We've overcome gov't formation deadlock: Iraqi Shiite bloc official

22:52, September 14, 2010      

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The Iraqi political parties have overcome the deadlock of government formation, the Iraqi Shi'ite- led State of Law Coalition (SLC) official Ezzat al-Shahbandar told Xinhua on Tuesday.

"The Iraqi political parties have begun to understand clearly the other's demands particularly the SLC's insistence on forming the government as a constitutional right. By this way we have overcome the deadlock of forming the national government," Shahbandar said at a press conference in Damascus. The SLC senior official Kamal al-Saidi noted on Monday that talks over government formation will resume after the Eid Al Fitr holidays, stressing that talks between SLC and the Al Iraqiya List headed by Ayad Allawi were ongoing despite rows over the "non- constitutional" demands of the Al Iraqiya List.

Since the March 7 parliamentary elections, Iraqi politicians have been bickering about who has the right to form the next government.

The State of Law Coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki narrowly lost to Allawi's Iraqi List, but neither side gained the majority needed to govern outright.

The SLC official Hasan al-Sneid refused any external interference in the forming of the Iraqi government, saying it is an Iraqi interior affair.

"Neither a regional nor international party has the right to interfere in forming the Iraqi government. We hope, however, that all of our friends to play a positive role in setting up proper atmosphere of understanding among the Iraqi parties," Sneid said.

The SLC senior delegation headed by Al Daawa Party senior official Abdul Halim Zahiri and Minister of State for National Security Shirwan Waili arrived in Syria on Monday to confer with the Syrian leadership over normalizing the bilateral relation after about a year of discord since Maliki accused Damascus involvement in August 2009 explosions in Iraq.

Source: Xinhua


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