FEDERAL: Tomorrow is the date to consider appeals to amend the election law


BAGHDAD / After the morning
, the United Nations expressed full confidence in Iraq in running the electoral process, stressing that it will continue to provide advice and assistance to Iraq.

While the parliamentary law pointed out that the failure to start the process of counting and sorting the results of the election depends on the opinion of the Federal Court on appeals, On Thursday, a date to consider the appeal of President Fuad Masoum and the Council of Commissioners to amend the election law.

"The Secretary-General has full confidence in Iraq’s ability to manage the electoral process in accordance with the Constitution," the spokesman of the UN Secretary-General, Stephen Dujarric, said in response to a question on the demands of counting and counting the results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections and the resolution passed by the House of Representatives.

And in line with the relevant laws as well as the procedures established by the independent institutions in the country », noting that« the United Nations will continue to provide advice and assistance to Iraq, according to the previous authorization, I mean that you know that in every country where the elections, there is Yeh special appeal and re – counting and sorting, so as to ensure that the process goes under the Constitution
and law ».

While the member of the legal committee of the parliamentary, Sadik al-Laban, in a press statement, that «not start the process of counting and sorting the results of the election depends on the opinion of the Federal Court on the appeals submitted on the third amendment to the parliamentary elections law», adding that «a number of political parties submitted A lot of appeals on the amendment of the
election law ».

Al-Labban added that «the Judicial Committee supervising the Electoral Commission will exercise the process of counting and sorting by hand after the Federal Court expressed its opinion on electoral appeals».

On the date of hearing the appeal of President Fuad Masoum and the Council of Commissioners to amend the election law, the spokesman of the court, Iyas Samok, said in a statement received by «morning», that «the Federal Court set at 10 am on Thursday, the 21st of June current, In a lawsuit against the Third Amendment to the Law on the Elections of the House of Representatives ».

"The suit is made by the president of the republic in addition to his job and from the Board of Commissioners and the
Kurdistan Democratic Party," Samok said .

In the meantime, the official spokesman for the state of law, Khaled al-Asadi, in a press statement, that «we have conclusive evidence on the manipulation of the results of the parliamentary elections», pointing out that «these fraud can not be tolerated and accept a political process lame».

Al-Asadi said that «skeptics quorum session of the House of Representatives to stay away from political bidding and resort to the Federal Court, which is to decide the constitutionality of the session or not», pointing out that «the coming days will see a correction in the political process and political stability by re-counting and sorting by hand».

In turn, warned the National Coalition led by Vice President Iyad Allawi, the repetition of what happened after the elections in 2010 with a different scenario, calling on the politicians of the former regime to fall into what he called the "cooked himself."

The coalition said in a statement received by «morning», that «one of the most important things that will hurt Iraq is to restore the elections witnessed in 2010 to exceed the benefits of Iraq’s winning coalition, and the abolition of the Constitution, and to circumvent the election results strongly»,

hailing the Iraqi judiciary distinguished that «be fair Especially those who fought and fought the despicable dictatorship in Iraq and founded the political process in it, and we call on everyone to commit to the interest of Iraq and its stability and unity and the safety of its people above all interests.


By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The fate of Iraq’s latest elections has become fraught following a deliberate arson attack on the ballot boxes storage center in the Rusafa district of Baghdad on June 10.

The facility exposed to the fire contained some 1.1 million of the overall 1.8 million votes from the Baghdad constituency. Baghdad is crucial to forming power in Iraq’s parliament as the district holds 71 of the total 329 seats. Votes from the Rusafa district alone account for around 40 seats and could alter the course of the future government.

The extent of the ballot losses remains unknown, but the head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Riyadh al-Badran, claimed June 11 that 95% of the boxes had escaped the flames. The commission also announced in a statement that it “possesses backup copies of the results in the national office in Baghdad.”

Meanwhile, Iraq’s interior minister stated, “We have taken control of the situation.” He added that there was “no burning of any ballots,” and that only electronic counting and sorting devices were affected by the fire, not the ballots themselves. However, political forces have cast doubt on the credibility of these disparate claims, demanding that a full re-election be staged and warning that the country faces the risk of igniting civil war.

Following the fire, the speaker of the outgoing parliament, Salim al-Jabouri, called for “a redo of the elections that have been proved rigged, distorting the results and the will of the Iraqi people in a deliberate and dangerous manner. Those who contributed to this act of fraud and vandalism must be prosecuted.” Jabouri claimed that the incident was “planned [and] deliberately intended to conceal cases of fraud and falsification of votes and to deceive the Iraqi people, manipulating their choices and their will.”

However, Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Sairoon Alliance won the first tier in the election, expressed his opposition to restaging elections in a June 11 article, “Iraq in danger,” calling on all political parties to unite and advance toward forming a government.

“Is it time we stand together for reconstruction or for us to burn the ballot boxes and restage elections for the sake of a seat or two?” he asked. Warning of attempts by some parties to ignite a civil war, he said that Iraq would not fall into what some who “sold two-thirds of Iraq want, which is a civil war” — a clear reference to a prior statement by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is accused of failing to prevent the country from falling into the hands of the Islamic State in 2014, that “civil wars usually occur after elections if results are challenged.”

Sadr’s top aide also accused both winning and losing parties in the elections of participating in the arson attack, claiming, “The ballot boxes storage center fire was either aimed at forcing the restaging of elections or covering up fraud.”

The beneficiary of redoing the election would be the losing parties, which would attempt to recoup their losses in another opportunity to win votes, while any who won votes through rigging would benefit from a cover-up of electoral fraud.

In this complex situation, the Iraqi government faces no easy choices and only four options. It can completely cancel the election and restage it in conjunction with municipal elections in December. It can restage the vote only in the Rusafa district, where votes were affected by the fire, or nullify results from this district and count only the results from the rest of Iraq. Or it can proceed with the declared results, incorporating any slight changes that may occur after manual sorting and counting.

The first option appears unfeasible in light of official statements from the supervisory authority responsible for conducting the elections and overseeing the integrity of results.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the prime minister, stated June 11 that the decision to rerun the election “is vested in the Federal Court, not the executive branch or any other party” — a clear comment on Jabouri’s call for a redo. Similarly, Board of Commissioners member Saad Kakaee said, “The decision to cancel the election results following the fire does not lie in the hands of the Board of Commissioners but with those in the Judicial Council and the Federal Court.”

The Judicial Council previously announced that there is no straightforward legal provision that allows the restaging of elections. Meanwhile, the winning blocs are opposed to any rerun, as indicated by previous statements from Sadr and Sairoon Alliance leaders, as well as from the Fatah Alliance that ranked second. Fatah Alliance spokesman Karim Nuri said, “We do not support a restaging … the compromise is a recount.”

Nullifying the results from the Rusafa district — whether accompanied by another election in the area or not — would open the path for opposition from other blocs that claim fraud has occurred in their constituencies. Among them are Al-Wataniya of Ayad Allawi, who has called for a referendum on the fate of the elections, and Kurdish opposition blocs including the Movement for Change (Gorran), which has accused the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of widespread electoral fraud.

The only remaining option is to proceed with the manual counting of outstanding votes by the judiciary, which has already appointed nine judges to supervise the process. Yet such a solution is not expected to yield results that differ markedly from those previously announced.

In the past, such electoral differences had been resolved through political settlements that sought to satisfy losing parties that contest the election results, while avoiding provoking opposition from the winners who endorse them. After a settlement is secured, the outcome will be announced through a decision by the judiciary, and will not be easily contested by the disputing parties.

Newspaper: Iran paid 50 million dollars to join the alliances, Ameri


Baghdad/Iraq news network. New Arab newspaper of London, Tuesday, the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad succeeded heart table alliances for coalition leaders conquest Hadi Ameri and State law in a move that Maliki threatened Sadr Sadr leader’s efforts to form the biggest bloc in the newspaper.

The report revealed the Alliance’s understandings "walkers", led by Muqtada al-Sadr, last week, with the various parliamentary blocs to form the largest parliamentary bloc, threatened not to check after the success of last resort for the second camp, led by President of the State of law Coalition, "Nouri al-Maliki, head of the Alliance.

" Conquest, "Hadi al-Ameri, who finally succeeded in attracting quite a few small blocks, as well as Sunni Arab shunning them blocks, another Kurdish alliance with him, meet huge financial temptations and promises of ministerial posts and various public bodies, realizing the prior requests and conditions.

This is supported by Iranian efforts newspaper Clear, turned the Iranian Embassy in central Baghdad salhiya, "host", according to a senior Iraqi Minister in Baghdad, which he said "an integrated operations HQ current alliances ripening.

" mobility "newspaper, that" the Kurdish blocks negotiations with Maliki and Ameri sponsored Iranian through (Corps Commander), General Qassem suleimani, who introduced himself as guarantor for any agreement between the parties, including a Kirkuk, oil and gas and the disputed areas,

"adding that" Kurds trust the Iranian promises more than Americans who abandoned them in a referendum to secede, and allowed Baghdad’s military campaign against them, and drove them out of more than 30 mixed city they controlled in Kirkuk and Salahuddin, Diyala and Nineveh, within what is known as the disputed areas, "he said, according to the Minister,

who asked not to be named, said negotiations with the coalition are also" Al karblah "( Jamal Al karboli’s solution movement) as attempts to buy their Alliance by giving them important posts, at the expense of the exclusion decision "Alliance, led by Vice President Usama Najafi, calculated" IIP "(brotherhood).

