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Is the Sadrist movement unique in choosing the prime minister?


Observers unanimously agreed that the "Popular Mobilization" cannot be bypassed in Iraqi politics, and the game of alliances will rule the scene


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Analysts believe that the formation of the Iraqi government and the nomination of the prime minister do not depend only on who has the largest number of parliamentary seats (AFP)

The Sadrist movement led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has become a pressure card in choosing the next Iraqi prime minister after his gains in the legislative elections, but he still has to agree with the Popular Mobilization Forces , despite the decline in their electoral performance.

Al-Sadr was at the forefront by obtaining more than seventy seats out of 329, but his acquisition of the choice of a single prime minister is still unlikely.

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Beyond the high-pitched speeches and the expected tensions between the various political parties, experts believe that Sunday's elections will not lead to upsetting the fragile balance of power in Baghdad , which has been controlled by Shiites for nearly two decades.

Therefore, al-Sadr must engage in dialogue with his political opponents in the Popular Mobilization Forces.

From 48 seats in the previous parliament, the number of seats in the Al-Fateh Alliance, which represents the Popular Mobilization, and includes Shiite factions loyal to Iran that have become affiliated with the official forces, has fallen to less than half, but the number of its fighters is about 160,000, according to observers' estimates. With the support of its ally Iran, the Hashd remains an unsurpassable force in Iraqi politics.

Also, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, an ally of the Hashd and Tehran , achieved a breach in the elections.

On the other hand, Al-Sadr, who led the most prominent armed faction that fought the American forces after 2003, and adopted an anti-Iran rhetoric, asserts that he is the number one force in Parliament.

However, the formation of the government and the nomination of a prime minister does not depend solely on who holds the largest number of parliamentary seats.

"The results give al-Sadr the upper hand on the political scene and in negotiations. But that is not the only important factor," explains Renad Mansour, a researcher at the British "Chatham House" center, explaining that "he must negotiate with other major blocs."

 

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Following the release of the preliminary results, the leader of the Sadrist movement gave a speech in which he indirectly referred to the Popular Mobilization. He said, "Weapons must be confined to the hands of the state, and the use of weapons outside this scope is prohibited, even if it is from those who claim resistance," stressing that "it is time for the people to live in peace without occupation, terrorism, or militias that detract from the prestige of the state," referring to the pro-Iranian factions.

Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi was established in 2014 to combat ISIS, and entered parliament for the first time in 2018.

After the popular uprising that shook Iraq in the fall of 2019, the pro-Iranian factions were accused of being behind dozens of assassinations, assassination attempts and kidnappings of activists and protesters.


And in late May, after the arrest of a senior official in it on suspicion of ordering the assassination of a prominent activist, the crowd did not hesitate to show its strength for his release, deploying its members and armored vehicles at the entrance to the Green Zone, where the government and foreign embassies are located in the center of the capital, Baghdad.

Despite the decline in its parliamentary size, the Popular Mobilization "still retains a great coercive pressure ability, which it will resort to using during negotiations," as Renad Mansour explains.

Mansour does not rule out that "all parties resort to threats and violence," but that does not mean an open war between them, as he explained.

The Al-Fateh Alliance has expressed its rejection of the election results and its intention to legally challenge them, while its leaders have repeated their condemning statements since Sunday.

Hussein Monis, head of the rights movement affiliated with the "Hezbollah Brigades", one of the most influential popular mobilization factions, considered that "these elections are the worst elections in Iraq since 2003," while his bloc won only one seat out of 32 candidates.

Military spokesman Abu Ali al-Askari on behalf of this armed faction accused Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of being "the godfather of electoral fraud", in favor of a small party he says emerged from the protests.

 

Negotiation and alliance game

 

The Iraqi political analyst, Ali Al-Baydar, does not see the Al-Fateh Alliance as an opposition force in the Iraqi political scene. He explains that "the culture of the opposition is far from politics in Iraq, everyone wants to share power," noting that "the coalition is trying to immunize armed groups from any accountability, so I find it very difficult to exist outside the system of power."

