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 premier Ayad Allawi ’s Iraqiyah bloc stepped up efforts to lure deputies from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ’s alliance, in a bid to form the largest group of seats in parliament and secure the right to form a new government, almost eight months after elections.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his main electoral challenger Ayad Allawi met for more than two hours late yesterday and agreed to hold more talks as the country seeks a new government almost four months after elections, al-Sumaria Television said.
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.