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Sadr Bloc Calls for Dialogue With Amiri to Resolve Interior Ministry Portfolio Crisis

Sadr Bloc Calls for Dialogue With Amiri to Resolve Interior Ministry Portfolio Crisis

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 09:00
Head of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Najaf, Iraq May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

The Reform and Construction bloc, whose one of its prominent figures is head of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, called for a dialogue with Al-Bina (Construction) bloc headed by Hadi al-Amiri in order to reach a compromise to avoid a chaos that might hit the country as protests continue in Basra, south Iraq.

This initiative coincides with Al-Bina endeavor to garner votes in favor of its candidate for the interior ministry Faleh al-Fayad.

In its statement following a meeting for the leaders on Wednesday, Sadr bloc said that the necessity of resuming the government cabinet has been underpinned as well as presenting qualified ministers and abiding by the democratic and constitutional contexts.

The statement, which Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper received a copy from, reported that the convening members decided to come out with a unified standpoint to hold a national dialogue with Bina bloc and the Kurdistani blocs, and to persuade the political blocs and deputies in the necessity of rerunning to the legal and constitutional contexts in resolving pending topics.

The Reform and Construction bloc values the adequate time to assess the current government performance, its abidance by the government project, provision of services and implementation of anticipated development programs. The statement highlighted a fair representation of the Turkmen and Yazidis components in the government.

A reliable source from Bina, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the crisis because of Fayad intentional and does not influence the alliance between Saeroun and Fatah since Bina didn’t impose its nominee.

Reform and Construction bloc MP Nada Shaker Jawdat stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that it is not right that the bloc rejects Fayad for his person, as a matter of fact, it only demands that all nominees be subject to the agreed-upon standards.

In the same context, Tasheh Party General Secretary Kamel al-Dalimi told the newspaper that all indicators show that the political process in Iraq is likely to be hit by a political tsunami that spares nothing.

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