In the new parliament, which is expected to be fragmented, the game of negotiations and alliances will have a great place, opening the door to choosing a prime minister and sharing ministerial portfolios.

The Hashd can count on its traditional alliance with Nouri al-Maliki. This old Shiite politician, who held the premiership for the longest period in the country's history, came as a surprise in these elections, as his parliamentary alliance won more than 30 seats.

This political bloc aspires, by allying with other, smaller currents, to form the "largest parliamentary bloc" and name "Al-Maliki as prime minister," according to Hamdi Malek, a researcher at the Washington Institute.

He added, "This is difficult to verify, but it may constitute a starting point for entering into negotiations with al-Sadr and securing several positions for them in the next government."

In a country that suffers from deteriorating infrastructure, and is awaiting reforms to combat chronic corruption, the Sadrist movement actually taking the position of prime minister without challenges and makes it vulnerable to criticism.

Malik explains, "Muqtada al-Sadr clearly has a greater margin of maneuver to seek more influence. But he is not the only player," adding that "the most verifiable result is the selection of a compromise prime minister, but the Sadrist movement has a great ability to influence him."

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Al-Sadr sets the negotiating committee for the Sadrist bloc to form the government

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The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced today, Thursday, the names of the Sadrist bloc's negotiating committee to form the government.
Al-Sadr said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), "We would like to inform all political parties that the negotiating committee that represents us exclusively, and that no one has the right to interfere in its work, whoever they are:
1- Hassan Al-Adhari as its chairman
2- Nassar Al-Rubaie as first deputy He has
3- Nabil Al-Tarifi as his second deputy
4- Hakim Al-Zamili as a supporter of it.He
added, “The committee has full powers in the matter of parliamentary and political alliances for this stage, provided that they return to us in the tasks of their affairs and avoid alliance with those who have observations, and that they work according to precautions and public interests.” ".

 



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Nuri al-Maliki moves to surround al-Sadr with the "largest bloc"

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Yesterday, Iraq seemed to be heading towards a new political crisis in light of the results of Sunday's elections. The State of Law Coalition, led by Nuri al-Maliki, announced that it was in contact with several forces in order to form the "largest bloc" in the next parliament, which practically means Encircling the Sadrist movement, which achieved a clear victory over its rivals in terms of the number of its deputies, and is supposed to be entrusted with the task of choosing the next prime minister.
This came at a time when the Independent High Electoral Commission began manual counting and sorting operations for 140 stations in Karkh and Rusafa in Baghdad, which had not been counted and sorted electronically.
The preliminary results announced by the Electoral Commission showed significant progress for the movement of the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, followed by the "State of Law coalition", on the Shiite front, in return for a significant decline of the forces loyal to Iran, led by the "Al-Fateh Alliance" bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri.
Fears of a Shiite-Shiite clash escalated yesterday. While the "Sadrists" see that the "largest bloc" is the winner of the most votes, their opponent, the State of Law Coalition, sees that the "largest bloc" will be formed within the House of Representatives from different blocs and lists.
Iraqi politicians are putting forward the scenario of an alliance between al-Sadr and his opponents to form the largest bloc, and nominate a consensual prime minister, to avoid a civil war.
Meanwhile, the United States, in the words of Jennifer Gavito, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Affairs, confirmed that it stands with the new elected government in Iraq in the task of limiting arms to the state.
Al-Kazemi said during the cabinet session today (October 14, 2021): “We have fulfilled our promise to hold the elections on time without recording any security and legal violations, and this is the first time that elections are held without imposing a curfew, without the prime minister participating in it as a candidate. "".
He added, "We did not participate in the elections, to give them integrity, credibility and confidence, and to distance them from any possible political pressure," noting that "the elections constitute the core of the democratic process and its spirit, and the Iraqi people proved by their interaction with the electoral wedding that they are eager for their future, He refuses to go back to the time of dictatorship and one opinion, and seeks to build a bright future for future generations.
He continued, "We, as a people, political forces and government, have to join hands and cooperate, and translate the elections and their results in a practical way, away from promises and slogans, but rather by working hard to correct mistakes by learning from our experiences and planning for a future worthy of a people that has its mark in the history of humanity, and we must adhere to our values." We have to adhere to the logic of the state and its sovereignty, and cooperate in strengthening its presence, for there is no alternative to the logic of a sovereign state that secures the interests of its people.”
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The Sadrist movement's Friday sermon sends a message to the political parties about the next government
 
 

  

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The imam and Friday preacher of the Kufa Mosque, Hadi al-Dinawi, called on the political blocs to "solidarity and give priority to the public interest" and to expedite the formation of an "Iraqi, neither eastern nor western" government.  

