New Iraqi coalition ‘in three days’

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, meets with Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr in Baghdad early Sunday. Al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, says the next government will be “inclusive.” (Iraqi government via AP)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, meets with Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr in Baghdad early Sunday. Al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, says the next government will be “inclusive.” (Iraqi government via AP)

• The Sairoon alliance led by the powerful Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr won the May 12 election with 54 parliamentary seats.

• While Al-Sadr can not become prime minister, he is playing a key role in the talks.

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SUADAD AL-SALHY

May 21, 2018 00:01

BAGHDAD: Iraqi political forces have made “remarkable” progress in talks to form the largest parliamentary bloc in preparation for a new government, politicians involved in the negotiations told Arab News.

The Sairoon alliance led by the powerful Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr won the May 12 election with 54 parliamentary seats.

Talks aimed at forming a new government started immediately after the official results were announced late on Friday.

The parliamentary alliance is expected to be announced in the next few days, and while Al-Sadr can not become prime minister, he is playing a key role in the talks.

Dhiyaa Al-Assadi, the head of Sadrist Parliamentary bloc, told Arab News they have initial agreements with several key political players including the current prime minister Haider Al-Abadi and his Al-Nassir coalition and the prominent Shiite cleric Ammar Al-Hakim and his list Al-Hikma.

He added they also have basic agreements with Vice President Ayad Allawi and his Al-Wattiniya alliance along with several Kurdish parties.

“The post of prime minister is not our main goal,” Al-Assadi said. “Our goal is to make the required reforms and correct the mistakes that dominated the political process since 2003.”

Shiite politicians involved in the talks said the nucleus of the alliance is Sairoon and Hikma and negotiations are underway with Al-Abadi and the pro-Iranian Al-Fattah list to join.

“The details are supposed to be settled soon and the coalition supposed to be announced within 72 hours,” Hikma spokesman Mohammed Al-Maiyahi told Arab News.

The talks have focussed on deciding the form of the next government, its principles and program, sources involved said.

Abandoning the power sharing government, which has been adopted by political parties since 2003, is the most prominent issue agreed by the negotiators.

“We have agreed to form a national majority government. A government that represents all of Iraq’s contents (Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds) but does not include all the winning parliamentary blocs,” a senior Shiite politician told Arab News.

Rejecting foreign intervention in Iraqi affairs, writing a clear government program and pledging to implement it according to certain time limits, are also principles agreed between negotiators.

They decided not to nominate anyone for a ministerial position considered to have failed in previous posts or who has been involved in corruption.

“The government program is initial and the nominated prime minister has to be committed to its details and its time limits,” the politician said.

“He (the nominated PM) would be fired after a year, if he fails to meet the items of the government program and its time limits.”

The victory by Sairoon, an alliance of candidates from various affiliations, came amid low voter turnout with many Iraqis jaded by corruption and the lack of progress under recent governments.

Al-Fattah, which is headed by Hadi Al-Amiri, the commander of Badr Organization, one of the most prominent paramilitary groups, won 47 seats and came second. Al-Nassir came third with 44 seats, but its leader, Prime Minister Al-Abadi is still in a strong position to keep his job.

The negotiations need to form an alliance that consists of no less than 166 seats – half of the total in parliament plus one.

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Al-Sadr: The next government should cancel the Green Zone and achieve prosperity for the people

Iraq News Now

Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

The head of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, on Monday, the next government to cancel the Green Zone and achieve prosperity for the people.

Al-Sadr wrote in a tweet on Twitter, read by Al-Ghad Press that “after the people have built their vote in the legislative power and through the brilliant electoral saga, the next executive branch must build the foundations of justice, welfare and safety. , Pointing out “not to build walls and walls, both green walls and both corruption and both of the party and both Lazir shots, it must break the barrel of the gun and stands the noise of war.”

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The meeting of Abadi and Sadr paving the way for an alliance with Allawi and Barzani

Baghdad – The cradle of the meeting of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi, the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, who won the list, “Surson” first place in the parliamentary elections, to meet with a close team of the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani and leader of the National List Iyad Allawi.

Informed sources in Baghdad revealed to the “Arabs” that “the meeting of al-Sadr Abadi, clarified a large part of the features of the largest parliamentary bloc, regardless of the name of the candidate for prime minister in the next government.”