The Minister revealed that "some small clusters that won three seats, buy loyalty for reaching 50 million dollars.

There is a similar move targeting members of alliances (victory) headed by Haidar Abadi, and (national) led by Iyad Allawi, (walkers), giving them promises of positions or large amounts of cheques for joining the camp II ", referring to Maliki’s Alliance, believing that" the negotiations are complicated More, and Iran gave everything to scratch through the current moves.

"she said in her report, that" until Monday evening, the political arena in Iraq point to the emergence of two clear; what would be considered the Iranian line, led by both al-Maliki and Al-Ameri, Second, what is now known as the Iraqi line of chest and Abadi Allawi. "

She noted that "the rule of law and open we were able to attract quite a few blocks, notably Hanan’s PM’s will movement (3 seats), Haitham Al-Juburi’s competencies (two), civil party (one seat), led by Hamad al-Musawi accused of crimes of money laundering for the benefit of the Syrian regime and Iran, and block Public party led by Salahuddin Governor Danielle (5 seats), and mass public martinka555 ‘s Castle (3 seats),

a movement led by Hussein Al-Maliki, Nouri al-Maliki smelting (two), while still continuing to negotiate with party leader Jamal Al karboli solution, "Red Crescent Society official "The former, accused of corruption, and assesses Jordan since 2005, manages his brother Mohamed Al karboli currently party to join them," according to the report..

The report was completed, saying that "this Alliance will feature in the event the Belizean 103 parliamentary seats, with continued pressure on other blocks, at a time to negotiate with Kurdish blocks individually, such as the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Union, change, Kurdistan Islamic Group and an Alliance of For democracy.

"and went on:" in contrast, highlight the menus near the alliances victory and walkers, a good banner block led by Khalid Al-Obeidi (2 seats), Allawi’s national (21 seats), Iraqi Kurdistan’s decision (13 seats), Ammar al-Hakim’s wisdom (20), gathering Iraq’s men (one seat), the Democratic Party led by Ghassan Attiyah (one seat), being led by Qasim captured suspects (two), Super Sheikh’s ambitiously (two), Arab coalition in Kirkuk (3 seats) and Turkmen front in Kirkuk, led by Arshad al-Salihi (3 seats), About 120 seats.

The newspaper pointed out that "the Kurdish blocs continue dialogues with the living situation of new political recovery for the first time since her setback in a referendum to secede from Iraq in September of last year.

The Kurdish parties hold 57 seats, the largest of KDP by 27 seats, followed by the other parties, the National Union, change, Jemaah Islamiyah, the Islamic Union, new-generation mobility, the Alliance for democracy and justice, "the paper noted.

Its report, that "the great split saw Sunni Arabic blocks in last position booster Abadi, according to information from inside the Iraqi decision Alliance record convergence Alliance Al karblah (solution) and Maliki’s camp."

According to the same sources, the solution is trying to attract small blocks on the level of Sunni provinces North and West of the country, notably the ktlhediali our identity, our salads, Arabs Kirkuk, Baghdad Alliance as well as moving towards Parliament of Sunni Arabs in the Western and northern provinces, notably Yahya Muhammadi and Ghada Al-shammari (National Coalition) and Faisal Al-Issawi (Alliance victory), what constitutes 19 parliamentary seats.

"quoting a member of the Alliance" victory ", Mohamed labidi, the" current negotiations dominated by distrust between the blocks, there is tremendous external pressures on everyone ", noting that" You can say bye now, and what goes on behind the scenes is quite different from the advertiser.


Abadi receives Allawi and Samarrai


Discussed during their meeting the formation of the government on the basis of national
Baghdad / morning
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed with Vice President Iyad Allawi the formation of the next government on national bases.

A statement issued by the media office of the prime minister, received by «morning», that «Abadi received Allawi, and was during the meeting to discuss developments in the political process and the formation of the next government on a national basis».

On the other hand, the Prime Minister discussed with the Secretary-General of the Islamic Party Iyad Samarrai, shared visions to form the
next government .

"The two sides reviewed during the meeting, common visions for the formation of the next government and the ongoing discussions between the political blocs, in addition to discussing the overall situation in the
country," said another statement by the Prime Minister’s Office.


By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News

Many Iraqi legislators call for canceling election results

On May 21, a group of Iraqi parliament members submitted a request to the speaker to cancel the results of the May 12 parliamentary elections. The group also called for dissolving the Independent High Electoral Commission, discontinuing electronic voting and reinstating manual voting and sorting, with many legislators saying the elections were sabotaged.

The next day, six Kurdish parties of the Iraqi Kurdistan region threatened to boycott the political process if their demand to cancel the results in Iraqi Kurdistan and other contested areas is not met. However, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the two main political parties that came in first and second in the provinces of the region, did not join in on the complaints.

On May 18, the Independent High Electoral Commission announced the results of the elections. It also said that ballots cast in 103 polling stations in five provinces — Baghdad, Anbar, Salahuddin, Ninevah and Kirkuk — had been annulled because of sabotage and suspicions of fraud. However, the commission did not say whether the cancellation of those ballots actually changed the results.

Out of 329 members of the Iraqi parliament, 176 agreed on canceling the results of the elections, legislator Tawfiq al-Kaabi said. This would mean that the number of parliament members calling for the elections to be voided has reached the majority required for a law to be passed.

Legal analyst Ali Jaber told Al-Monitor, “The Iraqi parliament has the right to dissolve the current electoral commission and cancel the results of the election if it is proven to be sabotaged and fraudulent.”

Said al-Kakai, a member of the Independent High Electoral Commission, agreed with those calling for the cancellation of the results and the reinstatement of manual sorting. During a televised interview aired May 18, he said results that had been double checked in six provinces did not match with the original tallies, with the worst cases having differences ranging from 12% to 63%.

Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, the leader of the predominantly Sunni National Coalition, is also skeptical of the results, although his grouping won 21 seats. He is suspicious about the vote in refugee camps and abroad and called for the cancellation of those results. He also said he supports manual vote sorting in the contested provinces.

Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, who lost on May 12 despite being a top National Coalition candidate, said in a recorded message two days after the elections, “There is a conspiracy targeting me specifically. It appears to be part of a more elaborate plan. Yet most of its threads and tools have been revealed, and I will be disclosing all information to the public.”

Shiite parties were also skeptical of the results. Mohammad al-Sahyoud, a candidate from the State of Law Coalition, called “for canceling the results of the elections, extending [the term of] the parliament and announcing a caretaker government due to electoral fraud and sabotage” in a May 17 press statement.

Political analyst Ahmad al-Abiad told Al-Monitor, “The US supports the necessity of having manual sorting for 5% of ballot boxes. This might happen in the coming days.”

He added, “The suspicions around the results of the election are great and the calls for canceling them are even greater, but we do not have any constitutional procedure for canceling the results of elections. So the only solution available for political blocs is to pass a law in parliament canceling the elections before the constitutional end of their term June 30. The government can also appeal the parliament’s decision to the Federal Supreme Court of Iraq.”

The State of Law coalition, which won 25 seats in parliament, was a big loser in the elections, seeing its total drop 66 seats from the 2014 elections. The lower number could jeopardize the coalition’s involvement in the next government.

Skepticism about the results emanated from political parties and groupings that received fewer seats than expected.

Some individuals from other coalitions also called for canceling the results. Member of parliament Mohammed al-Lakash of the National Wisdom Movement (Hikma), which won 19 seats in the new parliament, called for canceling the results because of “fraud attempts, voter intimidation and bribery.”

The Iraqi Turkmen Front in Kirkuk, led by member of parliament Arshad al-Salihi, objected to the election results in the province and asked its supporters to protest in the streets of Kirkuk. It also sued the Independent High Electoral Commission.

This is the first time since 2005 that election results have faced such strong objections. The complaints seem to be coming from all political parties except for the Sairoon Alliance.

The alliance led by the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won 54 seats in the next parliament. It is the only coalition that did not doubt the results of the elections despite Sadr’s constant objections to the current electoral law.

While it is possible that a law canceling the results could be passed, such a step seems unattainable given the short deadline left for the parliament. The parliament members would first have to hold talks in order to reach a political agreement on the topic. This might lead the country into chaos, so an alternative quick solution that might please all political parties might be to manually sort the ballot boxes of some polling stations.

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

After the Sairoon (On the Move) Alliance emerged victorious in the May 12 Iraqi elections, its leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, has been seeking meetings with the leaders of the other top-vote-getting alliances to discuss the possibility of forming the largest bloc in the new parliament and ultimately form the new Cabinet.

At a May 19 joint press conference after talks with Sadr, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose Al-Nasr (Victory) Alliance came in third, said, “During our meeting, we agreed to work together and with other parties to expedite the process of forming a new Iraqi government.”

A few days later, on May 22, Al-Nasr spokesman Hussein al-Adeli said Abadi had reached an agreement with Sadr on a map for forming a new government. Abadi himself, in his weekly press conference the same day, said his coalition was close to reaching an understanding with the Sairoon Alliance “to form a strong technocratic government.”

