Baghdad today – A source familiar with the Sadrist movement, the scenes of the meeting of the leader of the current Moqtada al-Sadr, Prime Minister Haider Abadi in Baghdad.
The source said in an interview with Baghdad today that “the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, agreed to give Prime Minister Haider Abadi a second term, during the meeting they had just gathered in Baghdad.”
He added that “Sadr demanded the return of Abadi from the Dawa Party and pledges to fight corruption fully, including names influential in the political process.”
Sadr’s office revealed details of Sadr’s meeting in Baghdad after midnight on Sunday.
Article Credit: Baghdadtoday.news
BGG ~ real question is… will Abadi agree? Can he? We’re about to see what’s what…
BGG ~ Folks are constantly wanting a “run down” on where we’re at in this investment…
Unfortunately, this is a tough call. Anyone claiming they have THE “broad base” of knowledge on Iraq and the Dinar – is lying or is truly ignorant as to how much they don’t know.
For instance, until late last night, we were still waiting for the real results to be published by the IHEC. Up until then, everything was speculation.
Will Sadr have a much bigger hand in the next GOI? Highly likely. Is he the overall winner? Now we know for sure… but he still needs help. He needs a legitimate coalition.
Will Abadi be in the next GOI? Also highly likely. Will he remain as the next PM? Maybe, maybe not.
I give that one 50/50… uhhhhhh – maybe 40/60… or could be 30/70. Whatever…
You get what I’m saying. Let this thing play out a little bit and don’t be gobbling up every piece of rumor out there AS FACT (or some ignorant layman commentary).
My bet? We have a couple of twists and turns coming real soon. So relax… and even if Abadi isn’t the next PM – RELAX.
He may not be the best thing for Iraq’s future. Since you are betting on Iraq and their economy, you want the best for them. As do I.
Mnt Goat (Dinar Guru) – …So we all know that Al-Abadi did lose the popular votes, thus he did lose the election, however…Could Al-Abadi be the next PM even though he lost the popular election? …even though a candidate runs for office and does not win the overall popular vote, he/she can still possibly be nominated as the candidate for the office and, if ratified by parliament, take the duty of forming the next government of Iraq, thus the prime minister position. ...So, in this election process of 2018, we see that Al-Sadr does not want to be prime minister since he is a cleric but wanted to be able to select someone who will fulfill the “Sadr Movement’s” party policies. So, who will he select?
That is the million dollar question… …Al-Abadi can be nominated and probably will be the nominee submitted to parliament by the “Sadr Movement”. However, having said this, it is very premature…There is no proof of this. All the news states Al-Sadr has to still decide however he is open to it. This is what he really said. Let’s just watch it all play out and see if there are any surprises…
Read more: http://www.dinarupdates.com/observer/
MilitiaMan (Dinar Guru) – Article: “The Parliament directs the Commission to take the necessary measures to provide confidence in the elections” The cat is coming out of the bag… Evidence is suggesting the elections are rigged.. No longer doubt but facts. Will the evidence be set aside…? With Al Sadr meeting with the five, I’ll bet as we are taught the results will be “” more of a move along nothing left to see here… lol Plus the USA ordering Solameini “” to get out of Iraq finds us with the hicupps subsiding as he crosses back over the border..? it is also obvious the investors are ready to roll when it comes to re construction.. the timeing of it all coming together is fascinating! Even the video Walkingstick posted has presentation boards in the back drop and advertising those involved!!There was one that stands out to me and if we recall EO 13303, one will know a major player in this project to iraqs MR.. imo.
BGG ~ There is no cat – and no bag. The IHEC will address all the complaints in a thorough and complete fashion. If there were fraud – do you think anyone willing to pull such a thing off wanted Sadr to be the winner? C’MON MAN!! The USA doesn’t order the General to do anything, he is our enemy. He does as the Mullahs tell him.
Regarding E.O. 13303 – this is a continuing Executive Order. It is extended every year. This year being no surprise and no “harbinger” of things to come.
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Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary elections with 54 seats
Iraq’s election commission has released final results for the parliamentary election.
