Several scenarios predicted by specialists after the resignation of Abdul Mahdi

Several scenarios predicted by specialists after the resignation of Abdul Mahdi

Saturday 30 November 2019 at 12:19

Several scenarios predicted by specialists after the resignation of Abdul MahdiBaghdad / Sky Press

After more than two months of bloody popular protests in Iraq, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his intention to resign to parliament, amid the suspicion of activists and observers that this step is enough to calm the street.

Abdul-Mahdi said that his decision comes in response to the request of religious authority, and to avoid what he called the slide of Iraq into a cycle of violence.

Iraqi cities have seen bloody incidents and more than 30 protesters were killed Thursday in Nasiriyah in clashes with security forces, while more than 400 people have died in demonstrations since it broke out in early October.

A political affairs specialist said that Abdul Mahdi’s resignation was “a game that will be rejected by the parliament.”
“I think there is a double game between the parliament and the Iraqi government,” he said. I am afraid that the parliament will refuse to resign on the pretext that there is no alternative. ”

He considered that the resignation, if accepted, would be a “prosthetic solution and recycling of political waste, which we have returned to the ruling elites over the past years.”

In response to Abdul Mahdi’s move, demonstrators stressed that his resignation was a first step and that the “revolution is continuing” to fulfill the rest of the protesters’ demands.

The most prominent demands of the rebels in Iraq are to reconsider the Iraqi constitution and the formation of a political system away from quotas and based on national identity and the fair distribution of Iraqi wealth, as well as accountability for the perpetrators of crimes against the Iraqi people.

While on Friday killed at least 20 protesters were shot at and injured dozens in the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq , which is witnessing since Thursday clashes between protesters and security forces.

A political analyst explained that the problem in Iraq is not in the position of prime minister, but “between the people and the political system that governs Iraq with three presidencies, all of which are common to the collapse of Iraq.”

The religious authority in Najaf has called on the Iraqi parliament to reconsider its options, act on the dictates of Iraq’s interests, and avoid a slide into violence and chaos.

He said: The Iraqi parliament will be in front of two scenarios for them the third if they accept the resignation of Abdul Mahdi.

The first is for parliament to dissolve itself and go to early elections.

According to researcher at the Iraqi Center for Strategic Studies Raad Hashem that the resignation of Abdul-Mahdi alone is not enough and must be followed by other steps “chief among them the resignation of the government as a whole and a transitional government headed by a consensual person.”

Among the tasks of the transitional government demanded by the Iraqi protesters, to create the atmosphere for the electoral process and amend the Constitution and the electoral laws and the Commission, as well as to hold accountable those involved in the killing of demonstrators.

The writer Hassan Mneimneh said the parliament’s decision to decide on the resignation was related to “an Iranian decision on whether he wants to break the bone or appear to be identical to the demands of popularity.”

Mneimneh stressed that the solution to the Iraqi crisis lies in “the completion of the existing system in Iraq, and replace it with a new one.”