Iraq finally has a president and an prime minister-designate. Possibly the long delay (elections were held May 12th, Tuesday they finally named a president) has left some confused? Martin Chulov, for example, wrote at THE GUARDIAN:
Under Iraq’s postwar constitution, the president must be a Kurd, the prime minister a Shia, and the speaker of parliament a Sunni. The divisions of authority give the three dominant sects a stake in the country’s affairs. However, power is often bitterly contested along sectarian lines leading to regular governance breakdowns and a long list of grievances – including complaints of rampant corruption, sclerotic services and a bloated, inefficient public sector.
That's wrong. That's just flat out wrong.
When I saw it yesterday afternoon, I almost posted about it but thought, "Oh, they'll correct it in an hour or two." They still haven't. That doesn't speak well for THE GUARDIAN.
The Constitution of Iraq calls for the president to be an Iraqi by birth.
There is nothing in the Constitution saying they must be a Kurd.
The president a Kurd, the Speaker of Parliament a Sunni and the prime minister a Shi'ite is something that has been worked out from outside of the Constitution. It can be argued it is now custom; however, it can not be argued that it is law and you certainly cannot state that it is written into the Constitution when it is not.
Chulov notes that Adel Abdul-Mahdi has been named prime minister-designate and that "Abdul Mahdi, 76, a former oil minister, has been given 30 days to assemble a cabinet to be approved by Iraq’s parliament."
Balsam Mustafa has some issued with Mina Aldroubi's latest for THE NATIONAL:
Some issues in this article: 1st: He was not elected but tapped Second:why there isn't any reference to his previous political alignments as a communist, and most importantly, as a member in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq? (1)
Third: there is no reference to claims of his association with a bank robbery a few years ago. Fourth: I don't think, and this is just my opinion, that Kurds from KDP will be satisfied w 'leftover scraps' from ministries distribution as @UticaRisk notes
I can only think of the word 'hypocrisy' to describe someone who spent plenty of time over the past few months criticising the whole political system in #Iraq to then become key part of it through a deal brokered by many actors
As noted in yesterday's snapshot, since 2006, CIA analysts have argued that Mahdi was the best equipped Iraqi to be prime minister. It's taken a long time for him to get there. A long time. 76 years old right now. A long time. The Bully Boy Bush White House saw the analysis but they preferred Nouri al-Maliki in 2006 because the CIA write up on him argued that his immense paranoia would make him easy to handle and manipulate.
76 years old.
Ages of Iraq's post-2003 prime minister when they assumed their functions: Ayad Allawi: 60 Ibrahim Jaafari: 58 Nouri al-Maliki: 56 Haider al-Abadi: 62 Adel Abdel Mehdi: 76 AAM is the oldest by 14 years.
Like the previous prime minister Hayder al-Abadi, Mahdi is a very short man. Like all the previous prime ministers post-invasion, Mahdi is a flee-er. He fled Iraq and only returned years later after the US-led invasion.
Mustafa Habib reflects on Hayder in two Tweets:
At NIQASH, Mustafa Habib shares:
THE NEW ARAB offers:
Mahdi becomes the first elected prime minister in post-Saddam Iraq not to hail from the Shia Islamist Dawa party.
With a burly physique and a face framed by spectacles and a thin moustache, Abdul Mahdi is an economist by training who has served as oil minister.
He will be able to call on years of experience as a regular on Iraq's diplomatic scene for the balancing acts he is expected for perform.
Abdul Mahdi has the blessing of both Iran and the United States, a required consensus in the country caught between its two major allies who are foes.
Per the Constitution, Mahdi has 30 days to form a government (Cabinet) but this provision has never been enforced. For all intents and purposes (unless the Parliament suddenly decides the Constitution must be followed), Mahdi is now prime minister of Iraq.
In Iraq, UN welcomes new President, and Prime Minister-designate, calls for ‘truly representative’ new cabinet
Here's Cat Power's "Woman" with Lana del Rey.
Cat's album WANDERER is released tomorrow.
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