Coordination framework supports Sadr’s call to hold early election

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Shiite coordination framework on Thursday said it supports Sadr’s call to hold another early election but by conditions. 

Late on Thursday, the top coordination framework leaders carried out a meeting in the house the head of the Hikma movement Ammar al-Hakim aimed to discuss Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s demand mainly regarding holding another early election.

“We support any constitutional efforts to resolve the political crises,” said the coordination in a statement after the meeting.

“The coordination supports the parties to hold another early election if there is a national consensus of all parties” adding that “respecting the national institution shall be prioritized and not be paralyzed” the statement read.

In the meantime, Sadr’s political rival Nouri al-Maliki said that holding an early election relies on consensus and constitution, according to the statement.

“Last election created a big social strife, we stress on abiding by constitution and law,” Maliki said.

Iraq held its last parliamentary elections in October 2021, however, political disagreements among parties have hindered the parliament from electing a president and forming a government, and selecting a new president. The major winner of the October election, the Sadrist movement called to hold another early election.

The country is trapped inside deep political impasses. Its current political unrest is triggered by a prolonged political deadlock. Nearly 10 months after national elections were held, Iraq has been unable to form a new government. That’s the most extended period since the 2003 U.S. invasion that reset the political order.


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