Baghdad, May 19 (AKnews) – The creation of the position of the President of the National Council of Strategic Policies, a new post that was key to the resolution of the political crisis following the last election, will be voted on in parliament soon, a spokesperson for al-Iraqiya political bloc said today.
The bloc, led by former Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, won the greatest number of seats at the last election, but the State of Law Coalition (SLC), led by current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and the Sadrists, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, banded together to form a majority.
The post of the president of the council was created to appease Mr Allawi with an executive position. However, more than a year later the council and its presidency have yet to materialize.
The spokesman for al-Iraqiya, Shaker Ketab said the party has been holding meetings with the SLC at the home of Deputy Prime Minister, Rose Nuri Shaways in Baghdad.
Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani put forward the initiative to create the new body and the presidency after a seven month deadlock without the formation of a government. However, disagreement about the powers of the new position - with Mr Allawi arguing that that it should be on an equal footing with the Prime Minister - have delayed its implementation.
Mr Allawi has been angered that the position has not been created yet and believes that a vote in parliament is not necessary as it was one of the conditions of the agreement that allowed the formation of the government.
The political blocs also agreed during the meetings held in Baghdad that the al-Iraqiya candidate for the Ministry of Defense, Khalid al-Obeidi, should take up the position as agreed previously, instead of the Prime Minister’s man, Saadoun al-Dulaimi.
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