Iraqis Protest as Political Deadlock Deepens

Iraqis Protest as Political Deadlock Deepens

The third attempt to approve a new cabinet fails after dissenting MPs continue attempts to replace the speaker of parliament.
Protesters have taken to the streets in Baghdad to demand a new government, after the Iraqi Parliament cancelled its third session in a week to discuss political reforms, Al Jazeera reported.
Saturday’s session was scrapped because “parliament couldn’t be secured” by security forces, said a statement from the office of the speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, whose position is under threat as some legislators are seeking to replace him. The political crisis centers around divisions over a plan by Iraqi Premier Haider al-Abadi to bring technocrats into the Cabinet to check corruption.
On March 31, Abadi presented a list of independent professionals whom he hoped could free ministries from the grip of dominant political groups. But under pressure from leading politicians, he drafted a second list this week based on party links.
The modified list, which Abadi had planned to present for a vote, prompted a sit-in by MPs who say it will allow corruption to continue to flourish. The dissenting MPs, who accuse the speaker, Jabouri, of blocking reforms, said that they would meet on Monday to elect a new assembly leader.
The protesters include followers of influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who on Saturday issued a statement asking all the ministers to immediately resign, even those in Abadi’s Dawa party.
Sadr pledged to start protests in 72 hours, if the nation’s leaders failed to vote on a technocrats’ Cabinet. “If these conditions are not met, then let it be known that the people will decide,” he said in a handwritten statement.

Short URL : http://goo.gl/wRRV02
  1. http://goo.gl/54ffWz
  • http://goo.gl/8fzMxT
  • http://goo.gl/yUH7Eq
  • http://goo.gl/6XsgwV
  • http://goo.gl/VQPyPL

You can also read ...

Top German Gun Co. Not to Sell Weapons to Crisis Regions
German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch vowed to stop...
Sanders: Saudi Rulers Spread,  Fund Terror Around the World
Saudi Arabia is “not an ally of the united States,” according...
UN Security Council Warns Against Kurdish Referendum in Iraq
The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum...
France Renews Half of Senators’ Seats, a Test for Macron
On Sunday, France will elect nearly half its senate, in a vote...
Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked
Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target US...
North Korea May Consider Hydrogen Bomb Test
North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over...
Ship Carrying Migrants Sinks Off Turkish Coast, Kills 15
Fifteen people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants...
Children make up about 60% of more than 430,000 people who have poured in to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s prime minister has accused Myanmar of ethnic...