Within hours, Qaani meets with Muqtada Al-Sadr in Najaf, fails to find solutions

Iraq NewsbreakingMuqtada Al-SadrEsmail Qaani 2022-01-17 14:01A-AA+

Shafaq News/ On Monday, Esmail Qaani, the Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), held in Najaf a second meeting with the leader of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr.

A political source told Shafaq News Agency that Qaani held in the house of Haider al-Abadi intensive discussions with the heads of the Coordination Framework and in the presence of leaders of the armed Shiite factions then immediately headed to Al-Hanana to meet al-Sadr.

A source in Al-Sadr’s office told our Agency, “Qaani came to Al-Sadr to find a solution to the Shiite-Shiite differences and reunifying the Shiite house according to the political agreements since 2003, but Al-Sadr rejected the scenario of forming a consensus government.”

He added that “Qaani failed to change al-Sadr’s position on some leaders of the Framework, specifically on the leader of the state of law Nouri al-Maliki, in addition on referring the files of financial and security corruption to the competent authorities.”

According to our source, the leader of the Sadrist did not object to the participation of the the State of Law and other forces in the government.

“The Iranian top leader will return to Najaf in the coming days to convince Al-Sadr of the necessity of uniting the Shiite house.” He confirmed.

The bloc of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, already the largest in the October 10 election, has been mobilizing impetus behind a “National Majority Government,” challenging the status quo “consensus governments,” which the forces of the Shiite Coordination Framework have suggested.

So far, the private discussions between Al-Sadr and the Framework did not reach an agreement, as Al-Sadr still refused to include Nuri al-Maliki in the new government.

Al-Sadr has said he will ally “with whoever puts Iraq’s national interests first.” Iraqi officials and Western diplomats say that is an indication, and he may exclude some Iran-backed Shiite blocs in favor of parties with cross-sectarian support.



Qaani fails to convince al-Sadr and the frame is preparing a plan to abandon al-Maliki alone without his deputies

politicsbreakingMuqtada al-SadrIsmael QaaniShiite coordination framework 2022-01-17 09:01A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A source from within the coordination framework revealed that the expected meeting of the latter with Al-Sadr depends on Al-Amiri’s return from Erbil and the results achieved.

While another source reported that the leader of the Sadrist movement informed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, of his position regarding the State of Law coalition and its leader, Nuri al-Maliki.

The source told Shafak News Agency; “The commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Ismail Qaani, met late last night in Al-Hanana with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, and discussed with him the unification of positions within the Shiite political house.”

The source added; “Al-Sadr informed Qaani of his refusal for the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, to be part of the new Iraqi government.”

He pointed out that “Qaani’s meeting with the leaders of the coordination framework is still going on until this moment in the house of the leader of the victory coalition Haider al-Abadi, and the discussion continues until the moment about what al-Sadr wants from the leaders of the framework.”

Another source told Shafak News Agency, “The political equation will change its scales and will turn the political table upside down if the expected meeting between the coordination framework and al-Sadr is achieved and the two parties agree to rearrange the Shiite house again.”

He added that “the official in charge of the Iraqi-Iranian file (Qaani) who is currently in Iraq, called on the forces of the coordination framework to adopt flexibility and acceptance of what al-Sadr will propose, even if this is at the expense of personal or partisan interest in order to achieve the public interest for the whole of Iraq.”

source saw; Qaani has achieved even a small part of the objectives of his visit, which is to break the deadlock between the framework forces and the leader of the Sadrist movement, and it is hoped that a decisive strategic meeting will take place between the Shiite forces after the return of the head of the Conquest Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri from Erbil, because the Shiite forces are keen on maintaining the strategic relationship with allies, specifically the Kurds.”

And he added, “The proposed scenario and the closest to implementation is that the representatives of the state of law (33) without their leader join the alliance of conquest so that the title of the state of law does not remain within the new Shiite alliance, if things are done as planned and that the representatives of the state of law will have a share in the formation of the next government according to their electoral entitlement.

He pointed out that “the entire political equation will change, including changing the parliament’s presidency, and the Sunni leaders’ struggle may return again over the position of parliament’s presidency,” noting that “the coming hours will be laden with accelerating events, even if this is postponed to tomorrow.”


A source in the current: naming the Prime Minister in the hands of al-Sadr “exclusively” and announcing it will take place in Parliament

politicsbreakingMuqtada al-Sadrprime minister positionShiite coordination framework 2022-01-17 08:18A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A source in the Sadrist movement revealed on Monday that there is more than one candidate who has no objection to al-Sadr to take over the position of prime minister.

The source, who is a leader in the movement, told Shafak News Agency; “Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr is the one who will exclusively determine the personality of the prime minister in the next government,” noting that “there is more than one person nominated for this position and enjoys initial acceptance from al-Sadr.”

With regard to the coordination framework, the source clarified; That “the coordinating framework and the political blocs propose specific personalities for the position of prime minister, who will be talked about, but the choice will be exclusively by al-Sadr.”

added source; “The personality of the Prime Minister will be announced after the election of the President of the Republic in the House of Representatives.”


The central bank hits the government’s most important justification for changing the exchange rate

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The file of huge dollar sales through the Central Bank auction is one of the most important justifications and goals that the government talked about as a justification for raising the dollar exchange rate, but the large dollar sales have not been affected since the exchange rate change and continued to record sales figures equal to what was recorded in the past.

The matter did not continue to note economic observers of this lack of change, but the Central Bank confirmed that more than a year after the exchange rate change.

The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Ammar Hamad Khalaf, confirmed today, Monday, that the change in the exchange rate does not affect the daily sales of the dollar, while noting that the daily currency sale auction reaches 200 million dollars.

Khalaf said in a statement to the official agency and followed by “Yasin Iraq”, “The daily currency selling outlets and the exchange rate change did not affect the daily sales, and the main reason is that the Iraqi economy, by its nature, is a rentier economy, unilateral, and dependent on imports.”

He added, “All imported materials of goods and services that enter Iraq need foreign currency, for the purpose of importing goods, so the volume of sales of the Central Bank on this basis depends on the volume of imports entering Iraq.”

He pointed out, “Iraq’s economy is open due to weak local production, and this is the main reason that kept the currency window conservative, to some extent, on sales, to meet the real import that enters Iraq,” noting that “the daily currency auction amounts to approximately $200 million.” .

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Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani meets al-Amiri

politicsMasoud BarzanibreakingAl Amri 2022-01-17 06:24A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, met on Monday with the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri in Erbil.

This came in a brief statement by Al-Amiri’s office, which was received by Shafak News Agency, without further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Amiri arrived in Erbil to discuss the file of forming the new government and the formation of alliances to form a larger bloc, according to what an informed political source told Shafak News Agency.

Al-Amiri began his visit by meeting the President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani.

This visit comes after a bilateral meeting between Al-Amiri and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, at the latter’s residence in the city of Najaf, the day before yesterday, Saturday.

The Sadrist bloc topped the elections held on October 10, with 73 seats, followed by the Progress Alliance with 37, the State of Law coalition with 33, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 31.

Al-Sadr is still sticking to his position aimed at forming a “national majority” government, which is rejected by the coordinating framework forces that are striving to persuade Al-Sadr to form a consensus government in which everyone participates, similar to previous sessions, in order to secure a foothold in the government.