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Six parliamentary factions to coordinate efforts in Iraqi parliament, lawmakers say

Six parliamentary factions to coordinate efforts in Iraqi parliament, lawmakers say

Six Iraqi parliamentary blocs have agreed to work together in a new alliance to combat sectarianism in the legislature and promote nationalistic goals, lawmakers said Sunday.
The alliance, to be formally announced soon, will not constitute a new political party but will involve efforts to coordinate moves to compete with the ruling coalition dominated by Shiite religious parties.
The alliance will include three Shiite parties _ Fadhila, the National Reform Party of ex-Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and followers of hard-line cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, lawmakers said.
It will also include two Sunni parties _ the National Dialogue Council and the Arab Bloc _ and the secular Iraqi list of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
"There is an agreement between all these blocs to coordinate and unify their stances inside the parliament," said Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni lawmaker with the Iraqi List. "We went through a bitter experience over the past two years" because of conflicts between secular and religious parties.
The Shiite United Iraqi Alliance is now holding only 85 of parliament's 275 seats, a dramatic drop from 130 it once held because of the withdrawal of the Sadrists and the Fadhila party.
The Sadrists, who hold 30 parliament seats, and Fadhila, with 15, accused the Shiite coalition of marginalizing them and complained that they were not getting enough say in decision-making.
"The parliament has become only a tool to pass whatever from laws that do not serve the Iraqi people," said Ghufran al-Saidi, a Shiite lawmaker with the Sadrist bloc.
"We are with any alliance that comes in line with our platform that aims at stabilizing Iraq and maintaining its national identity," al-Saidi added.
Last week, al-Jaafari announced he was setting up his own National Reform Party. Al-Jaafari had been a member of the Dawa party, which also includes Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:07 GMT+08:00