Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on all concerned political factions to pool their resources to help form Iraq’s next government.Grand Ayatollah Sistani â€œhas stressed the principle of national partnership,â€ Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi said following a meeting with the respected clergyman in Najaf, UPI reported on Monday.
Grand Ayatollah Sistani underlined â€œthe need that all political blocs participate in the decision-making process and pay utmost attention to security and services,” al-Nujaifi added.
The country held general elections on March 7.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition and archrival Iyad Allawi’s al-Iraqiya secured 89 and 91 seats respectively in the 325-member parliament, both falling shy of the 163 seats required for a majority.
The factions failed to agree on the principles of the future ruling structure until last month, when they clinched a deal, reinstating Maliki and President Jalal Talabani. Maliki has said he would appoint the future government by mid-December.
The next government is expected to defuse the countrywide tension, which is a result of the United States-led invasion of 2003 and the subsequent war and occupation.
Over one million Iraqis have been killed during the war and occupation, according to the California-based Project Censored.
Maliki has warned against any extension of the foreign military presence on the country’s soil beyond a 2011 deadline, which Washington is obligated to respect.