Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zarfi pledges to keep weapons in the hands of the state

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News now Baghdad – Iraq – (AFP)

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adnan Al-Zorfi said that he will be keen to prepare for fair, free and transparent elections within a maximum period of a year of the formation of the next government.

Al-Zarfi pledged in his first speech after his assignment, late, on Tuesday, to form a government away from sectarian and partisan quotas, considering that the assignment places a “great historical responsibility” on him.

He also pledged to work to limit the survival of weapons in the hands of the state, end all armed manifestations and impose the authority of the state, and said that the state’s weapon will not be carried against the people, but rather will be to protect it and maintain the borders of Iraq.

Al-Zorfi called for launching an immediate dialogue with the peaceful demonstrators, stressing the follow-up files of the investigation into the events of the demonstrations, and holding those responsible for violence against the peaceful demonstrators and security forces accountable.

On Tuesday, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, commissioned the former governor of Najaf, Adnan al-Zarfi, to form a new government in Iraq,

And with Al-Zarfi announcing his election program in the evening to get out of the political, economic and social stagnation in the country, a Katyusha rocket landed on a residential neighborhood adjacent to the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, which includes the US embassy.

Al-Zarfi’s mandate came after Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi’s apology for forming the government because a political consensus could not be found in the most divided parliament in Iraqi history.

Al-Zarfi is a current member of parliament on the “Victory” list led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who presents himself as opposed to the resigned government.

Image source: Reuters

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