The State of Law Coalition headed by Nouri
al-Maliki and Nasr Alliance headed by Haidar al-Abadi, both were former prime
ministers of Iraq, continue cooperation, and are likely to announce an alliance
soon, a State of Law Coalition MP said.
Nasr Alliance and State of Law Coalition continue to cooperate and politically coordinate politically concerning passing vital laws and completing the formation of the government, said MP Abd al-Ilah al-Naeli.
"The rapprochement has not yet resulted in a final understanding of the merger of the two blocs, but it is likely to announce the alliance of the parties soon," he stated.
Iraq's Islamic Dawa (Call) Party member in April said that the party's secretary-general Maliki, who is accused of corruption, and Abadi will run in the upcoming local elections on one list.
Dawa Party decided that Maliki and Abadi will run in this elections on one list, "but the two sides have postponed the issue and do not want to announce this now," said a leader in the party, who spoke in condition of anonymity.
Maliki and Abadi welcomed this decision, the source said, expecting that such decision will be applied.
This comes although Nasr (Victory) Alliance has denied earlier the intention to merge with the State of Law Coalition led by Maliki to run in the upcoming elections.
A parliament member of the Nasr Alliance in April said that the party is holding dialogues with the State of Law with the aim of allying with it.
There is a rapprochement between the two parties, which enables them to merge, MP Nada Shaker said.
A leading figure in the Dawa Party, Abdul Halim al-Zuhairi, confirmed that the State of Law Coalition and the Nasr Alliance may announce that they will merge at any moment.
Attempts to return Abadi
The idea of overthrowing Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, who was appointed in October last year, first emerged when Sami al-Askari, a member of the State of Law Coalition, spoke about the matter openly.
He said in a televised speech that there are attempts to bring back former Prime Minister Abadi, adding that some of his allies promised to bring Abadi back to his post after a year, hopefully until 2022.
Askari tried to distance the State of Law Coalition from the matter by ruling out the possibility that the Coalition could merge with Abadi’s Nasr Alliance.