Iran is accelerating its efforts to replace Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with a loyal stooge, especially after Abadi opted to abide by the US sanctions imposed on Tehran, according to experts.
At a time when the Iranian media unleashed a barrage of criticism on Abadi, describing him as a dwarf and threatening that he would have a similar fate to the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the pace of the formation of Parliament's largest bloc has been accelerated.
Iranian columnist and political analyst Hassan Hani wrote in an article that Iran appointed Abadi as prime minister and can easily replace him, criticizing him for his commitment on the US sanctions imposed on Tehran, instead of supporting Iran in its time of need.
Observers said that Iran has prepared potential replacement for Abadi, including Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and head of Iranian Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) Falih Al-Fayyad, while Leader of Al-Qarar Coalition Osama al-Nujaifi is also hoping to be the next prime minister.
Meanwhile, Maliki has held a meeting with Fayyad and Nujaifi to discuss the future of the political process and the ongoing talks between political forces on the formation of parliament's largest bloc, in light of the imminent approval of the results of the manual counting and sorting of Parliamentary elections' votes.
The meeting stressed the need to accelerate talks to start the implementation of constitutional steps related to the announcement of the formation of the largest bloc in parliament and holding parliament's first session to name those who will take over 'the three presidencies', including parliament speaker, prime minister and the president, as well as preparing the government's program, according to a statement by Maliki's office.
The High Electoral Commission (HEC) completed the manual counting of votes last Sunday, almost three months after the elections were held in May, as it is now waiting to receive appeals and complaints on the results before being ratified by the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq.
Political parties need 165 seats in parliament out of a total of 329 seats to form the largest bloc to be entrusted with the formation of the next government.
Observers said that the Iranian-Qatari axis government, which has been in Iraq, aims to create an alliance between Fatah Alliance, State of Law Coalition, Victory Alliance, Sunni and Kurdish parties to form the largest bloc in parliament, with Leader of Badr Organisation Hadi al-Amiri as prime minister.
Experts told The Baghdad Post that Abadi's chances in another term in office are slim, especially that Iran aims to install a new prime minister and form the largest bloc in parliament.