In a May 20 meeting with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the second-place Fatah Alliance, consisting of the political wings of the pro-Iran militias of the Popular Mobilization Units, Sadr had said, “The process of government formation must be a national decision, and importantly, must include the participation of all the winning blocs along a national path.”

Sadr appeared to select the phrasing “national decision” and “national path” especially for Amiri, who had days earlier met in Baghdad with Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, in an attempt to form a pro-Iranian parliamentary bloc.

Sadr also held talks with Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Hikma Alliance, on May 21 and spoke of the importance of forming the upcoming government in a way that ensures “fixing the path of the political process to suit the aspirations of the Iraqi people who reject sectarianism and corruption.”

Sadr also met May 21 with Iyad al-Allawi, leader of the predominantly Sunni Al-Wataniyah Alliance, and two days earlier had received a letter from Kosrat Rasoul Ali, first deputy for the secretary-general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, in line with discussions on potential alliances requiring Sunni and Kurdish participation alongside the Shiite majority to form a government.

After failing to assemble a parliamentary bloc under Iranian auspices consisting of the four largest Shiite lists — the State of Law Coalition and the Al-Nasr, Hikma and Fatah Alliances — Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi attempted to lure Sadr to his side to prevent the formation of an anti-Iran government. Masjedi told Iran’s Al-Alam TV May 21, “Iran has constructive relations with all parties, blocs and coalitions that won the majority of parliamentary seats in the fourth elections.”

Masjedi also denied rumors of a dispute between the Iranian leadership and Sadr, saying, “Iran’s relations with Sadr are historical and deep-seated. The country had close relations with the martyrs Mohammed Baqr and Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr [Muqtada’s uncle and father, respectively].” Masjedi added, “Iranian officials’ relations with Sadr are friendly and brotherly, and many of them, including Soleimani, appreciate Sadr greatly.”

In fact, Sadr’s father and Iranian officials were not friendly at all. His representative in Iran, Jaafar al-Sadr, son of Mohammad Baqr, was arrested and his office shuttered in Qom in 1998. In addition, everything indicates that relations between Muqtada and Iran have gone downhill as well in recent years.

Sadr had made several statements critical of Iranian interference in Iraqi decision-making, and his alliance competed against the pro-Iran lists — Al-Fatah and the State of Law Coalition — in the elections. In the preceding years, Sadr’s supporters chanted slogans against Iran at protests calling for reform. Sadr, unlike his rivals Maliki and Amiri, has not met with Soleimani in recent years.

Sadr greeted a group of ambassadors from neighboring countries May 19 after his list’s victory was confirmed. In attendance were the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey and Syria. Official Iranian websites, including Al-Alam’s, criticized Sadr’s relations with Saudi Arabia and charged that Riyadh had been behind Iran’s exclusion from the meeting.

Sadr insists that the largest parliamentary bloc include all Iraqi components, which would be unprecedented if successful. The largest parliamentary bloc has always consisted solely of Shiite parties, which then negotiated with Kurdish and Sunni blocs over forming the government.

On May 21, Sadr tweeted, “I am Muqtada. I am Shiite, Sunni, Christian, Saebean, Yazidi, Islamist, civil, Arab, Kurdish, Assyrian, Turkmen, Chaldean and Shabak. I am Iraqi. Do not expect me to side with any sect against the other to renew enmities and lead to our demise. We are headed toward a comprehensive Iraqi alliance.”

Al-Hayat newspaper on May 21 cited Iraqi sources close to Sadr discussing efforts to bring together Abadi, Allawi, Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani and Sunni Al-Qarar Alliance leader Khamis al-Khanjar to explore forming the leading parliamentary bloc with all their parties’ participation. If Sadr succeeds, Iraq might overcome sectarian quotas in forming a government, and Iranian influence would dwindle with its political allies, Al-Fatah and the State of Law Coalition, excluded from the bloc.

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

The Sairoon (On the Move) Alliance formed by Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party is ahead in the preliminary results of the Iraqi elections. More than 90% of the votes in all of Iraq’s provinces have been counted so far, with the exception of Dahuk and Kirkuk, where counting was postponed.

Sairoon has so far secured 54 out of a total of 329 parliamentary seats, while the Al-Fatah Alliance, formed by the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units, has won 44 seats, followed by 39 seats for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Al-Nasr Alliance. The State of Law Coalition led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik has secured 25 seats, and the Al-Wataniya Alliance of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has obtained 22 seats.

The results have raised the chances that the Sairoon Alliance will form the largest bloc in the next parliament, which will be tasked with appointing the prime minister and forming the next government. Sairoon leaders rushed to express their desire to put together the largest bloc and voiced their opinions on the next government’s shape and inclination.

