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Barham Salih called on Shiite blocs to nominate a candidate to head the government, or he will assume that (Reuters)
Iraqi President Barham Saleh gave the Shiite political blocs in parliament until next Saturday to nominate a non-controversial candidate for prime minister, in preparation for early legislative elections, in conjunction with renewed clashes between protesters and security forces that use gas bombs and cartridges, and also fire in the air to disperse them.
And the Al-Jazeera correspondent in Baghdad quoted sources in the Presidency of the Republic as saying that the President informed the blocs concerned with this mandate with a message that: either provide what he described as a non-dialectical figure to assign them to head the government, or that he is the one who is accepted in the Iraqi protest arenas and the main political forces.
And political forces in Iraq are still different regarding the personality of the new prime minister, at a time when political sources revealed a close announcement of the name of the candidate to head the next government, and said that intensive consultations are taking place between the parties concerned to resolve the matter.
Abdul-Mahdi criticized parliament for not resolving the file to form the government (Al-Jazeera)
Criticism of Abdel-Mahdi
In a related context, the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, criticized parliament for not resolving the file of forming the government, and condemned the cutting off of road demonstrators and the closure of schools.
Abdul-Mahdi said during the weekly session of his government on Tuesday evening that he “did not find support from Parliament in this regard,” calling for the necessity of resolving this file as soon as possible.
On the movement that has been going on for nearly four months, Abdel-Mahdi said, “The demonstrations that forcefully block schools, roads and interests are unacceptable anywhere in the world, and they are not peaceful.”
He added, “When the road between Basra, the south of the country, and Baghdad is cut off, that would disrupt more than ten thousand trucks.”
Clashes in Baghdad, dozens of wounded (Reuters)
Field situation In the field
Al-Wathba Square in Baghdad is witnessing renewed clashes between protesters and Iraqi security forces that use gas bombs and cartridges, as well as firing bullets in the air to disperse them.
The clashes have left scores of wounded, and witnessed massive arrest campaigns, as demonstrators say.
And Iraq has witnessed since the beginning of last October, unprecedented protests against the government, punctuated by violence that left hundreds of dead and thousands wounded.
Protesters repeatedly cut off roads, schools, departments and government and economic facilities, to pressure the authorities to respond to their demands.
Source: social media, Al-Jazeera