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Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr

Q & A with State of Law Coalition Member Jafar Baqir al-Sadr

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Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- Despite acknowledging the failures of the current government, Jafar Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, the son of Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr, has joined Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition. Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr was a founder and leading member of Nuri al-Maliki's Islamic Dawa party, as well as father-in-law of Muqtada al-Sadr. His son, Jafar Baqir al-Sadr, is also a religious cleric, having studied in Iran. He has returned to Iraq and is standing for election to the Iraqi Council of Representatives as part of Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition.

 

 

The text of the interview is as follows:

 

 

Q) What big is the challenge faced by the State of Law coalition at the forthcoming elections which are scheduled to take place next month?

 

A) Despite the excellent achievements made by the [State of Law] coalition during the provincial elections, there are important challenges that must be faced in order to secure a victory with a comfortable majority at the current elections; such as protecting the national project which is something that has been built for everybody over the previous years, and not being drawn to using contradictory slogans for this project for the sake of electoral outbidding, It was this project that enabled the coalition to make excellent achievements at the previous election. Governmental failures in some files may cast a shadow over the coalition, despite the fact that many of these [failures] are as a result of the structure of the government which is based upon a quota system, as well as ministers not being directly responsible to the Prime Minister, and the disruption of governmental work by some parliamentary blocs.

 

Q) Why have you chosen to join the State of Law coalition, rather than another electoral party? And why have you chosen to appear on the political scene at this time?

 

A) Iraq is passing through a very sensitive period, the political process in Iraq is at stake and such circumstances require all efforts for the sake of escaping from them. [We want to] install the new Iraq and make a success of the political process, and attempt to get rid of the negative aspects and failures. At the same time, the security agreement concluded by the Iraqi government with the occupation forces with regards to a timetable for their withdrawal from Iraq has lifted the major issue that prohibited me from direct participation in the political process. What also encouraged me was the State of Law coalition which shares some of my ambitions with regards to a national project that is away from sectarian or partisan alliances, as well as its clear economic vision for building Iraq politically, economically, and socially. In the next stage, we are in need of a government with a will and determination and which is in possession of . clear and promising transformative project.

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By Huda Al-Jasim

 

 

16/02/2010

Read full interview: www.asharq-e.com

2011-02-23


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