“The door is open” for Sairoon to work with any of the rival blocs, said Dhia al-Asadi, head of the political bureau of the Sadrist Movement, on May 14 after the announcement of the preliminary results of the elections. “Sairoon has the right to claim the post of prime minister,” he said. On May 16, Sadr, the head of the Sadrist Movement, confirmed his wish to form a government of technocrats free of partisanship and sectarianism.

In a May 14 tweet, Sadr hinted at the alliances and broad nature he hopes will characterize the new government. Using a play on words derived from the meaning of various political entities’ names, he wrote: “We are Sairoon (On the Move) with Hikma (Wisdom) and Al-Wataniya (Patriotism) to make the people’s Iradah (Will) our demand, to build Jilan Jadidan (a New Generation), to witness Taghir (Change/Gorran) toward reform and for the Al-Qarar (Decision) to be Iraqi,” continuing the puns with, “So we raise the Bayariq (Banners) of Al-Nasr (Victory), and to make Baghdad, the capital, our Hawiyatuna (Baghdad is Our Identity) and our Hirakuna (Democratic Movement) move toward the formation of a paternal government from among technocratic Kawadur (Cadres) free of partisanship.”

Sadr used parenthesis in his tweet to denote various Iraqi political entities, including Abadi’s Al-Nasr, Ammar al-Hakim’s Hikma and Allawi’s Al-Wataniya alliances, and others — excluding the Iranian-supported militia Al-Fatah Alliance and Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law Coalition.

If Sadr can achieve an alliance that includes the aforementioned forces, he would form the largest bloc and isolate his rivals, the Al-Fatah Alliance and the State of Law Coalition.

Arab powers opposing Iran, led by Saudi Arabia, welcomed Sadr’s victory and expressed hope that it will undermine Iran’s influence in Iraq. Thamer al-Sabhan, the minister of state for Arabian Gulf affairs at the Foreign Ministry and a former Saudi ambassador to Iraq, commented on Sadr’s tweet and retweeted, “You are really Sairoon (on the move) with Hikma (wisdom), Wataniya (patriotism) and Tadhamon (solidarity). You have taken Al-Qarar (decision), toward Taghyir (change) to have Iraq raise the Bayariq (banners) of Al-Nasr (victory), to [secure] independence, Arabism and identity. I congratulate Iraq for having you.”

Some Sunni Arab forces, including the Al-Qarar Alliance led by Khamis al-Khanjar, also welcomed Sairoon’s victory. Khanjar even voiced his desire to ally with it. Abadi congratulated Sadr on his victory, which could imply a desire to ally with him.

But this does not prevent Sadr’s rivals from seeking to sideline Sairoon by forming a larger bloc in a rival axis.

State of Law Coalition spokesman Abbas al-Musawi expressed skepticism May 16 that some electoral lists (in reference to Sairoon) will be able to form a government, stressing that “historic leaders” will be the key drivers in this matter. State of Law Coalition parliament member Mohamed Sahyoud said May 15 that efforts are near completion to form an alliance between the State of Law, Al-Fatah and Al-Nasr coalitions, which would secure more than 100 seats and account for the largest bloc in parliament. If this occurs and the bloc gets support from some Kurdish and Sunni forces loyal to Iran, the next government could be formed by the axis opposing Sadr.

Al-Monitor learned from sources who asked not to be named within the State of Law, Al-Fatah and Al-Nasr coalitions that the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, who has been in the Green Zone in Baghdad since May 14, is leading efforts to strike an alliance deal between the State of Law Coalition’s Maliki and Al-Fatah Coalition leader Hadi al-Amiri, and then to encourage Al-Nasr’s Abadi and Al-Hikma’s Hakim to join this alliance. If Soleimani succeeds, this could prevent Sadr from forming the largest bloc.

Soleimani was said to have proposed that these alliances refrain from nominating any of their leaders. Other names are being put forward as a consensus prime minister, including Muhammad Shayya al-Sudani, who is one of the Dawa Party leaders and the minister of labor and social affairs in Abadi’s government.

An earlier report by Al-Monitor indicated that negotiations by Soleimani in Erbil led to an agreement with the Kurdistan Democratic Party not to support Abadi as prime minister. Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), revealed upcoming plans for a visit by a KRG delegation to Baghdad to participate in talks aimed at forming the next government.

Hisham al-Rekabi, who heads Maliki’s media office, said May 16 that all discussions to form the largest bloc “will be completed within the next 48 hours.” Dawa Party leader and parliament member Kamel al-Zaidi spoke of “semifinal” understandings between the State of Law and Al-Fatah coalitions, in addition to current attempts to include other [parliamentary] blocs in this larger bloc. Zaidi added, “There are ongoing contacts with the National Union Front and Barham Salih’s party, as well as with Sunni political authorities to form an alliance that guarantees a national political majority.”

