Feature: Iraqis wish political blocs to help PM form new gov't

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-22 04:26:41|Editor: yan
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BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- As the constitutional deadline for Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi to form a new government is approaching, many Iraqis wish that the political blocs would give up pressures on Mahdi.

Mahdi has been in tough negotiations with the parliamentary political blocs who are putting great pressure on him to accept their candidates for the cabinet posts.

"Mahdi's efforts to form a new government are confronting the desire of the political blocs who want to keep their power and influence in Mahdi's cabinet," said Mohammed Ismail, a book shop owner in Mutanabi Street in downtown Baghdad.

"We hope that the new government would serve the Iraqi people, far from political blocs control that led to the devastation of the country's economy, lack of services, deterioration in education, wide spread of corruption and unemployment," Talib al-Jabiri, a former athlete who works in sports media told Xinhua.

Bothyna Ibrahim, a government employee, told Xinhua that "people got bored from the false promises of better life by the political parties."

Observers see that most of the country's political parties have built their own influence and power throughout years of spat across the country after 2003. None of them is willing to lose their gains.

Political analyst Ahmed al-Sarraji believes that choosing Mahdi as PM-designate out of the competing political blocs is a sign that the political rivals want to form a new government away from the ethno-sectarian quota system.

"Mahdi is under heavy pressure by some of the political blocs to name their nominees for the next cabinet, unlike what they (blocs) announced earlier that they would give Mahdi enough freedom to choose his cabinet members," Taha Ibrahim, professor of politics in Nahrain University, told Xinhua.

However, Ibrahim believes that Mahdi will cling to his position of forming a government that consists of independent and technocrat members.

"The insistence of the political blocs on naming their nominees makes it difficult for Mahdi to form his government within the constitutional timeline which ends in Nov. 1," Ibrahim added.

He thinks that political differences could force Mahdi to present partial cabinet list to the parliament for approval to meet the constitutional deadline.

Last week, Mahdi's office said in a statement that the PM-designate will submit his cabinet list and ministerial program this week.

On Oct. 2, the Iraqi parliament elected Barham Salih as President of Iraq, who later named Mahdi as PM-designate and tasked him with forming the new government for the next four years.

Mahdi has since been busy with tough negotiations with different political blocs in parliament over the members of his cabinet.

According to the Iraqi constitution, the prime minister designate has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval.