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Baghdad/Al-Masala Al-Hadath - Editorial Team: In the Iraqi political arena, the Sunni Taqaddum Party constitutes one of the main political forces that seeks to represent and promote the interests of the Sunni community. However, the party faced a critical stage headed by Muhammad al-Halbousi after recording internal defections and the termination of al-Halbousi’s membership in Parliament, which led to escalating tensions and demands to open corruption files related to al-Halbousi’s involvement.
The point of members' defection and the termination of Al-Halbousi's membership from Parliament is an important event in the party's course.
These divisions greatly affected the party's structure and internal cohesion, which undermined its political strength and highlighted signs of weakness in its internal management.
Demands to open corruption files that indicate Al-Halbousi’s involvement have made the situation more complicated, as the existence of corruption accusations against a prominent leader in the party could cast a negative shadow on the reputation of the entire party and its ability to work effectively politically.
It is important to understand the potential effects of these events on the Iraqi political scene because addressing the corruption files and Al-Halbousi’s involvement could affect voters’ attitudes and inter-political relations, which could affect the party’s future and its ability to play an effective role in the political scene.
The current situation of the Sunni Taqaddum Party reflects a critical stage that it must deal with wisely and strategically to overcome challenges and maintain its position and role in the Iraqi political scene.
The Secretary-General of the Bayraq Al-Khair Party, Muhammad Al-Khalidi, says that the alliance’s situation is difficult and complicated, and it has actually begun to lose more votes to its competitors.
In the current situation, you may find a great difference in the opinions of people in Anbar Governorate regarding the judicial decision to terminate the membership of Muhammad al-Halbousi and the escalation of corruption accusations against the Taqadum Party.
These views reflect the political and social tensions and differences that prevail in the political and social environment in this fanatical tribal region.
There is a wide segment of the population that supports the judicial decision, because of their belief that it enhances justice and clarifies its completeness in the face of corruption.
Given the accusations related to corruption, they believe that legal measures may open the door to positive changes in the political environment.
Expectations for the future may be neutral or variable depending on how events develop. It is likely that the judicial decision increases controversy and political tensions within the governorate, and the investigation into corruption accusations may increase the divisions of opinions and the eventual political fall of many Anbar politicians in particular.
The Reconstruction Fund for the Liberated Areas is a mechanism created to direct and coordinate financing and resources allocated to the reconstruction of areas liberated from ISIS in Iraq.
But Al-Halbousi is accused of corruption in the fund by inflating costs, as reports indicate that the costs allocated to projects were inflated, which led to violations in the bidding processes and the supply of materials.
Under Al-Halbousi’s supervision, there was ineffective and corrupt management of the fund, which allowed corruption and bribes in the disbursement and direction operations.
The most prominent evidence of Al-Halbousi’s corruption is the massive inflation of funds, which requires a transparent and fair investigation so that the Al-Halbousi phenomenon is not repeated among other politicians.
Prepared by Muhammad Al-Khafaji
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