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Al-Sadr insists on removing Al-Maliki from any new Iraqi government

Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government, unlike the rest of the Shiite forces, which demand a consensual government in which all political forces in parliament participate.

Today, Tuesday, the leader of the Sadrist bloc in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, reiterated his commitment to forming a majority government and removing former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from it. He praised the response of the Federal Court to challenge the constitutionality of the first session of Parliament.

Al-Sadr said – in a televised statement – that “the government of the national majority has become a necessity after the spread of corruption in the country, and it is necessary to remove some of the political forces that corruption gave them from the new government, which will take care of the people more than itself.”

He stressed that he did everything in his power to preserve the cohesion of the Shiite house, and offered the Shiite forces, in what is known as the coordinating framework, to enter into a national majority government on the condition that the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, did not participate, but they refused.

Al-Sadr blames Al-Maliki, who headed the government in two consecutive terms (2006-2014), for rampant corruption and acts of violence, as well as the Islamic State’s invasion of a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Al-Sadr pointed out that the Coordination Framework forces “also rejected the conditions that he presented to reach an agreement on the next government, foremost of which is the dissolution of the factions and the preservation of the state’s prestige and independence, and the absence of subordination to anyone.”

He denied seeking to dissolve the Popular Mobilization Authority, noting that he “demands the dissolution of the factions outside the crowd, and the removal of undisciplined elements from it.”

The Sadrist bloc topped the elections held on the tenth of last October, with 73 seats, followed by the “Progress” coalition led by Muhammad al-Halbousi with 37, the “State of Law” coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki with 33, and then the “Kurdistan Democratic Party” led by Massoud Barzani with 31.

Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government, unlike the rest of the “coordinating framework” forces, which demand a consensual government in which all political forces in Parliament participate, similar to previous sessions.

The Federal Court postponed consideration of the case to determine the name of the largest bloc in Parliament until early February (Iraqi Press)

The constitutionality of the parliament session

In a related context, Al-Sadr praised the decision of the Federal Court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a number of members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives regarding the unconstitutionality of the first parliament session, which was held on the ninth of this month and witnessed the election of the Speaker of the Council – Muhammad al-Halbousi – and his two deputies.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet via his Twitter account, “Once again, the Iraqi judiciary proves its integrity and independence and is not subject to political pressures.

The court’s decision to reject the case came after hearing the representatives who brought this case and their lawyers. The court also decided to cancel the order issued earlier, which provided for the temporary suspension of the new Presidium of Parliament.

In a related context, the court decided to postpone consideration of the case to determine the name of the largest bloc in Parliament that will be tasked with forming the new government until the first of next month.

The coordinating framework considers that the first session of Parliament was marred by legal violations, and demanded the annulment of its outcomes represented in the election of the Speaker of the Council, Muhammad al-Halbousi and his two deputies.

The first session witnessed violent verbal altercations between deputies of the Sadrist bloc and the coordination framework regarding the largest parliamentary bloc, in the midst of which the (older) interim parliament speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, was assaulted by one of the representatives (whose identity was not known), which necessitated his transfer to the hospital, and then assigned The second oldest member to chair the session.



Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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