Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq at risk of fragmentation
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Supreme Islamic Council (ISCI) leader Cheikh Jalal al-Din al-Saghir retired from ISCI June 30 to become the third leader of the defeat after former Vice President Adel Abdul- Mahdi, and former Finance Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi, who left ISCI this year for reasons related to the controversy over how leadership is going to handle things.
ISCI members refrain from talking to the media about the latest retreats. But Saghir told Al-Monitor that for about a year, he consulted the religious authorities of Najaf and taking their views into account, noting that the decision was made some time ago, but he did not announce it in the light of political attacks Who identified her after her February 2016 speech of austerity.
The speech, which claims to have been hacked and edited, became viral and became known as the “Nestle Problem” after calling on Iraqis not to eat chocolate bars – known with the generic term “Nestlé” among Iraqis – to save money.
So he decided to wait and did not rush to make a decision under the pressure of the parties who attacked.
Saghir refused to go into details about why he retired from the ISCI but said: “We realized ISCI no longer met the methods of al-Shahid Mouhareb [Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim] and Aziz al-Iraq [Abdul -Aziz al-Hakim].
We are no longer able to follow the new approach, which is completely different from the original method and basis of ISCI. Our decision follows a clear doctrinal position and there is no turning back. Many important people have withdrawn from ISCI and others will follow. ”
Speaking about his next move, Saghir said: “It is too early to think of forming a new political bloc. We look forward to the formation of a new electoral commission and the enactment of a fair electoral law to see how the political situation plays out.”
“If we can not rid ourselves of partisanship, which deprived some competent Iraqis of their right to equal opportunity, it would be better to reject the idea altogether.” The ISCI is currently harvesting failure and deception in new ways.
A source close to the ISCI leadership told Al-Monitor on anonymity: “Many senior leaders were not pleased with Hakim’s intention to youth and isolate senior leaders, which led to many internal divisions.”
The source added: “Veteran leaders represented by Abdul-Mahdi and Zubaidi Saghir have opposed the recent years to include new young members to make important decisions and to marginalize the party’s founding leaders.
Hakim tried to remedy, but the upcoming elections and the start of the Independent Electoral Commission’s registration led some leaders to withdraw immediately from ISCI. ”
In fact, the first thing to raise the ire of the leaders in the front row was the formation of the so-called meeting of the Knights of Hope, a group of young people, whom Zubaidi publicly opposed.
January 22, Zubaidi said in a press interview: “There is great disagreement within the ISCI leadership regarding the political situation – how to handle party affairs, decision making and how to assign tasks to leaders. ”
And he added: “The formation of the Knights of Hope meeting within ISCI was not desirable for most leaders.” Addressing the meeting of the Knights of Hope members, he said: “You have no right to belong to ISCI.”