Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shiite Sadrist leader ends boycotting Iraq National Alliance

Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Sadrist opposition leader Muqtada al-Sadr ended his 7-month "boycott" to
the meetings of the Shiite National Alliance, the biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

Observers believe that Sadr's rejoining the Alliance occurred after the "decrease in the support for his reformist plans against corruption and establishing a technocrat government".

Al-Ahrar Bloc, affiliate to the Sadrist Trend, submitted last week a 14-point proposal to the National Alliance to ensure their return to its ranks.

The most important of these points is to stop partisan interference in nominating ministers and key posts, cancellation of all independent commission and reforming them on the criteria of the Iraqi components, not party deals.

The Shiite National Alliance comprises of the State of Law , headed by ex-premier Nouri al-Maliki, (105 seats), the Sadrist Trend, headed by Muqtada al-Sadr, (34 seats), the Higher Islamic Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakeem (29 seats), National Reform Trend, headed by Ibrahim al-Jaffari (6 seats), Fadhila Islamic Party, headed by Hashim al-Hashimi, (6 seats).

The National Alliance got 180 seats out of 328 in the Iraqi parliament.

Yesterday night, the National Council held a meeting with its all components, where a press statement was issued to declare the return of the Sadrist Trend to its ranks, but no details were released on the details of the new agreement.

Since March, 2016, the Sadrist leader increased his opposition against the Iraqi government and parliament, calling for drastic reforms, forming a technocrat government and put the corruptors to justice.