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Shia coalition open to early elections in Iraq

Shia coalition open to early elections in Iraq
Iraq’s political rivals have been unable to agree on new prime minister since last year’s elections

By Yaqout Dandashi

BAGHDAD (AA) – A coalition of Shia groups close to Iran said it is ready to hold early elections in Iraq to help resolve a months-long political crisis in the country.

“The Coordination Framework is open to demands of the Sadrist movement to help solve the political crisis,” Qais Khazali, head of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq movement, a member of the coalition, said in a TV interview.

Influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demands the dissolution of the Iraqi Parliament and holding fresh parliamentary elections in Iraq as the country’s political rivals have been unable to agree on a new prime minister since last year’s general elections.

The situation escalated in Iraq in July when the Coordination Framework nominated Muhammad Shia al-Sudani as a new prime minister, to the opposition of al-Sadr.

Dozens were killed earlier in September in protests by supporters of al-Sadr, who stormed Baghdad’s Republican Palace, the seat of the government, after the firebrand cleric said he was stepping down from politics.

Khazali said he believes al-Sudani is ready to drop his nomination to premiership “if this will solve the crisis.”

“The Coordination Framework is open to all solutions to end Iraq’s political crisis,” he added.


*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

source: News Feed
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