Thursday, December 2, 2021

Fatah Leader Says Solution To Election Crisis Is Another National Unity Govt In Iraq

(Shafaq News)
At the end of November a leader from Fatah publicly said what its goal actually is after October’s election. While the list continues to cry foul over the balloting and wants the results overturned, Mohsen al-Tamimi stated that Fatah just wants another national unity government. This is because the list is afraid that Moqtada al-Sadr will be successful in his calls for Iraq’s first majority regime which would exclude it. Fatah includes many old rivals of Sadr such as Asaib Ahl Al-Haq. With only 17 seats in the new parliament it could be left out if Sadr has his way. This terrifies Fatah who would lose ministries and more importantly the access those positions give to the state’s resources which all the parties rob and exploit for their own benefit.

 

Fatah was shocked by its poor showing in October. It had 48 seats in 2018 riding the success of its fight against the Islamic State. Its lack of preparation for the new election law led to its failure at the polls. That led it to create the current political crisis by claiming the elections were rigged.

 

SOURCES

 

Al Hurra, “We do not take orders from behind the borders … Al-Sadr presents the only solution to save Iraq,” 11/24/21

 

Al Mirbad, “A leader in Al-Fatah to Al-Mirbad: There is no solution to get out of the crisis unless all blocs unite and participate in forming the government,” 11/29/21

 

Shakir, Layal, “Pro-Iran parties reject final election results, demand vote abolishment,” Rudaw, 12/1/21

 

 

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