Al-Sadr warns against calls for transitional  Iraqi govt

The chairman of the national coalition, Iyad Allawi

Baghdad ( The movement led by Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned against calls to form a provisional government, labelling the adoption of such a move illegitimate.

Salah al-Obaidi, a spokesperson of the “Sadrist Movement”, said in a press statement, quoted by Iraqi Alforatnews website, saying that “it is not in the (national) interest to resort to unconstitutional measures (forming a provisional government), because that would open the door for several possibilities”.

According to al-Obaidi, “there is an opportunity to form the government differently in a way that saves the situation in Iraq”, adding that “elections pushed away several old characters through legal and constitutional means”.

Obaidi’s remarks came after Iraqi Vice President, Eyad Allawi, a former prime minister and an election contender, called in a recent statement for the formation of “a transitional government that runs transparent elections and establishes security”.

Earlier on Monday, Iraq’s electoral commission said it had concluded manual recount of votes for the parliament elections held in May,, wrapping up a process that followed  accusations of forgery.

The recount was launched early July at polling stations where complaints of vote manipulation had been filed as per a ruling by the Federal Court.

Those were the first polls Iraq held for the 329-seat chamber since declaring the defeat of Islamic State militants late 2017.

The polls put the bloc sponsored by al-Sadr first, with the bloc led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi coming third.


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