Ammar al-Hakim, head of
the National Wisdom Movement in Iraq announced withdrawing from the Reform and Reconstruction
Alliance in the parliament, calling on the leadership of the alliance to choose
an alternative head.
Hakim did not state a clear reason for quitting his post. However, he said in a statement: "After the decision of the National Wisdom Movement to [join] the constructive constitutional political opposition and practice this role by words and deeds, we appreciate the great trust that the brothers in the leadership of the Reform and Reconstruction Alliance gave us … over the past period. We hope that we have restored trusts and fulfilled our responsibility in the best way, according to channel."
The National Wisdom Movement announced last week joining opposition side against the government, along with a number of prominent parties including Nasr Alliance headed by former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
Earlier in June, Hakim said that political disputes were behind ISIS's occupation of Iraq, calling for the settlement of all disputes between the authorities of Baghdad and Kurdistan.
As Nechirvan Barzani was sworn as the president of Kurdistan Region, Hakim lauded the development and progress witnessed by the Kurdistan region, affirming that "Nechirvan Barzani is keen on unity and solidarity."
He also affirmed that Kurdistan will always be a source of "pride," lauding at the same time the role played by Masoud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Hakim asserted in June that Iraq would be the first to get affected by any escalation of tension between the United States and Iran.
Hakim’s remarks came during a meeting with a Sadrist Movement delegation to discuss the recent developments of the Iraqi political scene and the US-Iran escalation in the region.
Hakim further affirmed that Iraq is exerting efforts to ease the tension between Iran and the United States as it will be damaged the most of if the situation developed into war.
During his meeting with acting US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfieldhis, Hakim affirmed the neutrality of Iraq and the independence of the country's decision.
Hakim affirmed Iraq's rejection to be a starting point to attack others, a statement by Hakim's office said.
Hakim stressed Iraq's openness to the region and the world and its serious efforts to establish balanced relations based on common interests.
He also highlighted the importance of avoiding escalation due to its serious repercussions that negatively affect the peoples of the region, calling for a comprehensive dialogue to resolve the outstanding problems.