For the third time, Diyala turns to Baghdad to resolve six contentious issues

The conflicts over the position of Diyala governor have negatively impacted the province, which has been paralyzed for six months, as previous negotiations and proposed scenarios have all failed to resolve the issue.

Today, the popular movement in Diyala announced that the province has turned to Baghdad for the third time to address six contentious issues.

In recent weeks, Diyala has witnessed escalating clashes and accusations between the State of Law Coalition, led by Nouri al-Maliki, and the Badr Organization, led by Hadi al-Amiri, over the position of Diyala governor. This led the latter to reluctantly forfeit the position.

Ammar al-Tamimi, head of the Diyala Popular Movement, stated to “Al-Mada,” “The situation in Diyala requires genuine intervention from Baghdad to end a series of service and security challenges, accompanied by legitimate demands.”

He added, “The movement has embarked on a peaceful path to knock on the doors of the government in Baghdad for the third time to present six hot issues related to corruption, power monopolization, appointments, exclusion of qualified locals from security positions, and the use of service portfolios as tools for political gain.”

He pointed out that “the delay in forming Diyala’s government for more than four months has created a service paralysis that will have severe consequences if a bold decision is not made to correct the political process in the province.”

On Sunday, Mohammad al-Khalidi, head of the Bayariq Al-Khair Party in Diyala, revealed that political forces in the provincial council had begun new negotiations to form the local government. It is expected that Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani will intervene to bridge the gap between political rivals.

On May 22, acting Diyala governor Muthana al-Tamimi, the head of the “Diyala Our Identity” bloc in the provincial council, and the right-hand man of Badr Organization leader Hadi al-Amiri, held extensive meetings with leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan at the party’s headquarters in Khanaqin. However, these meetings did not yield any significant outcomes regarding the province’s crisis.

The major conflict in Diyala is within the Coordination Framework, where the Badr bloc, led by Hadi al-Amiri, refuses to relinquish the governor position, while the State of Law Coalition, led by Maliki, believes Diyala belongs to their party.

Prime Minister Mohammed Al Sudani’s efforts to resolve the Diyala governor issue have not succeeded. The province has been managed by proxy for five months since the local elections, despite its sensitive location, numerous security threats, climate change problems, and water scarcity, which have impacted its agriculture sector, a vital part of its economy.

On May 2, Nouri al-Maliki presented Khalifa al-Tamimi as the fourth candidate for Diyala governor, a week after proposing Abd al-Rasool Jadaan al-Atabi, aiming to resolve the local government formation deadlock. This was in reaction to the emergence of Sunni forces as a new main player, following threats of murder and arson against Sunni forces to sway votes for a particular candidate. The accusations were directed at supporters of former governor Muthana al-Tamimi, who insist on his reappointment.

On April 29, informed sources indicated a significant split within the Shia Framework amid the escalating conflict over the Diyala governor position between State of Law leader Maliki and Badr Organization leader Hadi al-Amiri. The sources noted that both parties rejected Prime Minister Al Sudani’s intervention in the matter.

The sources added that “al-Amiri recently informed Maliki that Diyala is a Badr entitlement and cannot be conceded.”

On April 25, the Sunni forces Azm, Al-Hal, and Al-Siyada held an extensive meeting in Baqubah to discuss the formation of the local government and the repercussions of delays due to unresolved disputes among the Framework forces over a candidate supported by all factions. The Sunni forces decided to back Raad al-Dahlaki, head of the Azm bloc in Diyala, as their candidate for governor.

Most Coordination Framework and Sunni forces oppose renewing al-Tamimi’s term. The Sunni forces, although initially silent and not openly competing for the position, later explicitly declared their determination to secure the governor role, claiming they have an equal number of seats as the Shia blocs.

The Diyala Provincial Council held its first session on February 5 and decided to keep the session open after failing to achieve an absolute majority to elect a council chairman. They proceeded to a second round, then suspended the session again after losing quorum due to the withdrawal of several members before completing the vote to elect a council chairman.

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