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Shiite leaders meet with al-Kazemi and give him a “green light”

A source in the “Al-Fateh” coalition led by Hadi al-Amiri said on Monday that prominent Shiite leaders had given the green light to Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi for the freedom to choose his government.

The source said in a statement singled out by Shafak News, “The Shiite forces held a meeting at the home of the head of the Al-Fath Alliance Hadi al-Amiri, and included the head of the State of Law coalition Nuri al-Maliki, the head of the wisdom stream Ammar al-Hakim, the head of the Alliance victory Haider al-Abadi, and the head of the political body of the Sadrist movement Nassar al-Rubaie , And National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad, as well as Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazimi.

The source, who asked not to be named, added that “the meeting discussed the formation of the government and the testing of candidates from the Iraqi components in the cabinet.”

The source pointed out that “the gathered Shiite leaders gave Al-Kazemi the freedom to choose candidates for ministerial portfolios in his government.”

And the Iraqi President, Barham Salih, commissioned Al-Kazemi on April 9th to form the new government within 30 days.

Al-Kazemi has the support of most of the Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish political forces, which makes his mission easy, unlike his predecessors Adnan al-Zarfi and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, who have failed to mobilize the necessary support to form a government.

The new government will succeed the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in early December 2019 under pressure from popular protests calling for the departure and accountability of all political class accused of corruption and waste of state funds. Source