Support grows for Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi
The grip of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has visibly weakened in the last twenty-four hours as more and more institutions back the Prime Minister designate Haider al-Abadi.
Iraqi News reports that Prime Minister Maliki has stopped calling for the Prime Minister’s post and is now hoping to cut a deal after all the senior leaders of his Dawa Party put their support behind al-Abadi.
They probably made the decision following a letter from Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who also called for a change of leadership. “I see the need to speed up the selection of a new prime minister,” he said in the handwritten letter to leaders of Maliki’s Dawa party
Support for the Prime Minister designate has also come from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday saying “Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian described the yesterday appointment of the new Iraqi prime minister as a major step towards the accomplishment of the political process in Iraq, and expressed the hope that Haider al-Abadi would introduce his cabinet as soon as possible”.
The United Nations News Centre reported yesterday on the Security Council, saying “As Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi continues to form a new Government, the United Nations Security Council today urged all political parties and their supporters to remain calm and respect the country’s Constitution.
The 15-member Council said it was “encouraged” by President Fouad Massoum’s decision to nominate the new Prime Minister-designate”.