Abadi calls for post-elec­tions sol­i­dar­ity to form Cab­i­net

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

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. –

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