A broad political welcome for Mr. Al-Sadr's decision: The voice of reform has returned to the electoral process

  • 27-08-2021, 22:12
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    Baghdad - INA - Nassar al-Hajj

    The decision of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, today, Friday, to abandon the boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections, which will hopefully be held on the tenth of next October, and his assertion that he will run in them with determination, was widely politically welcomed by various political blocs and forces.

    These blocs and political forces confirmed that the Sadrist movement is an active part in the political process and its return to participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections will have the most effective impact in restoring the political process and ensuring that no vacuum occurs that may affect the democratic process that will take place in October.

    Al-Fateh Alliance welcomed Mr. Al-Sadr's abandonment of boycotting the upcoming elections, investing in an invitation to all the news of the Iraqi people to participate widely in the electoral process.

    The head of the National Sindh bloc affiliated with the Al-Fateh Alliance, Representative Ahmed Al-Asadi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "We welcome the return of Mr. Muqtada Al-Sadr and the return of the Sadrist movement to participate in the early elections on the tenth of October," once again "emphasizing that the elections will be held on time." and preparing all the requirements for its success to be free, safe and fair elections, in which standards of justice are met.”.

    Al-Asadi added: "We take advantage of this opportunity to call on all the Iraqi people to participate widely and effectively in these elections, because it is the only way to make the best and towards change and towards providing what the citizen needs from all that is best."
    In turn, the Kurdistan Democratic Party commented on the decision of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to return to participate in the upcoming elections, stressing the existence of attempts to bridge views with the blocs that are still boycotting the elections.

    The head of the parliamentary bloc of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Vian Sabri, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the Sadrist movement is an important partner in the political process," stressing that "there are attempts to bring the views closer with those who announced the boycott of the elections.".

     Sabri warned of "chaos in Iraq if elections are not held next October."
    The Iraqi Forces Alliance, in turn, described Mr. Al-Sadr's decision as "the return of the voice of reform to the electoral process", returning the decision to announce the start of the real marathon for the elections.

    The representative of the Alliance of Forces, Raad Al-Dahlaki, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "Sadr's decision to return again to participate in the elections is a blessed step, and is an announcement of the return of the voice of reform to the electoral process and election monitoring," noting that "election monitoring will be It is based on oversight and supervision by all political blocs, especially the Sadrist movement, which is a large and important part of the political process.
     Al-Dahlaki added, “The terms of the agreement (the reform paper) are national clauses that we hope to adhere to and work to achieve as long as the citizen is tired of deadlines and pacts,” stressing that “if this charter is supervised by Mr. Sadr and the political blocs that signed it and pledged to implement it, there will be an incentive by implementing it, its results and successes will be in the interest of the Iraqi people."

    The Iraqi Turkmen Front, in turn, praised Mr. Sadr's decision, while stressing that the Sadrist movement is an effective part of the political process.
    The head of the Turkmen Front, Representative Arshad al-Salihi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "We were previously the first to demand the return of the Sadrist movement to participate in the elections, as it is an effective part in the political process," stressing that "the decision to return the movement is welcome and will have the most effective effect in restoring the political process.".

    Al-Salihi added, "Determining the post-election political map is determined by alliances," stressing that "the upcoming alliances in the political process should not be based on the old traditional ways of distributing positions based on a prior political agreement that the presidency of the republic be for the specific component and for the particular party." And the prime ministership for the appointed component and for the specific party, and the presidency of the House of Representatives as well.”.

    He stressed, "These traditional methods will not lead to the success of the political process. Rather, the best way is to form a strong government capable of removing the corrupt and able to establish security and return Iraq to its true surroundings without having an influence on the part of the parties that want to dominate the capabilities of the country.".

    For her part, the representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Alaa Talabani, said that "the Sadrists' return to the electoral race is an excellent and blessed return, as it will fill what is happening in a vacuum that may lead to the destruction of the democratic process that will take place next October.".

    Talabani added, in her speech to the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Especially that the return was built on the basis of understanding and agreement on a reform paper submitted by other important political parties in the political process," and she added: "We only have to offer them the blessing for this auspicious return." .
    The Saairun Alliance, in turn, clarified the details of the reversal of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, from the decision to withdraw and boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.

    The representative of the coalition, Qusai al-Yasiri, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "the Sadrist movement's failure to participate in the elections scheduled for next October 10, will prevent its establishment and conduct on time, due to the mass weight and previous participations of the Sadrist movement and its popularly known size, so it will lose early elections are important and will turn into next year unless Mr. Al-Sadr participates in the elections.”.

    Al-Yasiri added, "The Sadrist movement's participation in these elections and Mr. Al-Sadr's reversal of his decision not to participate came to support the early elections and support the political process in a broader and more comprehensive way because the failure to hold the elections may affect the political process in general.".

    And he continued, "Mr. al-Sadr has several estimates and has future accounts even after the elections, that it is not possible to form a strong government that can continue to perform its work without the presence of the Sadrist movement in the government or in the next parliament, and therefore there are accurate and future accounts with Mr. al-Sadr.".

    He pointed out that "the partners in the political process sensed the danger of Mr. Al-Sadr's distance from the elections and his participation in the political process, so there were interventions and several mediations were conducted and a charter of honor was sent to him, which made him reverse his decision to withdraw from the elections."
    The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, decided this Friday evening, to reverse his previous decision to boycott the elections, and while he confirmed that he would run in the upcoming elections with determination, he called for millions of people to participate in the elections.
    Al-Sadr said, in a speech that was followed by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "Oh family and loved ones, O reformers, today, I received a paper signed by some political leaders whom we still trust that they seek reform." 
    Al-Sadr added: "Yes, it is a reliable reform charter paper as a first stage, and it was a door to the hope of saving Iraq again from the dismantling of the corrupt who have no goal but power and money at the expense of the people." 
    He pointed out that "this reform paper, which should be a pact and a covenant between the signatory blocs and the beloved people, with a specific time limit without the participation of the corrupt, those with foreign interests and lovers of dependence, authoritarianism and corruption." 
    And he indicated that "this paper came in accordance with our aspirations and the reformist aspirations of the people. Therefore, returning to the two million reform electoral project has become an acceptable and easy matter, but some have bet that I cannot return to those elections due to the delay of time first and the lack of conviction among the popular bases." 
    Al-Sadr continued: "I bet first of all on your obedience, which is always customary, in hardship and prosperity, and in any decision I take, whatever it may be. Therefore, I am certain that we and you, dear friends, will contest those elections with unparalleled determination in order to save and reform Iraq from occupation, corruption, normalization and dependency." 
    He pointed out that "the interest necessitated that we run in the elections in a million manner, for the corrupt are betting on your small number, and I bet on your many, your steadfastness, your obedience, your conviction, your trust, and your regularity.
    He stressed: "You were and still are the soldiers of reform, as I entrusted you with your support for us, the al-Sadr family, so beware of betrayal and surrendering Iraq to corruption, normalization and violence. Love of the homeland is part of faith."
    And he added: “I find myself in need of your standing with me in order to implement this reform paper through your millions of stops in the demonstration squares at one time and in the parliament dome at other times in order to prove to everyone that we are the largest bloc that Iraq has never known before or later, provided that you obey and abide by the supervisors’ controls. On the election project without question, each of you will be a mouthpiece for the reformist electoral campaign."