There is no session for the Iraqi parliament until the consensus with the Sadrists is settled

There is no session for the Iraqi parliament until the consensus with the Sadrists is settled


There is no session for the Iraqi parliament until the consensus with the Sadrists is settledThe Iraqi parliament’s sessions have been suspended for nearly two months, due to differences over the formation of the new government between the “Sadr movement” led by Muqtada al-Sadr, and the “Coordination Framework” alliance, which brings together forces loyal to Iran, without any signs of political consensus appearing between the two parties.

On July 30, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced the suspension of parliament’s work until further notice, after al-Sadr’s supporters stormed the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, and took control of the building.

Concern in the Iraqi street is compounded by the continuation of the longest political crisis in the country since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, after militias and armed groups allied to Iran entered the crisis line, in alignment with the forces of the “coordinating framework” against the “Sadr movement.”

The Iraqi Parliament Rapporteur, Ghareeb Askar, said in a telephone conversation with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that, “until this hour, the Presidency of the House of Representatives has not set any date for the resumption of the parliament’s sessions normally, in order to restore legislative and oversight work after stopping nearly two months ago.”

And Askar indicated that “the presidency of the parliament wants a consensus between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework on the resumption of parliament sessions, so that there are no obstacles to prevent the sessions from being held again through popular protests and others, and therefore the return of sessions depends on understanding with the Sadrists.”

And the Iraqi parliament rapporteur added: “So far, the Sadrist movement has refused any dialogue and negotiation with the coordination framework and the rest of the political parties, and this will hinder the upcoming return to the sessions of the House of Representatives, and everyone is now waiting for an understanding with the Sadrists to return to parliament sessions and to proceed with the process of forming the new government.”

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For his part, the leader of the “Kurdistan Democratic Party,” Mahdi Abdul Karim, said during an interview with “The New Arab,” that “the return of parliament sessions requires a political agreement, and so far no An agreement on that, because the Sadrist movement did not agree to any dialogue and understanding, especially with the forces of the coordination framework.”

And Abdul Karim indicated that “the return of Parliament sessions without agreement with the Sadrist movement, could push the supporters of the movement to protest again, and things may reach entering the parliament building again, and that is why the majority of blocs and parties want an understanding with the Sadrists before going towards re- sessions of Parliament. “.

He added that “until now, there are no real signs of solving the political crisis in Iraq, especially since any dialogue and negotiation without the Sadrist movement will not bring any solutions, and the movement is still insisting on its position by rejecting any dialogue and insisting on dissolving Parliament and going towards early parliamentary elections.”

As for the independent MP Hadi Al-Salami, he said, during a telephone conversation with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that “until now, there are no signs of holding any parliament session during the next few days, especially since the return of the parliament’s sessions is coupled with a solution to the current political crisis and an agreement between the conflicting political parties to form a government.” new.”

Al-Salami indicated that “the Presidency of the House of Representatives is waiting for an understanding and agreement between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework to announce the reconvening of parliament sessions, despite their disruption for a very long time, and this affected the work of the institution in terms of legislative and oversight.”

The independent deputy added that “the parliamentary committees have resumed their work in order to revive the oversight work on state institutions. It is not possible to leave the caretaker government without parliamentary oversight, and for these committees they carry out their work normally, to prevent any suspicions of corruption and cases in violation of the laws.”

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On the other hand, political analyst Ahmed Al-Sharifi said, in a telephone conversation with “The New Arab,” that “the return to holding sessions of the Iraqi parliament without a prior agreement on that with the Sadrist movement is a matter.” It is very difficult, and any session without agreement with the Sadrists will lead to a new popular escalation by Sadr’s supporters to prevent any session from taking place.”

Al-Sharifi indicated that “the return of the sessions of the Iraqi parliament is currently dependent on the agreement between the Sadrist movement and the rest of the other political forces on the next stage, especially the files related to the dissolution of parliament, the date of early elections, the formation of the new government and who heads it.”

The political analyst added, “According to all the data and information, there is no close session for the Iraqi parliament, due to the lack of any progress in obtaining understandings between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework. A concession by the political parties for the higher interest of the country.”

With the continuation of the differences and the lack of signs of a solution, there are political and popular fears of a repeat of the armed clash between the supporters of the “Sadr movement” and the armed factions loyal and supported by Iran, with the determination of the “coordinating framework” to proceed with the task of forming the new government, and Muqtada al-Sadr’s insistence on rejecting any government It is formed by the alliance close to Iran in accordance with quotas and consensus, with anticipation of a new arrival of Sadr’s supporters to the street to prevent Parliament from holding any session intended to form a government.

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The axes of the Iraqi crisis are currently summarized in the insistence of the “coordinating framework” forces to resume parliamentary sessions and resume its work in full. It also adheres to electing a president and a prime minister with full powers instead of the current caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and then going towards amending the current election law.

On the other hand, the Sadrist movement rejects this and insists on dissolving parliament and holding early elections within 9 months. It also proposes amending paragraph 76 of the constitution regarding the major bloc that has the right to form a government.

He also raises another demand, which is the amendment of the Federal Court law to be more independent from the political parties that have actually taken over since 2005 the selection of the 11 members of this court, using sectarian and partisan quotas. In addition, the Sadrist movement refuses to amend the election law.