Hawzah News Agency (Baghdad, Iraq) - Hujjat al-Islam Humam Hamoudi said, "Iraq is a powerful country and will definitely fight anyone who even thinks about plotting against this nation’s security and stability."
"Iraqi Kurds have clearly realized that they cannot run a country on their own and decided to return to Iraq. The highest national interest in Iraq was the unification of all tribes and religious groups against Daesh (or ISIS)," the vice-president of the Iraqi parliament added.
"We are not against the candidacy of Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi in the election, but I must say that one of the great challenges Iraq is facing today can only be resolved with determination. We do not want to form a weak government," Hujjat al-Islam al-Hamoudi said.
On Friday, Iraq's prominent Shi'ah cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani urged eligible voters in the war-torn Arab country not to cast their ballots in favour of "corrupt” lawmakers during the national elections which will be held on May 12.
In his Friday sermon, Hujjat al-Islam Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, the representative of Ayatollah al-Sistani, said on his behalf in the holy city of Karbala that the Iraqi people must not re-elect candidates from among parliamentarians and officials who have proved to be "corrupt and failures."
Ayatollah al-Sistani further noted that participation in the forthcoming elections is the right of every Iraqi citizen who meets the legal requirements.