Hours after dismissal, Faleh al-Fayad nominated to head Iraq’s government

Prominent figures in Iraq’s al-Nasr alliance led by Haidar al-Abadi, announced in a statement on Friday the nomination of Faleh al-Fayad, to head the new Iraqi government. (AFP)

Prominent figures in Iraq’s al-Nasr alliance led by Haidar al-Abadi, announced in a statement on Friday the nomination of Faleh al-Fayad, to head the new Iraqi government, hours after he was dismissed by Abadi as head of the National Security, and as chairman of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

The statement which represents some members of the alliance describing themselves as major in the political bloc, said “We as major figures in al-Nasr alliance announce the nomination of Faleh al-Fayad as prime minister, in our belief in his ability to achieve a government program that meets the ambitions of citizens and its broad national acceptance.”

The development comes hours after al-Fath alliance, affiliated to the Popular Mobilization forces, issued its statement on the exemption of Fayad from his post.

Fath confirmed on Friday that al-Abadi’s decision to dismiss Faleh al-Fayad from his government duties comes as a result of his refusal to support Abadi’s second term, pointing out that this decision confuses the security situation and puts the country’s stability at risks.

The statement of al-Fath alliance mentioned that the issuance of the decision to exempt Faleh Fayad from the presidency of the Popular Mobilization Forces and the National Security Apparatus instigates a dangerous situation involving security units in political conflicts and personal agendas.

The alliance added that “Abadi used the imposition of acceptance of his second term as a condition for officials to maintain their positions; thus these decisions are illegal in accordance with the cnstitution, as Faleh al-Fayad hold responsibilities which are equal to a minister’s responsibility and in positions similar to that of the ministry of defense and interior.”

On Thursday, Haidar al-Abadi issued a decree ordering the removal of Fayad from his government duties.

According to local sources, pro-Iranian parties, provided about two weeks ago, their support for the nomination of Fayad to head the government in the coming period.

He also pointed out that “these actions and personal decisions confuse the security situation and risk the stability of the country and the opening of the home front in front of terrorism, to satisfy the desire to retain power.”

On Thursday, Abadi issued a decree ordering the removal of Fayyad from his government duties.

According to local sources, pro-Iranian partiesabout two weeks ago offered their support for the nomination of Fayad to head the government in the coming period.

Fayad, who belongs to the Dawa party, has been the national security adviser since 2011, replacing Safaa al-Sheikh. Despite the legal ban, al-Fayad set up a political movement to enter the parliamentary elections last May.

Recently, media leaks about al-Fayad’s candidacy coincides with the news of his dismissal from the presidency of the national security apparatus, while maintaining his position as chairman of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

It is noteworthy that the National Security apparatus despite its sensitivity was subjected to a major infiltration by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, ahead of the 2010 elections, through appointments allocated to the clan of al-Maliki and al-Fayad and Hadi al-Amiri (head of the Badr Organization), and their respective party followers in the parties, during 2011 and 2012. Read more

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