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Iraq: Four Political Blocs Consider Dismissing Abdul Mahdi

Iraq: Four Political Blocs Consider Dismissing Abdul Mahdi

Sunday, 8 September, 2019 - 08:00
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi delivers a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool/File Photo

Pessimist assumptions are mounting on the future of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and his government. There are ongoing talks on the possibility of the PM resigning or four political blocs agreeing to remove him.


Sadrist movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr- a major supporter of Abdul Mahdi – declared that the government would be over in case no strict measures were taken to amend its path. This increases the possibility of such assumptions.


Hassan al-Yasseri, from the Fatah Alliance, considered that it is still too early to talk about the resignation of the PM and demanded to give him a second chance to change the tragic path of the country.


A reliable source affirmed that four political blocs are seriously thinking about finding an alternative for Abdul Mahdi in the coming period.


The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that some blocs are now perplexed in front of their people who are complaining over the recession in the country within Abdul Mahdi’s government.


Several blocs are shocked with the prime minister’s lack of strength to face challenges such as foreign violations, armed factions, and the economic situation, the source added.


Since 2003, the political blocs or Iraqi parliament hasn’t replaced or dismissed a prime minister.


The leader in the National Wisdom Movement Mohamed, Hossam al-Husseini, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that it is unlikely that the Shiite forces dismiss the PM because he has so far provided many benefits.


However, Iraqi political analyst Ziad al-Arar said that the political forces are done discussing the replacement of Abdul Mahdi and are now in the phase of finding a substitute.


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