Awaiting Iraq’s new leader

Monday, 21 May 2018

The cabinet plays a huge role in Iraq. The prime minister is the decision maker and Iraq itself is a strategically important country for the region. Everyone in the region as well as international powers are waiting for the results of the consultations and bargains between the competing powers to know which party will lead the political process and who the next prime minister will be. Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sairoon Alliance, is the luckiest because he won the largest number of ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iraq’s Amiri congratulates Sadr over election win, discuss cabinet formation

Monday, 21 May 2018

Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sairoon alliance which won the recent Iraqi parliamentary elections, met with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Fatah Alliance which came in second, in his residence in Baghdad. Amiri congratulated Sadr over his victory and the two men discussed the political developments and voiced the importance of forming a national cabinet which Sadr described as “paternal” and that offers services to the Iraqi people and fulfill their legitimate aspirations. ...

Abadi and Sadr: The path towards an Iraqi national cabinet

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Sairoon Alliance, led by Sayyid Moqtada al-Sadr, won the largest share of seats in the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq. Although he did not win an absolute majority, his alliance with the communists and other nationalist allies gave him ascendance over many of his rivals and competitors.There are still chances that current Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi will be appointed prime minister again in alliance with Sairoon. However, observers had expected that his list — the ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

After election victory, Sadr tweets to Iraqis ‘we will not let you down’

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr said in a tweet on Saturday that he would not let Iraqis down after his parliamentary election victory. “Your vote is an honor for us and a responsibility we will shoulder,” Sadr said in a Twitter post. He added: “We will not let you down, and the blame is placed on those who failed Iraq.” The tweet comes following the confirmation of the official results of the Iraqi parliamentary election last night, with a sweeping win of the Sairoon ...

The benefits of Iraqi protest movements

Saturday, 19 May 2018

I once wrote about protest movements that had erupted in Iraq towards the end of July 2015, which had spread to several governorates including the capital Baghdad. Historically and politically, these were comparable to Al-Wathbah uprising in January in 1948 and to the November 1952 Intifada, which are considered the most important protest movements in Iraq’s modern history as they sought to restore freedoms and national sovereignty and independence.Impact of protest movementsI do not think ...

Adnan Hussein

Iraq: Armed men trap election workers in Kirkuk, block count

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Iraq’s election commission says armed men have trapped election workers inside their offices and blocked the vote count in the northern city of Kirkuk, an oil hub at the heart of a long-running dispute with the Kurds.Elections commissioner Riad al-Badran told a press conference Wednesday that the affiliation of the armed men was not known. He called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to protect the election team.He says results from 186 ballot boxes remain uncounted from Kirkuk, which has ...

The post-election Iraqi government

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The recent Iraqi parliamentary elections were not like their antecedents — including the first elections after Saddam’s ouster in 2005. This time, the large blocs formed on sectarian (Shiite-Sunni) and nationalist (Arab-Kurdish) lines dissolved. The newly elected House of Representatives will consist of a larger number of coalitions that will have lesser weight. It’s unlikely that the most important Shiite bloc (the National Iraqi Alliance) will emerge again given its recent ...

Adnan Hussein

Sadr willing to ally with Iraqi blocs to form technocratic government

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his cross sectarian Sairoon coalition (On the move), who are set to win Iraq’s elections after preliminary results showed they were in the lead, seek to form a technocratic cabinet. Meanwhile, some media reports said the Iranian embassy is interfering in the cabinet formation process by attempting to bring some political blocs together. Sadr announced the shape of his next alliances to form a cabinet via Twitter. He excluded any alliance with Al-Fatah ...

Iraq PM Abadi says ready to work with election winners

Monday, 14 May 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on Monday for all political blocs to respect the results of his nation’s parliamentary election and said he was ready to work with the winning blocs to form a government free of corruption. “We are ready to work and cooperate in forming the strongest government for Iraq, free of corruption,” Abadi said in a live televised address.Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, led in ...

Iraq’s Sadr supporters chant ‘Iran is out’ while celebrating electoral victory

Monday, 14 May 2018

Following reports that Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s list Sairoon (On the Move) is the early front-runner in the national elections, Sadr’s supporters gathered in Tahrir Square in Baghdad to celebrate and chanted against Iran and corruption and in support of the independence of the Iraqi decision. According to videos published on social media networks and by local media outlets, Sadr’s supporters chanted: “Iran is out, Baghdad remains free.” An alliance of ...

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