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Shafaq News / Iraqi President Barham Saleh sent a message to the political and parliamentary blocs in the country, regarding the submission of a candidate to head the Iraqi government.
The content of the letter, seen by Shafak News, stated:
Iraq faces serious political junctures that all of us must confront it responsibly, to avoid further complications in the Iraqi scene, and to fulfill the legitimate demands of the people to form a new government that paves the way for the upcoming elections.
Since Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi submitted his official resignation to the House of Representatives, political and parliamentary debates were launched for the purpose of choosing a candidate to assume the presidency of the government, and unfortunately due to political debates and tensions, these discussions have not yet led to an understanding of a “non-controversial” candidate for the presidency of the Council. The ministers are able to address the requirements of the stage and achieve the political and popular consensus required to cross the country to safety and restore order and prepare for the upcoming elections, which called the supreme religious authority, national powers and demonstrators to ask those concerned to expedite the resolution of the government formation file.
Events are accelerating and the scene is getting more complicated on the official and popular levels. There are increasing numbers of martyrs and victims from peaceful demonstrators and security forces, and we believe that the biggest node lies in reaching reasonable borders to agree on the new candidate for the presidency of the Council of Ministers, and certainly that continuing the current situation is a matter It is impossible to warn of great danger and greater complexity.
I call on you, as parliamentary blocs concerned with the nomination of the Prime Minister, to resume constructive and serious political dialogue in order to agree on a new candidate for the presidency of the Council of Ministers with popular approval and submit it to the Presidency of the Republic in order to issue the mandate order. Inevitably, you estimate that the President of the Republic has a national and constitutional duty to push towards resolving the crisis, and if the concerned blocs are not able to resolve the nomination order by no later than Saturday, February 1, 2019, I see an obligation to exercise my constitutional powers by assigning those whom I find most acceptable to Parliament and people, and in Output framework of the consultations I had during the last period with political forces and popular activities.