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Muqtada al-Sadr affirms decision not to include Shias in coalition government
Despite initial agreements with Shia factions, Al-Sadr has now announced that he is planning to form a non-Shia coalition
By News Desk - January 09 2022
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Muqtada al-Sadr
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The leader of the Sadrist Movement party in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, issued a statement on 8 January, emphasizing the formation of a coalition government with non-Shia factions, and effectively rejecting the government’s proposal to coordinate Shia political factions.

Al-Sadr said in a statement that “there is no place for sectarianism and racism and that a majority government should be formed in which Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and minorities defend each other’s rights.”

There is no room for corruption, Al-Sadr said, and all sects are working together to defend reform in Iraq. Neither, he said, was there a place for militants. He added that everyone defends the security forces, the army and the police, and that the law will prevail with a clean judiciary.

Al-Sadr described national decision-making as “Iraqi, Sunni, Kurdish, Shia, Turkmen, Christian, Yazidi, and others” in emphasis of a united, national Iraq that is “neither eastern nor western.”

Meanwhile, the Coordination Framework issued a statement on 8 January, specifically calling on the Al-Sadr movement to form a comprehensive Shia coalition.

The statement emphasized that just as the Kurds and Sunnis announced their unity on the eve of the parliamentary session, so must the Shias, and all must unite.

The statement of the Coordination Framework also explained the details of a joint meeting with a delegation from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region held at the home of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The framework statement said that the leaders of the Shia political factions welcomed the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government delegation headed by Emad Ahmed, a member of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union Party, and had reviewed the latest political and security developments in Iraq.

The two sides discussed the conditions and challenges ahead for the formation of a future Iraqi government and the need to reach a common understanding to resolve current problems and move towards forming a government through the cooperation of all parties.

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