Iraqi President Barham Salih said the desired reform is everyone’s responsibility, stressing the need for real reforms to bridge the gap with the people and the need to fight political money and reduce the corruption.
He added, during his speech at the Fourth Annual Conference of Civil Society Organizations, that holding the elections on time next October has become a political and national necessity, in order to move on to formulating a new contract represented in the formation of a new capable government. , because it is not possible to bet on the patience of the people, more than this limit, as he said. Read also Assassinations and calls to boycott the elections .. Will popular demonstrations be renewed in Iraq? Al-Jazeera Net interviews Hussein Al-Hindawi, advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister for electoral affairs In Iraq, demonstrations and calls for boycott of the elections after the assassination of activist Ihab Al-Wazani
He indicated that the holding of the next elections is a task which does not depend only on the government, but also on the responsibility of the political forces, and also requires the cooperation of civil society organizations through community mobilization and advocacy. formation of monitoring networks to ensure integrity. elections and allow citizens to exercise their democratic right to elect those they deem appropriate to lead their country without oversight. “.
He added that “turning to the people is the solution to face economic and security challenges”, stressing “the need for real reforms to bridge the gap with the people”.
Saleh called on “political forces to arbitrate the language of reason to overcome crises, fight political money and curb corruption,” noting that he “looks forward to cooperating with the House of Representatives to fight against corruption “.
civil society organizations
For his part, the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, said that civil society organizations in Iraq played a role during the war against ISIS.
He added, in his speech at the same conference, that it is not possible for the displaced to return to their regions without social reconciliation.
Al-Halbousi also underlined the importance of the role of civil society organizations in educating citizens to participate in elections and build a democratic state.
He added that these organizations provide services to society in general and according to their specializations, and that the state should support them and enable them to disseminate the concepts of democracy and state-building.
The election is a duty
For his part, the head of the National Wisdom Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, said in a speech at the conference that elections are a fundamental right of every citizen, and that they are a national duty which is accomplished by participating in the construction of the country and working on its stability, boycotting it or not caring about it is not a renunciation of a fundamental right for the citizen, but rather a withdrawal of a patriotic and sentimental duty. / p>
Al-Hakim, who is holding the conference under his presidency, said the upcoming elections are the most important in two decades.
Early parliamentary elections are scheduled for October 10, in a tense political and security environment the country has been going through since 2019, when popular protests toppled the government of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.