Coordination framework remains committed to nomination of al-Sudani for premiership

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Shiite Coordination Framework on Monday reiterated its commitment to the nomination of Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani to run for Iraq’s premiership.     

Iraq Media reported that the coordination held a meeting with the participation of all of its leading figures, rejecting the news that division and dispute triggered among them over their candidate for Iraq’s premiership election.

On Monday several reports circulated in the Iraqi news outlets that the coordination is divided on the nominating of a Candidate for premiership said, part of them supports the current caretaker PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi to run for at least one more year, aiming at prevention of further escalation in the country.

In the meantime, the other part supports the nomination of Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani for the position, according to Monday’s circulated news. But coordination reiterated its commitment to the nomination of al-Sudani in the meeting.

Iraq’s political system after the U.S.-led invasion of the country has been designed in a way to prevent sectarian conflict within the country, particularly between Shiites and Sunnis.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the President of the country must be Kurd, Parliament speaker must be Sunni with Shiites holding the Prime Minister position.

Iraq held its last election in October last year, but since then the Intra-Shiite power struggle between the Sadrist movement led by influential Shai cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his rival bloc, the Shiite coordination framework which includes all Iraqi Shiite blocs except for Sadr’s party, has prevented the parliament vote for the new government.

Almost 11 months have passed by the no government has formed since the last elections, triggering unprecedented political deadlock which is the longest in the country since the 2003 United States-led invasion reset the political order.

The road map ahead is unclear as parliament has exceeded the constitutional timeline for forming a new government following the election.


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