And held in Baghdad meeting between Abadi and Sadr in parallel with a meeting in Erbil, the gathering of the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani, the leader of the National List, Iyad Allawi, as the two leaders discussed the future alliances.

The sources say that “these two paths are almost meet,” noting that “the next few days will see the idea of a four-way alliance between Sadr and Abadi, Barzani and Allawi.” These sources do not exclude meetings between these leaders in Erbil or Najaf soon.

The four leaders support electoral lists that include representatives from all over the Iraqi spectrum, both majority and minority, while observers describe the alliance as “an ideal mix of all the components of the Iraqi people.”

Observers considered that Masoud Barzani regained part of his morale after achieving strong results in the Iraqi elections, after he practically disappeared from the political scene after the military defeat of his forces in Kirkuk after the referendum last year. This renewal of Barzani’s veteran activity will make the efforts of the Sadr-Abadi alliance easier because there is an “account” that the Kurdish leader purges with Iran and its followers of the Kurds.

Numerically, the four leaders hold about 150 seats in Iraq’s 329-member parliament, meaning they need only about 15 seats to ensure the majority of the “half-1” needed to pass the new cabinet, which is affordable, given the willingness of many MPs to leave their lists To join a coalition capable of forming a government, as usual.

Sadr supports the continuation of Abadi in office in the event of a pledge to sever his connection with the Dawa Party

In the view of an Iraqi political observer in the stage of “return of consciousness” expressed by the Iraqi people, whether through boycotting the elections or rejection of the ballot for many of the symbols of the previous phase, those who join the balanced national discourse adopted by the bloc, “Saron” will not only popular acceptance, but also support Many regional and global powers have announced their tendency to limit Iran’s role in the region and to make concessions in the interest of its safety and the safety of its people. Which means that any bloc is going to enter under the umbrella of al-Maliki, working to burn their papers in a free way.

The observer expected in a statement to the “Arabs” to prefer Abbadi, Allawi and Barzani coalition “troubled” with Sadr on an alliance with Maliki and Ameri are only tools in Iran’s suicide struggle with the world.

However, some observers warn of over-optimism regarding the “formation of the largest bloc”, especially with lists close to Iran on parliamentary figures and a budget that could “turn the table on its opponents at any moment.”

The sources say that “most of the lists have lines of understandings in different directions,” confirming “the uncertainty of the Iraqi political process on the future of alliances.”

A few days after the introduction and response on the right time and place, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr reached a compromise to organize an urgent meeting between them preserves each of the general shape and does not appear in the costume of the other behind the other.

Sadr met with Abadi in a neutral place in Baghdad at dawn on Sunday, in what appeared to be an important step on the path of convergence between my list “Suron” and “victory”, towards the announcement of the largest parliamentary bloc, which is entitled, according to Iraqi law, the formation of the new government.

In the wake of the meeting, Abadi said that his meeting with Sadr “is to work together to accelerate the formation of the next government and be strong and provide services and employment opportunities and improve the standard of living and fighting corruption,” explaining that “the meeting witnessed a convergence of views the need to accommodate everyone.”

He called on all blocs to accept the results and follow the legal means of objections and called on the Commission to consider, “noting the” importance of moving quickly to exercise those who won the elections their role and functions in the House of Representatives. ”

For his part, Sadr said that “the meeting a message of reassurance that the next government is patriarchal and cares for all the people,” stressing that “our hand extended to all those who build the homeland and be an Iraqi decision.”

Sadr stressed the importance of accelerating the formation of a government that takes into account the aspirations of our people. Sadr called on Abadi to visit him at his headquarters in the city of Najaf, but the latter invoked his concerns.

Sources say “the Arabs”, “mediators intervened to arrange this meeting expected.” According to these sources, the mediators chose a house for one of Sadr’s followers in Baghdad to host the meeting, which is what actually happened. The meeting was broken by a wave of expectations that Abadi’s chances of re-election in the second term after the announcement of the results of the elections and the third solution after Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri backed by Iran.

But the optimism of supporters of Abadi and Sadr is still cautious, in light of the Prime Minister’s adherence to membership in the Dawa Party, a subject of strong objection from the leader of the Sadrist movement.

