More than a year after Iraq’s parliamentary elections, a country plagued by bitter power struggles is back in government once again. In last night’s session, the House of Representatives voted by a large majority in favor of the government of the new Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani.
About 20 ministerial positions have been filled, according to the government agency INA. Two Environment and Housing offices are still suspended. The session was attended by about 250 deputies from the 329-seat parliament.
A power struggle has erupted in the oil-rich country since parliamentary elections a year ago. Two weeks ago, Kurdish politician Abdul Latif Rashid was finally elected as the new president in a vote a month late. Then he instructed the Shiites of Sudan to form a new government.
Prime Minister: Iraq suffers from “accumulated crises”
Al-Sudani said in a speech before parliament that Iraq is suffering from “accumulated crises” that have the most serious repercussions, including the economy. “We sincerely pledge to our great people that we will do everything in our power to achieve success.”
All political forces will participate, whether they are directly involved in the government or not. The goal, among other things, is to build a strong economy with many new jobs and to combat poverty and unemployment.
Since the overthrow of former President Saddam Hussein by the US invasion in 2003, central offices in Iraq have been divided according to proportional representation, in which all important political groups participate. The president is always Kurdish, the prime minister is Shiite, and the speaker of parliament is Sunni.
The political crisis in Iraq has intensified in recent months, driven in part by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. His movement won the largest number of seats in parliament in the elections. However, al-Sadr failed to find sufficient partners to form a government to his liking.
He ordered the withdrawal from parliament and increased street pressure, leading to bloody clashes with rival Shiite militias.
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