The Sunni Sovereignty Alliance and the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced their adherence to the “Save a Homeland” alliance, which includes the Sadrist bloc, in order to form the largest parliamentary bloc.
The “Coordination Framework” alliance renewed the Sadrist bloc’s call to form a joint committee between them to agree on naming a prime minister for the next Iraqi government, while the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance and the Kurdistan Democratic Party announced their adherence to the Sadrist bloc within the framework of the “Save a Homeland” alliance.
A statement by the framework – issued yesterday evening – stated that “based on the legitimate, national and moral responsibility entrusted to it, the coordination framework is still ready for serious and constructive dialogue with all blocs and independents to get out of the political blockage.”
The framework called for adherence to the constitutional terms and registration of the largest bloc of the two parties to ensure the right of the Shiite component and the completion of the national entitlement for the other components of the three presidencies.
The statement also called on the opposition forces in Parliament to exercise their work by monitoring the government and holding it accountable for its mistakes and transgressions, and the opposition is empowered to carry out its work correctly and protect it in accordance with the law.
And the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, gave a 40-day deadline for the coordination framework and its allies, who make up the blocking third in the Iraqi parliament with 126 seats – out of the total number of parliament of 329 deputies – to enter into dialogues with other parliamentary blocs to form a government, and the Sadrist bloc is outside it.
— Muqtada al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Sadr (@Mu_AlSadr) March 30, 2022
Al-Sadr (the owner of the most numerous parliamentary bloc) refuses to put his hand with the other Shiite blocs in the coordination framework because of his adherence to the formation of a national majority government, and this is rejected by the forces of the coordination framework that demand a consensual government that includes everyone, such as the Iraqi governments formed since 2005.
stick to the chest
The Sovereignty Alliance, which includes the majority of Sunni Arab representatives led by Khamis al-Khanjar, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani, announced; Their adherence to the “Save a Homeland” alliance, which includes the Sadrist bloc, in order to form the coalition of the most numerous parliamentary bloc in the Iraqi parliament.
The two parties affirmed – in a joint statement – their keenness on the constructive national dialogue with everyone, away from external interference, and the agreement to nominate the Sadrist bloc’s candidate for prime minister, and to put forward a ministerial program that is consistent with the reality of the country and enjoys the support of the political components and forces.
This statement comes one day after Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he would give the Coordinating Framework Alliance – which includes all Shiite political forces with the exception of the Sadrist movement – an opportunity to ally with others to form the coalition of the most numerous parliamentary bloc.
The coordination framework obstructed the holding of 3 parliamentary sessions dedicated to electing the Iraqi president; One last February, and two sessions last month, by boycotting sessions that require two-thirds of members to be present to complete a quorum.
And the largest parliamentary bloc – according to the Iraqi constitution – is the bloc that is formed after the elections and includes more than half of the members of Parliament (165 parliamentarians out of 329), and the President of the Republic assigns its candidate for prime minister to form the government.
The Sadrist bloc topped the results of early parliamentary elections held in October 2021, with 74 seats.
The coordination framework seeks to push Al-Sadr to accept its participation in the next government based on the consensus of all winners, according to the custom that has been followed for years, known as “quotas,” but Al-Sadr insists on forming a “national majority” government.