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Larrykn What is awaiting ‘America’s man’ in Baghdad?
By Mohammed Rwanduzy 3 hours ago
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was frisked by the federal police upon arriving at a polling station in Baghdad’s Karada neighbourhood on Saturday. Photo: Iraqi PM’s media office hand out/AFP
Iraq’s elections were by all means a surprise to both friend and foe. After months of propping up incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, even going as far as capitalizing on the loses of their Kurdish allies in the north during the events of October 16 and onwards, the US woke up to the news that their man did poorly in the May 12 vote.
The loss in votes, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that Abadi won’t get a second term as prime minister.
Muqtada al-Sadr, for all intents branded as the firebrand Iraqi Shiite cleric, won a surprising and yet understandable amount of votes. He is known to be fiercely against any type of intervention in Iraq’s politics, by either the US or Iran, two players engaged in a heated battle over the country’s future.
Abadi was hailed by US think-tanks, analysts, and policy makers as the Iraqi nationalist technocrat who could transcend deep-rooted sectarian, ethnic, and religious lines that divide Iraq. Following Kurdistan’s independence referendum, Abadi ordered the Iraqi Army to take control of Kirkuk and other disputed territories and imposed a number of harsh punitive measures against the autonomous region.
The US government, a traditional ally of the Kurdistan Region, not only stood on the sidelines, it exploited Kurdish losses in a bid to strengthen Abadi’s hand and secure a second term, all in the hopes of achieving an elusive dream – eliminating Iranian influence.
Abadi, however, did poorly in elections. He won just one province, Nineveh, and even that was only with the help of his Sunni ally and former Minister of Defense Khalid al-Obeidi.
Sadr’s victory at the ballot box, however, by no means puts an end to Abadi’s chances to secure a second term. Nor
Nor does it entirely eliminate Iranian influence, or US efforts in that regard.
Though a vocal critic of Abadi, Sadr has also supported him on many occasions. For example, in al-Sharqyiah TV channel’s ‘Honest Talk’ show, Sadr hailed Abadi’s achievements as better than previous governments and said he would support a second term for the leader.
Months before the election, Abadi alienated the influential cleric when he formed a short-lived alliance with the Hashd al-Shaabi’s political wing, the al-Fatih alliance that came second in the elections.
That move angered Sadr who is fiercely opposed to Hashd al-Shaabi. He had called for the Iraqi government to ban parties with armed wings from running in the elections.
Abadi, nevertheless, is still a better ally for Sadr than Hadi al-Amiri, Nouri al-Maliki, or anyone else, especially now that Abadi is no longer allied with the Hashd.
If Abadi does make it back to the prime minister’s chair, his powers will likely be greatly decreased and he will need Sadr’s backing to institute policy.
Under Sadr’s guidance, Abadi could be freed from Iranian influence. Though eliminating Iran’s clout would be difficult for the government. It is likely that Iran’s camp, such as al-Fatih and the State of Law, would form an opposition bloc and hamper the work of the Iraqi government.
The bridges Abadi built with the US and Europe could also be damaged by Sadr’s fierce anti-Western sentiments.
The US, however, can likely live with this. The mood in the US is to eliminate Iranian influence in Iraq at whatever cost. As long as the one commanding the office isn’t in the Iranian camp, even if he is anti-Western, the US will be happy.
For the Kurds, the election results provide far-reaching opportunities. Sadr was never anti-Kurdish and he has more than once asked for the implementation of the constitutional rights of the Kurds in a bid to resolve longstanding problems.
Kurds, with a united bloc, could exact great concessions from an Abadi-Sadr bloc that would need the 60 seats the Kurds command, whether they like it or not, if they wish to establish the cross-sectarian and cross-ethnic Iraq they have espoused in their campaigns.
Iraq’s elections weren’t too costly for the US, but they did reveal to Iran their limits in Iraq. The US, for now, can sit back and, with limited intervention, watch the formation of a government that is insulated from foreign influence.
Chattels Fatah & SLC, [ will ] hold some positions. That’s expected. But together they got ~75 seats out of 329. Even adding the KDP & PUK leaves them less than 120.
chattels Sajad Jiyad ???? @SajadJiyad
No list ‘wins’ elections technically or has the right to nominate a PM, instead it is the largest coalition in 1st session of new parliament (SC ruling 2010). Expect that to be whoever can bring together at least 100 seats (Sairoon, Nasr, Hikma favourites, maybe with a few more) https://twitter.com/SajadJiyad?lang=en
chattels Iraq’s Top 10 Potential Prime Ministers
Will it be the Harvard- and MIT-educated mandarin, the coveralls-wearing man of the people — or someone else the world has never heard of?
