After months of political conflicts and two people charged with forming the government were unable to reach the parliament dome to vote on their two cabins, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi called on the deputies to attend a session of granting confidence to the government-appointed Mustafa al-Kazemi.
During our meeting with the Prime Minister-designate, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, we stressed the necessity of forming a strong government that meets the demands of the Iraqis and protects the higher interests of the homeland, and I invite my sisters and brothers to the parliament to attend the parliament session to vote on forming the new government next Wednesday at 9 pm.
– Mohamed Al Halbousi (@AlHaLboosii) May 4, 2020
Al-Kazemi’s government will be voted on in unprecedented circumstances, and unlike the previous prime ministers whose sessions of confidence were settled due to the political agreements that preceded it, al-Kazimi’s chances of passing are still not fully known.
As for the Iraqi street, witnessing a state of anticipation and boiling among the demonstrators, who are angry about the state of the country’s political and economic conditions, especially with the spread of the Corona virus, and the continuation of political maneuvers and the attempts of “quotas” that the people revolted against.
Iraqi journalist Ahmed Hussein tells Al-Hurra, “Things seem complicated until the moment. Large political parties announced the boycott of Al-Kazemi’s cabin. Rather, they are engaged in serious attempts to overthrow him in Parliament. The leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, must have before it was joined by accounts linked to him and others belonging to Islamic political parties in the communication sites.
I received a letter from a party claiming that it is affiliated with the American ambassador. If it is a fraud, then it is considered neglected. If it is correct, Iraq has men who value its own interest and the interests of its people, and we do not accept interference in our internal affairs. This is not one of the ambassador’s diplomatic tasks. # Al-Maliki
– Nouri Al-Maliki (@nourialmalikiiq) May 4, 2020
The alleged message, urges the political blocs to pass the Al-Kazemi government, and warns of major repercussions that may occur in the event of a failure to pass.
Iyad Allawi, leader of the Iraqi National Forces coalition, and Maliki’s “chronic” rival shared Maliki with his position of rejecting the passage of the Al-Kazemi government, and also by saying that he had received the message.
We stress the need for our relations to be good with the United States and the rest of the world, so if the letter attributed to the US embassy is not lied, it will be considered blatant and unacceptable interference in Iraqi affairs.
Our people will not forget the agreement of the American and Iranian administrations to bury their rights in 2010, which he continues to pay for and suffers from.
– Ayad Allawi (@AyadAllawi) May 5, 2020
“Trying to drop”
But journalist Hussein believes that Al-Maliki and Allawi’s statements “reinforced the speech of some well-informed political sources who said that the message and its promotion were nothing but an attempt to” drop “after the taxpayer failed to meet Allawi’s desire for my interior and defense bags.”
And Al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition won 25 parliamentary seats in the last elections, while Allawi’s coalition won 21 seats.
Even if the two former leaders maintain their number of seats throughout the past political conflicts, and we were able to gather their representatives to refuse to pass Al-Kazemi, he would not be able to do so if the Prime Minister-designate was able to persuade the other parliamentary parties to vote on his cabinet.
But al-Maliki and Allawi are not the only ones to reject Al-Kazemi, according to Iraqi journalist Mustafa Nasser, who tells Al-Hurra, “Al-Kazemi focused on negotiating with the major political blocs and granting them a number of positions while reserving the right to nominate ministers.”
Nasser explains that “the Sunni blocs were divided after their disagreement over the ministries that would be granted to each of them, and the blocks of Osama al-Nujaifi and Khamis al-Khanjar came out of agreement with al-Kazemi, while blocks such as the National Sind bloc and the representatives of Asa’ib al-Haqq came out of the convergence of the mass of conquest led by Hadi al-Amiri, and that The Kurdish bloc is also not united over the passage of Al-Kazemi. “
According to Nasser, “Sindh and Asaib want to obtain positions in sensitive security services such as the intelligence and counterterrorism services, but these demands have been rejected by Al-Kazemi and Shiite blocs like victory led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and al-Hikma led by Ammar al-Hakim.”
And if Al-Kazemi managed to persuade the Kurds who “put forward names like Fouad Hussein or Hoshyar Zebari to the Ministry of Finance to change these two names that were not satisfied by the rest of the blocs, it will be possible to pass Al-Kazimi to take advantage of the Kurds’s numerical strength,” says journalist Mustafa Nasser.
Informed sources said to the “free” site that a meeting between the political blocs is currently taking place and may continue until Wednesday morning, to persuade the political blocs refusing to change their position, and the sources expected that the session Wednesday be postponed if no consensus has been reached.
Despite this, the Iraqi journalist Bassem Al-Sharaa believes that “Al-Kazemi’s government is on its way to passing despite differences and objections,” because of “the regional consensus that Al-Kazemi won, which enjoys extensive international relations.”
According to Sharia, “Iran, the United States, and the Gulf states have no objections to Al-Kazemi, and he has also nominated acceptable ministers to take over sensitive positions like the Foreign Ministry.”
Al-Sharaa says that “the challenge of ISIS, which intensified its attacks recently, the financial crisis in Iraq and the challenge of the Corona virus, made everyone not interested in an additional deterioration of the situation that could herald an explosion in the coming months.”
So far, representatives from the Maliki and Allawi blocs refused to comment on the course of political dialogues for the “free” site.
But a deputy in the victory coalition led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi provided the site with a copy of an organizational document for Wednesday’s session showing the distribution of seats in a manner that maintains the spacing to prevent the spread of the Corona virus, and includes health recommendations to reduce infection.
“It seems that the parliament presidency wants to prevent infection and also give deputies the freedom to vote without the intervention of other deputies sitting close to them,” said the deputy, who asked not to be named sarcastically.