Muttahidoon

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Muttahidoon
ائتلاف متحدون للاصلاح
Chairperson Usama al-Nujayfi
Founded December 2012; 4 years ago (2012-12)
Split from Iraqi National Movement
Headquarters Baghdad, Iraq
Ideology Regionalism
Localism
Islamism (Sunni)
Populism
Ba'athism
Religion Sunni Islam
Colours      Blue
Council of Representatives
23 / 328
Governorate Councils
35 / 601
Website
muttahidoon.org

The Uniters for Reform Coalition (Arabic: ائتلاف متحدون للاصلاح‎‎ I'tilāf Muttaḥidūn lil-Iṣlāḥ) is a Sunni political coalition in Iraq.

History

The coalition was formed in December 2012, composing ten groups, and led by Usama al-Nujayfi. Among the groups composing Muttahidoon were several of the largest Sunni political blocs, including the Ninawa-based al-Hadba list, the bloc of former Awakening Movement leader Ahmed Abu Risha, the National Future Gathering bloc of former Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, the Iraqi Islamic Party, and the Iraqi Turkmen Front. Altogether the parties aligned with the coalition had won 42 seats in the 2010 parliamentary election.[1]

For the 2013 governorate elections the coalition competed in Ninewa, Salah ad-Din, Baghdad, Anbar, and Basra. In Diyala and Babil the coalition joined with other political groups, running as Iraqiyat Diyala and Iraqiyat Babil.[1]

Following the 2013 governorate elections the Oum Rabih Tribes’ National Gathering of Hussein Khalaf entered into an alliance with Muttahidoon on 25 June, thereby forming the largest bloc on the Ninawa Governorate Council.[2]

The party advocates the creation of a Sunni federal region in Iraq.[3]

Members

The following parties make up the coalition:[4]

Criticisms

The coalition has been criticized by other Sunni political formations aligned with Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki of following a Muslim Brotherhood direction, and there have been insinuations of the group having ties with groups outside Iraq.[1]

Electoral results

Iraqi Parliament

Council of Representatives
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2014 680,690 (#4) 5.23
28 / 328
Usama al-Nujayfi

Governorate Councils

Governorate Councils
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2013 518,968 (#4) 7.19
35 / 601
Usama al-Nujayfi

References

  1. ^ a b c http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq%E2%80%99s-provincial-elections-and-their-national-implications
  2. ^ http://www.alsumaria.tv/news/78330/al-nujaifi-mutahidun-bloc-allies-with-oum-al-rabia/en
  3. ^ http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/13/uk-iraq-security-stalemate-idUKKBN0EO1IY20140613
  4. ^ Iraq's 2014 National Election p.37
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