A former judge comments on the Sadrist bloc’s decision: A smart and calculated move

Baghdad A member of the Sadrist movement’s political body, former MP, Judge Mashreq Naji, described the Sadrist bloc’s decision to freeze negotiations with other blocs on the file of forming the next government, as a smart and calculated step.

Naji commented, on the reasons for the Sadrist bloc’s decision, by saying that “His Eminence Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr” realized that the holding of the presidential election session after the decision of the Federal Court and the imposition of the blocking third of the quorum had become difficult and impossible. They attend the session, and therefore he wanted to withdraw this victory from them in disrupting the session, through which they want to send messages of their ability to disrupt, control the negotiations, and impose their vision, so he stripped them of this imposition and the alleged victory.

He added, “His Eminence wants the Kurdistan Democratic Party to resolve the position of President of the Republic with the Union, so that there is no obstacle in the presence of the other Kurdish party, and disrupting the quorum and holding the session, as well as reconsidering their candidate Hoshyar Zebari.”

He explained, “His Eminence may see that the partners, “Barzani – Al-Halbousi”, have been subjected to threats, which made them embarrassed, which prompted them to put forward initiatives for settlement, from which it may be evident that they want plenty of time.”

He added, “His Eminence Al-Sayyid is aware of the size of the recent interventions by regional parties, and this is a message that boycotting the Sadrist bloc will lead to paralysis in the political process, and the biggest losers in it will be the other Shiite parties, because the result of this blockage is either the continuation of the situation, which is the survival and continuation of work.” The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, and Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and the Movement are not affected by these names, but the one who is affected is the other party that does not want all of them.”

He continued, “The other blockage option is to repeat the elections, and this is not in the interest of the other parties either, because it will be in accordance with the same previous election law, and this will not serve them either.”

Naji, a former member of the Council of the Human Rights Commission in Iraq, confirmed, “At the end of this marathon, the framework will be forced to negotiate with His Eminence, for the purpose of forming a government with minimal losses for them.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency