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Qatar, Iran hamper formation of largest parliamentary bloc- sources

Interference of Iran and Qatar had impeded the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc which is planned to form the next government, sources said on Wednesday.

Sources said that Iran and Qatar exerted pressure on Kurdish and Sunni leaders to withdraw from the largest bloc of more than 200 seats.

The Qatari, Iranian axis obstructed the formation of the bloc as it excluded leaders of Iran-backed militias and former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki who has close ties with Tehran.

The new bloc also included the outgoing prime minister Haider al-Abadi who has many red lines by Iran because of his attempt to reinstate relations between Iraq and Arab neighbors and also for his support of the US sanctions against Iran.

On Sunday, Babylon hotel hosted a meeting for leaders of political parties to announce the largest parliamentary bloc.

The list of invited guests included: Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, leader of al-Nasr bloc, which has 42 seats, Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, heading Sairoon bloc, which has 54 seats, Ammar al-Hakim, leader of al-Hikma movement, with 20 seats, Iyad Allawi and Saleh al-Mutlaq leaders of the national bloc with 25 seats, the leaders of the Sunni National Bloc, which has 35 seats and representatives of the two main Kurdish parties who together have about 40 seats.

The absentees in this meeting were representatives of the Kurds and the Sunni National Axis Alliance, which led to the failure to form a parliamentary bloc that has the majority to form a government.

According to sources in Baghdad, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards al-Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani met with Kurdish leaders, which resulted in their absence from the meeting.

Sulaimani arrived in Iraq in conjunction with the preparations for the announcement of the largest bloc and visited Najaf in the south, where pictures were leaked before he left for Erbil to hold a series of meetings with Kurdish and Sunni leaders.

Qatari officials also had secretly contacted Sunni Khamis al-Khanjar- heading al-Qarar Alliance-  a close associate of Qatar and Iran, who in turn pressured leaders of the Sunni National Axis Alliance to boycott the Babylon Hotel meeting

Insiders said that the interference of Iran and Qatar means that the upcoming government will come with the signature of Mullahs and Hamdeen organization and will be at odds with Sunni Arabs, most importantly Saudi Arabia.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 22 August 2018 02:57 PM