As he has won most of the seats of the parliament, Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, head of Sayirun Alliance called on the leaders of the parliamentary blocs to meet to form a “technocrat government”.
Sadr had said that his door was “open to all,” the two blocs of Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri (including most of the Iranian-backed militia groups) excluded the possibility of participating in any government coalition, stressing before the elections that he is not ready to make concessions to Iran or to form a coalition with Amiri, leader of the «Badr» or Maliki, former prime minister.
Political commentators believe that Sadr’s position is directed against Iran, a test of strength between the two parties, especially as the Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in the Revolutionary Guard talks in Baghdad in order to save Tehran’s influence after the decline of allies in the elections.
According to source, during his talks, Solaimani has called for the formation of a government that includes a coalition of Shi’ite forces with Iran’s approval.
Iraqi parliamentary election was held on May 12 in which the Sadr’s Alliance obtained 54 seats, while the coalition of victory led by Haider al-Abadi won with 52 seats.