Al-Zarfi moves to win the Shiites through an “American-Iranian” step


03/31/2020 11:25:16

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Shafak News / A parliamentary source revealed, on Tuesday, the efforts of Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zarfi to win Shiite powers by investing his good relations with American officials to exclude Iraq from Washington’s sanctions imposed on Iran.

The source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the information, told Shafaq News that “the Prime Minister-designate informed a number of members of the House of Representatives, his willingness, through his relations with American officials, to obtain an extension of Iraq’s exemption from US sanctions on Iran.”

The United States had recently extended Iraq’s exemption from sanctions imposed on Iran for one month, while it would represent the last of its kind.

Iraq imports electricity and gas from Iran to run power stations in the center and south of the country. In the event that the exception is not extended, Iraq will face a major energy problem, especially in the summer.

The source said, “The period of Iraq’s exclusion from the US sanctions on Iran to import energy is nearing completion, especially as Iraq imports electricity from Iran via four lines, at the same time it also imports dry gas to run some gas stations to generate electric power.”

On March 16th, the President of the Republic tasked Barham Salih, the head of the parliamentary victory bloc, Adnan al-Zarfi, to form the new government within 30 days.

But Al-Zrafi faces rejection from prominent Shiite forces close to Iran, headed by Hadi al-Amiri’s Al-Fateh coalition and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki, which makes the task of passing his government in parliament very difficult.

The new government will succeed Adel Abdel Mahdi’s government, which was forced by unprecedented popular protests to resign in early December 2019.


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