London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Informed sources within the Iraqi National Alliance which is led by Ammar al-Hakim informed Asharq Al-Awsat that they had received a copy of proposals from Iyad Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc with regards to the formation of the next government of Iraq. The sources said that the proposals include Iraqiya bloc leader Allawi becoming Iraqi Prime Minister, with the presidency remains with current Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and the position of parliamentary speaker being given to a member of al-Hakim’s Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.
The source within the National Iraqi Alliance told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the Iraqiya bloc is making proposals regarding the designation of the leadership positions [prime minister, president, parliamentary speaker] and some high-level positions in the next government, and we are studying these proposals which we received a copy of the day before yesterday, as did the Sadrist trend.”
The source clarified that the proposal was for the formation of a national partnership government led by the Iraqiya bloc’s Iyad Allawi, with Talabani remaining president, and both Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a senior member of al-Hakim’s Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, and the Iraqiya bloc’s Tariq al-Hashemi, remaining as Iraq’s vice presidents. The Iraqiya bloc also proposed Hamam Hammoudi, also of al-Hakim’s Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, as the Iraqi parliamentary speaker.
This came as Allawi was scheduled to meet with Sadrist trend leader Moqtada al-Sadr yesterday in Damascus amidst signs that the crisis over the formation of the Iraqi government is drawing to a close.