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Iraqi Shiite alliance nominates Maliki for next PM position

10-02-2010 08:18 BJT Special Report:Future of Iraq post-US withdrawal |

BAGHDAD, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Shiite alliance nominated Friday the incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as its candidate for the next prime minister position, official television reported.

"The National Alliance picked the head of the State of Law Coalition Nuri al-Maliki as its candidate to head the next government," the state-run television of Iraqia quoted Hassa al- Senied, a member of the Shiite religious bloc of Iraqi National Alliance (INA), as saying.

Senied also said that the upcoming government will be "a national unity and partnership" government, which will include all the Iraqi politic mosaic.

The latest announcement came after the Shiite political blocs held a series of meetings that resulted in convincing the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to agree to support Maliki's nomination to retain power in the violence-torn country.

The move that could speed an end to the seven-month political impasse despite that the secular bloc of Iraqia, headed by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, said it would not join any government headed by Maliki.

Allawi's Iraqia bloc which won 91 seats, just two seats more than Maliki's bloc in Iraq's 325-seat parliament, also said it would not recognize the Shiite National Alliance which comprises of the INA and Maliki's State of Law coalitions.

Earlier, the INA which has 70 parliamentary seats in the March parliamentary elections, formed a broader Shiite alliance called the National Alliance with Maliki's State of Law, 89 parliamentary seats. The broader Shiite coalition with its 159 seats gave them the largest portion of seats.

The narrow winning in the parliamentary polls produced no clear winner, sparking bitter row about who should have the right to form the next government as Allawi rejected the federal court's interpretation to the constitutional expressions of "largest bloc" which the court said it means the largest number of seats for either the bloc that wins the elections or the coalition of blocs that could be formed before the first session of the new parliament.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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