A faction of within the Nasr Alliance of Haider al-Abadi has nominated Faleh al-Fayyadh for the position of Prime Minister, risking a split within the incumbent Abadi's coalition.
SULAIMANI — A faction of of al-Nasr coalition, which is led by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, nominated Faleh al-Fayyadh for the position of the Prime Minister in the new Iraqi cabinet, one day after he was dismissed as national security adviser.
Those leaders, who claimed in a statement to be the main leaders of al-Nasr alliance (Victory Alliance), announced that they had nominated Fayyadh because of their belief in his ability to lead a government that would represent all Iraqis.
The al-Nasr leaders added that the next government would reflect the aspirations and the suffering of the Iraqis who are deprived of a decent life and would create an environment free from corruption.
It was not immediately clear what impact this latest development may have on the negotiations to form the largest bloc in parliament, with Abadi playing a large role in talks so far.
Their statement came after Abadi dismissed Fayyadh as National Security Adviser and head of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
On January 11, 2011, Faleh al-Fayadh was appointed by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as national security adviser.
The PMF is an official institution in the Iraqi state, but with a different command structure from the Army or the other branches. On March 8, Abadi issued a decree giving PMF officials ranks and salaries equivalent to their counterparts in the regular military.
The dismissal comes at a delicate time as the winning Shia parties are negotiating the formation of a new government. Two broad camps have emerged around Moqtada al-Sadr and Abadi on the one hand and Hadi Amiri and Nouri al-Maliki on the other.
While the Sadr-Abadi grouping currently has the most seats within their potential coalition, the government formation process in ongoing.