Despite his poor chances of winning, Saddam’s trial judge refuses to withdraw from the presidential race in Iraq

Amin drew attention during Saddam’s trial with his impartiality in conducting sessions and the strength of his presence

The candidate for the presidency of Iraq, Judge Rizgar Muhammad Amin, confirmed that he will not withdraw his candidacy for the presidency, despite his knowledge of his poor chances of winning the position.

Amin admitted in press statements that it would be difficult for him to win if he was not supported by the Kurdish parties, because positions in Iraq belong to the political parties, which they share among themselves according to the agreement.

He stressed that he is not a candidate for any party, but submitted his papers as an independent candidate, noting that sticking to his candidacy for the presidency comes in order to participate in supporting the democratic process in Iraq, and it is important to work on that.

Amin, 65, of Kurdish nationalism, was the seventh chief judge in the trial of the late President Saddam Hussein, which took place under the supervision of the Supreme Criminal Court in Iraq, and he was the only judge whose name was revealed at the opening of the trial on October 19, 2005, and it was not allowed to appear The names of the other four judges and all the faces of his colleagues except for two during the televised clips of the trial, but he stepped down from presiding over the trial after presiding over seven public and one secret sessions.

Amin managed to draw attention during Saddam’s trial through his impartiality in conducting the sessions, and the strength of his presence. Amin confirmed in previous statements that he resigned from the trial due to “the pressures and the charged atmosphere in the trial due to political and ruling parties.”

According to the political custom followed in Iraq since the first parliamentary elections held in the country in 2005, the position of the President of the Republic belongs to the Kurdish component, the presidency of the parliament belongs to the Sunnis, and the leadership of the government belongs to the Shiites. And the presidency of the republic is often from the share of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, as the late Jalal Talabani headed the presidency for two terms, then Fuad Masum, then the current president Barham Salih.

Barham Salih (left) and Hoshyar Zebari are among the most prominent candidates for the presidency (agencies)

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Since the new Iraqi parliament speaker, Muhammad al-Halbousi, announced the opening of the door for candidacy for the presidency on the ninth of this January, 26 Iraqis have submitted papers for their candidacy for the position of president.

A parliamentary source told Al Jazeera Net – who preferred not to be identified – that most of the candidates so far are Kurds, most notably the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidate, the outgoing President of the Republic, Barham Salih, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party candidate, Hoshyar Zebari, who previously held my foreign and financial portfolios for many years. In addition to the candidacy of a woman for the position, Sheilan Al-Mufti, who returned and announced her withdrawal from running for the position after receiving threats from influential party parties.

Parliament elects a new president for Iraq within 30 days of the first session, with a two-thirds majority vote, i.e. no later than the end of February 8th.

In the event of a president being elected, the latter will assign the candidate of the largest parliamentary bloc to form the Council of Ministers within 15 days from the date of the election of the President of the Republic.

The “Sadr bloc” led by Muqtada al-Sadr topped the elections with 73 seats out of 329, followed by the “Progress” coalition led by Muhammad al-Halbousi with 37 seats, the “State of Law” coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki with 33 seats, and then the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani with 31 seats.

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