(Reuters) – Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi has cleared the winning blocs in the recent legislative elections on the formation of the new cab of the next federal government, informed political sources said on Friday.
The sources said today that Abdul-Mahdi has already started talks with parties and political parties in order to expedite the formation of the government, and requested biographies of candidates to take over the ministries.
The sources pointed out that the official in charge of forming the government is trying to choose his ministerial team before the expiration of the constitutional period specified for him, but those sources do not hide at the same time the difficulties and pressures faced in the completion of that task.
There is unprecedented consensus among the parties and political blocs of various components on the candidate of the settlement Adel Abdul Mahdi to serve as prime minister for the next four years.
The sources talk about the resignation of the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr to give him any ministry has given strong moral support to Abdul Mahdi, the selection of ministers more freely.
The Friday sermon in the Kufa mosque of the Sadrist movement Hadi Denninawi, has been said that their leader Moqtada al-Sadr gave up about 8 ministries in the new government was entitled to the alliance, “Sason.”
Sadr announced on Thursday not to nominate any minister from the coalition, “Saunon” in the cab, the new government appointed by Adel Abdul Mahdi, while revealing an agreement between the blocks put the latter under test for a year to assess the performance of his work, waved the uprising of the Iraqi people in the event of failure of Abdul Mahdi in After the expiry of the term.
Sistani and Abdul Mahdi
Despite the support of Abdul Mahdi, but remains the supreme leader of the Shiites in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani refuses to meet any of the Iraqi politicians.
A source from Najaf that “Sistani still refuses to receive any politician from the current in the formation of the three presidencies.”
The source revealed that “the Supreme Reference is still not satisfied with the performance of politicians and the rejection of all calls from politicians to visit him and even at the present time, where private sources refused to reference the reference to Adel Abdul Mahdi, the charge.”
It is noteworthy that the religious authority has demanded through Friday’s platform in Karbala to nominate an independent prime minister who did not hold former executive positions.
Abdul Mahdi served as finance minister in the government of Iyad Allawi in 2004 as a representative of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution, and participated with the US administration in the negotiations on the cancellation of Iraqi external debt, and persuaded a number of international donors to drop a large part of them.
And became one of the two Vice-President of Iraq in 2005, after being a candidate for the post of prime minister before giving in favor of Ibrahim Jaafari, contributed to the drafting of the new Iraqi constitution.
The last post taken by Abdul Mahdi was the Ministry of Oil, which he resigned in March 2016.
Challenges to the new government
Western reports have pointed out that Abdul-Mahdi’s government faces “major” challenges, including rebuilding and rebuilding destroyed cities during the campaign against the al-Qa’ida organization, as well as the deteriorating services portfolio, which caused recent crises in Basra’s oil-rich province, He was called up by the security forces.
Baghdad and Arbil
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader, Massoud Barzani, and his deputy, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nezhirvan Barzani, recently announced their full support for Abdul Mahdi in forming the new government in hopes of opening a new page with Baghdad. To the extent of military friction between the Peshmerga forces, and Iraqi forces supported by popular mobilization.
Barzani had described in a telephone conversation with Abdul Mahdi as the last “fighter and friend of the people of Kurdistan.”
The most important files and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad disputed areas, which Article 140 of the Constitution ways to address and resolve their fate, including the export of oil and gas and financial revenues achieved with the issue of providing support to the Peshmerga as forces within the defense system.
The head of the outgoing government Haider Abadi has launched a military campaign against the disputed areas led to thousands of Kurds and the withdrawal of Peshmerga forces and Asayish, in addition to the imposition of severe economic sanctions on the region after the referendum, which supported 93% of voters for independence from Iraq.