May 10, 2018 at 11:09 am
The leader of Iraq’s Sadrist Movement, Moqtada Al-Sadr, yesterday announced that he intends to nominate the governor of Maysan, Ali Dawai, for the position of prime minister if his coalition gains sufficient parliamentary seats in the upcoming elections.
Dawai, who is serving as the governor of Maysan for the second consecutive year, is known in southern Iraq for his modesty and frequent interaction with the public.
On Tuesday, Al-Sadr urged supporters to vote in Saturday’s parliamentary polls with a view to removing what he described as “corrupt officials” from power.
Iraq is set to hold parliamentary polls this Saturday, in which more than 7,000 candidates from a host of parties will vie for seats in the national assembly.
Saturday’s vote will be Iraq’s first parliamentary race since the Daesh terrorist group was defeated last year after overrunning much of the country in mid-2014. The group has vowed to target polling stations.
Some 24 million Iraqis will be eligible to cast ballots in the election.