Al-Kazemi’s renewal is a compromise to end the government knot in Iraq
The hosting of the leaders of the coordination framework of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, for the first time in their meetings, sparked a political debate in Iraq, amid questions about whether the step had anything to do with the support of some forces within the framework to renew Al-Kazemi’s mandate.
Al-Kazemi attended a meeting of the framework leaders Thursday at the home of the head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh Al-Fayyad, and the meeting included the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri, the head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri Al-Maliki, and the leader of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, Qais Al-Khazali.
A statement distributed by the framework indicated that hosting the Prime Minister was related to discussing security challenges and the Turkish incursion into northern Iraq, and the statement distinguished between the second part of the meeting, which was devoted to discussing the file of forming the government after the Sadrist bloc’s resignation from Parliament, and pointed out that the meeting took place without Al-Kazemi’s presence. , but political circles see that hosting has other dimensions, especially since there are leaders of the framework who see that the renewal of Al-Kazemi may constitute a compromise to end the government formation complex.
Al-Sadr, despite his withdrawal from the political process, remains influential in the scene, and is able to play more than one card, including the street
Some leaders of the coordination framework, including Al-Amiri, are cautiously dealing with the current developments on the political scene in Iraq, especially in relation to the resignation of the Sadrist movement’s representatives from Parliament, and the decision of the movement’s leader Muqtada Al-Sadr to boycott the entire political process.
These leaders believe that it is better to go in the option of discussing the formation of a non-provocative government, to the street or to Sadr, who, despite his adherence to the boycott, but remains influential in the scene, and is able to play on more than one card, including moving the street, considering that the renewal of Al-Kazemi may be the best option.
On the other hand, other leaders, led by Al-Maliki and Khazali, find in Al-Sadr’s withdrawal a valuable opportunity to pounce on the political process and impose absolute control over its details, and therefore they strongly reject Al-Kazemi’s choice, which they consider to be outside their orbit.
Observers say that Maliki, who has become the largest number of Shiite representatives after the withdrawal of the Sadrist movement, sees himself as the first qualification for the position of prime minister, which he previously held twice, and the result was tragic for Iraq.
Observers point out that al-Maliki’s assignment, if it were done, would not pass easily, as al-Sadr will not accept the boycotts of the political process to have his political opponent again at the head of the government, and this may lead the country to a dangerous turn, especially since al-Sadr has hundreds of thousands of followers who are ready to take to the street.
Observers consider that a government led by al-Maliki or any provocative political figure for al-Sadr will not last long, and is doomed to fall, recalling the scenario of the collapse of Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s government.
Abdul-Mahdi’s government was forced to resign at the end of 2019, in the face of unprecedented protests in Iraq, in which the Sadrist movement participated before withdrawing from it.
Observers say that this matter prompts a number of the framework leaders to propose keeping Al-Kazemi, who, despite the differences with him about his government orientations, especially in relation to foreign policies, but succeeded to some extent in controlling the pace of the situation in Iraq, in addition to being supported by Al-Sadr who had previously And expressed a desire to renew it.
The coordination framework announced on Thursday evening the formation of a negotiating committee for dialogue with the national forces to form the next government.
Al-Sadr does it and boycotts the entire political process
At the conclusion of the meeting, in which Al-Kazemi attended the first part, the framework forces confirmed that they had discussed political issues and the ongoing dialogues between the national forces, in order to complete the preparations related to the constitutional entitlements and the formation of a government of national unity.
Al-Maliki stated, “We extend our hands to everyone in cooperation with the Islamic and patriotic forces, whether they are inside or outside Parliament, as long as the goals and challenges do not separate us.”
He said in a tweet to him on his personal account on the social networking site Twitter, “We are keen to search for points of convergence, cooperation and integration, not intersection and disharmony, and we should not be separated by differences that are simple and not strategic.”
The Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr confirmed Wednesday the withdrawal of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies from parliament and the political process, which opened the doors for the forces of the Shiite coordination framework to lead the negotiations to form the new government, as it is the most numerous bloc in the Iraqi parliament, after the majority of the Sadrist bloc’s vacant seats in the Iraqi parliament came to it. .
The coordinating framework forces say that they wish to form a consensus government similar to all the governments that were formed in Iraq after 2003, which means the participation of all political forces in forming the new government, while the positions of the independent representatives are not yet clear, especially after the withdrawal of the Sadrist bloc that was calling for the formation of the new government. National majority government.
Observers believe that the most important position is the one that will be issued by the two allies of Al-Sadr, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sunni Sovereignty Coalition, and whether they are willing to engage with the framework in efforts to implement the rest of the entitlements.
The leader of the Sovereignty Coalition, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, had expressed optimism about the possibility of an end to the political blockage, the day after he accepted the resignation of al-Sadr’s deputies.
Al-Halbousi stated, “After the resignation of the Sadrist bloc, things will go in a different way,” noting that “the constitutional procedures will proceed if the number of members of the House of Representatives is completed, the vacant seats are compensated, and the political blockage is removed.”
Regarding the dissolution of Parliament and the early elections, Al-Halbousi pointed out that “this option is a constitutional option, and the previous elections were early and took place with the dissolution of Parliament, but so far this option has not been raised.” and its performance, and its evaluation shall be before the people.”