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Designated Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi fell into his first public test on Thursday, when he failed to motivate parliament to convene to give his government confidence, despite the deadline for him to form the new cabinet entering the danger zone he was threatening to overthrow, even before it saw the light.
Political sources expected that Allawi will face many obstacles, and he may not succeed in passing his government, which he tried to design with uncommon sizes for Iraqi political parties, although he did not gain the confidence of the Iraqi demonstrators who have been stationed in the streets for five months, as they described him as A continuation of the sectarian quotas approach.
And it turned out that the political parties that support Allawi and try to pass his government are not large, but are actually limited to one team led by Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr.
With the exception of the representatives of Sadr’s Sa’aroun bloc, the hall dedicated to hosting the session of granting confidence on Thursday was almost empty of anybody, after the opposition front extended to Allawi, to include parties that were supporting him only 24 hours ago, such as the Arab Project led by Khamis al-Khanjar and the Badr bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi, who belongs to the “Saeroun” bloc, tried to blame the speaker of parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, for not having convened the session, but the fact that Al-Halbousi was just one party, from many parties, expressed strong reluctance to pass Allawi’s government.
Although the new date for the session appears close to it, which is Saturday, the guarantees for its convening and consequently the vote on the new cabinet appear to be lacking so far, in light of the Sunni and Kurdish rejection of it, along with a large part of the Shiite forces.
Representatives belonging to the Union of Forces bloc, headed by Halbousi himself, distributed a statement after the failure to hold the confidence-giving session, titled "Statement of the Biggest Block".
The statement, which was seen by the correspondent of “Al-Arab” in Baghdad, stated that “after the complexity of the political scene and the failure of the Prime Minister to provide a cabinet booth that enjoys the confidence of the representatives of the Iraqi people in the House of Representatives and provide a government program that frustrates the hopes of peaceful demonstrators, the will of a group of political blocs represented For all components of Iraqi society and along the geographical area of the country to declare that it is the most numerous bloc that meets the aspirations and hopes of the demonstration tour, in order to take it upon themselves to present a candidate for the presidency of the Council of Ministers for a transitional period that defines its duration and mission in the letter of assignment.
The forces that drafted the statement added that they would "later send a book in the name of the candidate to His Excellency the President of the Republic, in implementation of the merit of Article 76 of the Iraqi constitution."
The wording of the statement suggests that the matter is not related to the meeting, but rather the origin of Allawi's nomination for the task of forming the new government, which indicates that the person in charge has fallen permanently, and an alternative candidate may be agreed upon.
This reading is based on the fact that the 30-day deadline granted by the constitution to the taxpayer to form his government will end by next Sunday, which means that the Sadr bloc has a single opportunity, which is to hold the session on Saturday and mobilize the necessary number to pass Allawi’s government, a possibility that has become extremely difficult to achieve Currently.
Referring to the vanishing of Allawi's chances, the deputy of the Saaroun Rasmi Sukaini bloc said, "The electoral entitlement is the other side of the party quota," considering that what happened in Parliament on Thursday is "an attempt to break the wills and disregard for all the sacrifices that have fallen," in reference to Sunni and Kurdish parties and most Shiites stick to their stakes in the prospective government.
Without naming these parties, Al-Sukaini said, "They do not want the government to be independent and no one will nominate them ... They fear the revolutionaries and inhale their last breath and only want an acquisition and sharing government."
Immediately after the battle of Thursday ended in favor of Allawi's objectors, a new round of consultations began between representatives of the Shiite and Kurdish parties to reach a stable formula, which included the formation of a new government, which might exclude the Halbousi bloc, if it insisted on its demands.