On May 15, US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert answered a question about Soleimani’s interference in the ongoing consultations to form the Iraqi government. “That is certainly always a concern of ours, but we have a great deal of trust and faith in the Iraqi people and whoever ends up governing, whatever the structure is, the governing of that country going forward,” she said.

Iran appears to be in a hurry to strike a deal between its loyalists for fear of Sadr’s success in dominating the next government, which would curb its influence in Iraq.

Five" alliances "Shiite" and three blocks "Sunni" and "Kurdish" to form the largest bloc in Iraq

According to the scenarios put forward, it appears that in Muqtada al-Sadr, "Sadr" and Haidar al-Abadi "victory" and Ammar al-Hakim, "national wisdom" are the closest to ensure the formation of the largest bloc through the alliance with Sunni parties such as Osama Nujaifi "coalition decision" in addition to Iyad Allawi

" The coalition of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani, the other bloc, which weaves its strings with a clear Iranian consultation is the "conquest" led by Hadi al-Amiri and "State of Law" led by Nuri al-Maliki and the Sunni party, "Baghdad Alliance" led by Jamal Karbouli Kurdish parties are on the Defeated the National Union of change, this is what referred to the Middle East newspaper in a report published today.

The newspaper said that "began to fly here and there test balloons by the winning blocs, especially the large and medium on the formation of the largest bloc that will cost the formation of the next government," noting that "these balloons began to fly ahead of the announcement of the results yesterday morning by the Electoral Commission for elections officially, Although it was probably known to all by more than 90 per cent.

No one expected that 10 per cent if there was a change in seats and rules could change the political equations that States, parties and parties began weaving on unsuspecting fires, High shed light And the challenges in the region , " noting that" about three days before the announcement of the results turned Hananah in the city of Najaf as a kiss for politicians and ambassadors together. "

The young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won the surprise and upset the balance of the largest votes, "54 seats" of the total seats in the parliament, "329 seats," noting that " Prime Minister Haider Abadi was the first well-wishers and leader of the wisdom movement Ammar al-Hakim, ,

While the congratulations came to Sadr even from the Kurdish leader angry at him from Baghdad after the referendum, Massoud Barzani, the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria and Jordan visited the Sadr in his home, blessed and wondering what in the quiver of this man who in the way of his alliances can be the next form of the next government But the shape of the nakedness S whole.

He said that "the announcement of the results did not close the curtain on what has been achieved, has called for 90 deputies to convene an emergency session of parliament to discuss what they called the fate of the electoral process following complaints and appeals and problems in the counting and sorting,

but the Commission’s announcement of the results at dawn yesterday cut the majority of doubts opened the door only The Parliament has not been able to hold the emergency session, which was surrounded by its president Salim al-Jubouri, who lost the electoral round after his alliance with former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi,

to a deliberative session has no effect can result, Ao " The elections are a way for the people to achieve stability, and the integrity of this means must be preserved and removed from all suspicions.

Iraq and its people are more important than the victory of people and political blocs," said Jabouri in a spirit that appeared to be mathematical to his loss that seemed surprising to many .

The newspaper said, "Although this map is still a breakthrough, so if the news of the possibility of withdrawal of the Virtue Party," 7 seats "of the coalition of victory, led by Abbadi, the equation may become more difficult only if the disintegration of one of the blocks or the opposite bargains in the form Temptations on positions and positions, which means that there is not yet a clear hope that a political majority government will be formed in exchange for an opposition minority . "


To reveal dialogues to form the next government and the distribution of positions before the elections

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Politicians from several different blocs announced on Sunday the start of serious dialogues to form the next government and the distribution of its main positions before the elections, where major parties decided to postpone their differences on some posts until after the results .

According to a report in the newspaper "Life" London has witnessed a series of meetings between various political forces to prepare the ground for the next government, based on the advisory opinion of the Federal Supreme Court in 2010, which confirmed that the largest bloc is gathered after the elections, not the bloc winning the largest number of seats .

The report added that "the various Sunni forces met, at the invitation of Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, to coordinate their positions, as revealed close to the atmosphere of the meetings on the differences on the way to deal with the choice between the posts of President and Speaker of Parliament, "He said.

For its part, sources said that "differences between the Shiite forces are expanding as the elections approach, but meetings that took place during the past few days between a number of major Shiite leaders, reached an agreement on the formation of the (National Alliance) or choose another name for him to choose the next prime minister, and start negotiations with Sunni and Kurdish forces for this purpose,

while other blocs believe that the version of the elections in 2018 will see the formation of a larger bloc within the scope of the vast political majority, which investigates some of the competitors to the opposition .

