Tehran and its militias have been obstructing
settling on a candidate for the Iraq's interior minister for a month.
Iran and its militias in the Fatah Alliance do not want to leave the Ministry of the Interior uncontrolled by their men, and they therefore strongly adhere to Faleh al-Fayyad, the IMIS head, as the next interior minister, observers said.
Fayyad is the only one capable of continuing to preserve the gains of Iran and the sectarian militias, maintaining continuous insecurity in Iraq, which serves Iranian interests, according to observers.
The deal, which was partially leaked recently, concerns nominating former Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji again or nominating Ahmad al-Asadi, the IMIS spokesman, confirming that Iran has not stopped seeking control of the Interior Ministry.
Informed sources suggested earlier that the parliamentary session on Monday would witness the vote on the remaining ministerial candidates in Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's government, while persons to be nominated for the interior and defense minister posts have not yet been settled on.
A member of the Fatah Alliance announced readiness to bargain and put an alternative candidate to Fayyad in case he was insistently rejected in the next parliament session.
Mahdi Taqi, a member of the alliance, said in a press statement that the government will be completed in the next parliamentary session, stressing that choosing candidates for the defense and interior ministries will not be adjourned.
Political sources pointed out that as the political tension reached its peak between the Reform and Reconstruction Alliance, which includes the Saairun Alliance backed by Muqtada al-Sadr; the Hikma (Wisdom) Movement led by Ammar al-Hakim; the Nasr Alliance led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi; part of the National Axis; the Al-Binna'a Coalition, which includes the Fatah Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri; and the State of Law Coalition led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and another part of the axis on the issue of nominating Fayyad to the Ministry of Interior. It seems that the parties chose to settle the matter according to a satisfactory solution.
Sources familiar with the final negotiations between the Reform and Reconstruction Alliance and Al-Binna'a Coalition said that the predicament of the two alliances caused by the issue of Fayyad began to seriously threaten the government of Abdul Mahdi, which led the two alliances to approach each other halfway.