Sadr and Barzani will discuss resolving the political crisis
26/04/2012 17:09 BAGHDAD, April 26 (AKnews) - Sadrist current leader Muqtada al-Sadr does not have an initiative to resolve the political crisis, but he will discuss during his visit to Erbil today finding a way out of the current political crisis, announced his party.
Sadr will meet Kurdistan Region President Massoud al-Barzani, who has already met over the last two days with Iraqi President Jalal al-Talabani, Iraqiya leader Ayad Allawi and the leader of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq (ISCI), Adel Abdul Mahdi.
Barzani's is moving to end the political crisis that is threatening the country since the formation of the Iraqi government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The movement's spokesman, Salah al-Obeidi, told a news conference in Baghdad that Sadr went to Erbil in response to an invitation he received from Barzani to discuss the available options to get out of the current crisis.
"The leader of the Sadrist movement doesn't have any initiative or certain file to discuss," he said. "The Sadrist movement and its leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, are trying hard to stand at the same distance from all the political forces.
"We are striving to urge the political forces not to adopt extremism in dealing with each other and to negotiate to resolve problems according to the constitution."
The Iraqiya list, led by the former prime minister Ayad Allawi, revealed last week that it had started working towards a "national consensus" to withdraw confidence from Maliki's government.
However the National Coalition renewed its vote of confidence in Maliki two days ago.
Sadr called on his supporters this week to unify their ranks if they wanted to form a government headed by the movement.
Sadr accused Maliki on Saturday of being behind the arrest of the Electoral Commission chairman, Faraj al-Haidari, in order to "postpone or cancel the elections that will be held early next year."
Barzani has also criticized Maliki, who he says is monopolizing power in government, warning that the country is heading towards a dictatorship and that this is unacceptable.
Leaders in the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), led by Ammar al-Hakim, which belongs to the National Coalition, considered the withdrawal of confidence would complicate the issues.