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Leaders of political forces meet in Baghdad to find a way out of the crisis in the absence of the Sadrist movement

The leaders of the political blocs in Iraq met, on Wednesday, at the invitation of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to “start a serious national dialogue” with the aim of “common thinking” in order to “find solutions to the political crisis.” paralyzes the country. But the Sadrist movement, the most prominent of the conflicting parties, which demands the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of early legislative elections, announced its boycott of the meeting.

In response to the call of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, in an attempt to find a way out of the political crisis impeding the country, the leaders of the Iraqi political blocs held a meeting at the Government Palace in Baghdad, today, Wednesday, but The Sadrist movement announced its boycott of the meeting.

In a statement published by the Prime Minister’s Office at the conclusion of the meeting, the participants called on the Sadrist movement to “engage in the national dialogue and develop mechanisms for a comprehensive solution that serves and achieves the aspirations of the Iraqi people.” its goals.”

The attendees also referred to the early elections, considering it “not an exceptional event in the history of democratic experiences when political crises reach a dead end,” without addressing additional details.

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In Iraq, ten months after the legislative elections, the political forces are still unable to agree on the election of a new president and the formation of a new government.

The level of escalation between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework has risen since late July, as the two sides exchanged pressure in the street and in statements, without things developing into violence.

So far, mediation attempts and calls for dialogue between the two sides have not led to any result.

For its part, the Sadrist movement calls for the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of early legislative elections, while the coordination framework wants to hold these elections, but with conditions that demand the formation of the government before holding early elections.

The coordinating framework includes, in particular, the Al-Fateh parliamentary bloc representing the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization factions, and the bloc of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Sadr’s historical opponent.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, who heads the caretaker government, met at one table, Wednesday, the leaders of the most prominent political blocs in the country, according to a statement issued by his office.

The statement added that the meeting was held “with the participation of the leaders and leaders of the political forces in Iraq and in the presence of the President of the Republic, the heads of the legislative and judicial authorities and the United Nations envoy in Iraq.” “Jenin Plassart.

A source in the coordinating framework said that the head of the State of Law bloc, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and the head of the Fatah bloc Hadi al-Amiri, the former prime minister and leader of the victory coalition Haider al-Abadi. The meeting was attended by the head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Faleh al-Fayyad.

The two main Kurdish parties were also represented in the meeting, Fouad Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and Bafel Talabani, President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, representing his party, according to a source in the Kurdistan Region. Government.

For his part, the meeting boycotted the Sadrist movement, which announced in a statement that “with all its speeches and political figures, it did not participate in the political dialogue that the Prime Minister called for today, directly or indirectly.”

Al-Kazemi called, on Tuesday, in a statement to this meeting, to “start a serious national dialogue,” stressing that the meeting’s goal is “common thinking” in order to “find solutions to the current political crisis.”

Al-Sadr, whose supporters have been camping for more than two weeks in the vicinity of the Iraqi parliament, called for organizing a “million” demonstration next Saturday, but announced on Tuesday that it would be postponed “until further notice.”

Since August 12, supporters of the coordination framework have been protesting on a road leading to the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

FRANCE 24 / AFP

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Source: France 24

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