Iraqi PM calls for post-Eid meetings between all parties to discuss political situation

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Thursday called upon all political entities in the country to hold a “high level” meeting to discuss the current political developments and the May 12 parliamentary election.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Thursday called upon all political entities in the country to hold a “high level” meeting to discuss the current political developments and the May 12 parliamentary election.

In a statement released by his press office, Abadi asked officials to get together to “agree on a plan to move ahead with the formation of the next administration” which should be “guided by the constitution.”

Referencing “irregularities and violations” that occurred during the May 12 elections, the statement emphasized the need to adhere to “legal measures and the constitution” as the only way to resolve current issues and “move towards the formation of a new parliament.”

Abadi invited all political parties to meet after the Eid al-Fitr holidays “somewhere we will all agree on.”

“The meeting will aim to ensure the safety of the political and democratic process,” the statement read, and the participants “must agree on the specifics of a mechanism to accelerate” the establishment of Iraqi institutions.

Amid a tumultuous landscape that covers the post-election atmosphere and calls for a manual vote recount – and for some, an entirely new election – Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition, the election winner, and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi’s and al-Fatih Coalition leader, Hadi al-Amiri, reached an agreement to form a majority bloc in parliament.

Sadr is also in a tripartite alliance with al-Hikma and the National Alliance, led by Ammar al-Hakim and Iraqi Vice-President Ayad Allawi respectively.

The Iraqi Communist Party, part of the Muqtada al-Sadr-led Sairoon Coalition, claimed on Wednesday that the Amiri-Sadr alliance would “protect the country from serious threats.”

Abadi’s office also congratulated the people of Iraq on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He extended his blessings and wished for a stable and prosperous future for the country.

Editing by Nadia Riva