A source reveals: Al-Zarfi will get a ministerial position in exchange for his resignation
A source in the victory coalition led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi revealed on Wednesday that Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zarfi obtained promises to fill a ministerial position in exchange for stepping down from the task of forming the government.
The source said in a special statement to Shafak News, “The Shiite forces that nominated Mustafa Al-Kazemi for prime minister submitted a proposal to Al-Zarfi through some deputies that he would obtain a ministerial or high-level position in Al-Kazemi’s government if he withdrew from the task of forming the government.”
The source continued, “Al-Zarfi is proceeding with his decision to form the next government, and is now awaiting the presidency of the House of Representatives to determine the session of granting confidence to his government.”
The source denied the authenticity of the news that spoke of Zarrafi’s intention to step down during the next few hours.
Al-Zarfi’s chances of passing his government in parliament diminished, after Shi’ite and Sunni forces, in addition to the Kurdistan Region, agreed to nominate the head of the intelligence service, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to form the next government.
Notable Shiite blocs, including Al-Fath led by Hadi al-Amiri and the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki, have agreed to assign the task to al-Kazemi.
Al-Kazemi also enjoys the support of the Kurdistan Region, as well as the Iraqi Forces Alliance led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, bringing him closer to the succession of resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
According to Iraqi law, it is only possible to nominate Al-Kazemi if the al-Zarfi step down or the constitutional deadline for him to pass his government ends, as the deadline starts from the date of his assignment on March 16 and ends with the passage of 30 days. Source