[size=52]Saleh retreats to reject Iranian pressure[/size]
A demonstration rejecting Al-Aidani in Baghdad yesterday (Ahmad Al-Rubaie / AFP)[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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[size=45]December 27, 2019
Less than one month after accepting the resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, on the first of December this year, the political crisis in the country extended to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , who found himself forced, under the increasing Iranian pressure to pass the governor of Basra, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Al- [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , To wave to resign and leave Baghdad heading to his hometown in the city of Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq, within the Kurdistan region. This comes after the inability to reach an agreement to assign a new prime minister, with almost a week to enter the country in a constitutional vacuum, after exceeding the constitutional deadline for choosing a prime minister, and with the momentum of the demonstrations returning to its early days, especially in the cities of southern Iraq. In parallel, and in an unprecedented step, the official website of religious authority Ali al-Sistani published a statement, yesterday, Thursday, to a source in his office saying that "the religious authority will not have a sermon on political affairs."
Yesterday, Thursday, Iraqi President Barham Salih addressed a letter to Parliament announcing that he was "ready to put his resignation (in front of him) so that Parliament decides what he sees in it", before leaving for Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, after his confirmation of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , to head the new government, "a bloodshed and the protection of civil peace", especially after the escalation of street protests since the announcement of the latter's candidacy for the post.
The Iraqi President said about his refusal to appoint Al-Aidani: "I apologize for not having appointed a candidate for the construction bloc, after several conversations about the most numerous bloc in the Republic came to the presidency." He pointed out that his location requires him to "safeguard and protect the constitution, and preserve the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Iraq, as well as the right to assign the candidate of the Great Bloc to form a government, without having the right to object." He continued, "Since my conservative position on the current nomination is a breach of a constitutional text, I therefore put my readiness to resign from the post of President of the Republic before the members of the House of Representatives." He added, "There is no good in a position or position that is not in the service of the people, and a guarantor of their rights." .
Official: Saleh’s threats to resign are serious, not intimidating anyone
[size=45]In the context, an Iraqi official in the Presidential Court in the Peace Palace in Baghdad told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that “President Saleh has informed several political parties, in addition to the Najaf authority, since Wednesday night, of his refusal to assign Al-Eidani and his refusal also to put pressure on him by several parties in The Construction Alliance, and another external one to pass the nomination, ”referring to the actions of the leader of the“ Quds Force ”Qassem Soleimani, and the leader of the Lebanese“ Hezbollah ”Muhammad Kawtharani in this regard.
The official revealed that "sharp differences" occurred between Saleh and a number of the leaders of the "Building Alliance", which Hadi al-Amiri, Nuri al-Maliki and Qais al-Khazali are considered his most prominent leaders, Thursday morning, because of the refusal to assign al-Idani. He explained that the leaders of "Al-Benaa" considered the continuation of Barham Salih to reject their candidates, starting with Muhammad Shia'a Al-Sudani, and then [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Finally, Asaad Al-Eidani is unconstitutional, as the President’s mission is to present the candidate of the Grand Bloc only to Parliament to appoint him, and he has no right to reject it, hinting that the continued refusal of their candidates is “due to an American directive,” given that the three figures have Iranian support, or It is not reconciled with Washington.
The official described Saleh's threats to resign as "serious and not to intimidate anyone, or try to win a popular position, because the pressure turned into dictates," noting that "President Saleh was scheduled to deliver a recorded speech, but it was canceled and it was sufficient to spread his message to Parliament."
After the speech addressed to Parliament, the Iraqi President left Baghdad for a private plane to Sulaymaniyah, his birthplace, in a move considered related to the pressures he is exposed to in Baghdad by the leaders of the political blocs near Iran. But Kurdish sources in the city told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that the reason he left Baghdad was linked to his speech at a general conference of the Kurdistan Union Party scheduled for Friday.[/size]
[size=45]Commenting on these developments, member of the “Patriotic Union of Kurdistan” to whom Barham Salih belongs, Awat Shawani, said, in a telephone call to “Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed”, that Saleh’s refusal to assign the “Al-Bana” candidates “is because they are [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] first, and secondly because that is It may cause a greater crisis at the level of demonstrations, or within the political blocs opposed to this nomination.
“Al-Najaf and Al-Sadr support Barham Salih, in addition to the victory blocs and the Salvation Front,” Shawani said, considering that the “Construction Alliance is in a critical position, as Saleh’s letter of threat to resign showed the forces of this alliance in putting a match to the pretending Iraqi people.”[/size]
[size=45]For his part, Iraqi legal expert Ali al-Qaisi said that the Iraqi president’s message to parliament “is not considered a resignation, but rather indicates that he is ready to submit his resignation, so there is no legal effect for it at present.” Al-Qaisi added in an interview with "Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed" that "if a written resignation is submitted by hand, as stipulated by Iraqi law, then 7 days after its arrival in Parliament, it will be considered a window, even if the latter does not vote on it, and the president can retract the resignation Within seven days with an official letter as well. ” He continued that "in the event that the president resigns, then with no deputy, the speaker of the parliament will assume the post of President of the Republic and the House of Representatives shall elect a new president within only 30 days."[/size]
Legal expert: Iraqi President message to the parliament does not consider the resignation, but he explains that he is ready to offer his resignation, so it does not currently have a legal effect
[size=45]Political blocs issued several statements and positions announcing the rejection of Barham Saleh's resignation, expressing her appreciation for what she called "his resistance to pressure", the most prominent of which is the "Saeron", "Wisdom", "Victory" and "Salvation Front" coalition, the same thing that was issued by prominent activists In the demonstrations.
