A new chapter of the “presidency battle” in Iraq
Al-Sadr is betting on the quorum of the parliament session… and the “framework” is trying to disrupt it
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Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr during Friday prayers in Sadr City, east of Baghdad, yesterday (AFP)
Baghdad: «Asharq Al-Awsat»
Ambiguity remained until yesterday evening regarding the possibility of completing a quorum to hold a scheduled session of the Iraqi parliament, today (Saturday), to elect the new president of the republic.
Today’s parliament session aims to resolve a new chapter of the “presidency battle” in Iraq, in light of the mutual mobilization of the “Save a Homeland” alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr and comprising the Sunni “Sovereignty Alliance” and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and the Shiite “Coordination Framework” alliance, which includes The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan” and the Sunni “Azm”. While al-Sadr and his allies are leading the battle of “completing the quorum” for the presidential election session, which requires the attendance of 220 deputies, which is the number required to elect the president of the republic, which requires the participation of two-thirds of parliament members, the opposite coalition (the coordinating framework) is mobilizing to break the quorum of the session.
In the past few days, the two parties began negotiations with the independents and the parliamentary opposition blocs, which includes about 40 deputies. While the independent representatives did not announce a final position regarding their participation in the session or boycotting it, news circulated in the political circles that the two parties started negotiations of another kind with some independent representatives by giving them temptations, some of which are related to positions and influence. Each of the two alliances – “Save the Nation” and “Coordination Framework” – accuses its opponent of trying to lure the deputies financially.