Political pressure takes down Allawi's government

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi withdrew from the mandate race, blaming unnamed officials for "obstruction", after failing yesterday, for the third time in less than a week, to persuade parliament to pass his government.

In his letter of apology to Iraqi President Barham Saleh, Allawi spoke of being subjected to "pressure" from "some political actors", which he said "are not serious about reform and fulfilling their promises."

Allawi called on Iraqis to "continue to put pressure through peaceful demonstrations so that your sacrifices are not lost in vain, and I will return to the ranks of my people as Iraqis who have not compromised on their principles and issues," he called on the deputies to "assume their responsibilities".

Allawi's announcement of his withdrawal last night came after he and his supporters failed to open a niche in the front of the top rejectionists: The Kurdistan Alliance headed by Massoud Barzani, the Coalition of Iraqi Forces led by Mohammed al-Halbousi, and the Coalition of the State of Law led by Nouri al-Maliki, whose absence of their deputies made quorum uncompleted.

With Allawi's withdrawal, the task of seeking a replacement began, with the most prominent candidates being intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, former Najaf governor Adnan al-Zarfi, and former presidential adviser Naeem al-Suhail.



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