The report pointed out that the main Kurdish parties also met earlier to coordinate their participation in the elections, especially in Kirkuk, where the President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, which announced the boycott of the elections, to give the rest of the Kurdish parties votes of voters .

The Federal Court issued a "constitutional fatwa" sparked controversy in 2010, where she explained that "the electoral list, which gets the largest proportion of seats in parliament, will not cost the formation of the government, but the largest bloc that is formed on the basis of political consensus,

" This fatwa was the gateway to prevent The national list, led by 2010 Iyad Allawi from the formation of the government, as used in preventing the head of the list of coalition rule of law Nuri al-Maliki to form a government in 2014 .

Observers believe that this text gives the political forces a justification to pre-empt the elections and their results to achieve early consensus may help to reduce the expected duration of the formation of the new government. But others believe that other variables will be imposed by the post-election phase .


After the continued decrease in the cash reserve .. Has the currency auction become a door to corruption in Iraq

After the volume of cash reserves with the Central Bank of Iraq for more than five years to more than 86 billion dollars began to decline until it reached less than half because of the poor economic management of Iraqi funds, where attributed a number of experts and specialists in the financial and economic affairs in Iraq the cause of the decline In the cash reserve to the auction of hard currency in the Central Bank, calling it a door of corruption in the state, which led to the waste of public money.

According to the parliamentary finance committee, the corruption mafia controls the auction of hard currency calls for the competent authorities to intervene to reduce the depletion of the currency because it is considered a destruction of the national economy.

MP Magda Tamimi said that "there are four parties control the auction of hard currency in the Central Bank, including small private banks that are almost fictitious and employees of the Central Bank and businessmen and other fictitious companies," adding to (One News) as it became a door of The doors of corruption and waste of public money.

As for the economic expert Abdul-Hassan al-Shammari, he stressed that the auction of hard currency has not been operated by any country in the world except Iraq, which is the basis of financial corruption in the country.

Al-Shammari told "One News" that "the monetary reserve of the Central Bank was reported during the previous years to more than 86 billion dollars and in 2016 amounted to about 36 billion dollars, while in 2017 amounted to about 46 billion dollars," pointing out that "the price of a barrel of oil In the global markets about $ 70 a barrel while the budget was based on the sale of a barrel of oil at 43.5 dollars a barrel there is a difference in the real price and selling and this will be a resource for the budget and the Central Bank.

In case the cash reserve on what is under the difference between the real price and guessing, There is financial and administrative corruption. "He added that "the survival of the currency auction on what it is and the dominance of parties and companies delusional it will continue to waste public money and thus Iraq will lose billions of dollars because the sale is not commensurate with the volume of imports because of the existence of false and non-genuine documents issued by the Central Bank there is financial and administrative corruption in the work of the Central Bank is covered by Before officials in the federal government.

"Al-Shammari pointed out that "the exchange rate in the market is not true, which led to the destruction of industry and agriculture. If the auction is canceled and the law of foreign transfer through documentary credit will change the situation of Iraq in full economic terms by providing work for the unemployed after the activation of productive sectors and the eradication of poverty because Iraq’s resources will be huge and we may export this year about 5 million barrels per day, and this is also how large will fund huge, but the mismanagement of Iraqi money from hard currency is what led to these economic disasters in Iraq.

For his part, the Vice President of the Iraqi Republic, Iyad Allawi, in December 2017, the decline of Iraq’s cash reserves to 33 billion dollars, referring to "corruption, mismanagement and lack of clarity of vision.

""Iraq’s indebtedness reached 133 billion dollars and the monetary reserve has dropped to 33 billion dollars," Allawi said during a lecture at the dialogue session held by the National Business Council under the slogan "The elite role of businessmen in advancing the private sector.

"He attributed Allawi’s reason to "corruption, mismanagement and blurred vision." He added: "It exacerbates the serious and serious economic problems of Iraq unless a comprehensive, sound and clear economic road map is adopted."Allawi said, "What our government established the first constituent in 2004 of the basic economic fundamentals to ensure the advancement of economic reality and raise the standard of living of citizens.

"The depletion of Iraq’s money in the sale of the currency to reduce Iraq’s reserve of hard currency in the central bank to 43 billion dollars, according to MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki, a member of the Committee on Economy and Investment, adding that the central bank sells in the auction monthly about $ 6 billion in return for oil imports not Up to this amount.

According to observers and activists, the Commission for Integrity has recently announced the increasing number of bank frauds and the theft of billions of dinars from government banks with a check without credit. With the complicity of some staff.