US pressures Maliki to marginalize Sadr

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 12 October 2010

malkiThe US administration has reportedly told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to marginalize supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr in exchange for Washington's support for his re-election.

The American daily The New York Times revealed on Sunday that the Obama administration has sought assurances from Maliki that he will not appoint al-Sadr's followers to high security positions.

Washington's worries doubled after Maliki's State of Law coalition and Moqtada al-Sadr's Iraqi National Alliance agreed on a merger between, increasing the possibility of Sadr's followers occupying key positions in a future coalition government.

“The United States' government has always preferred some blocs over the others ever since we first raised resistance to the occupation,” said Amir al-Kanani, a Sadrist member of the new parliament.

Efforts by the US administration to include former premier Iyad Allawi's al-Iraqiya alliance in a coalition government in Iraq are in line with the goal of marginalizing Sadrists.

Iraq has been grappled in a political gridlock since the inconclusive general elections of March 7, in which no party was able to gain a majority of parliamentary seats.

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