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Al-Sadr's meeting and the framework .. What is the political goal that prompted the meeting, which has not been achieved for a decade?
December 02 2021[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team
For the first time in more than a decade, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, met the leader of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Nuri al-Maliki, face to face, at the home of the leader of the Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Amiri in the capital, Baghdad, today, Thursday, December 2, 2021, as part of a meeting that included al-Sadr with the parties to the entire coordination framework, The move came as a surprise at a time when larger political crises during the past years did not succeed in bringing al-Sadr and al-Maliki together at the same table.
Al-Sadr’s meeting with Al-Maliki shocked the popular circles, the press, and observers of the political issue, as it came despite the mutual escalation between the parties in the statements.
The meeting comes after [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] presented by the coordination framework to Al-Sadr for a luncheon at Al-Amiri’s house that included all the parties to the framework. Pictures and video clips viewed by Ultra Iraq showed the presence of Al-Maliki and Al-Sadr, and the Secretary-General of the “ [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ” Qais Khazali, Haider Al-Abadi and Ammar Al-Hakim. In one session at the home of Al-Amiri. The meeting came as a shock to the popular circles, the press, and observers of political affairs, as it is taking place despite the mutual escalation between the parties in statements and on the communication sites, and the insistence on the opposing positions between the two parties, while the coordination framework wants to cancel the election results or go to a consensus government in which it participates regardless of the number of seats in its forces Al-Sadr claims that he is determined to go with a majority government and categorically without the participation of the coordinating framework forces, which [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] as the "Al-Attar mixture."
Therefore, this meeting came as a strange and ambiguous development whose outcomes or goals cannot be predicted, as well as questions about why al-Sadr accepted the meeting in the presence of al-Maliki for the first time in ten years, although the past years Iraq witnessed political crises stronger than the current situation, and these crises did not succeed in bringing together al-Maliki and al-Sadr. at one table.
Two goals behind the meeting: making the argument.. and penetrating the framework
The head of the Center for Political Thinking, Ihsan Al-Shammari, believes that the meeting stems from two goals; The first is to throw the argument at the Kurdish and Sunni parties that stipulated the agreement of the Shiite parties, and the other is Al-Sadr's attempt to penetrate the coordinating framework and pull some parties towards it.
Al-Shammari said in an interview with "Ultra Iraq", "Al-Sadr's idea of meeting with the coordination framework carries several goals. He wants to reinforce that he is the strongest party that has the ability to contain everyone first. As for the other matter, it represents the last step before going with his political project, By presenting his idea to the coordinating framework to achieve the signals, commandments and advice that the Kurdish and Sunni forces launched, that there should be consensus within the Shiite political house, and therefore he wants to say that he presented his idea and tried to reach an agreement between the Shiite forces, and this consensus may not be achieved.
On the other hand, Al-Shammari believes that "Al-Sadr wants to achieve a breakthrough within the coordination framework for those who join his project," considering that "in any case, he is making a great profit, and whoever does not join it goes to the opposition."
Al-Shammari finds that "Muqtada al-Sadr is the biggest winner from this meeting, and we have seen how the framework welcomed and marketed a lot for the idea of the meeting, and this indicates the political weakness of the framework."
Al-Shammari believes that "there will be nothing called a national majority with the framework, if the framework joins with the Sadrist bloc, it is a consensus government, so perhaps al-Sadr will present a political project represented by separating the government that may be for the current, in exchange for committees in Parliament for the framework as part of the power equation ".
The matter, according to Al-Shammari, will end with "the consensus of the majority, and Al-Sadr will achieve a breakthrough in the framework, and some Shiite parties will join the coordination framework with him, and this plan may be prepared in advance with the framework."
For his part, Nabil Al-Ali, who is interested in political affairs, believes that this meeting is unlikely to lead to a consensus government.
Al-Ali said in a post followed by "Ultra Iraq", "Al-Sadr made a move to Baghdad since Tuesday evening, on the eve of announcing the results from the commission, ahead of receiving the coalition's offers, to come a step from the other side by inviting him to have lunch at Al-Amiri's house and in the presence of the leaders of the coordination framework."
And he considered that "this meeting could lead either to the establishment of a political agreement for the consensus government, which may be unlikely, or a step to draw a road map and general principles agreed upon by the parties to resolve the political crisis, accept the results, and proceed with the race to form the largest bloc for those who can complete the alliances first, and the two parties accept that One is in power and the other is in the political opposition, which is more likely.”
In this context, the head of the "National Sanad" grouping, Ahmed Al-Asadi, confirmed that the meeting of the coordinating framework forces with the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada Al-Sadr at the house of the head of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri was to discuss the developments of the current situation.
Al-Asadi said in a statement published by his office, and "Ultra Iraq" received a copy of it, "the leaders of the coordination framework received Muqtada al-Sadr at Hadi al-Amiri's house to discuss the outstanding issues and the latest developments in the current situation, in a friendly and brotherly manner."
He added that this is "to enhance cohesion and national unity among the people of the same nation and to serve the interests of the Iraqi people, which is a priority for all parties."
However, Hammam Hammoudi, head of the Islamic Supreme Council, stressed the importance of the Shiite house meetings with all its components, and the dialogues that he intends to hold today, indicating that "Iraq's unity and stability is part of the Shiite house's unity and its ability to face challenges, and correct the path."