Really? Of course, he's going to be involved. To even be considered for prime minister, Hayder had to run for Parliament in the May elections. So he is an MP even though he's not going to get a second term as prime minister.
Yes, he will remain in the government. Kind of obvious despite several outlets wasting ink on it and treating it as though it was something novel and new.
But that got topped with reports today, like this one, where Nouri al-Maliki, shocker, will not be in the new Cabinet that Adil Abdul al-Mahdi is attempting to put together. How is this news? Nouri wanted to be prime minister but no one, after having him as prime minister for two terms, wanted him to be prime minister. Nouri is seen as one of the most corrupt politicians in Iraq. No one wants him in a Cabinet. No one wants him anywhere. In 2006, Dawa was the premier political party in Iraq. With Nouri as their figure head, their popularity has collapsed -- in part because Nouri wanted complete control of it and, when that wasn't possible, created State of Law (which came in fourth in the May elections). Despite having destroyed Dawa, Nouri's insisting he's the one who needs to rebuild it. Omar Sattar (AL-MONITOR) reports:
A number of party members, including the senior leader Abdul Halim Zuhairi, blamed both Maliki and Abadi for bearing responsibility for the party's “weakness.” Most significantly, their joint statement read, “[Maliki] went out on a Fatah coalition and [Abadi] walked along behind the Sairoon. Now we go to our brothers a second time for the sake of rapprochement and harmony, having given up their alliance. But we find only deaf ears, especially from brother Abadi. This has brought us to where we are now, with the adversaries of politics [Fatah and Sairoon] agreeing over the shreds of Dawa.”
Abadi responded with a statement of his own, noting, “I am surprised by the unfortunate statement from the three brothers [Abdul Halim Zuhairi, Sadik al-Rikabi and Tareq Najm] that distorts the facts and raises more than one question as to whether its timing and publication were an organized campaign to divide us and parcel out the remains of Dawa.”
A new split could now take place, all the more likely if the outgoing prime minister enters a reformed parliamentary coalition whose policies and slogans diverge far from the coalition built by Maliki, as he is unlikely to play a subordinate role under Malki’s leadership again.
Still on corruption, mark the calenders. TREND notes that Friday saw Iraq's new president, Barham Salih, has declared that the elimination of corruption will be the number one priority for the new government. He's quoted declaring, "The next government will work to address corruption and to hold the corrupted people accountable." Claims such as that have been made before, such as in 2014 by the then-new prime minister Hayder al-Abadi. Let's all look it up in four years to see what, if any, progress was made on this one.
Staying on the topic of elections, September 30th, the KRG held elections and now the official results are in. XINHUA reports:
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has won the most seats in the Sept. 30 parliamentary elections of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
Around midnight Saturday, the Kurdish Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced the final results, which showed the KDP, headed by Masoud Barzani, took the lead with 45 seats of the 111-seat regional parliament.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by former Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, came second with 21 seats, the results showed.
What a shocker this must be . . . for Joel Wing and other 'observers.'
It's no shock, you just had to pay attention.
In the words of Carly Simon, "I'm not prophet and I don't know nature's ways." But you didn't have to be. You just had to pay attention. The Talabani family has run the PUK into the ground. 21 seats? The KDP won over twice that number. How embarrassing for the Talabanis -- a dying dynasty trying to find its way back to relevance.
Remember, in the land of dying empire, in DC and across the country today, Women's March on the Pentagon.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and Cindy Sheehan -- updated:
The e-mail address for this site is email@example.com.