The Trilateral Coalition convenes in Baghdad


Shafaq News/ The trilateral coalition that brings together the Sadrist movement, al-Siyada bloc, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) held a meeting in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a source revealed earlier today, Sunday.

The source told Shafaq News Agency that the ongoing meeting reiterated the coalition's commitment to forming a majoriratarian government, "in spite of the internal and external objection."

According to sources close to the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric is "unflinchingly" adamant about precluding the head of the State of Law bloc, Nouri al-Maliki, from the federal cabinet calculus "no matter how fierce Iran's pressure is".

The bloc of the firebrand Shiite cleric, already the biggest in the October 10 election, has been mobilizing impetus behind a "National Majority Government", challenging the status quo "consensus governments", the forces of the Shiite Coordination Framework have been lobbying for.

al-Sadr has said he will ally himself with whoever puts Iraq's national interests first. That is an indication, that he may exclude some Iran-backed Shiite blocs in favor of parties with cross-sectarian support.

Later, al-Sadr demonstrated a less defiant tone against the Coordination Framework parties but maintained a hardcore position from al-Maliki.

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