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Can Abdul Mahdi finish gov't before Sadr withdraws support?


The political process in Iraq is facing real problems and Abdul Mahdi is in trouble, observers say.

Muqtada al-Sadr has put himself in danger after he could again defeat the Iranian-Qatari alliance to influence the government formation, and he refused that the government be completed with figures loyal to other states and came with the funds of Qatar and Iran, observers said.

They added that Doha and Tehran will take an action against Sadr, affirming that his life is currently in serious danger.

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi is facing several obstacles to completing his cabinet formation because of the Shiite-Shiite rivalry between the two largest blocs led by two rivals: Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri. The latter leads an Iranian-backed faction.

Sovereign Ministries

Six months after the election, which was said to draw Iraq out of the effects of the war and corruption that lasted for years, the Shiite-Shiite conflict around the sovereign ministries has paralyzed all attempts to form a government.

Although the two largest blocs won in Iraq's parliamentary elections in May, they still hinder the formation of the government, which led to the postponement of the vote in parliament on the candidates for the remaining ministries.

Sadr's Saairun Alliance and Amiri's Al-Binna'a Coalition earlier agreed to choose a president for Iraq. However, the political negotiations have been largely frozen since then for several reasons, mainly the disagreement over the Interior Ministry post that has been dominated for years by Amiri's allies.

Observers said that the situation in Iraq is going to worsen in the coming period, especially amid the insistence of Iran and Qatar on the appointment of Faleh al-Fayadh as interior minister and the objection to his nomination by Sadr.

Jaafar al-Mousawi, a spokesman for Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said on Tuesday that Sadr would not stand by the government if the government defied the will of the people and the clerics.

Mousawi explained that the new government headed by Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi will fail if independent ministers are not appointed.

Political stalemate

Many MPs in parliament consider that the consensus between the two blocs has become impossible.

Abdul Mahdi finds himself in the midst of political differences in Iraq, which is disappointing to Iraqis waiting for social and economic reforms they were promised. Abdul Mahdi also faces challenges including the protests of the people of Basra, which has been renewed.

Dhiaa al-Asadi, a senior adviser to Sadr, said that Abdul Mahdi has to complete the formation of the government and submit names despite the difficulties he is facing concerning the nomination of the interior and defense ministers.

Asadi said that Sadr would give Abdul Mahdi six months to form a full government before Sadr decides to withdraw his support to Abdul Mahdi.


Last Modified: Thursday، 06 December 2018 01:49 AM