The Saairun Alliance, supported by Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr, called on Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi on Thursday to change the partisan candidates for the remaining ministries in his government.
Saairun MP Jamal Fakhir said in a press statement that Abdul Mahdi is now required to change his partisan candidates, especially those for security ministries, and replacing them with independent, efficient candidates.
Fakhir said that the alliance will not vote for any partisan figure, affirming supporting completing the government with independent figures.
He explained that Abdul Mahdi insisted more than twice on passing the remaining candidates for his ministries, including partisan figures rejected earlier by the alliance. He added that the government will be completed in next Tuesday's parliament session if the prime minister changes his current candidates for defense and interior ministries.
Prime Minister 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.
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.
Jaafar al-Mousawi, a spokesman for Sadr, said earlier that Sadr would not stand by the government if it defies 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.
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 from him.