The outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has announced that he will stay in politics despite not winning a second term as Prime Minister, and that the Nasr Coalition will continue its work.
Outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday (October 18) that he will not retire from politics following his departure as premiere. A statement issued by the Information Office of the Nasr List on behalf of Abadi said: “We are undergoing a change in government and I wanted to avoid any interpretation that does not match our vision and our resolve and to assure you that I still work for you.”
He declared that the Nasr (Victory) List is “a national project” for citizenship, democracy, development, and sound state-building that works for the country’s unity, well-being, and sovereignty, regardless of its victory or loss in elections.
Abadi added that Nasr’s goal was to bring together “entities, voters, and organizations that believe in … a free, secure and unified homeland.”
Abadi continued, “I inform you that I will not retire from politics regardless of any executive position” that he may or may not be given in the new government.
“What concerns me is the health of Nasr and will work to make it a national alternative based on the achievements of our era, to continue our march, and to achieve unity, prosperity, and sovereignty for our beloved country, establish [effective] state institutions, and fight corruption.”
He then promised that the Nasr List would continue to work both inside and outside of parliament to “create a third force” that does not align itself with ethnic or sectarian blocs, but works to support the middle class.
The statement added that “Nasr did not demand any ministerial position in the next government, but [Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi] may offer us positions and [we may accept them] if they serve our project, strengthen our position, and does not cause us to accept contradictions and compromises” that stem from the quota system, which the party says it rejects.
Abadi concluded by saying: “I assure you of our faith and determination to continue Nasr as a comprehensive structural project that is politically, socially, [denominationally], and culturally diverse and as a national alternative that is capable of competing and dealing with crises and strategic changes in the political process and with the future of the country. We have both internal and external acceptance of our approach. All factors compel us to continue and to win as a national project. “