Iraq .. The formation of the government inflames differences within the "coordination framework"

Iraq .. The formation of the government inflames differences within the “coordination framework”

Huda Jassim (Baghdad)

Senior political sources in Iraq confirmed that a disagreement erupted between the forces of the “coordinating framework” over the form of the next government, “consensual or service,” while sources from the main Kurdish parties “the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Union” confirmed that a breakthrough is looming on the horizon to agree on a candidate for the presidency. .
In statements to Al-Ittihad, the political sources said that the leaders of the forces within the “coordinating framework” again entered into disagreements over the expected form of the government between “consensual” or “service”, and that any of those governments would be rejected by the “Sadr movement.” She pointed out the need for the “framework” forces to go to Muqtada al-Sadr before starting or announcing the holding of a parliamentary session.
The sources added that “the forces of the coordination framework are divided between taking the approval of al-Sadr or not as well, as Hadi al-Amiri leads a trend to form a political committee from the framework to go to al-Sadr to discuss his demands and meet them before any step that may lead to igniting the street again.”
The sources said: “The Kurdish parties continue their meetings in order to agree on a candidate for the presidency at the same time that they are awaiting the results of the talks and events in Baghdad.”
Yesterday, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Bassam Ali, said that his party does not have any “red lines” on any candidate for the post of President of the Republic of Iraq.
He said in a press statement: “There are understandings with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and things are heading towards détente.”
Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, a leader in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, had earlier stressed the need for the Kurds to go to Baghdad as a team to negotiate the rights of the region.
The Iraqi parliament had failed to choose a new president for the republic despite holding three sessions in a row, the last of which was on the 30th of last March due to the lack of a quorum, which hindered the process of assigning the prime minister, who in turn forms the government.
The legal expert and political analyst, Amir Al-Daami, considered that there are two unimportant scenarios for the political scene in Iraq during the next stage,
The first: «that there should be a guarantor and reassurances for the Sadrist movement regarding the convening of the parliamentary session and the formation of the government, and that the government be with the approval of the movement or its participation, as if it still has 73 parliamentary seats».
Al-Daami said in a statement to Al-Ittihad: The second scenario is to “maintain Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s government for an additional year, while legislating a specific and codified budget for the caretaker government to maintain it.”
Al-Daami ruled out the recurrence of the events of the thirty-first of last month and the occurrence of clashes between supporters of the “Sadr movement” and the “coordinating framework.”
Iraq has been experiencing a political crisis since the October 2021 elections, as a result of sharp differences over the formation of the government between the “Sadr bloc”, which won the largest bloc (73 deputies), but later resigned, and political parties represented in the “coordinating framework.”
The “Sadr bloc” sought to form a “national majority” government with its two partners, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the “Sovereignty Alliance.” When the “Framework” obstructed these efforts, Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his deputies to resign in mid-June, then retired from political life at the end of last August.
Subsequently, clashes erupted in Iraqi cities, including the capital, Baghdad, which left more than 30 dead and hundreds wounded, prompting calls for dialogue to resolve the crisis, from which al-Sadr was absent.

Security operation launched in southern Samarra against ISIS remnants
Yesterday, the Iraqi security forces announced the launch of a joint security operation south of Samarra in Salah al-Din Governorate against the remnants of the terrorist organization “ISIS”.
A military source said, “A joint force of the army and the emergency police, with the participation of the 43rd Brigade of Salah al-Din Operations, launched an operation to search the eastern and western Hadera areas south of Samarra.”
She added, “This operation comes within the plans established to secure roads, sustain the security and operational effort, and to prevent any security breach by terrorist groups to target civilians.”
In addition, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, issued a directive yesterday to strengthen coordination between the various security institutions, to preserve and enhance the gains.
Al-Kazemi’s office said in a statement that the latter “presided over a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security, in which they discussed the latest developments in the security situation in the country, the most prominent security and military files, and directed the strengthening of coordination between the various security institutions, to preserve and enhance the gains.”

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