Shiite coordination framework to hold “crucial” meeting this week

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A leading figure of the Shiite coordination framework said on Thursday that the coordination will hold a crucial meeting next Tuesday as Arba’een observance steps into its final days.

Mohammed al-Tamimi, a leader of the al-Fatah alliance said that the coordination framework will meet to discuss three crucial topics.

Elaborating on the topics, al-Tamimi said, the meeting will discuss the resumption of the parliament sessions and the parties’ agreement with the new program of the new Iraqi government.

The speaker of parliament suspended the sessions in July late after the supporters of Iraqi powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the legislative chamber in protest to vote for a new cabinet.

Al-Tamimi also assumed that the resumption of the negotiations with the Kurds and Sunnis is “Vital”, and the coordination will negotiate on this base.

Sardar’s party, the Sadrist movement, emerged as the largest parliamentary bloc following an election in October 2021, claiming 73 seats in the chamber.

In mid-June he withdrew from the talks on the government formation and ordered his lawmakers to vacate the Iraqi parliament, 73 MPs resigned.

The decision was followed by his failure to form a majoritarian with his Kurdish Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Sunnis bloc’s allies but out of his Shiite rival parties, failing to secure enough quorum.

Sadr’s rival parties, mainly the Shiite coordination framework decided to vote for the new cabinet out of the cleric’s bloc which outraged Sadr’s supporters and himself, therefore, he urged his supporters to obstruct the legislative chamber to do so.

Since then, the Iraqi parliament has been paralyzed, and a sit-in has been staged, which lasted for more than a month but lifted when a violent armed clash erupted between Sadr’s supporters and Iran-aligned groups in the Iraqi capital in late August.

Iraq’s political impasse now heading to its eleventh month, the longest in the country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion reset the political order after the October elections.

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