This blog post was published on September 26 2010. §
Al-Iraqiya’s statement as a “prize” to benefit Abdul-Mahdi
- Non-recognition of the so-called National Alliance (State of Law and Iraqi National Alliance).
- Al-Iraqiya considers that the current form of the state administration headed by Al-Maliki is not fit for the second term. Therefor, Al-Iraqiya will not be able to contribute or participate in any future government headed by Al-Maliki.
- The continuation of the negotiations with other coalitions.
Notice that the second point is the most important one, because: It’s the first time, Al-Iraqiya explicitly and officially announces its withdrawal from the government in case the return of Al-Maliki. In the past, the rejection of Al-Maliki issued by leaders and individuals in Al-Iraqiya List, most of these rejections are personal statements, but now, the situation is formalized and represents the 91 members of the List.
Salih Al-Mutlaq, one of Al-Iraqiya leaders also said yesterday in a TV interview, that the List will accept the “Minimum of change” in his answer on a question that if Al-Iraqiya will support Adil Abdul-Mahdi as a candidate.
Among the secret agreement between Al-Iraqiya-Abdul-Mahdi (INA)-Sadrists:
As I mentioned before in an earlier post that Syria’s political maneuver of supporting Maliki’s candidacy is to satisfy Washington only. The results of this maneuver started to emerge with the arrival of U.S. envoy to the Middle East to Damascus on the day following the visit of the “State of Law” in Damascus, as well as in the meeting between U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton and Syria’s FM Walid Al-Moallem in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations meeting.
From the beginning of the Iraqi political government crisis, it is known that Damascus wants to see Allawi to head the government (with minor reservations raised by its special relationship with Saudi Arabia), but Damascus also wants to see ‘Adel Abdul-Mahdi’ if not the Prime Minister then in an important government post, for these reasons: — Backed by France. — Close to Iran (with minor reservations raised by his relation with Egypt).
Putting the above two points as ‘conditions’ for any future alliance, it seems that Al-Iraqiya has agreed in advance with the INA’s candidate ‘Adel Abdul-Mahdi’ on these two conditions, and it seems that the Mahdi would agree on the terms that meet with Iraqi Kurdish Alliance conditions.
temporary] conditions to surround Al-Maliki.