Iraq’s four presidencies warn of continuity of political unrest fueled by Shiite parties

File – Iraqi flag is raised during protests in Iraq (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The four presidencies of Iraq met in the presidential palace in Baghdad on Wednesday amid the worst political crisis triggered by the deadlock over government formation ten-month after elections.

Iraqi President Barham Salih hosted Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, and Head of the Supreme Judicial Council Chief Justice Faiq Zidan in the ‘peace palace’ situated in the capital’s fortified Green Zone.

The four Iraqi presidencies discussed the recent developments and stressed that the continuity of the political unrest will leave a negative impact on the national efforts to enforce security as well as stability and the protection of the citizen’s safety, according to a joint statement released after the meeting.

“The steps must be in the direction that leads to an efficient dialogue to keep the country out of the ongoing crises,” it said.

The meeting emphasized the necessity to protect state institutions and protect their independence according to the lawful and constitutional frame.

“Peaceful demonstration and expression of opinion are certain rights in the constitution, all sides should comply with the law and protecting the public security and properties,” adding, “the continuity of political crises will leave impacts on Iraq’s role in the international community” it added.

Dispute between the Shiite parties mainly, who also represent the majority in Iraq, has left the country in a record time without a government since an election held in October 2021.

With the Shiites divided there are fears that Iraq could slide into intra-sectarian violent conflict. The standoff has raised fears of renewed unrest in a country where militias wield significant power and is already taking a toll on the most vulnerable.

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