BY BORZOU DARAGAHI | MAY 15, 2018, 5:58 PM
Chattels ” Al Quds Al Arabi: Ameri – Maliki offer on Abadi , the prime minister in return for concessions # Iraq | # Guenah_alravedan …” http://iraqnewsapp.com/1/Article/2244/160509133#.Wvz7DYgvyM8
chattels Hasan @Honor_Loyalty88
” If he takes this deal with the devil, he will be nothing more then a puppet dangled in their strings with no real say in the upcoming government. I’d recommend he pass”
chattels Newspaper: Tehran seeks to form a broad alliance includes Maliki, al-Amiri, Abadi and Hakim Wednesday, May 16th Alsumaria News / Baghdad
chattels ” Tehran is seeking to form a broad coalition, and the return of all the different parties in the Dawa Party, Nuri al-Maliki and Haider Abadi , in addition to the opening list headed by Hadi Amiri and Ammar al-Hakim, along with representatives of the Kurdish Patriotic Union of Kurdistan ” .
chattels Sadr calls the winning lists in the elections to dialogue to form a government of technocrats Release Date: 2018/5/16 16:22 • [Ayna-Najaf]
Sadr’s leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, called the winning lists in the elections to dialogue to form a government of technocrats in the country.
“Despite our differences, let’s look for our participants and without compromising our constants, so let’s talk,” Sadr said in a tweet on his personal account at the social networking site Twitter.
“I call on the leaders of the new alliances to meet, my mouth open and my hands outstretched to build our Iraq and form a government of honest and patriarchal technocrats,” Sadr said. http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=73791
chattels Abadi Alliance reveals the alliance “closest” to him in the formation of the new Iraqi government
17/5/2018 Twilight News / Counting Hussein al-Adly, spokesman for a coalition “victory” led by the current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a coalition “led by moving Moqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadrist movement closest to them in the formation of the new federal government.
He said al-Adli told the newspaper “life” of London in its edition on Thursday, said that the “coalition of moving to Sadr’s is the closest so far to our vision in the formation of the government, but this remains subject to consultations and what will be reached”, an advocate for the fortunes of al-Abadi to “get the second term. ”
chattels Joel Wing @JoelWing2 Talks continue to unit Abadi and Maliki wings of Dawa despite deep rivalry between them Talks actually started before the election If do unit could be another glich in govt formation process as Sadr opposed to Maliki
chattels Joel Wing @JoelWing2 If Sadr pushes hard for technocratic govt and ending ethnosectarian quotas parties might flip on him to maintain status quo Could be repeat of 2010 when Allawi won but didnt get to form govt
chattels Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Iraq Election Results All 18 Provinces
chattels We are waiting on the final numbers / assignment of seats from the IHEC.
chattels Brent jumps to $ 80 a barrel
Editorial date: 2018/5/17 13:00 • http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=73822
chattels Federal Court: Decisions of the Central Bank are not immune from appeal
05.15.18 Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
chattels Courtesy of Dinar Alert
Whitelions Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq honors the first high diploma of strategic planning
The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mr. Ali Mohsen Ismail received the first students who have a high diploma in strategic planning and local administration from all Iraqi universities
He stressed during the meeting on the importance of this specialization as the success of any institution lies through strategic planning and management, through the development of plans and work on their application
The end of the meeting was honoring the first students in this field. The award came in support and encouragement for them to provide the best institutions in which they work to reflect the product of their studies on their field of work. https://cbi.iq/news/view/703
Baxter PTR says the Global Reset could be at any minute….
Whitelions The Governor of the Central Bank appreciates the efforts of participating banks to settle salaries http://economy-news.net/vrsfls/cntnt/pctr/3666.jpg
The governor of the Central Bank, Ali Al-Alaq, praised the efforts of banks involved in the settlement of salaries, stressing the need to adopt the principle of professional competition in the delivery of offers and services.
?”We appreciate the efforts made to participate actively in the project of technical and organizational salaries,” said Ali Al-Alaq, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, in a letter addressed to banks participating in the project to settle salaries.
“We would like to emphasize the adoption of the principle of professional competition in the delivery of offers and services and retain the right of the employee to choose the appropriate bank,” stressing the need to “take the necessary procedures to open the bank accounts associated with a bank card city, as stated by the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers No. 281 For the year 2017, “noting that” the Central Bank is ready to provide support and support required. ”
And participate in the project to settle salaries Rafidain banks and Rashid and Iraqi trade and industrial and Ashur International and international development and the Iraqi Islamic and Iraqi Ahli and Abu Dhabi Islamic and Baghdad and Byblos and the Middle East and the Lebanese dependence and the Gulf and the Islamic south and Jihan and Mosul.
The project aims to promote the concept of financial inclusion and the spread of banking services to all segments of the community and provides services, including city cards and control of accounts via mobile phones and purchases through the Internet.