As expected, the Sayirun alliance of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Communist Party has won the most seats – 54 of the parliament’s total 329.
The Fatih alliance with ties to Iranian-backed militias came second with 47 seats, pushing the Victory (Nasr) alliance of incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi into third place with 42 seats.
Among the Kurdish parties, the KDP won the most seats with 25, putting it fifth overall in the country, one seat behind Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition.
The PUK won 18 seats.
The breakdown of the frontrunners and the Kurdish parties is as follows:
Sayirun – 54 seats
Fatih – 47 seats
Victory (Nasr) alliance – 42 seats
State of Law – 26 seats
KDP – 25 seats
Al-Wataniya – 22 seats
Hikma Front – 19 seats
PUK – 18 seats
Gorran – 5 seats
New Generation – 4 seats
Komal – 2 seats
CDJ – 2 seats
KIU – 2 seats
Parties have three days to file complaints.
Article Credit: Rudaw.net
BGG ~ A couple of these smaller lists, for instance, the New Generation, were on the phone with Sadr almost instantly. I expect some of them to make early moves.
Sadr and Abadi close to declaring a clear alliance in Iraq
* Iranian efforts to form a coalition led by al – Maliki and Ameri
– Dubai (Arab event): While delaying suspicions of fraud in Kurdistan, Anbar and Kirkuk , especially in the announcement of the final results of the Iraqi elections, in contrast , is growing debate about the alliances that Stffersha elections. The leaks to the near declaration of a clear alliance between the leader of the alliance, “Asron,” Moqtada al-Sadr, who has achieved leadership in this election, and the leader of the coalition, “victory”, Haider Abadi, in a proactive attempt to block the Iranian efforts to form a coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri .
The task led by Qassim Soleimani to form the largest bloc in the next parliament does not seem easy. Many sources close to Sadr say many leaders of different blocs want to join an alliance with Abadi and form a government. Negotiations have made significant progress on some issues . The debate remains only about what is said to be required to sever the relationship between the Abadi Party “Dawa”.
Sadr, who is heading to become the most powerful political force in Iraq, for three days, saying that the Iraqi decision will be from within the border and all partners of princes as long as they are not occupiers of the country, as he put it.
Tensions are still rising in Kirkuk, where gunmen have been besieged by several polling stations and pressuring UNHCR to change the election results.
However, with the introduction of the results of the elections abroad, the Commission showed leaks on the change in positions of forces, which called for the Commission to indicate the presence of changes in the sites of blocks, although not large.
Article Credit: Alwatannews.net
Iraqi Shiite Muslim leader and head of Hikma party Ammar al-Hakim (L) and Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr meet in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on May 17, 2018. Photo: Haidar Hamdani / AFP
Sadr meets Hakim to discuss possible governing alliance
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the winning election alliance Sayirun, has met with the prominent Shia leader Ammar al-Hakim, head of the National Hikma (Wisdom) Movement, in Najaf to discuss forming a government.
Both sides say they agree on the need to form a representative government.
“I am thankful to the Iraqi people who voted in the current elections, those who helped reform triumph. [For] even those who abstained from voting, thank you, as they didn’t give their votes to the corrupt,” Sadr told journalists following the meeting.
“God willing, we are looking at a new stage for building in Iraq a democratic, paternal and technocratic government,” Sadr added.
The two leaders have not always been on good terms, according to many sources, with Sadr once saying he would not engage with Hakim politically or share a platform with him prior to the election.
Hakim’s alliance came out as the sixth largest party in the election, even trailing behind the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), with a preliminary result of 22 seats.
Hakim termed the meeting a “valuable opportunity,” where they discussed the election and its results and potential party combinations in government.
“We examined the necessity of forming a government that is national, strong, independent in its political decisions, dependent on the will of the free Iraqi nation, and with a national orientation that transcends components and represents all the sons of the people of Iraq,” Hakim told journalists.
Talk of a possible Sayirun-Hikma alliance marks a good start, Hakim said. Both leaders are open to further talks with any party standing on an anti-corruption, cross-sectarian and cross-ethnic, and pro-reform platform, he added.
