Allawi’s list not comfortable with Sayirun allying with Fatih’s ‘armed wings’

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Allawi’s list not comfortable with Sayirun allying with Fatih’s ‘armed wings’

Post  Admin on Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:13 am

By Rudaw yesterday at 10:46

Haider Mulla of Wataniya said on Saturday that Sayirun’s alliance with Fatih will affect their current agreement with Sayirun because they reject "armed wings” — a reference to Fatih which includes Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi leaders close to Iran.

Sayirun, which ran with the Communist Party of Iraq, won the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary election on May 12.

Last week Sayirun announced it was allying with second-place finisher Hadi al-Amiri's Fatih, the head of Badr Organization. Sayirun was already in an alliance with Wataniya and Hikma.

Outspoken Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sayirun alliance, the National Hikma or Wisdom Movement led by Ammar al-Hakim, and the al-Wataniya list led by Shiite secularist Ayad Allawi and influential Sunni politician Salim al-Jabouri collectively secured 94 seats in the parliamentary election on May 12.

The results of the election remain contested.

Sadr said afterward that his alliance with Hikma and Wataniya remains.

“Al-Wataniya did not ratify any alliance with Sayirun or Hikma, but that there are dialogues in the general framework, and we had agreed to… rule out militias," said Mulla.

At the time of their negotiations the Sayirun said they would forge an alliance only with Badr Organization within Fatih, not the whole list.

“Thus Sayirun’s alliance with the Fatih Alliance as a whole, affects our alliance with them," said Mulla.

Official Fatih Alliance spokesman, Ahmad al-Asadi said that their alliance with Sadr, "does not rule out anyone, and will be the basis for the formation of a national service government.”

"But whoever does not fit with our program and see it as contrary to their programs has the right to take the opposition's side," added Asadi.

At the time of making the alliance with Fatih on June 12, Sadr said: "Our new alliance is a national alliance within the framework of patriotism."

Allawi is a former prime minister in Iraq and currently one of three vice presidents.

To form a new government, a coalition of 165 seats is needed out of the 329 in parliament.


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