Iraq’s politicians to form non-sectarian bloc

June 12th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, June 12 (DPA) Blocs from across Iraq’s political and sectarian spectrum are expected to announce a new alliance in the next few days that will work as a united front in parliament against sectarianism and in favour of a sovereign Iraq with an Arab and Islamic identity, a lawmaker said Thursday. The front is a coalition of political groups, such as the Shia Islamic Fadila and Sadr Bloc as well as the secular Iraqi List and the Sunni Arab Bloc for Dialogue, Iraqi member of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, told the Voices of Iraq news agency.

“Those parties, which are not represented in cabinet, will form an opposition front in parliament that will oversee government’s performance in a constructive way,” al-Nujaifi said.

The new alliance will work for a national rather than sectarian Iraq and will seek to end foreign occupation, the lawmaker said.

Iraq’s political landscape has seen some mobility in recent months.

In May, former Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari, who will be part of the new alliance, formed his own party, the Reform Movement, after defecting from the Shiite Dawa Party of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The movement is against sectarian politics and militias, al-Jafari said which was considered a protest against al-Maliki’s ruling coalition as it is accused of promoting sectarianism in government and administration.

Al-Jafari and the Sadr Bloc of Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, accuse the government of heavy-handedly acting against al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army group while turning a blind eye to militias loyal to Shiite parties in the ruling coalition.

These include the Badr Organization loyal to the influential leader of the ruling Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, Abdel-Aziz al- Hakim, and militiamen loyal to al-Maliki’s Dawa Party.

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