  

 

  

In his Friday sermon, 15 October 2021, Al-Dinawi said, "We appreciate the efforts made by Muqtada al-Sadr, the efforts of his Sadrist soldiers, and the efforts of all the sons of Iraq, who contributed to the success of the election process."  

Al-Dinawi added, "From here, we call on the loyal political blocs to unite and give priority to the public interest in order to speed up the formation of an Iraqi government, neither eastern nor western, but an authentic Iraqi government."  

He explained, "The new government must place the oppressed Iraq in the ranks of the developed, advanced and civilized countries, especially in the welfare of its people of all shades, without racial, sectarian or partisan discrimination."  

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, directed, earlier, the re-establishment of Friday prayers in all regions of the country, while adhering to sanitary distancing and preventive measures, after he ordered their stopping earlier due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.  

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Although the final results of the parliamentary elections that took place in Iraq on Sunday have not been released, the Sadrist movement led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr explicitly announced today, Friday, that he will appoint the next prime.
 
 
The head of the Sadrist movement's political body and a member of the negotiating committee, Nassar al-Rubaie, confirmed that "the Sadrist bloc will announce it explicitly that its candidate for the next prime minister will be from the Sadrist movement."
 
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He also stressed, according to what was reported by the Iraqi News Agency, that «the next government will be directly responsible to the Sadrist movement and bear all the failures».
 
In addition, he made it clear that it would not be consensual, indicating that it would not include, perhaps, opposition spectra. "It will be a government governed by political parties and not subject to political consensus so that it will be a problem of all components, and the opposition will be from all components," he said.
 
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It is noteworthy that the Sadrist movement has a strong pressure on the issue of choosing the prime minister, after the gains it made in the elections, but it still has to agree with other political forces to form a government.
 
Al-Sadr was at the forefront by obtaining more than seventy seats out of 329, according to the preliminary results announced by the High Elections Commission, but his ability to choose the prime minister on his own is still unlikely.
 
In this context, Renad Mansour, a researcher at the British "Chatham House" Center, told AFP, "The results give al-Sadr the upper hand on the political scene and in negotiations, but that is not the only important factor," adding , "He must negotiate with the major blocs." the other.”
 
Some experts believe that Sunday's elections will not lead to upsetting the fragile balance of power in Baghdad, which has been controlled by the current ruling political parties and parties for nearly two decades.
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"We are the resistance to occupation, terrorism and normalization, and we will not reach out to any Iraqi, no matter what." 

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Erbil (Kurdistan 24) - The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, ruled out on Wednesday the outbreak of an internal conflict in Iraq after the election results were announced, which showed his victory and the decline of parties loyal to Tehran.

This comes after the Iranian-backed Shiite forces rejected the election results, and warned that failure to reconsider them would drag the country into a Shiite-Shiite conflict.

Muqtada al-Sadr said on his official Twitter account, "Civil peace in my country will not be shaken. I only care about the safety of the people and the safety of Iraq."

He called for self-restraint and prioritizing public interests over private ones, and said, "We are the resistance to occupation, terrorism, and normalization, and we will not reach out to any Iraqi, no matter what."

Al-Sadr won more than 70 seats, which gives him great influence in forming the government, which is preceded by lengthy negotiations that could last for many months between the winning forces.

Al-Sadr renewed his emphasis on fighting corruption “under penalty of law,” and concluded his tweet by saying that the next prime minister would be “neither eastern nor western,” referring to external influences.

Iraq has held five parliamentary elections since the fall of the previous regime in 2003, but many Iraqis say their lives have not improved yet.

The last elections saw a turnout of 41 percent, the lowest ever.

