ERBIL — The pro-Iran Shia factions of Coordination Framework said on Thursday that Muhammed Shiyaa’ al-Sudani remains the candidate for Iraq’s premiership despite massive protests in Baghdad a day earlier rejecting the politician.
The Framework said in a statement that they are determined to form the new government headed by Sudani, who previous held several ministerial positions in Baghdad.
In a separate statement cited by Iraqi media outlets, Sudani refuted reports claiming that he has withdrawn his candidacy under political pressures after the protests in Baghdad yesterday.
He said the nomination is “a responsibility for him to save the country.”
Muqtada al-Sadr, and his supporters, have rejected Sudani for the premiership, accusing him of involvement in corruption in his previous positions.