Al-Khalidi reveals: Allawi was just around the corner. They negotiated it and prevented him from being named prime minister
The head of the Bayraq al-Khair bloc, MP Muhammad al-Khalidi, revealed on Sunday (26-1-2020) the existence of a large parliamentary bloc, which he described as the largest to reject any “party” candidate officially presented for the position of prime minister of the transitional government.
Al-Khalidi said, during his hosting of the program (the point of view) , which is presented by Dr. Nabil Jassem on the (Degla Satellite TV), that “the political blocs are wedded to their narrow interests, gains and spoils, and this is what held the resolution of the file for naming the prime minister.”
He added, “The caretaker government headed by Adel Abdel-Mahdi exercises the powers of the government with full powers and in a manner marred by corruption.”
He pointed out that “the agreement with China and the granting of rounds of oil licenses at last by a decision of the Council of Ministers and the appointment of agents and general managers all of them are carried out by the government outside its powers, and this corruption is clear because it is done in favor of parties.”
Allawi talked about the details of the hours leading up to the president’s travel to Davos, which he said would have seen the end of the crisis in naming the designated prime minister.
He stressed that “the candidate Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi was on the verge of being appointed as prime minister before the President of the Republic Barham Salih traveled to Davos.”
He explained, “On the day of the president’s travel, we were informed in the morning that the assignment would take place on the same day, and then the matter was postponed until further notice because partisan parties wanted to negotiate with Allawi, and he refused because he does not accept the imposition of conditions restricting his work.”
He stressed that “the President of the Republic informed us that he was under pressure that caused the delay in resolving the file.”
He continued, “Mustafa Al-Kazemi is also one of the candidates for prime minister, accompanied by 3 other candidates, and the President of the Republic can send more than one name to the House of Representatives, and confidence is given to whoever gets the most votes in a consensual way.”
And he considered that “it is impossible for the President of the Republic to yield to the pressure of the blocs and nominate a party person for prime minister, because disasters will continue.”
He called for “a prime minister who has a real reform project that paves the way for early elections.”
He added that “the prime minister must not be from the political blocs, and he must be independent, but the political blocs obstruct that.”
He pointed out that “Abdul-Mahdi is weak in front of political forces, and this is his most important weak point.”
He pointed out that “there are 170 deputies in the House of Representatives, who will reject any party candidate presented by the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to the prime minister.”
Earlier in the day, the deputy of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Siham Moussa, suggested that a candidate acceptable to all parties be chosen to assume the post of prime minister soon.
Moussa said in an interview singled out (Baghdad today), “There are agreements and meetings between political forces, but so far we do not know who is to be chosen and presented to take over as prime minister.”
She added, “It is expected that the candidate for prime minister will be chosen this week,” expressing her “hope that the Alliance of Al-Sayerun and Al-Fatah and all other powers will reach an agreement on the personality that will be put forward, in order to calm the street and provide services and be independent.”
She explained that “failure to reach an agreement will hinder the passage of the ministerial cabinet within the House of Representatives,” noting that “the country is witnessing continuous demonstrations, external interference and political conflict, so everyone must overcome the dispute and choose the acceptable character.” Source