An Iraqi politician familiar with the scenes of the negotiations within the “Shiite political house in Iraq,” that “Sadr may support the idea of remaining Abadi in office for a second term, in the event of a pledge to sever the Dawa Party, and the fight against corrupt, led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, as well as A distance between Iran and the Iraqi political decision. ”

Abadi continued to send letters clarifying his reasons for requesting the second mandate. He was quoted by the media as saying he would not work “with those whose hands were stained with corruption or who were known to practice sectarianism,” a signal observers said was directed at Maliki and leaders of the Fatah-backed competition, backed by Iran.

Observers: Breaking the deadlock in the relationship between Sadr and Abadi, represents an important pillar for the launch of broader dialogues between the forces that are supposed to form the largest parliamentary bloc

“The new ministers must be of the technocratic class,” Abbadi said. “The new government must be distinguished by its non-affiliation to any elites and representative of the people, rather than subject to the domination of a particular party or category”.

“Today I declare to my people that we will see a dramatic shift in Iraq over the next four years, if the affairs of government are good,” he said. “In my view, I will reform our country’s economy and eliminate corruption and create jobs for millions of young people who make up the majority of the country’s population,” he said.

Al-Sadr met with Abadi after his first meeting with five ambassadors of Iraq’s neighboring countries at his headquarters in Najaf, in the absence of an Iranian, which was interpreted as regional signals supporting the speech of Sadr, which is based on “fighting corruption and supporting a national government independent of the influence of parties.”

Observers say that “breaking the deadlock in the relationship between Sadr and Abadi after the announcement of the election results, which came in favor of the former at the expense of the second, represents an important pillar for the launch of broader dialogues between the forces that are supposed to form the largest parliamentary bloc.”

The Iraqi political observer, “sacrifice Ebadi good electoral results and go to the alliance with the axis of al-Maliki Amiri is political suicide is not commensurate with the clinging to the Iraqi prime minister a second term.” In his first term, Abbadi has always been bold and courageous to the men close to Iran, although he still owes party allegiance to one of them because he is still a member of the Dawa party. That membership is what he casts into the circle of doubt for the advocates of change who have turned around Sadr.

For his part, Sadr now seems stronger and more assured of his ability to maneuver whether he succeeded in forming the largest parliamentary bloc or kept the distance of exhibitions, which gave him the ability to say what he wants at the time that suits him. If brought to him that feeling of power in support of regional and international unexpected, it will strengthen at the same time of its position with the blocs that do not want to continue the Iranian hegemony, foremost of which are the Abadi, Allawi and the Kurdish blocs except the National Union bloc.

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Dialogues between “Suron and wisdom, victory and conquest” to form a large alliance

Iraq News Now

Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

A spokesman for the wisdom movement, on Sunday, that there are dialogues between the four lists are going and wisdom and victory and Fatah to form a large alliance.

“The meeting between Mr. al-Sadr and al-Amiri ended and there are intensive efforts and dialogues between the four main lists, the wisdom, the victory and the opening to form a large and important coalition and now in the process of laying down the principles and foundations for the alliance,” the spokesman told Al-Ghad Press.

“It is likely that the final understandings and the full declaration of the alliance will be announced this week,” he said.

He added that “the most important thing in the discussion of the government program and the mechanism of state administration and correct the previous tracks and priorities of the government, and this alliance is looking at the basis of principles and principles did not specify the names of prime minister or ministers.”

https://www.alghadpress.com/news/Iraq-News/158939/AlghadPress

US diplomat’s reads message to Sadr: bodes well

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The former US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Moqtada al-Sadr, stressed “the sovereignty of Iraq and the need for a balanced foreign policy that limits the influence of Iran and work with secularists and liberals.”

Khalilzad said the latest messages from Muqtada al-Sadr “promising something positive for US interests, including the elimination of a supporter who is a common enemy of America and Iraq, and his pledge to respect the Iraqi constitution.”

The leaders of the Shiite political blocs continue to meet with Moqtada al-Sadr to ensure their entry into an alliance with him to form the next government.

Sadr stresses on the need to form a national Iraqi government away from external interference, especially from the influence and hegemony of Iran, which is rejected by the political blocs loyal to Tehran, led by the conquest led by Hadi al-Ameri, and the rule of law led by Nuri al-Maliki.

Sadr has been a longtime opponent of the United States, as opposed to Iranian influence in Iraq and can not become prime minister because he has not run for office.

