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Tomorrow’s session to elect a president for Iraq… may not take place

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The Iraqi political elite seems to be in a new appointment with anticipation tomorrow Saturday, after movements and efforts during the last weeks with the aim of achieving the expected breakthrough and breaking the deadlock that has dominated the scene since the early parliamentary elections were held. held more than five months ago.
Saturday is the date of the parliamentary session scheduled to elect the president of the republic, and the key is to complete a quorum with the presence of 220 deputies of the 329 that make up parliament, especially after last month there was no vote. on the name of a candidate, before the boycott of the majority of the political forces to the session.

This postponement at the time reflected a dispute over the candidates, either for the presidency or the consequent election of a prime minister, and 40 candidates compete for the position of President of the Republic, at a time when the different political blocs continued their discussions . and he strives to win more independents to favor his candidate.

In this context, the head of the Sadrist bloc in the Iraqi parliament, deputy Hassan al-Adhari, announced last Thursday the formation of the “Save the Homeland” coalition, which has 180 deputies, to become the largest bloc in the parliament.
Al-Adari said that “the coalition agreed to nominate Reber Ahmed (Kurdish) for the post of President of the Republic and Muhammad Jaafar Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (Shiite) for the post of Prime Minister of the new government”, expressing the opening of this alliance to cooperation with other political forces in the country, and its progress in the formation of a national majority government, and promised to culminate the political process in the country with a clear focus, “so that the law prevails without violence” . , without sectarianism and without external interference”.

The “Save the Homeland” coalition is made up of the Sadrist bloc, the Sovereignty Alliance and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, blessed this development, describing it as “a unique achievement for save the nation and form a national majority government without delay”, expressing his hope that the national majority government can move forward in the bitter reality with a clear program and deadlines acceptable to the people. Al-Sadr said: “I am with the people only and will not deviate from the reform and prestige of the nation.”

However, the forces of the Shiite coordination framework in Iraq ruled out holding the parliament session on Saturday due to lack of a quorum, and called in a statement for “the continuation of constructive dialogues with the rest of the other forces to unify ideas and visions and achieve more understandings that accelerate the culmination of the next elections, and for all partners in the political process.” Have a spirit of sincere patriotism, attend to the interests of the nation and distance it from everything that disturbs its security and stability.

The statement noted that the forces of the Shi’ite coordination framework believe that “the pressure and intimidation that is being worked on to hold an incomplete session in terms of quorum and convictions, especially among the most important and independent political actors, will lead to compromising the rights of the largest component (Shiites) of the people who have experienced various forms of bitterness”. And pains, and it will create a huge gap between their ranks, further dividing them, scattering their words and losing their prestige, and this is what reason and logic cannot accept.”

The head of the Rule of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, also suggested that the quorum for the parliamentary session would not be reached, saying in televised remarks: “Next Saturday’s parliamentary session will be decisive, whether it takes place or not. or not, and probably we will not achieve a quorum in the session to elect the President of the Republic”.

He added that “if the parliamentary session does not take place next Saturday, the Triple Alliance (Save the Homeland) will be forced to carry out negotiations in order to come to an understanding with the coordination framework, and we hope that the partners contribute to solving the crisis of name the three presidencies, not complicate it, because if the political process advances managing one party at the expense of the other, there will be a great imbalance.

Al-Maliki, whose coalition won 35 seats in Parliament, warned that “the exclusion of one of the two wings of the political process from the other side establishes a dangerous rupture, and we warn against that and reject threats against independent representatives to accept the dictates of some political parties, and no one has the right to put pressure on a particular political party to accept the opposition “under duress”.

With the forces of the Shiite coordination framework and their independent allies agitating for a boycott of Saturday’s session, and conditional on it reversing this position by agreeing with it to enter the largest parliamentary bloc on the one hand, and other independent deputies on the other . hand, announcing attendance at the session, independent observers describe them as a “meal egg” that will control the meeting on stage.

The forces of the coordination framework are committed to ensuring the blocking third that guarantees that the parliamentary session is not convened, which led the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to ask “not to replace the Saturday session with loot or a banquet”, in reference to his rejection of the accommodations and pressure exerted by some political forces to achieve conquests.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet on “Twitter” yesterday afternoon, Thursday, that “it is shameful that Iraq and its people are left without a government.”

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