[size=52]Objections aborted the announcement of a new alliance for the "framework" in Iraq[/size]
[size=45]Parliament meeting to decide on Al-Halbousi’s resignation[/size]
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Sadr supporters in front of Parliament on August 23 (AFP)
[size=45]The coordinating framework in Iraq came close yesterday evening to announcing a new alliance called the "State Administration" to form the government, but prominent Shiite leaders pushed for "waiting" until it is ensured that the new path is secured from the reaction of the Sadrist movement and the protest movement that is preparing to reappear next week.
Amid the continuation of the governance crisis for months, Iraqis are awaiting the parliament session tomorrow, Wednesday, to vote to accept the resignation of the Speaker of the Council, Muhammad al-Halbousi, as the agenda of the upcoming parliament session included two orphan items, the first of which is to vote on the resignation of the Speaker of Parliament, and the second is to elect a first deputy to head the Council.
As for the most enthusiastic party within the coordinating framework for the announcement of the new "state administration" alliance, Nouri al-Maliki's team, the leader of the State of Law coalition, said that "the ship has sailed." However, sources said that "the emergence of fundamental objections from Shiite leaders to the way, kept the ship at anchor."
The sources added that there were 3 main objections that resulted from hours-long discussions between the leaders of the "framework" who are facing enormous pressure from al-Sadr and the popular "Tishreen movement". The most prominent objection came from Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Organization, who asked to wait until a guarantee from al-Sadr is obtained, which will only take place by visiting him in Al-Hanana. But this view finds resentment from al-Maliki, who pushes towards «getting rid of the complex of fear of the Sadrist movement».
The second most prominent objection came from the leader of the "Wisdom" movement, Ammar al-Hakim, who calls for the formation of a government of independents and representatives of the protest movement forces. According to those close to al-Hakim, this opinion is based on the fact that the position refusing to form a government monopolized by Muqtada al-Sadr, representing the Shiites, should apply to the "coordinating framework" as well. The forces of popular protests are also receiving calls to engage in the formation of the framework government, in conjunction with threats to the movement’s leaders that “a sea of blood awaits them” in Tahrir Square if they decide to go out against the regime.
The third objection is expressed by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who requires the withdrawal of the nomination of Muhammad Shia al-Sudani to head the government, because that nomination exacerbates popular anger and raises the possibility of an uncalculated reaction from al-Sadr. Those close to al-Abadi confirmed that these objections forced the partners to postpone the announcement of the new "state administration" coalition. The field hypotheses are also intertwined about what might happen in the protest squares in Baghdad, when the movement's public comes out with the aim of overthrowing the regime.
Sources say that hundreds of elite members of the armed factions have redeployed in the Green Zone and on the Karkh side at Nisour Square, a location chosen by a stream of protesters, which reflects the divergence of positions within the movement. In this atmosphere, concrete walls will be erected on the Jumhuriya Bridge in a way that is prepared for a possible attack with heavy weapons, and another on a street leading to the Green Zone from the Nisour side.
While the new coalition excluded the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr, which no longer has parliamentary representation after the withdrawal of its 73 deputies, the Turkmen component expressed its annoyance about what happened due to its non-participation in the new coalition, despite the fact that the Turkmen represent the third nationalism in the country after the Arabs and the Kurds. .
The new coalition includes the Shiite Coordinating Framework Forces, the Alliance of Sovereignty and the resolve of the Sunnis, and the two Kurdish parties "the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan", which includes about 273 deputies from the total Iraqi parliament. Under this number of deputies, the new coalition is able to elect a president, who needs 220 deputies when voting, and assign a new prime minister, who needs a simple majority (half plus one) of the total members of Parliament.
It is not yet clear whether the Kurds have agreed on their candidate for the presidency from among the candidates of the two main parties. The position of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, is not yet known about this coalition, in which his former allies (the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance and the Kurdistan Democratic Party) participate, although the forces participating in the coalition gave al-Sadr the opportunity for his current to participate in the government, equivalent to the number of his deputies who withdrew from Parliament. According to previous statements by "Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq" leader Qais al-Khazali, the coordination framework is ready to give al-Sadr half of the Shiite ministries in the next government (ie 6 ministries out of 12 ministries). Khazali also hinted at the possibility of reconsidering the candidate for prime minister, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani. But al-Sadr did not respond to either offer.
The announcement of this new coalition coincides with the mass mobilization of demonstrations on the first of next month to mark the third anniversary of the October 2019 protests.[/size]
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