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Erbil (Kurdistan 24) - The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced today, Thursday, the formation of a special parliamentary committee to negotiate parliamentary alliances, noting that this committee represents the Sadrist movement "exclusively".

Al-Sadr said in a statement, that the negotiating committee that was formed represents the Sadrist movement "exclusively" and not others, and no one has the right to interfere in its work "whoever is."

Al-Sadr said in a statement, "We would like to inform all political parties that the negotiating committee that represents us exclusively, and that no one has the right to interfere in its work, whoever it is."

The committee is composed of (Hassan Al-Athari - Chairman of the Committee, Nassar Al-Rubaie - First Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Nabil Al-Tarifi - Second Deputy Chairman of the Committee, and Hakim Al-Zamili - Masada of the Committee).

He added that "the committee has full powers in the matter of parliamentary and political alliances for this stage, provided that they refer to us in the tasks of their affairs and avoid alliances with those who have observations, and that they work according to precautions and public interests."

The Sadrist movement won the largest number of parliamentary seats among the political blocs and parties that entered the competition in the early parliamentary elections that took place in Iraq last Sunday (October 10, 2021).

The Sadrist movement won more than 73 parliamentary seats, enabling it to form the largest bloc so far in the Iraqi parliament.

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The chief negotiator of the Sadrist movement detonates a surprise: The position of prime minister may go to a woman
 
 

  

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The head of the Negotiations Committee on the largest bloc and the next government of the Sadrist movement, Hassan al-Adhari, on Friday, blew a surprise about the candidates for prime minister.  

 

  

Al-Adari said in a brief comment on his Facebook account, followed by "Nas" (October 15, 2021), that "the position of prime minister is not restricted to men."  

Al-Adhari added, "Women are half of society."  

  

Earlier today, the Sadrist movement's political body denied that a member of the Sadrist bloc's negotiating team, Nassar al-Rubaie, had made a statement about the nature of the next government and the prime minister, to the official news agency.  

The media office of the Political Authority stated in a statement, October 15, 2021, that "what was reported in the media is incorrect regarding the nature of the next government, and we call on the media to adhere to the correct controls in publishing news and to adopt official sources, especially at this sensitive stage."  

The statement added, "Nassar al-Rubaie did not meet with any media outlet, and we will file a lawsuit against false websites that promote false news."  

  

And the official news agency published, earlier, a statement on the lips of al-Rubaie, which stated
that "the next government will not be consensual and its head will be a Sadrist, and it will bear the responsibility for failures if they occur."  

  

Early Friday morning, the Coordination Framework denied declaring a position on the "largest bloc", after information about reaching a large bloc.    

A statement by the "Coordination Framework", a copy of which was received by "Nass", (October 15, 2021), "no statement or statement was issued by the coordination framework regarding the largest bloc, although the number of winners from its candidates exceeded 90 winners."      

The statement added, "The framework is still following up with the competent authorities that the confiscation of voters' votes must be addressed, and it will continue to do so until the mistake is acknowledged, the errors are corrected, and civil peace is not endangered."      

  

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had announced the names of the committee in charge of political negotiations and forging alliances for the post-election period.   

Al-Sadr said in a document obtained by “Nass” a copy of it, (October 14, 2021), “We would like to inform all political parties that the negotiating committee that represents us exclusively, and that no one has the right to interfere in its work, whoever they are:         

Hassan Al-Adhari as its president, Nassar Al-Rubaie as his first deputy, and Nabil Al-Tarifi as second deputy, Hakim Al-Zamili as his supporter.         

He added that "the committee has the power to factor in the issue of parliamentary and political alliances for this stage, provided that they return to us in the tasks of their affairs and avoid alliances with those who have comments on them... and that they work according to precautions and public interests."         

  

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Riyadh Al-Masoudi, the former representative of the Sadrist movement, explained, on Thursday, the working mechanism of the negotiating committee formed by Al-Sadr.   

Al-Masoudi said in a press statement that "the committee's goal is constructive dialogue and true partnership, and these are the foundations that should be adopted in our future dialogues with the rest of the political parties."      

