APRIL 28TH, 2020
[size=18]ON THE SHIITE FORCES AL-KAZEMI VIOLATED THE AGREEMENT AND PROVIDED SUBSTANDARD MINISTERS WITH CLOSED LEGAL INDICATORS
He promised to switch the list of candidates this week
Baghdad - Waad Al-Shammari:
The Shiite forces confirmed yesterday, Monday, that the list of candidates for ministries should be replaced entirely, warning the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi against favoring the Sunni and Kurdish forces, and invited him to use a team of experts to help him in his mission.
In a statement to Al-Sabah Al-Jadeed, the independent deputy in the Construction Alliance, Amer Al-Fayez, said, “The movements of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi in choosing the ministers differed from what was agreed upon.”
Al-Fayez added that "when the Shiite blocs authorized Al-Kazemi to choose ministers, I set a condition for him to apply the same mechanism to all political forces from other components."
He pointed out, "The reality has shown in contradiction to the agreement, that the commissioner has accepted candidates who are forced by the blocs, and others have legal indications, or that they are current ministers facing interrogation."
Al-Fayez pointed out that the proposed list was rejected by completing it, stressing that "the commissioner undertook to review all candidates and consultations are still ongoing in this regard."
And he continues, "The Sunni and Kurdish blocs insist on quotas and demand what they find their electoral merits, because the situation will not change, and the political process will keep going at the same pace and the anger of the Iraqi street will worsen."
Al-Fayez said that "the constitutional deadline has entered its final days and we hope that Al-Kazemi will accomplish his mission and submit the candidates according to the previous agreement, and we will not enter into a new impasse."
For his part, a leading member of the State of Law coalition, Jassim Muhammad Ja`far, called on "Al-Kazimi to seek the assistance of consultants in choosing the most appropriate ministers from those who presented them to the political blocs."
Jaafar stated to Al-Sabah Al-Jadeed that the currently presented list is disappointing, and it contains names that are not suitable for ministerial tasks for many reasons.
And increased, that "Al-Kazemi has time to negotiate and understand with the blocs and submit a new proposed list that is accepted and satisfied before it is presented for a vote."
And Jaafar concluded, "The negotiations seem to be stalled at the moment, and we have not seen a change in the names yet, but we are waiting for him to come up with another list that is not rejected because the constitution talks about a 30-day deadline for forming the government."
In turn, the head of the Badr Parliamentary Bloc Hassan Shaker said that "the mechanism for choosing ministers should apply to all, and no one is excluded."
Shaker said, in a statement to "The New Morning", that "Al-Kazimi's continued submission to the Sunni and Kurdish blocs will force us to deal in the same way, in that we present the candidates to the ministries of the Shiite component."
In his opinion, "The failure to solve this problem means that the session of passing the confidence will not be held in any way," noting that "the candidates of the Shiite component are not at the required level and do not rise to ministerial positions" and spoke of "professional and legal indicators against many of them."
Shaker continued by saying, "Al-Kazemi told us that he will present the names of the new candidates during the current week, and we expect from him the results of his work, so that he may change the selection mechanisms in a manner consistent with the public interest, and make us vote on his government as soon as possible."
It is noteworthy that the President of the Republic had assigned Al-Kazemi to form the government on the ninth of this month, succeeding the resigned Adel Abdul Mahdi.
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