He also called on the election commission to seriously examine complaints and allegations of fraud.
“It is clear that the decrease in turnout in elections is a message from the people of Iraq that they want new faces, serious programs and steps to provide the necessary and proper services to the sons of our people,” Hakim added.
Sadr has said he could support incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for a second term, owing to similarities in their election pitch.
In a recent pun-heavy tweet, Sadr hinted at potential alliances he wishes to see in an upcoming government.
The KDP, Abadi’s Nasr (Victory) Alliance, Hakim’s Hikma, and some other parties were included in the tweet. It is not clear whether Sadr deliberately omitted Hashd al-Shaabi’s Fatih and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) among others.
Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy, met with former Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and PM Nechirvan Barzani in a bid to influence the shape of the next government.
Meanwhile, Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s (IRGC) extraterritorial Quds Force, is in southern Iraq seeking to assemble a pro-Iran Shia majority government among the divided Shia blocs.
Article Credit: Rudaw.net
Stryker (Dinar Guru) – Iraq election: Al-Abadi will have to negotiate his future…The vote dealt a blow to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose Nasr alliance is trailing in third place. But with no group winning a majority, he could still be a major player.
Read more: http://www.dinarupdates.com/observer/
Kaperoni (Dinar Guru) – The CBI stated a year or so ago, once they start it could take 2 years to delete the zeros. What that means is that the dinar will appreciate gradually (float) as stated in the IMF Article IV Consultation. My view is that once the conditions are met, They accept Article VIII, and move to a float, it could take another 2 years to raise the value of the dinar to a value where the zeros are gone. Not saying it will take that long but it is a directly related to investment. This is why the IMF stated the Balassa-Samuelson effect in the 2012 Article IV. The truth is, if investors are lined up to participate in Iraq, it should happen fairly quickly. But it is up to Iraq to create the right environment for the value to rise. At that point all we can do is hope that investors come to Iraq, begin the substantial rebuilding and investment phase creating inflationary pressure on the CBI to raise the value.
Saairon Alliance will appoint Iraq’s new PM: Moussawi
MP of Al-Ahrar Bloc, Monadel al-Moussawi said on Monday that Saairun Alliance will appoint the new Iraqi Prime Minister after it won the most seats in the upcoming parliament.
“Saairun Alliance has won the most number of seats in the Iraqi Parliament, so it will appoint the new Prime Minister”, Moussawi said.
He added that Saairun will not allow for any regional or international interference regarding the formation of the new government.
Saairun Alliance won 54 parliament seats, followed by the Fatah coalition with 47 seats and Victory Alliance with 43 seats.
On May 12, Iraqi people made their way to the poll stations to cast their ballots in the country’s first parliamentary elections since the defeat of ISIS terrorist group in December 2017.
Iraqi cities witnessed a low voter turnout.
According to observers who spoke to The Baghdad Post, this election is considered to be the worst in the Iraqi history in terms of the low voter turnout. They cited rising militancy and rampant violence under Haider Abadi government.
Article Credit: Thebaghdadpost.com
BGG ~ Lot’s of people are misreading this… Sadr’s pick won’t be Moussawi. Sadr will either support Abadi or nominate Ali al-Douai. Either will be just fine…far better than the Iranian option.
All of this is predicated on there not being something hinky in the works.
Quite honestly – Ali Al-Douai (Sadr’s choice) was the guy I was rooting for when Abadi got the job. I thought he gave us a better chance than anyone from the Dawa Party. JMHO.
Quick bio on Al-Douai (off the top of my head)…
I think I recall him being an Engineer and Teacher by trade (not a politician). He often wears a factory jumpsuit to work when not meeting dignitaries. It allows him to go directly to services projects and get involved… a real leader of the people.
He’s somewhat “internet famous” for his work ethic and disdain for the normal “trappings” of political life.
He’s been the sitting Governor of the Maysan Province (very successful at it – BTW) for sometime now.
It sounds like he might be in line for a promotion??
Stryker (Dinar Guru) – Abadi still has time to shine these next few weeks, and gain his second term along the way!
