Major victorious blocs should be represented in Iraqi govt, says Shia leader

Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, called for the formation of a government that includes the four major winning blocs in parliamentary elections in March.

“Forming a national unity government that represents the four major blocs and other winning parties would help end the political crisis in Iraq,” al-Hakim told the press on Tuesday, after meeting with President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

“We are keen to consult with those powers and to listen to their views, and to share with them our perceptions,” said al-Hakim, who stressed that the final decision must be an Iraqi one.

Regarding a coalition between outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the anti-US Sadrist camp, as well as his opinion on Maliki’s insistence on heading the new Iraqi government, al-Hakim responded that he respects whoever is capable of forming an Iraqi government within the parameters of the constitution.

“Our participation, as the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, will be associated with the government’s chances of succeeding, most important of which are real partnership and harmony among parties,” al-Hakim said.

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