Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr shows his ink-stained index fingerholy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Included in firebrand Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's top conditions for the next prime minister of Iraq was
not having dual citizenship, being bilingual, and not being permitted to run in
Sadr, the top vote-getter in the parliamentary election on
May 12, issued a list of 40 pre-conditions on Tuesday for the next PM.
Sadr began his letter by saying that everyone needs to
"stand seriously and carefully" to help Iraq transcend its current
"hard and critical" political challenges.
"Especially after we came a long way in the process of
political and social reform, adopted by us to this day," read a
hand-written letter released by his office.
Southern predominately Shiite cities have been engulfed in
protests since July 9. The demonstrators are demanding jobs, better services,
and less corruption.
Sadr said many political figures have changed and many of
the "corrupt" are being put on trial, adding that the
"protesting soul" has been implanted in Iraqis as evident by them
taking it to the streets to demand their rights.
Sadr campaigned on an anti-corruption platform and partnered
with the Communist Party of Iraq.
"We shouldn't return to any type of sectarian
alliances, and to remain under the national framework, which will make everyone
partners in building a homeland," Sadr added in his letter.
"That is why I will boycott any alliance or any
governmental program that isn't under the national framework," he
Sadr won 54 seats in the election. The top four lists were
led by Shiite politicians; however, Sadr has been unable to garner to 165 seats
to form a government.
He revealed 40 pre-conditions, describing them as
"basics ... that could become a declaration for alliance."
They included, but weren't limited to:
1 - To be independent and outside of the parliament
2 - Not to have dual citizenship
3 - To be acceptable on the national level and to be known
for his patriotic stances
4 - To have total jurisdiction in his work without party
5 - Not to run for future elections
6 - Not work based on ethnic, sectarian, national or party
7 - Not to cave into external pressures which violate Iraqi
8 - To have a good reputation and speak more than one
9 - To be just and not use brute force against any side
10 - To strive to end party interference in the government