In a weird statement, Iran's man
in Iraq, Hadi al-Amiri, said that Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi is the one who
nominated and insisted on Faleh al-Fayadh for Interior Ministry, and not the
Fatah movement, which deepened the crisis.
Amiri, the head of the Fatah Alliance, said that Abdul Mahdi is the one who submitted candidates to fill the posts of the eight remaining ministries in his government.
Fayadh: Abdul Mahdi's choice
Amiri pointed out that Fayadh is the choice of Abdul Mahdi for the post of interior minister, denying that al-Binna'a Coalition nominated him or insists on his nomination.
Amiri expressed rejection of accusations that Fayadh was nominated by an external state or rejected by another foreign country, stressing that "these charges are not acceptable." He went on to say that the vote in the parliament will end the dispute around Fayadh.
Amiri asserted that Iran interferes in Iraqi affairs, except for "this time."
Amiri said that it is clear to everyone that Iran interferes by issuing advice to Shiite political forces, adding that the main concern of the Iranians is to have a Shiite alliance to guarantee the rights of the Shiite population in Iraq.
Iraqi politician Mithal al-Alusi said Tehran might be planning to assassinate Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist movement, if he insists on challenging Iran's influence in Iraq.
Sadr regularly announces opposing the influence of "neighboring countries" in Iraqi decisions, referring to Iran, and regularly publishes on his Twitter account indirect criticism of Tehran's policy in Iraq.
The assassination of Sadr will mean a war between the Sadrist movement and the pro-Tehran Iraqi parties, and it could lead to the destruction of the entire political process, Alusi said, adding that Iran will not likely involve itself in such a risk.
The parliament failed again to hold a vote on the completion of the cabinet, showing itself incapable of passing candidates for the remaining eight ministries amid the dispute between the parties on the candidate for the post of interior minister.