He added, "The dialogues will start from real national principles, to reach real participation in the government instead of partnership."      

He continued, "The political understandings that the committee will make will be without conditions, and we will not impose conditions on anyone, and we will not accept conditions from anyone," noting that "we accept real constructive dialogues capable of reaching a correct reading of the political, service and economic scene."      

And about the parties that “have comments” that Al-Sadr referred to in the statement of the formation of the committee, between Al-Masoudi, that “the blocs and the parties that have comments that Al-Sadr referred to, are those that wish to obtain the spoils of power and do not seek to build the state.”      

He pointed out, "We in the Sadrist bloc have a real and clear vision for the upcoming political scene without marginalizing any political party."    

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The Sadrist movement gets an extra seat and ends the controversy over its alliance with Maliki

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A well-informed political source in the Sadrist movement reported, on Saturday, that the current’s seats reached 73 after the manual counting process, indicating that there are no understandings between al-Sadr and al-Maliki and that the latter is unable to form the next government for many reasons.
The source told NRT Arabia today (October 16, 2021) that "there are no understandings or negotiations between the Sadrist movement and the rule of law to form the next government," noting that "Al-Maliki and the Dawa Party failed to manage the state during the previous years, and Al-Sadr reminded them of those failures through his tweet." "
The source added that "the rule of law is not able to form a government, and all rumors about collecting additional seats and their arrival to 90 seats is incorrect," pointing out that "even if they collected 100 seats, they will not be able to form a government because they are not accepted in the Iraqi street, and the matter is not worrisome to the Sadrist movement. "
 And he indicated that "the Sadrist bloc has understandings with some political blocs that want political reassurances," explaining that the component quotas system is not a priority because Iraq is in an economically critical situation and there are many political blocs that understand this issue, because the old consensus has proven to be a failure and Iraq has caused many crises. economic and social.”
With regard to increasing the seats of the Sadrist movement, the political source confirmed that "after re-counting and manual counting, the movement got an additional seat in Nasiriyah, bringing the total and final number to 73 seats."
In addition, the same source confirmed, "about a surprise visit by the commander of the Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, and the leader of Hezbollah, Muhammad Kawtharani, to Baghdad, and a meeting with the Al-Fateh alliance to solve their problems and rearrange the Shiite house."
The source added, "The visit came to unify the front of the Shiite factions and blocs whose loyalty is known abroad in order to find a way out for them after the great loss in the elections."
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Interesting news there’s no love between Sadr & Maliki: as if that needed to be published 😀

 

Maliki was pretty bold stating he was going to form a Bloc so large he would surround Sadr. Well, “ for many reasons “ that just ain’t gonna happen, so they tell us. Perhaps his influence is being minimized more than we think ???

 

In this next Parliament, they need to shut this obstructionist down. Hasn’t there been from elements within The Hague, charging him and his cohorts with Genocide ? Seems like a great time for an arrest and hand over to The Hague. 
 

A guy can hope huh. 

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Iraq.. Al-Sadr announces acceptance of the election results and confirms that his bloc is the largest

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Iraq.. Al-Sadr announces acceptance of the election results and confirms that his bloc is the largest

The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr


Today, Sunday, the leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his acceptance of the results of the parliamentary elections.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet on "Twitter": "I announced acceptance of the commission's decision and announced the results, no matter what," adding that "it became clear to us that the Sadrist bloc is the largest electorally and popularly, and it is all in the eyes of God and of His favors."

He added, "We will seek national, not sectarian, or ethnic alliances that are honest and are keen on protecting the homeland, its security and sovereignty."

Al-Sadr called on all segments of the Iraqi people to contribute to "reforming the nation together and ridding it of corruption, occupation, normalization, terrorism, dependence and submission."

The Iraqi Electoral Commission announced Saturday that the participation rate in the parliamentary elections amounted to 43%, pointing out that the total number of voters who voted in the elections exceeded 9.6 million.

The October 10 elections were held a few months early in response to mass protests in 2019 that toppled the government and revealed widespread anger against political leaders who many Iraqis say have made fortunes for themselves at the country's expense. 

Source: RT + "Reuters"

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