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Shia bloc calls for a coalition with Allawi and Kurds
2010-08-17 16:11:06

Baghdad, Aug. 17 (AKnews) – The Iraqi National Alliance (INA) on Tuesday called on al-Iraqiya bloc, led by the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, to start serious negotiations alongside the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) in order form the next government.

This came after al-Iraqiya decided to suspend its negotiations with the State of Law Coalition (SLC) on Monday, after a statement was made by Maliki describing al-Iraqiya as “a Sunni list”.

Allawi demanded Maliki to apologize to the millions of Iraqis who voted for the list as a condition to resume negotiations.

Head of the Supreme Islamic Council Ammar al-Hakim said on more than one occasion that the council will not form any coalition without al-Iraqiya as it shares good relations with the list, said Mohammed al-Bayati, a lawmaker in the INA.

“If the SLC did not nominate a candidate other than Nouri al-Maliki, then negotiations will seriously begin with al-Iraqiya since it has no objections on any of the INA candidates,” added Bayati.

The new round of tensions between al-Iraqiya and the SLC came only one day after the U.S. assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, Jeffery Feltman, held talks with Iraqi leaders over the formation of a new government for the country.

The SLC and al-Iraqiya started serious negotiations after three meetings between Allawi and Maliki during the past two months. The INA leaders described the meetings as an attempt by Maliki to circumvent their bloc to form a government between al-Iraqiya and the SLC.

Despite an alliance between the INA and SLC, the INA decided recently to suspend its talks with the SLC until the latter nominates a candidate other than the outgoing Prime Minister Maliki, although the SLC insists that Maliki is the bloc’s only candidate for the post.