In Iraq, a major dispute is plaguing the Shiite Coordination Framework as its members bicker over ministerial portfolios in the incoming government of Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Shia’ Al-Sudani.
The Coordination Framework is a constellation of Shiite parties allied with Iran. The most prominent of its members are the State of Law bloc led by ex-premier Nouri Al-Maliki (2006-14), Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq led by Qais Al-Khazali, and the Badr Organization, headed by Hadi Al-Ameri.
After facing numerous challenges following the Oct. 2021 parliamentary elections, the Coordination Framework is experiencing an upturn in its fortunes. The polls saw most of its members fare poorly—with the notable exception of the State of Law bloc. As such, in the immediate aftermath of the vote, the Coordination Framework emerged as a staunch opponent of the election results, alleging fraud.
However, the situation has radically changed since the head of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, in June ordered his MPs to exit the parliament. One outcome of the Sadrist withdrawal...
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