After the resignation of Sadrist deputies, Iraq plunges a little further “into the unknown”

Three days after being asked to write their letter of resignation from parliament, the 73 deputies of Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Al-Sadr’s party – the largest parliamentary group in Iraq – ended up presenting it, on Sunday 12 June, in order to“avoid the unknown”, writes the Iraqi daily Az Zaman.

Az Zaman Quoting from a handwritten Al-Sadr statement:

“This move should be seen as a sacrifice on my part for the good of the homeland and the people to avoid an unknown fate.”

This collective resignation comes as the country has been mired in a political stalemate since the holding of early legislative elections last October, which were won by Moqtada Al-Sadr against his pro-Iran opponents from the Coordination Framework.

As a result of the absence of a clear majority or a consensus, Parliament has failed three times since the beginning of the year to organize the election of a President of the Republic, the first stage before the appointment of a new prime minister and the formation of a government. Today, the constitutional deadlines for these three deadlines have been exceeded.

A poisoned gift to pro-Iranians

A resignation accepted “unwillingly” by the Speaker of Parliament, the Sunni Mohammed Al-Halboussi. The latter is at the head of the Sovereignty Coalition, which was, with the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (PDK), one of the pivots of the tripartite coalition “Save the Nation” bringing together 155 deputies out of 329 around the Shiite leader who failed to form a majority government.

Taking note of this failure, Moqtada Al-Sadr announced three weeks ago that he was siding with the opposition.

But the Shiite cleric finally acted on the end of the coalition he was forming with his allies, whose he hailed the “patriotism” and the “constancy” in them “releasing from their obligations”.

“There are two kinds of political withdrawal: there is that of Parliament and that of political action. This choice would be the most important and the most dangerous, to the point of transforming the temporary joy of the adversaries of the sadrist current into dark days”. writes the managing editor ofAz Zaman, Fateh Abdel Salam.

Raed Amr points out on the independent site Kitabat that the country is moving towards a “paraplegia” politics and maybe a “empty”.

This withdrawal of Sadr seems to suit the Coordination Framework, which has also been unable to form a government so far. But nothing is less certain, explains the iraqi newspaper Al Mada, which invokes on the front page “the ghost of the blocking third party”.

The Coordination Framework, which has 83 elected members, hopes to form a consensus government with all parties.

But some sources cited by Al Mada indicate that Sadr’s former Sunni and Kurdish allies could claim at least a third plus one of the ministerial portfolios, enough to prevent pro-Tehrans from forming a government of their own.

By knocking down his “last card”, Sadr puts Iraq on a path “difficult and disturbing”, summarizes the Al-Alam Al-Jadid websiteciting political analysts who fear that “the confrontation does not translate into the street”.

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