So far, the overtures have been rejected by the Sadr movement. Sadr himself called Maliki a liar on April 11. In June, Niqash on-line magazine interviewed Ameer Kinani, the secretary general of the Sadrist political party Ahrar. Kinani accused Maliki of using the government against their movement, not solving the terrorist problem in the country, trying to politicize the security forces, and said that the prime minister was a dictator. Such strong language does not point to the Sadrists being appeased by Maliki’s move. That being said, they could still come around if they are given some of the major ministries they are asking for such as Education, Planning, and Justice. As of now, they are playing hardball, and their objections to Maliki returning to the premiership is one of the major reasons why Maliki’s State of Law and the Sadrist-Supreme Council led National Alliance have not formalized their new coalition, and no new Iraqi government has been announced more than three months after national elections.
AK News, “State of Law: “Our talks with National Coalition stalled due to selection of new Prime Minister,” 4/29/10
Aswat al-Iraq, “Iraqi courts release 14 Sadrist detainees,” 6/9/10
Najm, Hayder, “al-kinani: maliki is a dictator par excellence,” Niqash, 6/8/10
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “Sadrists Wary Of Renominating Iraqi Premier Al-Maliki,” 5/21/10