In this context, MP Ghayb al-Amiri, a leader in the "Saeron" coalition led by Muqtada al-Sadr, described the Iraqi president's position as "honorable and courageous." He said in an interview with "Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed", that "the alliance of Saeron rejects the resignation of the President of the Republic, and he is with his survival, and the talk about the resignation came because of the great pressure he was subjected to in order to impose a candidate by the political class of formerly tried and rejected people." He added, "The Alliance of Walkers will be supportive to Saleh in confronting the pressures in order to assign a figure who has the qualities called for and demanded by the demonstrators, and so on. It will not cost any other figure, whatever political or even external pressures."[/size]
[size=45]For his part, Ibrahim Al-Nasiri, a member of the Iraqi Communist Party, believed that the presence of Qassem Soleimani and Muhammad Kawtharani in the Green Zone "is in itself an insult to the Iraqi president and all political forces." He added in an interview with Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed: “It has become clear that there is pressure to transfer Iranian orders to Iraq, and what we are witnessing is very healthy. We are facing the birth of an Iraqi front that rejects these Iranian dictates.”[/size]
[size=45]In turn, the head of the "Iraqi Group for Strategic Studies", Wasiq al-Hashemi, said that "Barham Saleh's message was expected, and it is not a resignation, but rather was presented to it before the House of Representatives, in a message that it is subject to great external pressure, and by the Construction Alliance, and another pressure By the Iraqi street, and also pressed by the Alliance of Saireon. ”[/size]
[size=45]Hashemi explained that “the President of the Republic has no desire to assign any candidate presented by the political blocs, and for this is to resign before the House of Representatives. He does not want to lose the Iraqi street or the religious authority, "considering that" Saleh's threat to resign, while rejecting controversial candidates, will increase the Iraqi street's respect for him. "[/size]
[size=45]On the other hand, the Iraqis will mobilize during the next few hours for the last Friday of this year, with a million that they say are to reject the candidates who the political forces continue to submit to fill the position of prime minister, and also to wave an escalation in the event that what they consider to be copies similar to their previous heads of government, with the addition of a new demand, which is Set a date for early elections, which will be considered support for the position of the Iraqi president.
This comes with the registration of southern Iraq, a new escalation by the demonstrators, after [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Armed with white knives and bayonets, quite a few were injured. As a result, the Iraqi police raised the state of alert in the vicinity of the demonstrations in the city, fearing the recurrence of such cases, the same thing that the Basra and Dhi Qar police did, while the female component returned to Najaf after an absence of two weeks due to the confrontations between the demonstrators and the police on the one hand, And the militia "Saraya Ashura", which takes care of the shrine of al-Hakim in the city, which was eventually burned by the demonstrators and the victims of the demonstrators after a number of them were killed.[/size]
Iraqis are gathering for millions of demonstrations today in different cities
[size=45]According to activists and members of the coordination committees for demonstrations in Baghdad and several cities in the south of the country, mass demonstrations are scheduled to start after three o'clock today, Friday, in the governorates of Basra, Dhi Qar, Qadisiyah, Muthanna, Babil, Wasit, Maysan, Najaf and Karbala, in addition to the capital Baghdad, And by more than 20 cities and towns similar to last Friday.
The demonstrators today raise new demands, the most prominent of which is setting a date [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] early [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , after conversations by MPs and leaks that talk about that many political forces have withdrawn from supporting early elections, or are seeking to extend them from one year to two years.
The demonstrators today also raise demands to disclose the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , who are behind the assassination of the activists, whose number rose to 32 within one month, after the death of an activist in Karbala due to his injury in an earlier assassination.
According to activist Mohamed Al-Rumaithi, from Muthanna Governorate, southern Iraq, today’s demonstrations “aim to collect a million from all of Iraq’s cities, to emphasize the refusal of consumer party candidates to take over the new government, which must be transitional, and sets a date for early elections from now.”
Al-Rumaithi said in an interview with "Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed", that "the security authorities stopped for days from the practice of repression, but took the role of silent spectators to suppress and intimidate the third party," referring to armed militias close to Iran that are behind the targeting of activists. Al-Rumaithi added that the last Friday of this year "will be closed to the largest" no "in Iraq against sectarianism, racism, corruption, the continued state of non-stateism, and the militia's mobilization."[/size]
[size=45]Yesterday, Thursday, saw the escalation of demonstrations in Basra, Dhi Qar, Diwaniyah, and Najaf. The Najaf International Airport and several other roads in the city were closed for hours, and tires were burned by the demonstrators, who tried to reach the headquarters of one of the armed factions, but the police prevented this.[/size]
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