Statements by Maysoon Al Damluji and Ayad Allawi

Published March 31st, 2010 - 08:11 GMT

Statement by Maysoon Al Damluji, spokesperson for the Iraqiya List:

"According to the constitution we will be asked to form a government, and al-Iraqiah has unanimously decided to put forward Ayad Allawi as candidate for Prime Minister."

Statement by Ayad Allawi, candidate for Prime Minister:

"We thank the people of Iraq for the confidence they have shown in us and our vision for Iraq, led by an inclusive, effective and non-sectarian government.

We extend our hand to all blocs, both those that were successful and those that weren't to strive to form such a government, one that represents all Iraqis - those who voted for us, and those who didn't.

We thank Nouri Al-Maliki and all those who served in the previous government. We hope they will respect the will of the Iraqi people, and we are sure they will continue to serve Iraq.

We see a new beginning for strengthening relationships with the countries of the region and the countries of the world, and we see an opportunity to build exceptional relationships based on mutual respect with our neighbours Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Long live Iraq. Long live the people of Iraq."

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