Breitling (Dinar Guru) – What does it [Iran sanctions] mean for Iraq? …as the new sanctions come up…the rest of the world will not have access to Iran’s energy sources and they [Iran] will not have access to most of the world’s energy sources. So how does that translate for Iraq? How is Iraq involved? Because If you look at Iran, Iran is Shia…so they belong to a different church than the Sunni and the Arabs…If there’s going to be big huge sanctions on Iran they are going to use the same backdoor market that they did last time before the sanctions were lifted. And guess what that backdoor market was? Iraq. Because there are more Shia in Iraq than there are Sunni and Kurds. That’s why it’s a good thing for Iraq…
Iraq is about to escape the claws of Iran after the speech of Sistani and this will happen after the elections
Baghdad today – Bahrain’s Al Akhbar Al-Khaleej daily published an article highlighting the sermon of the religious authority in Ararak yesterday, noting that it was close to escaping the claws of Iran.
The newspaper said in the article written by Hamad Mubarak, that “the Arab Shiite reference in the city of Najaf, Iraq has revealed its position on the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections.”
“The representative of the religious authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, spoke to warn the Iraqi people of the re-election of corrupt, whether they were tried or not tried by voters.”
“It has become clear that the Shiite Arab authority in Iraq does not stand with the reelection of the list of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who heads the coalition of state law,” he said, describing his term as “corruption and loss of funds and capabilities of Iraqis.”
Wolf Mubarak that “the Iraqi government represented by Prime Minister Haider Abadi clashes with the factions of the popular crowd,” accusing them of “liquidation of one of its components after the clarification of its role in providing the government of Abadi files of financial, administrative and moral corruption within the factions, as well as these factions are trying to turn to A political front to serve the Iranian regime, “as he put it.
He pointed out that “the Sadrist Shiite movement also seems to be on the same track with the reference of Najaf and the Iraqi government against the election of corrupt faces, and against the group of state law, which was the reason for the failure of Iraq’s development and any development plans, but on the contrary, The country and the liquidation of its coffers. ”
“Iraq is moving very cautiously to get out of Iranian orbit, and the Iranian regime, which is surrounded by problems and challenges from every side, is watching the situation in Iraq and is deeply concerned, especially with the success of Saudi Arabia in building good relations with the Iraqis, In terms of economic, where Riyadh contributed to the revival of Iraqi markets, and succeeded in helping Iraq to overcome several files thorny helped him to open up to the world, and the melting of ice between the Iraqi people and their brothers from Arab countries, specifically the Gulf.
He concluded by saying: “It remains that the outcome of the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections will be Faisal in determining the future of Iranian influence in Mesopotamia.
Article Credit: Baghdadtoday.news
Some interesting headlines…
Sadr receives a phone call from Abadi
Baghdad today – Sadr’s leader Moqtada al-Sadr received a phone call from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday.
Sadr’s office said in a statement received by “Baghdad Today” that “the leader of the Sadrist movement received a telephone call from Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi today, congratulating Sadr to conduct the electoral process in a secure democratic atmosphere and the victory of the National Alliance and take the first place in the electoral lists competing in parliamentary elections Of 2018 “.
Sadr said, according to the statement, that “this victory is an achievement for the Iraqi people and its national entitlement first and foremost.”
The spokesman for the leader of the Sadrist movement, Salah al-Obeidi, said that the current supporter of the Alliance, which won the highest votes does not insist on naming a candidate for prime minister, while noting the existence of a single condition in exchange for supporting the nomination of Haider al-Abbadi to head the next government.
Al-Obeidi said in a television interview (Baghdad today) that “there is no problem in the nomination of Abadi to head the next government if he made pledges according to specific schedules in exchange for his support for the prime minister,” adding that ” Do not belong to parties and lead their positions away from the pressure of their masses. ”
He pointed out that “there is no major list is locked in the way to form the next government,” noting that “lists that have a methodology in the fight against corruption are large lists and not small.”
He said that “the voting in the Iraqi elections of 2018, the rejection of previous figures, and the results of the previous elections.”
Article Credit: baghdadtoday.news (Special Thanks to Charles Bright)
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