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During a meeting at Al-Amri’s house, Al-Zarfi agreed to step down in favor of Al-Kazemi

A source in Hadi al-Amri’s Al-Fateh coalition revealed on Wednesday that Prime Minister-designate Adnan al-Zarfi had agreed to step down from the task of forming a government in favor of Mustafa al-Kazemi.

The source said in a statement singled out by Shafak News, “The Shiite forces held a meeting at the home of the President of the Alliance of Hadi al-Amiri in the presence of the heads and representatives of political parties and Prime Minister King Adnan al-Zorfi.”

The source added that “the meeting ended with an agreement to withdraw Al-Zrafi from the assignment, and assign the mission to Mustafa Al-Kazimi in his place on Thursday morning.”

The source pointed out that Al-Kazemi’s assignment will take place in the Peace Palace, the residence of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, in the presence of representatives of the political forces.

These developments come after Zerfi’s chances are severely diminished to pass his government in Parliament after Shiite and Sunni forces agree, as well as the Kurdistan Region, 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 and the Iraqi Forces Alliance led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and the National Alliance led by Iyad Allawi, 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