The Alliance to Save a Homeland affirmed in a statement its adherence to the formation of a national majority government, this came after a meeting of the leaders of the coalition in Erbil yesterday, Monday, and the coalition said that it is open to the political forces that believe in the government of the national majority.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (which is affiliated with the coalition) said in a statement issued by the office of its president, Massoud Barzani, that the meeting of the leaders of the "Save the Nation" coalition discussed the formation of the next Iraqi government and the Sadrist movement's initiative, which allowed the independents to participate in forming the government.

The "Save the Homeland" coalition occupies 175 seats (out of 329 in Parliament), and is made up of prominent Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish forces, namely: the "Sadr bloc" led by Muqtada al-Sadr, and the "Sovereignty" coalition led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and Khamis al-Khanjar, and "" Kurdistan Democratic Party" led by Massoud Barzani.

He pointed out that the coalition agreed that the House of Representatives would take its role in legislating laws that are in the interest of citizens, as well as exercising its oversight role.

The statement added that "the coalition is continuing its dialogues with the independents after the initiative it launched."

Yesterday, Monday, the Erbil meeting was attended by the leaders of the political forces affiliated with the Alliance to Save a Homeland, and included the head of the Alliance for Progress Muhammad al-Halbousi, the heads of the Sadrist bloc Hassan al-Adhari and the Sovereignty Alliance Khamis al-Khanjar, Representative Ahmed al-Jubouri, the head of the political body of the Sadrist movement Ahmed al-Mutairi, and a member of the Sovereignty Alliance Muhammad Tamim. And others, in addition to Barzani, attended the leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Hoshyar Zebari, Fadel Mirani, and Reber Ahmed, the party's candidate for the post of President of the Republic.

Last week, al-Sadr called on independent parliamentarians to form the new government within 15 days to end the stifling political crisis in the country, after he said that his alliance and rival, the "coordinating framework", had failed in this endeavor during the past seven months.

— Muqtada al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Sadr (@Mu_AlSadr) May 4, 2022


Al-Sadr called on the independents to form a government with the tripartite coalition (the Alliance to Save a Homeland) without the Sadrists participating in it, which entrenched the continuation of the difference with the coordination framework (which includes most of the prominent Shiite forces except for the Sadrist bloc) and seeking to attract the independents towards one of the parties.

Al-Sadr added that the second party, the "coordinating framework" calling for the consensus government, failed to form the consensus government "after we gave it a 40-day deadline."

Independents occupy 43 seats in Parliament, which was elected in October 2021, and the results were then issued by the Sadrist movement.

Prior to Al-Sadr's initiative, the coordination framework had launched an initiative to end the crisis in forming a government, and demanded "the issue of the three presidencies in Iraq be resolved through the understanding of the people of each component among them."

The coordination framework said that it would form a negotiating committee to start dialogue with the political parties (communication sites)

And the framework - which includes most of the prominent Shiite forces with the exception of the Sadrist bloc - renewed in a statement calling on the country's political forces to sit at the dialogue table, to discuss solutions to maintain the democratic process, without preconditions or restrictions.

With regard to the position of Prime Minister, the statement called on independent representatives in Parliament to present a “candidate who possesses competence, integrity, acceptability, impartiality and all the qualifications required to form the new government, while preserving the right of the largest component of society through the blocs of the largest component allied to form the most numerous bloc in Parliament.” And then agree to nominate the next prime minister."

Iraq is experiencing a political crisis as a result of differences between the forces winning parliamentary seats over the next prime minister and how to form the next government, and differences prevail among the Kurds over the presidential candidate.

Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government by excluding some forces from it, led by the "State of Law" coalition led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The Shiite forces within the "coordinating framework" oppose this trend, and demand a consensual government in which all political forces in Parliament participate, similar to previous sessions.