Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi met with anti-U.S. Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Damascus to discuss ways of ending a deadlock that has hampered the formation of a new government since Iraq’s elections four months ago. They described the talks as positive.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is frustrated with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki because he isn’t upholding his vow to share power in a unity government, a senior member of Allawi’s Iraqiyah bloc said.
The political bloc led by former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said today that oil and natural-gas development contracts awarded by the outgoing government of Nuri al-Maliki are illegal and may be canceled.
Shiite Muslim Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was endorsed to lead the next Iraqi government after his rivals walked out of parliament in a sign that a coalition agreement ending eight months of deadlock may not hold.