Iraq: Written political pledges pave the way for the “last chance” government

Iraq: Written political pledges pave the way for the “last chance” government

11-6-2022

Iraq - Written political pledges pave the way for the last chance governmentThe new Iraqi government, headed by Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, enjoys “absolute” political support, according to a written document signed by all political parties, with the exception of the Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr. which relates to the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil.

The Sudanese government, which was satisfactory to all Iraqi political forces, after it obtained ministerial representation in it, is described as the “government of the last chance” in front of the traditional parties that participated in successive governments.
The Shiite “coordinating framework” – the most prominent supporter of the Sudanese government – spared no effort in expressing its support for the new government, especially in the areas of combating corruption – which Al-Sudani started quickly – and providing services that are almost completely absent.
According to a press statement issued by the “framework” at its last meeting – Thursday evening – which was held in the presence of the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, the attendees praised “the government’s orientation to the service aspect that the citizen needs and the correct start in implementing the ministerial curriculum of the national service government.”
The “coordination framework” stressed the need to “coherence the efforts of all Iraqi forces in order to lift the injustice against the Iraqi people and change the living situation of all the Iraqi people and the disadvantaged classes in particular, and to advance the service reality for them and all of our proud people.”
In line with the Shiite position on the Sudanese government, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Massoud Barzani, believes that the support enjoyed by the new government was not present in the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi.
According to a statement by the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, during a dialogue session held in Erbil last weekend, he indicated that “if we compare the current and former prime ministers, we find that the former prime minister had little support from other parties, but If the current prime minister takes any decision tomorrow, the other parties, especially the Shiites, will not be able to say that this prime minister was not supported by anyone, as he enjoys the support of all Shiite parties, the support of the Kurds, and the support of the Sunnis.
He stressed that “this government is very different from the previous government, so our expectations for solving Iraq’s problems from this prime minister are different from those we expected from other prime ministers,” noting that “the responsibility entrusted to him (the Sudanese) is much greater and it is great.”
He went on to say: «Since 2004, whenever a government was formed in Iraq, there was nothing written between us. This is the first time that we, as the two main forces in the Kurdistan region, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, have an agreement with the parties comprising the government, and it is a signed agreement that includes all the problems (…) such as the issue of oil, the issue of the budget, the issue of Sinjar and other issues, all of these issues. A time limit has been set for all of them, meaning that the difference this time with the previous ones is that we have things written on paper and we put our signatures on them together.”
He added: “We will burden the current prime minister a lot, but this is our right, because we consider it one of our last opportunities to solve the problems between the Kurdistan Region and federal Iraq.” Barzani also called on the Sudanese government to provide services and job opportunities for all Iraqis, during a speech at the party’s fourteenth conference – which concluded its work Friday in Dohuk.
Barzani urged the new federal government to “increase and improve job opportunities and services in the central and southern regions of Iraq, hire the private sector, rebuild the destroyed Sunni areas, normalize the situation in Kirkuk, Sinjar, Khanaqin and Makhmour, and implement Article 140 of the constitution as it is, and cut off the road to Violation of the rights and powers of the Kurdistan Region.”
He concluded by saying: “If we want to reform Iraq’s conditions, the rights of any Iraqi component should not be violated. No Iraqi mass force should be excluded.”
Al-Sudani began his career in governing the country, by revealing a huge corruption case related to Iraqi oil smuggling, which overthrew security leaders involved in the case, in a move that former minister Baqir Al-Zubaidi sees as “encouraging.”
He said in a press statement that “the existence of encouraging efforts towards uncovering corruption files that drained the country’s treasury enjoy the support of all honorable Iraqis, provided that the whales of corruption are held accountable and not only petty thieves.” He explained that “field visits to officials in the Sudanese brother’s government enhance the citizen’s confidence in the process of restoring the prestige of the state,” but he considered at the same time that “any retreat from confronting corruption and its symbols will result in a backlash on the Iraqi street, and we will witness a real revolution that includes all spectrums of the people.”
Al-Zubaidi considered that “relieving thieves from their positions is not enough, and they must be held accountable before the law and be tried in full,” noting that “there are very important files in the Integrity Commission, in which the value of thefts is estimated at billions of dollars, and these sums must be returned to the state treasury.”
According to the Iraqi politician, “The Central Bank file has witnessed since 2011 many legal violations and suspicions of corruption, and here we must seek the assistance of men who work with patriotism, honesty and sincerity, Dr. ?), which is considered among the suspended files of the House of Representatives, and it will be sufficient to expose the property of corruption ghouls inside and outside Iraq.”
Al-Zubaidi concluded by saying: “The files are many and large, and there must be a clear strategy in the face of corruption, and most importantly, return the people’s money.”

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