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Political blocs reach a final decision to choose a candidate to head the Iraqi government

Iraqi MPs revealed, on Monday, that the political blocs reached the final decision to choose a candidate to head the government and put forward his name during the next few days, and at a time when the candidates for the blocs set 6 basic conditions that are required to take office, deputies confirmed that the candidate should have the blessing of the reference.

Parliament member Muhammad al-Baldawi told Al-Sabah that “the political blocs have mobility and convictions to reach commonalities between them.”

He added that “the blocs are currently trading four names after the dozens of names submitted to the Prime Minister were excluded,” noting that “what remains is only the choice of one of the names proposed to be a new prime minister to succeed the outgoing Adel Abdul Mahdi.”

Al-Baldawi added that “the candidate must win acceptance from the authority and the masses in Iraq,” preferring “the final announcement of the name at the end of the current week after the agreement between the political blocs on the most appropriate personality according to the established specifications.”

Al-Baldawi clarified that “the reference clearly and explicitly pointed to an important topic which is (the parliament must reconsider its options), as these options are supposed to be more focused, studied and deeper than previous experiences in order to avoid errors that have occurred”.

For his part, the member of the Iraqi Parliament, Nawfal al-Nasheikh, told Al-Sabah that “discussions are still going on between the blocs to choose an independent figure to receive the next Prime Minister.”

He added, “So far, no candidate has been nominated to publicly, because the political blocs decided to pass this issue in complete secrecy, away from the media.”

Moreover, a member of the House of Representatives, Yonadam Kanna, said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency that “there are 20 people from inside Parliament and from various political blocs, they met the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, and they presented him with a list containing the conditions of selection of the president.” 120

He continued, “One of the most important conditions for choosing a prime minister is that he does not belong to a party and is not dual national,” explaining that “these conditions are consistent with the conditions of the demonstrators.” Source