Abadi calls for post-elections solidarity to form Cabinet
BAGHDAD, June 14: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday invited Iraq’s political groups to meet after Eid al-Fitr and agree on how to move forward in establishing a new Parliament and government.
May’s parliamentary elections was marred by low turnout and allegations of fraud, stalling talks on forming a new government. Parliament mandated a nationwide manual recount of votes and some politicians called for it to be repeated.
‘I invite the political blocs to a high-level meeting... after Eid’
“Despite the violations and irregularities that tainted the election, following legal methods, obeying the law and the constitution, is the only way to solve these problems and move toward forming a new Parliament and a government,” he said.
Abadi, who opposes a repeat of the election, said he was sure Iraq would come out of this “crisis stronger, united, and stable.”
“I invite the political blocs to a high-level meeting immediately after Eid … so we can put our hands together in order to protect the nation, citizens and to guarantee the safety of the political process and democratic gains as well as to agree on measures to speed up the formation of constitutional institutions.”
Eid al-Fitr follows the month of Ramadan. Iraq announced the holiday would end Tuesday. –