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Al-Sadr's supporters celebrate in Najaf yesterday evening the approval of the Federal Court on the election results (Reuters)
[size=45]The Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq has submitted the names of the winners of the recent legislative elections after their approval by the Federal Court to the Presidency of the Republic to issue a republican decree to hold the first session of Parliament.
While the Iraqi President Barham Salih is awaiting the issuance of a republican decree calling for the holding of the first parliament session 15 days after the date of ratification of the results the day before yesterday, the political atmosphere in the country is still in a state of suffocation as a result of the armed authorities’ non-acceptance of the Federal Court’s decision and the acceptance that seemed coercive By some parties that, although they complied with the decision of the Federal Court, expressed their reservations about some of its paragraphs, especially with regard to the response of appeals, lack of jurisdiction, and the demand of the next parliament to make an amendment to the electoral law to make the counting and sorting manually only.
The winning political forces in the elections are still divided over the concepts of majority and consociationalism. While the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, insists on forming a national majority government, the forces of the coordination framework still reject this option and present an alternative option, which is the expanded consociationalism, which means combining the majority and consociationalism. According to the leaks from within the Shiite forces that belong to the coordinating framework, they fear al-Sadr's existing plan, from their point of view, not to accept the opposition's option for those who do not agree with this plan, but rather to exclude certain parties from within the coordinating framework forces, and at the forefront of these parties is the State of Law coalition led by Nouri al-Maliki, with whom al-Sadr does not agree. But the coordinating framework forces that, if they accept al-Sadr’s plan, will lose a large bloc that has 33 deputies, which is al-Maliki’s bloc, which means that al-Sadr, through his large bloc (75 deputies) and what other blocs and independents can join with it, will control the government and parliament.
The “coordinating framework” was unable to issue a statement in its name about the election results, which means that the first split process within it began immediately after the ratification, starting with the statement of support issued by the leader of the Wisdom Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, who confirmed his commitment to the decision of the Federal Court. After al-Hakim, the head of the victory coalition, Haider al-Abadi, announced his support for the court’s decision. The biggest surprise was the announcement of the leader of the Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Amiri, who demanded the annulment of the election results through his appeals, his commitment to the decision of the Federal Court.
As for the State of Law coalition led by al-Maliki, which does not complain of a loss in the first place, but shares the forces of the coordination framework, its objections, it issued a statement in which he spoke about the contradictions in the decision of approval of the Federal Court. Thus, al-Maliki's position seemed more consistent with the position of the "Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq" bloc, which did not announce its support for the federal decision, nor did it announce a position opposing it. The State of Law coalition went further when one of its leaders announced that the demonstrators and the sit-in at the gates of the Green Zone would remain sit-down until the formation of the government.
In addition, the most important knot in the saw of negotiations and consultations is how to resolve the “largest bloc” in Parliament, which must be announced during the first session of the new parliament. While al-Sadr insists that his bloc is the largest, the coordinating framework forces believe that they have managed to gather more members than al-Sadr's bloc and will announce this in the first session.
Nevertheless, the door to compromise has not yet been closed within the divided Shiite house in particular. As part of the efforts aimed at finding a compromise between the two parties, a delegation from the Coordination Framework will soon head to the city of Najaf to meet Muqtada al-Sadr, according to what was announced by a leader of the Coordination Framework.
Meanwhile, while al-Sadr thanked the UN envoy, Jenin Plasschaert, for her positive role in the elections, Kata'ib Hezbollah accused her, along with the US ambassador in Baghdad, Matthew Tueller, of pressuring the Iraqi judiciary to ratify the results. "The Brigades" said in a statement yesterday that what happened in the legislative elections is the biggest fraud and fraud in the modern history of the Iraqi people. She promised that the Commission was subjected to the worst types of exploitation, as well as to blackmail, threats and pressure, accusing the Federal Court of acquiescing to what it called the hostile parties to the Iraqi people, as she described it.[/size]
[size=45]Baghdad: «Asharq Al-Awsat»[/size]
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