Plasschaert bid farewell to Iraq with a “romantic” word.. Is the departure related to the “contractors scandal”?

Plasschaert bid farewell to Iraq with a “romantic” word.. Is the departure related to the “contractors scandal”?

02-07-2024 | 00:30

Plasschaert bid farewell to Iraq with a romantic word.. Is the departure related to the contractors scandalAlsumaria News – Politics
The speech of the UN envoy to Iraq, Jeanine Plasschaert, which she was delivering yesterday, Tuesday, at the UN Security Council session, bore the impression that these were her “last words about Iraq,” announcing that she would soon leave her position, in a surprise announcement to everyone that raised questions behind this and whether Is it a natural development or is it related to the changing political and security situation in Iraq, or did it come against the backdrop of the “corruption scandal of United Nations employees?”
Plasschaert’s speech included romantic phrases at the end of the speech about Iraq, as she expressed her “hope that people from all over the world will one day get to know Iraq,” describing Iraq as: “a country of enormous beauty, a country of rich diversity and culture, where there are many opportunities.” To seize it.”

She added: “I pay tribute to all Iraqi men and women for their sacrifices, their strength, and the depth of their commitment to building a prosperous, democratic, and peaceful Iraq…Long live Iraq.”

She explained, “In December 2018 I arrived in Baghdad, and now, after five years, it is almost time to say goodbye and I expect to leave my position at the end of May. It is not an easy matter, and for better or worse, Iraq has simply become a part of me.”

Plasschaert announced her resignation. Or ending her duties in Iraq suddenly to everyone, amid questions and speculation about the reasons for this step down or departure, and whether it was of her own free will or under the direction of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Questions arise as to whether Plasschaert’s change is linked to political and security changes in the country, especially with Washington’s announcement of the nomination of an ambassador. There is also a new American woman to Iraq,

in addition to questions and suggestions about whether this step down is related to the scandal of the Guardian newspaper’s investigative report about United Nations employees in Iraq receiving bribes from businessmen and investors in exchange for granting them reconstruction deals and aid to Iraq that comes through the United Nations and donors.

The newspaper said The Guardian recently reported that the United Nations Development Program sent a team to Iraq to assess allegations of corruption in the $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) construction program after an investigation by The Guardian.

An Iraqi government official with detailed knowledge of the matter said, “The country’s Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani, ordered the country’s Integrity Commission to open a separate investigation.”