Indicating growing rifts among Shia groups

Al-Abadi rejects Al-Maliki’s proposal for early elections

BAGHDAD – Haider al-Abadi, leader of the Victory Alliance, responded today to Nouri Al-Maliki’s proposal to hold early elections before the end of the year. Al-Abadi emphasized that “national priorities more important than early parliamentary elections” should be addressed first, citing a lack of national consensus.

He highlighted the need to focus on major tasks and adhere to constitutional timelines for selecting the Speaker of Parliament to ensure political stability.

The Victory Alliance called on political forces to prioritize citizens’ interests and the stability and effectiveness of the political system to deliver services and ensure the country’s progress.

Al-Maliki, head of the State of Law Coalition, had called for early elections during an interview with Iraqi Al-Sharqiya TV broadcast this week. His proposal was widely interpreted in Iraqi media as a sign of deepening rivalries with current Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani.

Al-Maliki’s and Al-Abadi’s conflicting remarks also indicate rifts within the ruling Shia Coordination Framework, which governs Iraq.