Diverging interests complicate confirmation

Taqadum favors Shia governor in Diyala, urges intervention in formation crisis

DIYALA – The Taqadum Party has expressed a preference for a Shia governor in Diyala amid lingering discussions on the local government formation crisis and divisions among political blocs. The preference comes despite Taqadum’s initial alliance with the Badr Organization aiming to renew current Sunni governor Muthanna Al-Tamimi for another term.

Jamal Al-Taie, a Taqadum member, stressed the party’s focus on “qualifying a person to manage” Diyala, regardless of sect. He acknowledged Tamimi’s contributions but recognized the right for others to propose new candidates, and voiced concerns about “partisan and tribal entrenchment” hindering progress.

Escalating political conflicts have led to splits within Taqadum and its initial alliance with different factions backing different candidates, further complicating the selection process.

Members from Taqadum had supported Omar Al-Karawi, while a group from the Siyada Alliance supported Nizar Al-Lahibi from Taqadum, complicating the selection of council leadership. Al-Taie warned that potential deals might reflect “stubbornness” within both Taqadum and other groups.

While some support Tamimi’s renewal, others within his bloc criticize his performance, citing development shortcomings. Demographic changes have also changed political realities in the governorate.

“The demographic changes in areas like Khailaniya and Jabour villages, due to terrorism and displacement, reflect the complexity of the situation,” Al-Taie stated.

Al-Taie claimed his party’s preference for a Shia governor in Sunni-majority Diyala stemmed from seeking stability and to avoid further conflict. He believes the biggest challenge for the new governor will be navigating the divided council with differing interests.

Internal divisions and the lack of a clear agreement have prompted calls for Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa’ Al-Sudani and Badr Organization leader Hadi Al-Amiri to intervene and resolve the crisis before it escalates further, potentially leading to further internal conflicts and security concerns.