Al-Maliki, Al-Sudani, and the “Framework”… another step towards division

The absence of the head of the State of Law coalition, Nouri al-Maliki, from the state administration meeting revealed deep disagreements with Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani on the one hand, and a lack of reconciliation between the leaders of the coordination framework on the other hand.

Observers of political affairs attributed these differences to several reasons, including the rejection met by Al-Maliki’s idea of ​​holding early elections, which he wanted to put pressure on Al-Sudani. They also did not rule out the conflict over the local government of Diyala between the State of Law, Badr and Asa’ib, while they pointed out that the coordination framework held together. In the past, it was a specific opposition to the Sadrist movement, and with the demise of the latter, the coalition forming the government returned to dispersion.

Political analyst Ahmed Al-Sharifi said, during an interview with Al Aalem Al Jadeed, that “the absence of the head of the State of Law coalition, Nouri Al-Maliki, from the state administration meeting reveals the existence of disagreements between him and the leaders of this coalition or with Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, the sponsor of the meeting in the governmental palace.”

Al-Sharifi adds, “Al-Maliki’s non-participation in this meeting may be due to the great rejection he met with his proposal regarding early parliamentary elections, and this matter disturbed Al-Maliki, and certainly his raising of the matter did not come out of nowhere, but rather came as a means of pressure on Al-Sudani to block the way for him to increase his popularity.”

He points out that “the next stage may witness the revelation of the differences between the leaders of the framework, the first of which is Al-Maliki and Al-Sudani, and they will be before public opinion and will not be limited only to boycotting such meetings, as the differences will increase as the House of Representatives elections approach.”

Al-Maliki was absent from the meeting of the State Administration Coalition, which was held the day before Monday at the government palace to “discuss the latest developments on the national and international scene, in addition to discussing the government efforts made to provide the best services to citizens and the importance of supporting them.”

On June 8, the leader of the State of Law coalition called for elections to be held by the end of this year, stressing that the government of Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani is obligated to do so within its electoral program, stressing the need to prevent government officials from participating in them unless they resign from their positions.

Al-Sudani government did not issue any comment accepting or rejecting Al-Maliki’s call to hold early elections in Iraq, nor did the “coordination framework” issue any official position on the file, which came at a controversial time, especially since Al-Sudani is working on completing service projects in the country that contributed to strengthening his popular base.

For his part, the head of the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies, Ghazi Faisal, said during an interview with “Al Aalem Al Jadeed” that “the differences have become very clear between the leaders of the coordination framework, as well as between those leaders and the Prime Minister, especially after the problems of forming the Diyala government due to the differences between The State of Law and Badr coalition, as well as between Badr and Asaib, all of which affected the atmosphere within the framework.”

Faisal confirms, “Everyone knows that the coordination framework held together and united during the last period in order to prevent the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, from forming a majority government, and this is why after his disappearance, the differences became clear within the framework itself. Even on the issue of the American presence file, there is a clear difference in positions between the political and armed parties of the coordination framework.”

He points out that “Al-Maliki’s absence from the meeting of the State Administration Coalition at this time is an indication that the differences have reached advanced stages between the parties to the framework and Al-Sudani, and these differences will certainly deepen during the next stage, especially in light of the fear of parties in the framework that Al-Sudani will work on widespread popularity that will take a large share of the seats of those parties, and this is what helps reduce their influence and power during the next stage, so the root of the dispute is the influence struggle to control the state.”

Since the beginning of last year, disagreements have begun to dominate the relationship between the coordination framework and the prime minister, centering around his failure to “submit” to the framework’s decisions on internal issues, such as not going for early elections, or external issues, such as the issue of removing American forces, according to what an informed source said in a previous report to “Al Aalem al Jadeed”.

Since last year, observers had suggested that the differences would expand after Al-Sudani attempted to “make his way” away from the framework, and the possibility of the leader of the Sadrist movement coming into line and supporting him from Al-Sudani.

In addition, political affairs researcher Mujasha Al-Tamimi explained, during an interview with Al Aalem Al Jadeed, that “the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nouri Al-Maliki, has had disagreements and a vision that is far from the coordination framework that controls the state administration coalition, and Al-Maliki’s crisis with the leaders of the political process at “the state administration” coalition, it is mainly focused on disagreements with some of the leaders of the framework, led by Qais Al-Khazali, Ammar Al-Hakim, and Ahmed Al-Assadi.”

He continues, “From my point of view, the dispute was due to the clear marginalization by these leaders of Al-Maliki, who is considered the sponsor of the coordination framework and the most influential force in bringing together and unifying the framework against Al-Sadr’s project. Al-Maliki’s vision is primarily a political vision, far from the language of weapons, and it is clearly different from the vision of Al-Khazali and the leaders of the Shiite resistance.”

He confirms: “Therefore, I believe that Al-Maliki boycotted the meetings of the State Administration Coalition in response to some of the leaders of the framework, in addition to the great embarrassment that he experienced as a result of the failure of the State Administration Coalition to achieve its desired goals and the inability of the coalition forces to achieve the political card, in addition to the differences that already exist between Al-Maliki and Al-Sudani who feels sensitive towards some of the positions issued by Al-Maliki.”

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