Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr visits his father's grave after parliamentary election results were announced in Najaf. (Photo: Reuters)
Muqtada al-Sadr sets out 40 conditions for electing new Iraqi PM
July 31-2018 11:16 PM
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi election winner and influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has set out dozens of conditions for the next Iraqi prime minister that include a wide range of issues the country is experiencing.
Sadr, the leader of Sairoon, released a document on the coalition’s website on Tuesday, listing his conditions for Iraq’s next PM.
Independence, non-affiliation to any political party coming from outside of the Council of Representatives, and not holding a dual citizenship top’s Sadr’s list of conditions for the next prime minister.
Another requirement is that he or she must not run in the next elections and should avoid sectarianism.
Additionally, Sadr said political parties could nominate five technocrat persons for a ministerial position with the prime minister having the right to accept one nominee or reject them all.
According to Sadr, the new prime minister must prevent parties’ involvement in government affairs, emphasizing that the government should not always be in the hands of one party or ethnic group.
The new prime minister should be healthy, active, transparent, multi-lingual, and respect the rule of law, he continued.
They should not exploit their power for personal gains and should not resign from the position unless a strong alternative is found, he added.
Based on Sadr’s conditions, the next prime minister should firmly deal with security violations in a way that protects the security and safety of the Iraqi people; he or she should only use force to resolve issues if dialogue fails.
Another condition Sadr demanded from the new prime minister is to avoid interfering in ministries’ affairs or creating obstacles for other departments.
Sadr’s conditions were also related to the incoming prime minister’s vision for the new government, maintaining good relations with the Parliament, and preventing foreign interference in the country’s affairs.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany