Saturday, December 08, 2018

al-Mahdi still doesn't have a Cabinet (and was Hussein Hijami assassinated over this?)

At the end of October, Adil Abdul al-Mahdi was moved from prime minister-designate to prime minister despite failing to come up with a full cabinet.  Of the 22 positions, he had filled only 14.  Nearly two months later, he still has only 14 positions filled.

Despite his threats to resign, he has yet to do so.  Haydar Karaalp (AA) reports:

Iraq’s former prime minister on Saturday refused to revise his prospective Cabinet list, despite demands from Shia power broker Muqtada al-Sadr, throwing another roadblock in front of efforts to form a government eight months after elections.
The State of Law coalition refuses calls "to replace Falih Fayyad and other candidates for the new Cabinet,” Nouri al-Maliki told a press conference in Baghdad.
He said replacing Fayyad would risk stability in Iraq as it creates a perception that al-Sadr's Sairon Coalition is trying to put pressure on parliament and the government.

Nouri al-Maliki, of course, is well remembered in Iraq.  The former prime minister and forever thug has been screwing the country over for years.

The corruption in Iraq reached its highest level in the era of the "former Prime Minister" Nuri al-Maliki.
According to the Former head of "Integrity" Musa Faraj.
Iraqi Spring Media Center
December 3 at 9:35 AM
الفساد في #العراق وصل إلى أعلى مستوياته في زمن "رئيس الوزراء" الأسبق نوري المالكي.
رئيس هيئة "النزاهة" الأسبق موسى فرج.

Nouri's always been hated. 

  1. Did you know that after America invaded iraq they installed the prime minister Nouri al-Maliki who was in the iranian revolutionary guards and fought against iraq in two wars?!

Nouri was installed by the US government twice.  In 2006, by Bully Boy Bush, he was made prime minister.  In the March 2010 elections, he sought re-election.  But he lost.  So Barack Obama re-installed him using a legal contract (The Erbil Agreement) to go around the Iraqi people and their votes.

In terms of giving rise to ISIS, Nouri was an outstanding success.  From a human rights perspective, he was an abject failure.  In fact, you have to wonder why he hasn't been put on trial already.  It is what he deserves.  He's stolen from the treasury, he's killed the family members of Sunni politicians, he's overseen the false imprisonment of girls and women -- and the beatings and rapes they endured, he's killed journalists, go down the list.

Nouri's demand for Falih Fayyad is interesting.

A whole battle appears to be being waged for Falih.

  1. A senior member of al-Sadr Movement and Saraya al-Salam militia group, affiliated to Muqtada al-Sadr killed by unknown armed militia in Baghdad's al-Shua'la neighborhood today.

  1. If Muqtada Al-Sadr and Qassim Sulaimani won’t reach a solution regarding the character who will get the position of Interior Minister, the tensions within Shia militias might rise, as moments ago a commander of Sayara Al-Salam who is led by Sadr been killed by unknown gunmen.

  1. Commander in Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia assassinated
  2. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – IAn Iraqi commander in the militia of Muqtada al-Sadr has been assassinated north of Baghdad, Iraqi media has repored. Hussein Hijami, a commander in Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam (Peace...

So did he die because of the Cabinet? 

If so, will others as well?

  1. Iraqi Parliament excepted to vote tomorrow on remaining unfilled cabinet positions.

They're expected to vote on Sunday.  And maybe they will -- finally.  But they've been expected to vote over and over -- most recently, last Tuesday -- and the vote never comes.

Iraq has no Minister of Defense nor a Minister of Interior.  They do have ISIS, still in the country, still carrying out acts of violence.

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