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Fatah Alliance dismisses earlier comments by Badr leader Karim Nouri

2018-08-07

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SULAIMANI — The Fatah Alliance led by Hadi al-Ameri has released a statement saying that a senior leader in the Badr Organization, Karim Nouri, is no longer representing the party and that his views are "confused and paid."

The party said in a statement published on Monday evening (August 6), that the relationship between "Karim Nouri, a former candidate [for Fatah] during the parliamentary elections and the coalition ended after the elections" and that he "does not represent the [Fatah Alliance] from near or far."

The statement said that "the comments made by Nouri are confused and being paid for," pointing out that "his statements express his personal opinion only, as he does not have any leadership or administrative position in the Fatah Alliance or the Badr Organization."

It was unclear whether he had been formally dismissed from the Badr Organization.

The Alliance called on the media not to deal with him or give him a platform, in order to preserve the reputation and impartiality of the Iraqi media.

For his part, Karim Nouri said in a statement yesterday that he will sue those who incite "opportunists" that target him, whatever his official position. He pointed out that the ones who ignore the will of the people and do not think about the interests of Iraq are the one who are truly "floundering and paid," as he put it.

"I am honored to stand with my people and I will not give up on them and I am not being paid," he said.

Karim Nouri was a candidate for parliamentary elections for the Fatah Alliance, but failed to win enough votes to be selected for a seat.

“Conditions set by the supreme religious authority, headed by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, combined with the 40 conditions set by the leader of the Sadrist movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr for the post of prime minister, have decreased Amiri’s chances and shored up Abadi’s,” he told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Monday.

(NRT)