Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako urges Iraqi Prime Minister Kadhimi to double efforts form national consensus ahead of October elections

BAGHDAD — Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans and head of the Chaldean Catholic Church Louis Raphaël I Sako sent a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi urging him to take measures to control the chaotic political scene in the country ahead of the October elections.

Patriarch Sako pointed out that, despite the existence of a national government, political parties continue to deliberately prioritize their personal interests above those of the nation, creating parallel systems of patronage and governance. He added that open dialogue between the country’s many factions is futile given the lack of agreement on a unified political vision and will to build cooperative relations.

Patriarch Sako stressed the need for politicians to develop a sense of patriotism and humanity and to seek peace and love. He also warned that some parties will not recognize the results of the upcoming elections, which portends a return to fighting and chaos.

At the end of his letter, Patriarch Sako expressed his hope that his recommendations would be taken into account and studied by the PM and the Iraqi Parliament.