Former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki threatened civil war if Islamic Dawa Party, Victory Alliance and State of Law Coalition did not receive what he called their right in assuming the head of cabinet position.
Maliki made his threat in a meeting with a delegation from the city of Basra at a time when the city is witnessing mass demonstrations calling for enhanced services and job opportunities for large numbers of unemployed young people, fueled by Iran's cutting of water and electricity of the city, in addition to bulldozing palm groves and converting them into residential land for the benefit of influential parties.
Meanwhile, there have been changes to the map of alliances between the winning political parties in the legislative elections, under Iranian supervision, to form the largest bloc in parliament.
According to sources, leaders of Islamic Dawa Party Maliki and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reached an agreement with Leader of Iran-backed Badr militia Hadi Al-Amiri to form a tripartite alliance combining the State of Law Coalition, Fatah Coalition and Victory Alliance.
For his part, Member of State of Law Coalition Mohammed Majid said the differences between Maliki and Abadi were resolved, after they reached an understanding on the candidate for the post of head of the next government, pointing out that the Leader of Fatah Coalition Hadi Al-Amiri expressed his readiness to quit Saairun Alliance, which is supported by Leader of Sadrist Movement Moqtada al-Sadr.
Meanwhile, the political bureau of Sadr explained that there will be no alliance with Maliki to form a new government, adding that he is responsible for the fall of the city of Mosul and other cities of Iraq into the hands of ISIS, as he was Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces at that time.
The bureau also pointed out that the selection of ministers is subject to specific controls and mechanisms, hinting that the decision to hand Maliki a ministerial portfolio in the next government will not be the decision of Saairun Alliance.
Experts told The Baghdad Post that uncertainty looms around the coming period in Iraq, especially after Maliki's threats of a civil war unless he assumes the head of the cabinet. At the same time, millions of Iraqis will not be silent if the government was handed to Islamic Dawa Party again, especially as it is the most corrupt party in Iraq.