Head of victory alliance refuses any updates regarding premiership candidate file

Head of the victory alliance and former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abdai

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The head of the victory alliance whose party is a member of the Shiite Coordination Framework, Haidar al-Abdai on Monday revealed that there are no updates yet regarding the premiership candidate file.

Head of the victory alliance and former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abdai in a statement said “we support holding talks between all political parties in order to end the impasse.”

Speaking about the Iraqi premiership election which has not been done for almost 11 months after the parliamentary election, al-Abdai who also served as the former Prime Minister said, “There are no updates yet regarding the premiership candidate file.”

The official also refused the news that he is one of the candidates to take that position and called for a “constitutional political agreement” between the parties.

“We support holding talks between all political parties in order to end the impasse”, he said. And emphasized the importance of reaching a settlement to end the impasse.

An Iraqi news outlet, Shafaq news reported that serious quarrels have erupted between the members of the Coordination Framework over the future premiership candidate.

Earlier in July, the coordination framework nominated Mohamed Shia’ al-Sudani for running for the premiership election.

Al-Sudani’s nomination triggered protests from the influential Shia Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose party emerged as the major winner in the last election, claiming 73 seats in the legislative chamber.

Shafaq News cited sources as saying that among the coordination members, Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the al-Fatah alliance, and al-Abadi tend to approve the candidacy of current caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, aiming to prevent Sadr’s party, the Sadrist movement from escalating the situation.

In the meantime, the head of the state law coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, and prominent Shiite figures Qais al-Khazali, and Ammar al-Hakim insist on nominating Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani for the premiership, according to Shafaq news.

Iraq is in a political deadlock that prolonged for nearly 11 months since an election that took place in October. At some points, the deadlock triggered violence and clash between the supporters of rival Shiite leading parties.

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