Iraqi Parliament meets to elect Speaker amid uncertainty due to divided blocs

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 14 September 2018


Iraqi Parliament is meeting Saturday to elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker amid an uncertain political scenario because of distant parliamentary blocs who are stick to their positions against each other while outgoing Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi has announced no more a candidate for reelection as PM after Grand Ayatollah Syed Ali Sistani has given his opinion against the candidature of any former PM.

Until this month, Abadi was the favourite to fill the premiership as parties vied to take control of the parliament after the May 12 election. His hopes for a second term, however, appear to have ended as multiple sides have laid at his feet blame for the government corruption and mismanagement that sparked a summer of deadly protests in the southern province of Basra.
“We are committed to constitutional measures and we respect the directives of the supreme religious Marja, and we heed it,” his office stated. Abadi’s own backer Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sayirun have lost faith in his ability to lead the country through the Basra crisis.
It is also interesting to note that United Kingdom’s ambassador has been active and he has held meetings with Kurd leaders and wanted them to come forward with a united bloc. The US embassy ios also playing behind the scene role to manipulate the government formation process in Iraq.

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As per Shiite News analysts, Abadi’s Nasr bloc still insists that their sole candidate for the PM slot is Abadi. On the other hand, the party of Sadr, a populist who has criticized the ruling elite, won the most votes in the election, but he announced he would take the position of opposition if his demands for the new government are not met.
“We had agreed with the ‘seniors of Iraq’ to nominate multiple technocratic, independent individuals for the premiership based on a strictly Iraqi decision, with the candidate selecting his ministers apart from party, sectarian, and ethnic divisions, rather according to correct and acceptable standards based on specialization, expertise, and integrity,” he tweeted on Thursday.
If this is rejected, Sadr said he will take the stance of opposition.
Iraq’s parliament will sit on Saturday, a continuation of its delayed first session when it must elect a speaker, the first constitutionally-mandated step to forming the government.
In what may be one of his final press conferences as prime minister, Abadi repeated the sentiment to reporters in Baghdad on Thursday evening. "Never did I ask to cling to power, or for a second term to be for us. I wasn't seeking a second term,” he said, explaining that he anticipated post-election rivalries and so resisted registering his Nasr alliance for the vote. "I went along with the current and I wish I hadn't,” he said. "Transition of power in Iraq needs to be peaceful, not through intimidation,” he said.
Until this month, Abadi was the favourite to fill the premiership as parties vied to take control of the parliament after the May 12 election. His hopes for a second term, however, appear to have ended as multiple sides have laid at his feet blame for the government corruption and mismanagement that sparked a summer of deadly protests in the southern province of Basra.
“We are committed to constitutional measures and we respect the directives of the supreme religious Marja, and we heed it,” his office stated. Abadi’s own backer Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sayirun have lost faith in his ability to lead the country through the Basra crisis.
It is also interesting to note that United Kingdom’s ambassador has been active and he has held meetings with Kurd leaders and wanted them to come forward with a united bloc. The US embassy ios also playing behind the scene role to manipulate the government formation process in Iraq.

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