Iraq names new prime minister, paving the way to tackle nation's deepening crisis

Source: Stars and Stripes - View Original Article
Published: May 07, 2020
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99% "Although Kadhimi's candidacy earned an unusual degree of consensus, he was opposed by Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed militia groups in ..."
97% "In office, he will need to balance competing pressures from neighboring Iran and his allies in the U.S. while also addressing parliamentary demands for ..."
94% "The oil and foreign affairs ministries were also left vacant, pending further negotiations.""
90% "Kadhimi revised his list of proposed ministers at least three times in the week running up to the parliamentary vote as he sought to ..."
87% "That system's dismantling was a key demand of the October protests.""
86% "As the country's former spy chief, Kadhimi often has remained in the shadows, and many Iraqis heard his voice for the first time only ..."
83% "There was finally a realization on the part of the different parties that [a new prime minister] needed to get through, said Lahib Higel, ..."
80% "To succeed in his new post, he will have to navigate deep-rooted vested interests, which have long stymied change, to win approval for government ..."

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99% : Although Kadhimi's candidacy earned an unusual degree of consensus, he was opposed by Kataib Hezbollah, one of the most powerful Iranian-backed militia groups in the country.
97% : In office, he will need to balance competing pressures from neighboring Iran and his allies in the U.S. while also addressing parliamentary demands for the U.S.-led military coalition to withdraw its forces from Iraq.
94% : The oil and foreign affairs ministries were also left vacant, pending further negotiations.
90% : Kadhimi's candidacy appears to have won the backing, or at least acceptance, of both Iran and the U.S., powerful actors in a country that is center stage in their proxy fight.
90% : Kadhimi revised his list of proposed ministers at least three times in the week running up to the parliamentary vote as he sought to appease different political factions.
87% : That system's dismantling was a key demand of the October protests.
86% : In Baghdad, the highly fortified Green Zone was opened to civilian traffic under Abdul-Mahdi, and walls across the city came down.
86% : As the country's former spy chief, Kadhimi often has remained in the shadows, and many Iraqis heard his voice for the first time only when he accepted the president's nomination for prime minister last month.
83% : "There was finally a realization on the part of the different parties that [a new prime minister] needed to get through," said Lahib Higel, the senior Iraq analyst with Crisis Group.
80% : To succeed in his new post, he will have to navigate deep-rooted vested interests, which have long stymied change, to win approval for government changes.
78% : Washington welcomed Kadhimi's appointment Thursday.
75% : And the coronavirus is still stalking the country.
74% : Iraq named Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a former intelligence chief, as prime minister early Thursday after two previous candidates had stepped aside in recent months.
74% : The political odyssey it took to replace him underscored the depth of the divisions and parochial interests that have come to shape Iraq's political system.
74% : Following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, power in the country was divided among its different ethnic and sectarian groups, producing a deadlocked system in which patronage is doled out to supporters by politicians and business executives with links to the different factions.
73% : With the pandemic cratering demand for oil, which overwhelmingly funds Iraq's budget for the year, the government is now discussing cuts to a public-sector salary bill that totals about $50 billion each year.
70% : Iraq's appointment of a new prime minister this week ends months of political deadlock, but to ease the country's accelerating crises, he now will have to win political backing for crucial reforms in the face of deep-rooted vested interests.
69% : "They discussed the urgent hard work ahead for the Iraqi government, implementing reforms, addressing covid-19, and fighting corruption," Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokesman, said in a statement.
65% : "But it will he hard for him to achieve long-lasting, sustainable economic reforms that the country really needs.
64% : Of highest priority will be saving the economy.
63% : More broadly, he vowed to combat corruption and to rebuild the battle-scarred country.
62% : The challenges facing Kadhimi are steep.
57% : There is broad public anger about the extent of corruption, mismanagement and sectarianism.
57% : Abdul-Mahdi, Kadhimi's predecessor, also came to office as a consensus candidate.
55% : Iraq has been without a prime minister since November, when Adel Abdul-Mahdi resigned in the face of mass protests.
53% : As the bell sounded Thursday to signal the start of the parliamentary session, deals over the final cabinet lineup were still being struck.
51% : His opening months in office seemed to usher in the start of a national recovery, after the hard years of the U.S.-led invasion, the sectarian conflict that followed, and, later, the rise of ISIS and its caliphate.
49% : Abdul-Mahdi resigned a year and a half into his term, having been unable overcome the constraints of the political system he inherited and unable to address the popular anger behind the mass protests.
47% : According to Iraq's constitution, more than half the proposed cabinet ministers must win approval for a new government to take office.
40% : Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the new prime minister shortly after the parliament accepted his nomination.
40% : In the final event, 15 of Kadhimi's proposed ministers passed a parliamentary vote while five did not.
39% : The group has accused him of complicity in a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Iraq's militia network, in January.
38% : Although the contagion rate appears to be lower than expected, health experts say that the risk of a second wave of infections is very real should Iraq's lockdown be eased too quickly.
37% : Plunging oil prices have hastened a potential economic catastrophe, leaving the government unable to fund its provisional 2020 budget without changes.
33% : But this does not excuse anyone from not continuing to pursue those who were involved in the murder of the martyred leaders and their comrades, whatever his job description," the statement said.
33% : "He may be able to achieve temporary austerity measures," Higel said.
30% : Simmering tensions between Iran and the U.S. repeatedly have spilled over into hostilities on Iraqi soil, threatening to subject the country to open warfare and also to harm the fight against what remains of Islamic State.
29% : Kadhimi, 53, addressed the parliament early Thursday after a long night of negotiation among competing political blocs and said his government would "provide solutions, not add to the crises."
23% : The horse-trading that preceded Kadhimi's confirmation showed instead that it was as influential as ever. Officials and political analysts said that the host of mounting crises helped explain why Kadhimi had succeeded where two before him had not.
22% : A former journalist, Kadhimi has a reputation for pragmatism and close ties to Iraqi President Barham Salih.
22% : The group's statement Thursday was muted, stressing that its political allies in parliament had been under pressure to find a consensus candidate. "

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