National Wisdom Movement boycotts next government, says cleric

Leader of Iraq’s National Hikmah Movement Ammar al-Hakim is pictured at the tomb of Mam Jalal Talabani in Sulaimani, February 20, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Ammar al-Hakim, the Head of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement on Monday announced that his bloc will boycott the next Iraqi government.

“We do not participate in the government,” Shiite cleric Ammar al-Hakim, the Head of Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement political bloc said.

Hakim’s words came as he met with Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani who expected to form the new government within 30 days.

Similar scenes of boycotting the new government have occurred especially when the Sadrist movement on Saturday announced it will not partake in the new government.

The proxy to the Iraqi Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who leads the movement, Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi said that the Sadrist will boycott Sudani’s government as well.

“Neither we nor any of our affiliates will participate in the formation of the new government,” al-Iraqi said in a statement.

“We renew our absolute rejection of their participation,” the statement stressed. The Sadrists also labeled the new Iraqi government as “subordinated to Militias”.

PM-designate Sudani has been tasked freshly to form the new government within the legally designated period after Iraq on Thursday named the new President.

Iraq’s parliament elected Kurdish politician Latif Rashid as president, who immediately named Sudani, the prime minister-designate to form the next government, ending a year of deadlock after a national election in October last year.

Sudani is the nominee of the largest parliamentary bloc known as the Coordination Framework, an alliance of Iran-aligned factions.

The Sadrist movement emerged as the largest parliamentary bloc following the October 2021 elections.

However, the camp withdrew from the legislative chamber while holding 73 seats and in August Sadr said that he would quit politics, prompting the worst violence in Baghdad for years when his loyalists stormed a government palace and fought rival Shi’ite groups, most of them backed by Iran and with armed wings.

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