[size=32]A clear fingerprint of Sadr on the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi
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BAGHDAD - Shi'ite and Sunni political forces in Iraq took hours to understand the fact that stubborn cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won a decisive round of Iran's allies in a race to form a government when he failed to vote on most of the Iraqi party candidates close to Tehran.
It was not clear why the postponement of the date of the confidence-granting session until late on Wednesday night, while leaked that the deputies of the block, "Sauron" sponsored by Sadr, procrastinating in the parliament room, for unknown reasons.
Later, it was found that Sadr's bloc tried to take advantage of the time factor, by voting on a specific part of the cabin, guaranteeing the full constitutional legitimacy of the new Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, on the other.
In practice, the Sadrist plan was a landslide success, with all the ministers supported by Moqtada al-Sadr receiving the confidence of the parliament when they were first put in office, and 14 ministers before Abdulmahdi declined to give the other members of his booth the chance to vote.
After the adjournment of the meeting, it became clear that the parliament voted on all candidates of the reform bloc, which includes "Suron" and "victory" led by Haider Abadi, and postponed the vote on the ministers of the coalition of construction, which includes the Badr Organization led by Hadi Amiri and "State of Law" "Asaib Ahl al-Haq" led by Qais al-Khazali, all of which are reliable allies of Tehran.
Al-Sadr succeeded in pushing parliament to vote on all the candidates he adopted, without any organizational ties with him, led by Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban, who holds higher degrees from British universities in geology and oil reserves. He had previously occupied the same bag in the interim government. In 2005, before he held senior consultative positions in successive governments, one of the independents who Sadr supported to participate in the cabin of Abdul Mahdi.
The independent ministers, supported by al-Sadr, are Minister of Electricity Louay Khatib, who also holds higher degrees from British universities in the fields of technology engineering and energy management, as well as political economy.
Sadr also supported the nomination of prominent doctor Alaa Alwan for the health portfolio. Alwan is the WHO Regional Director for the Middle East. He has previously filled the education and health portfolios between 2003 and 2005.
With al-Abbadi's help, al-Sadr passed the foreign portfolio candidate, Mohammed al-Hakim, who holds high degrees in statistics and technology from Britain and the United States, Iraq's permanent representative to the United Nations until 2017.
It seems that the Shiite political forces were keen to satisfy the Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, when I passed two of his close to him, for my money and reconstruction.
Fouad Hussein, who lost to Barham Salih in the presidential elections, won parliament's confidence in the sovereign wealth portfolio, while parliament voted to give confidence to Mr Rikani as minister of reconstruction and housing.
The parliament also voted on Naeem al-Rubaie, minister of communications, Saleh Hussein, minister of agriculture, Saleh al-Jubouri, minister of industry, Abdullah Luaibi, minister of transport, Mohammed Hashim as minister of trade, Ba'asy al-Rubaie, minister of labor and social affairs, and Jamal al-Adli, minister of water resources.
The biggest blow, which was received by Iran's allies in the Iraqi parliament, was avoided by Abd al-Mahdi to put the interior minister's candidate to vote.
Iraqi parties close to Iran have insisted that Faleh al-Fayadh be nominated for the defense portfolio.
Fayyad is a former ally of former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. But he split after the general elections in May and joined the construction alliance near Tehran.
Prior to the trusting session, al-Sadr sent Twitter signals that he was dissatisfied with Fayyad's candidacy for the sensitive bag.
With the exception of the candidate for the Defense Ministry, which is contested by the leader of the National Coalition Iyad Allawi and the leader of the movement of the solution, Jamal Karbouli, the other Sunni candidates, who voted for the parliament, belong to a coalition of construction near Iran, candidates for planning portfolios and higher education and immigration and culture and justice and education.
Sadr refused, according to informed sources, the nomination of Qusay al-Suhail, the state of law led by al-Maliki, the portfolio of higher education. The facilitator is one of the prominent leaders of the Sadrist movement, before splitting up and joining Maliki.
Sadr also rejected Hassan al-Rubaie's candidacy for the culture portfolio, because he is a member of the Sadrist bloc in 2010, before he split and joined the caliphs of Ahl al-Haq led by al-Khazali.
Thus, the Sadr bloc has proved to be the prime minister with half the members of his cabinet, giving it full constitutional legitimacy.
Observers said that the Sadrist bloc proved to be the largest in the Iraqi parliament currently, which allows it to formulate new political arrangements, and provide a strong cover for the government.
According to the Iraqi constitution, the government of Abdul Mahdi received the quorum required to vote, "is half plus one" and has full executive powers.
The new government, composed of 14 ministers, met with Abdelmahdi on Thursday morning and issued a decree ordering the transfer of Abadi and his government to retire. Abdul Mahdi extended the powers of the remaining eight ministries to the members of the new cab until candidates secured the confidence of the parliament during a scheduled session. Next month.
According to political sources in Baghdad for the "Arabs", "Abdel-Mahdi may retain the portfolio of the Interior for a long time, in the difficulty of achieving consensus on them."
Washington was quick to welcome Abdulmahdi's government to the confidence of parliament and singled out four of his ministers.
The president's envoy to Iraq, Brett McGurk, said on Twitter that his country congratulated "new Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was sworn in with 14 new ministers, including oil ministers Thamer Ghadhban, electricity Luay Khatib, Hussein, and Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Hakim. "
"These countries are exceptional candidates to help Iraq recover quickly," he said. "His country looks forward to forging partnerships with new Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, President Barham Salih, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Halabousi and Iraqi ministers."
Observers say that "the most important challenge that awaits the government of Abdul-Mahdi, is the mechanism of abuse with the repercussions of US sanctions on Iran, which will launch a new package and very severe ones, next month."
The US Treasury Department indicated that the United States can not exclude anyone from implementing sanctions, noting that countries and companies that violate sanctions will face severe economic consequences.
The Iraqi political writer Farouk Yousef said that if the first part of the government of Abdul Mahdi has received the consent of Moqtada al-Sadr, it means that a rare convergence of views occurred between the young Shiite leader and the US Embassy, noting that the ministers who were voted and give them confidence, Most of them worked under the supervision of US civil administrator Paul Bremer, directly or indirectly.
In an interview with Al-Arab, Youssef added that he was "wise to show the least difficult aspect of his government through the part that will allow him to work before he announces the ugly face of his government, which is the share of militias and pro-Iranian parties, Will be accepted by the prime minister and his successor, Sadr, after giving them the freedom to choose the right person in the first stage. "
He stressed that if Faleh al-Fayadh was chosen as minister of interior, that alone is enough to thwart all hopes of opening a number of corruption files and starting a real reconciliation project, which means that the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi will be bound by the terms of the previous stages.
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