Iraq.. The leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance does not oppose the formation of a national majority government and refuses to exclude the coordination framework
Hadi Al-Amiri, the leader of the “Al-Fateh Alliance” in Iraq, called today, Saturday, for all Iraqi political forces to end what he described as political stubbornness and put the country’s interests above all else, at a time when differences persist over forming the next government.
Al-Amiri added – during a meeting with political figures – that he is not against forming a national majority government, but without excluding power and excluding others, as he put it.
He added that talking about forming a government according to the concept of a national majority, with the exception of a political party – which is the (Shiite) coordination framework – is “unacceptable.”
Al-Amiri had met in mid-January in Najaf, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, whose bloc led the results of the last legislative elections, and the Al-Fateh Alliance described the meeting as positive and fruitful.
While al-Sadr has repeatedly reiterated his determination to form what he describes as a national majority government independent of any regional influence, the Shiite coordination framework sees the need to form a participatory government in which the forces forming the coordination framework will be a major party.
For weeks, the Coordination Framework Forces Axis – which includes the State of Law coalition, the State Forces Alliance, the Victory Alliance, the Al-Fateh Alliance (the Popular Mobilization factions, some of which are close to Iran), the Ataa Movement and the Virtue Party – have been leading understandings that lead to the formation of a political majority government far from the orientations of the leader of the Sadrist movement.
The Sadrist bloc topped the elections held on October 10, with 73 seats, followed by the Progress Alliance with 37, the State of Law coalition with 33, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 31.
While the forces of the Shiite coordination framework did not officially exceed 60 seats, the latter spoke in a recent parliamentary session about including independents and reaching 88 out of 329 seats in the House of Representatives.
The formation of the new Iraqi government requires first the election of a new president of the republic by parliament, so that the elected president assigns the candidate of the largest parliamentary bloc to form the government within 30 days, and parliament is scheduled to hold a session to elect the president of the republic on the seventh of next February.
Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Plasschaert, urged Iraqis to pursue dialogue to resolve existing differences over the formation of the next government.
During her meeting today, Saturday, with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi at the government headquarters in Baghdad, Plasschaert confirmed the position of the international community in support of Iraq regarding the current challenges.
The Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that during the meeting, the overall political and security situation and its developments were discussed.
He added that Al-Kazemi reiterated during the meeting Iraq’s keenness to consolidate its regional and international relations.