The “Arab Project” party in Iraq announced its disavowal of the statement of the Iraqi Parliamentary Front headed by Osama Al-Nujaifi, explaining that the party will contact the parties and leaders of the front to withdraw the statement and cancel its decisions.
The party led by Khamis Al-Khanjar confirmed, in a statement, that it rejected these decisions because he was not a party to them, and demanded that they be canceled and the statement withdrawn before any other step the party would take.
The New Front headed by Al-Nujaifi issued a statement on Sunday – an update of its conference held on Friday and announced its establishment – in which it said that its leadership, consisting of the Salvation and Development Front, the Arab Project Bloc, the National Mass Bloc, the Islamic Party and the Independent Iraqi Bloc, held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the political and parliamentary situation.
The meeting also discussed “the challenges facing the country, and the tireless effort it requires to dismantle the problems and crises in order to reach solutions that are in harmony with the will of the Iraqis and give them hope and confidence in the future, and affirm the country’s unity and solidarity with its people. In the face of the reality of crises, solutions are scarce or lacking.” Of an active parliamentary movement that takes into account the situation of millions who have suffered from crises. “
Iraqi political circles indicate that the dispute between the Arab project and the Iraqi front revolves around the “Arab project” demand that the dismissal of the Iraqi parliament speaker “Muhammad al-Halbousi” be a top priority for the front, at a time when other Sunni forces within the front rejected this condition and insisted that it be The front’s political work is flexible without setting any preconditions.
The alliance continues
A source in the “Arab Project” party in Iraq revealed that the party is still sticking to its alliance with the Iraqi front and among the five blocs that it forms, stressing that the statement is still in doubt because it has not been published on the party’s official websites and has not been adopted by the media.
The source stressed that this alliance was concluded after agreement on the newly formed front project, which is to demand the rights of cities liberated from ISIS.
In the meantime, Ahmed Al-Basso, a leader of the “Iraq United” party affiliated with the Salvation and Development Front led by Al-Nujaifi, confirmed that the formed front includes 35 deputies and consists of 5 parliamentary blocs, and that the Arab project is among them, indicating that the Iraqi front project is to demand the rights of liberated cities. In addition to revealing the fate of the abductees, the return of the displaced to their areas in the city of Jurf al-Sakhr and other areas.
Regarding the statement issued on Sunday and attributed to the Arab project, Al-Basso indicated his belief that unknown parties broadcast the statement in an attempt to dismantle the front, indicating in his interview with Al-Jazeera Net that the agreement between the various blocs was made on Sunday and announced its establishment, and that two parliamentarians for the Arab project signed the agreement, namely Faris Al-Fares and Talal Al-Zobaie.
The announcement of the new political bloc coincides with the ongoing preparations in the country to organize early elections scheduled for June 6 of next year.
The Sunnis won 71 seats in the Iraqi parliament out of 329 seats in the 2018 elections, and most of the Sunni political forces initially joined the “Axis” coalition, which included 50 parliamentarians, while the others joined separate political blocs.
However, internal disputes led last May to the formation of a new coalition led by Al-Halbousi with 32 parliamentarians, following the withdrawals witnessed by the Axis alliance. The disagreement between the Sunni forces centers on the way to manage the alliance and the divergence in political positions at the internal and external levels.