By Ramin Hossein Abadian

New Iraqi cabinet ahead

October 19, 2018 - 12:8

TEHRAN - Adel Abdul Mahdi, the new prime minister of Iraq, is required by the Iraq’s constitution to submit his cabinet appointees for parliamentary approval within 30 days of his election, which occurred on October 2, or else another person will be appointed for that task. But nothing has been done yet.

Extensive and intensive consultations with parties and people of talent in Iraqi society have been underway, and this has been Abdul Mahdi’s focus this month.
Some seek to end the time required by Abdul Mahdi for the presentation of the new. cabinet, and the parliament will have to decide on this. There is always the possibility anyway of political chaos in Iraq.

Although the Americans may pretend they were not annoyed by the election of Abdul Mahdi as prime minister, a look at Iraqi his positions suggests that he was by no means Washington’s choice. The main reason for this is the return of political support for Abdul Mahdi by the vast majority of Iraqi parliamentarians and the major coalition parties in parliament. No one can deny that Abdul Mahdi's as prime minister emerged from a major political consensus between the great coalitions of Al-Aslah and Al-Banna.

This political backing is the biggest evidence of Abdul Mahdi's success in his current direction to elect new cabinet members. He will appoint his cabinet in due time. His supporters have been formally noted by Abdul Mahdi at various occasions by major Shiite leaders and coalitions in Iraq, including Sayyed Ammar Hakim, who has repeatedly emphasized the need for the full support of all groups from Abdul Mahdi on the path to the formation of the cabinet.

The leader of the current nationalist wisdom emphasized the necessity of full support for the new Iraqi prime minister during his recent visit to the Kurdistan region and his meetings with the leaders of Kurdish groups.

Al-Fatah leader Hadi al-Ameri, also stands beside Abdul Mahdi and explicitly emphasizes that his alliance has left Abdul Mahdi a free hand to form a cabinet.

It should also be noted that other Shiite groups, such as the Saeroon Alliance and Islamic Resistance Movement in Iraq (al-Nojaba), support Abdul Mahdi and his mission.
Major political alliances within the Iraqi parliament have also taken measures to deal with some possible scenarios in the formation of the cabinet. The latest news indicates that the large parliamentary coalition will permit Abdul Mahdi to introduce half of its cabinet members in the first step and then the other half at a later date.

This act of parliamentarians, the vast majority of whom are Shiite, abolishes any attempt to oust Abdul Mahdi as the prime minister. Iraq appears to be moving closer to political stability.

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