Iranian mullahs are currently seeking to coordinate with new political alliances inside Iraq to support them in the upcoming elections away from the victory alliance led by current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, sources told The Baghdad Post on Monday.
The Iranian moves are carried out in complete independence of Abadi, whom Tehran sees as leaning toward the West and the Arab neighbors.
Analysts said that the political divisions inside the National Alliance in these elections are inevitable.
Last week, Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, began a round of meetings with a number of leaders of political blocs which defected the National Alliance.
Masjedi first met with the head of state law coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, and held a meeting which lasted for several hours.
During which the two discussed the upcoming elections and the possibility of unifying some parties to form a new alliance to be an alternative to the National Alliance
However, Maliki, who is seeking the support of the Iranian side to reach power, has not received any promises from Masjedi so far, sources said.
Two sides (Maliki and Masjid) are seeking at the same time to withdraw Abadi and isolate him completely.
Masjid then held a meeting with Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Wisdom Movement, and discussed with him also the formation anew coalition and the formation of the next government.
Sources also revealed that Masjid held recurrent meetings with leaders of al-Fatah alliance, especially Hadi al-Amiri and Faleh al-Fayyad.
Masjid also will hold several meetings with a number of coalitions that have defected National Alliance this week.
There is no meeting on the agenda of Abadi with Masjidi or any other Iranian official, sources said.
Observers confirm that Iranian support in this election cycle is less influential than previous ones, so Abadi is seeking the West and Arab support, became less dependant on Iran.
The campaign for the Iraqi parliamentary elections, scheduled for May 12, was launched last Saturday.
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