But the victory of his bloc puts him in a strong position during the negotiations. Sadr’s bloc won 54 parliamentary seats.

The Fatah bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri came second. Amiri has maintained close ties with Iran for decades.

Before the election, Iran said it would not allow the Sadr bloc to rule Iraq, Tehran’s close ally. Iran has influenced the prime minister’s choice in the past.

Getting the largest number of seats in parliament does not give Sadr immediate guarantees that he will be able to choose the prime minister.

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The Central Bank imposes the custody of a local bank accused of financing terrorism

Date of release: 2018/5/20 22:10

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Central Bank of Iraq, the custody of a local bank after being listed by the US Treasury on the list of terrorism.

“According to the decision of the Board of Directors of this bank No. 54 of 2018, adopted in its session number 1569, held on 17 May 2018, which includes the imposition of guardianship on your bank, in accordance with the Banking Law No. 94 of 2004 decided to appoint { Ahmed Youssef Kadhim} guardian of the bank and authorizes the powers specified in the law of the Iraqi Bank No. 94 of 2004.

“The resolution also has been” the appointment of members of the Trusteeship Committee are each of {Messenger Zidane Khalaf, Manahel Zuhair Mti, Haidar Jabbar Kaid, and Ivan Aziz Aliawi). ”

On May 15, the US Treasury Department, Aras Habib’s Islamic Bank of Iraq, was listed as a terrorist.

Habib, secretary-general of the National Congress Party and a candidate for Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s victory coalition, said he had conclusive evidence refuting the US Treasury’s “fabrications”.

The Central Bank of Iraq, all licensed banks and financial transfer companies and companies to mediate the sale and spread of foreign currencies to stop dealing with the Bank of the country “based on international agreements signed by the Iraqi side, and to maintain the integrity of the financial system and banking in Iraq.

The Central Bank also stopped “the bank from entering into the window of sale and purchase of foreign currency and a reservation on all accounts of the bank and the accounts of the Chairman of the Board referred to above and notified us of these deposits, and the reservation on the circulation of shares of the bank and shares registered in the name of the Chairman of the Board.”

http://alforatnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=165395

Sadr meets Amiri and agree to form a “patriarchal” government that reflects the aspirations of the people

Policy  2018/05/20 22:04  348

Baghdad today – Baghdad

The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr agreed with the head of the Fatah faction Hadi al-Amiri to form a “patriarchal” government that reflects the aspirations of the people.

A statement issued by Sadr’s office said that he met at his residence in Baghdad, the head of Badr Organization and head of the opening list, Mr. Hadi al-Amiri.

The statement said that the meeting “discussed the developments of the political process in the country and the results of the parliamentary elections for 2018, and stressed the need to speed up the formation of a patriarchal government as soon as possible to be able to provide services to the people and express their legitimate aspirations.”

Sadr stressed on “the need to be a decision to form a national decision and the importance of the participation of all the winning blocs that follow a national path in forming the next government.”

In turn, Al-Amiri reiterated during the meeting his congratulations to Sadr on the victory achieved by the coalition to pass the parliamentary elections in the first place.

Baghdad was today alone revealed the meeting hours before the hours where the source is likely to, on Sunday, a meeting between the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr and the leader of the Fatah alliance Hadi al-Amiri, and some of the leaders of the coalition.

The source, who declined to be named for (Baghdad today), said that “today will witness a meeting that brings together alliance with the Alliance of conquest, to discuss future alliances and the formation of the largest bloc, for the purpose of forming a new Iraqi government.”

On Sunday night, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the leader of the Sadrist movement held a meeting in Baghdad in which he congratulated the Iraqi people for holding the elections on time and thanked the security forces that protected the voters and maintained their neutrality.

Abadi called on “all blocs to accept the results and follow the legal means of objections and called on the Commission to consider them.”

“The meeting with Mr. Moqtada al-Sadr is to work together to speed up the formation of the government and the next government will be strong and provide services and job opportunities, improve living standards and fight corruption,” he said.

Abadi said, “The meeting witnessed a convergence of views on the need to accommodate everyone.”

“The meeting is a reassuring message that the next government is a fatherly and caring for all the people,” he said, adding that “our hand is extended to all those who build the homeland and be an Iraqi decision.” He stressed the importance of speeding up the formation of a government that takes into account the aspirations of our people.

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