twitter that “the responsibility lies with the independents, and they are types.” Aladdin defined the levels of independents as follows: “A true and genuine independent; Their number is less than 7, and the framework independents (affiliated with the Shiite coordination framework) and their number is 10,” while there are “independents affiliated with the (Rescuing the Nation) coalition (led by Muqtada al-Sadr), and their number ranges between 7 and 10, while there is an independent partisan, and these are inclined and financed by a party or Personal and their number between 24 and 30. Aladdin promised that under this status; The blockage continues.

While the “Coordination Framework” initiative stipulated that everyone sit at one dialogue table; Especially the two Shiite blocs, “The Framework” and “Al-Tayyar,” while calling on the independents to choose personalities from among them to form the government. Al-Sadr cut off any path to dialogue with his opponents in the “coordination framework,” calling on independent representatives to join his alliance with giving them more space to form a government. Iraqi political circles believe that the call of both the “coordinating framework” and the “Sadr movement” to bring in the independents; Each to his alliance, coming from the premise that nearly all independent representatives belong to the Shiite component; Thus, it is easier to assimilate them into either of the two masses if they are of different components. The only excluded bloc is the Kurdish “New Generation” bloc, which is led by the Kurdish opposition businessman Sashwar Abdul Wahed. While the same circles see that attempts to lure independent representatives into joining any of the two blocs will make them like an egg; On the other hand, it reflects the depth of the crisis experienced by the political process in Iraq, in addition to the Shiite house, which was divided into two conflicting alliances. Since the results of the elections that were held on October 10, 2021 and issued by 75 deputies, the Sadrist movement has been seeking to form a national majority government, while the results of its rival, the Coordination Framework, have been mixed with a significant loss of all its forces, according to the results announced by it. UNHCR. Al-Sadr’s tripartite alliance, which included the Sunni “alliance of sovereignty” led by Muhammad al-Halbousi and Khamis al-Khanjar, and the “Kurdistan Democratic Party” led by Massoud Barzani, tried to form a government through its presidential candidate for the Kurdistan Democratic Party. But all the attempts of the tripartite alliance failed, and through 3 parliamentary sessions, the “coordinating framework”, the “PUK” and the Sunni “determination” had what has come to be called the “blocking third”. In the context of Al-Sadr’s attempt to embarrass his opponents by forming a government within the 40-day period granted to them; The resort of the two Shiite parties to the independents means that both parties are unable to form a new government; This paves the way for the current government to remain in place for a longer period, while granting it exceptional powers.