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The Iraqi Future / Adel Al-Lami
Politicians and parliamentarians confirmed yesterday, Sunday, that the dialogues between the leaders of the Shiite political blocs concerned with the nomination of the new prime minister led to the reduction of the list of names nominated to head the government.
According to the information, a number of the names were excluded from their names and the current head of the Iraqi intelligence service, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the senior adviser to the Presidential Office, Ali Shukri, were retained, with the agreement to put forward any other new personality, but on the condition that they be political and independent.
The insistence that the chosen personality be politically motivated is due to the inability to bring in a Prime Minister who does not have prior knowledge of the political crisis in the country and its main files, such as the Washington-Baghdad equation, the financial budget for Iraq and its ramifications, the Erbil-Baghdad Agreement, and the election file, as well That the character of independence is in line with the demands of the demonstrating street, and also to cut off the paths to the reservations of other political forces, Sunni and Kurdish, in the event that the new candidate for the mission creates a government without returning to it.
And Iraqi sources in Baghdad suggest that next week will be a date for announcing the new candidate for the government, especially after the arrival of the Secretary General of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, to Baghdad, and his entry on the mediation line between the leaders of the political blocs to reach an understanding. The new constitutional deadline in Iraq to choose a prime minister ends in the seventeenth of this month, amid a clear difference between the interpretations of Article 81 of the Iraqi constitution regarding the president taking over the government’s presidency if the term expires without a new president being assigned to it. According to a prominent leader in the Sadrist movement, “the list of candidates has now shrunk, and talk has begun about the head of the intelligence service, Mustafa al-Kazemi and the advisor Ali Shukri, and every person there is a political party supporting them to assume the presidency of the new Iraqi government.” Another new search. The leader revealed that "the Sadrist movement has no objection to Al-Kazemi or Shukri, and he is awaiting consensus and political agreement, but the differences between Shiite political forces among them are what delay the resolution of this file." He added, "We expect that other names will come from specific blocs, but the competition will remain between Al-Kazemi and Shukri. The agreement is now that the new prime minister’s personality is a political figure and a known figure among the political class, which applies to both."
For his part, Saad al-Muttalabi, a leader in the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki, said that "the Shiite political forces agreed during the meetings that were held during the past few days on the specifications of the new prime minister, as well as the tasks of his government, before entering into the dialogue in his name."
And Al-Muttalabi indicated that “my political and independent qualities are what was agreed upon, in the sense that it is not calculated on any of the major Shiite blocs, and that he has experience in dealing with all forces of various components, and not to fall into what Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi signed, so political experience is important To the head of government too. ”
He added, "It was also agreed that the new government will be temporary, and its primary work is to prepare for early elections, and this file will be clear in the government program, which the Iraqi parliament votes on."
To that, the deputy of the Alliance of Fateh Fadel Al-Fatlawi said, “According to the current data until Sunday morning, the resolution of a new prime minister’s assignment will be made next week, especially since the meetings are continuous and without any interruption to resolve the crisis, with guarantees that confirm the passage of the new candidate in The Iraqi parliament, "noting that" the main political forces have reached a conviction that the new prime minister must be a politician with experience in politics. "
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