Leader of Iran-allied Badr militia and Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Amiri's hopes to head the new government have been evaporated after an alliance between Saairun and Victory Alliances has been announced.
Amiri's alliance with Saairun's leader Moqtada al-Sadr, which was announced immediately after the Iraqi parliamentary elections, raised hopes for Amiri to be a candidate for the post of prime minister.
According to a number of reports, Fatah- Saairun alliance was arranged by commander of the Iranian Quds Force militias, Qasem Soleimani.
This alliance sparked anger among other Shiite parties and Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi, who called for a national meeting after Eid al-Fitr vacations.
Observers said that this meeting was an attempt
by Abadi to counter Saairun-Fatah alliance.
A number of Analysts considered that political alliances that are being announced reflect the state of confusion witnessed in the Iraqi political scene.
Compared to other candidates such as Amiri and State of law Coalition's leader Nuri al-Maliki, Abadi is considered the strongest candidate to assume his 2nd term in office.
For its part, Iran is trying to nominate Ayad Allawi to be the new prime minister but according to the political structure in Iraq, the post of prime minister must be allocated to a member of the majority Shia Arab community.
The bloc led by Allawi is mostly a Sunni, and
this means that the Iranian attempts will fail.
Head of the Iraqi Center for Political Thought, Ihsan al-Shammari said the alliance between Victory and Saairun is the only alliance that is considered to be a national alliance because Victory Alliance is not a pure Shiite bloc, but it includes different groups.
Shammari pointed out that Saairun is also not a Shiite bloc as it includes communists, secularists and liberals.
He added that Saairun-Victory alliance will be the key player in the formation of the parliament's largest bloc.
"Abadi is the strongest candidate to head the next government as he is appreciated regionally and internationally", Sammari said.
Saairun's spokesperson, Qahtan al-Jabouri said that Saairun-Victory alliance will form the parliament's largest bloc, which will be responsible for forming the new government.
Jabouri noted that the alliance's main objectives are fighting corruption, ensuring the unity of Iraqi territory and preventing external interference in the country's internal affairs.