I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government, the withdrawal of my candidacy in favour of brother Doctor Haider al-Abadi.
[Haider al-Abadi] still has a challenging task in putting a government together, but we are modestly hopeful that the… situation is moving in the right direction.
- Absolute sovereignty belongs to Allah.
- Islamic injunctions are the basis of legislation. The legislative authority may enact any law not repugnant to Islam.
- The people, as vice-regents of Allah, are entrusted with legislative and executive powers.
- The jurist holding religious authority represents Islam. By confirming legislative and executive actions, he gives them legality.
In other words, there’s no separation of state and religion (or Shia Islam) within the Islamic Dawa Party’s political ideology.