January 29, 2020
The Iraqi Parliament
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Sources for Al-Hurra reported that Iraqi party leaders and parliamentarians agreed on Wednesday to nominate former Minister of Communications Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi for the post of prime minister.
Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi
The sources indicated the approval of the leader of the “Saeron” coalition, Muqtada Al-Sadr, the leader of the Al-Fath coalition, Hadi al-Amiri, former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the head of the al-Hikma Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, to nominate Allawi to succeed Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
The sources revealed that Allawi’s selection to head the government has been met by a reservation by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and head of the State of Law coalition.
The sources indicated that if the discussions took place in a positive manner, it is possible to announce the name of the candidate officially before the deadline set by the President of the Republic expires on Friday evening.
The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, had given three days to the political blocs to nominate a new prime minister to succeed Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned last month.
“If the concerned blocs fail to resolve the nomination order no later than the first Saturday of February, I see an obligation to exercise my constitutional powers by assigning those whom I find most acceptable to parliament and people,” Saleh said in a letter to the parliamentary blocs Wednesday.
The Iraqi president’s move comes after the failure of the main Shiite blocs in the Iraqi parliament to agree on a candidate who has been accepted by the rising street since October 1 to demand early elections and the enactment of a new electoral law, the naming of a prime minister, and accountability for those responsible for the bloodshed of demonstrators and the trial of corrupt people.
Abdel-Mahdi submitted his resignation last December, after two months of anti-government protests that witnessed bloody violence that killed more than 500 people and wounded about 25 thousand wounded.
In the natural case, the Iraqi constitution stipulates that the largest parliamentary bloc be nominated as a candidate for prime minister, within 15 days of the legislative elections, and then the president of the republic is tasked with the prime minister to form his government within one month.
The Supreme Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, had called on the 20th of December for the formation of a new “non-controversial” government capable of holding early elections “away from the power of arms and external interference.”