What does the convergence of al-Sadr and Barzani mean?

political| 01:29 – 04/06/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
A report published by “Sky News Arabia”, on Friday, stated that “evidence has accumulated of the rapprochement of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, amid talk of an alliance that may be announced between the two parties.”
The Iraqis are scheduled to choose members of the House of Representatives in the October 10 elections, and even months before this date, Iraq is witnessing a feverish political movement by the political blocs, in preparation for the promised day.
Over the past few months, a few alliances emerged on the political scene, which explains the nature of the next stage that the country will experience, at the level of alliances, and its impact on the reality of the country.
Delegations from the Sadrist movement and the Democratic Party held a series of meetings during the last period, in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, amid reports of agreements that were made related to an investigation of al-Sadr’s desire to hand over the prime ministership to one of his followers, while Barzani seeks to kidnap the presidency from the National Union, but No official confirmation on that.
Questions about the next stage
This rapprochement raised a number of questions in the Iraqi street, about the reflection of this rapprochement on the political situation, the management of the next stage, and whether it will achieve great gains for the country to extricate it from its crises.
A leader in the Sadrist movement believes that “the next stage will be characterized by calmness and dependence, and greater attention to the country’s problems, and political stability, for a number of reasons, the most prominent of which is that the Sadrist movement and the Democratic Party enjoy wide public weight and a nearly fixed number of parliament seats, and obedient followers and supporters, And loyalty, which facilitates the leadership of the next situation, especially if we get the prime minister, and the Democratic Party to the presidency of the republic.
The Sadrist leader adds, according to the report, that “there are many commonalities between the movement and the Democratic Party, so we turned to such an alliance, which is the first agreement, clear of its kind, during the current elections, while others preferred to conclude internal understandings, both within the Shiite parties themselves. Or that Sunni.
The identity of the next prime minister
He pointed out that “the next prime minister will either be from the Sadrist movement, or the movement will influence his choice, and there are several paths on the table, including keeping the current Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, with a package of conditions that the movement sets, on the rest of the other blocs.”
For his part, Nassar al-Rubaie, head of the delegation and head of the Sadrist movement’s political body, said: “We are determined to build an Iraqi state that enjoys the independence of political decision-making and the provision of services to citizens.”
Al-Rubaie stressed that, “We are also insisting on holding early elections on their scheduled date, and any postponement will lose its character as early, and if this happens, this is a failure to honor the blood of the martyrs and the calls for reform and fighting corruption.”
Dangers facing democracy
During the past years, the Democratic Party sought to obtain the position of the Presidency of the Republic, but failed in all its attempts, due to political agreements, which more than once tended to its rival, the National Union Party, which may have prompted it this time to resort to the Sadrist movement, as a grouping. politically significant in Iraq.
The Kurdish representative in the Iraqi parliament, Hoshyar Abdullah, said in a blog post on “Twitter”, “During 14 visits made by members of the Party (the Democratic Party) to the Sadrists, they offered them an agreement that includes the Party’s dealing with Sadr as the only political reference for the Shiite decision, in exchange for that The Sadrists treat Massoud Barzani as the sole political reference for the Kurdish decision,
and some Shiite political forces may view the rapprochement of the Kurdish Democratic Party with the Sadrist movement as a departure from them.
But the leader of the party, Salam Repin, confirms that the rapprochement between the two parties does not mean moving away from others, especially the parties aspiring to win the position of prime minister.
Repin added, “The Kurdistan Democratic Party stands at the same distance with all political parties in Iraq, and did not risk entering into any alliances before the elections, but after the elections we will evaluate the results, and what they produced according to the new electoral law.”
The Kurdish leader believes, “What unites the two sides is that they (the Democratic and Sadrist) parties are the first in Iraq, so logically the results of voting for them under the new law are similar, whether they are negative or positive, so there is more deliberation and consultation between them.”
He continued: “Political stability in Iraq , the goal of the Democratic Party because he sees, the instability of Irbil only after the stability of the center, and the KDP since the time of Mustafa Barzani , the party ‘s founder was Hakiq democracy seeks in Iraq first,
and through the democratic will of the Kurdish people get their legitimate rights, Therefore, large numbers of Arabs participated in his revolution.
The election season witnessed a stagnation in the alliance race, as the new election law imposed a new style of confrontation, as most Shiite parties decided to run in the elections alone, such as the State of Law coalition and the Al-Fateh coalition, and others, but the Victory Alliance led by Haider Al-Abadi, It coalesced with the Wisdom Movement headed by Ammar al-Hakim, within a new alliance entitled “Coalition of National Forces.
Understandings within reasonable limits.”
For his part, the head of the Political Decision Center for Strategic Studies, Hadi Jallo Marei, believes that “the understanding between Saeroon and the Kurds is a preparation for the elections, as the Democratic Party remains the strongest actor in the region, while the Sadrists aspire to achieve great progress in the upcoming elections, enabling them to determine the identity of Iraqi Prime Minister.
Marei added, “The head of the Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, speaks frankly about a set of challenges and aspirations that are not accepted by all the Sadrist movement, but rather understand some of them, and accept some of them, but it is clear that the current stage is not the stage of settling files as much as it is an opportunity to create the conditions for electoral rapprochement, and alliances in the face of Competing and influential political forces.
The Iraqi political analyst believes that “the differences within the basic components push for political rapprochement with components that converge in the vision, while the files in question are postponed until after the formation of the government.” Ended 29/A43


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