Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Iraqi PM Abadi Says He Won’t ‘Cling To A Second Term’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi delivers a speech during the opening session of New Iraqi parliament at the Parliament Building on Sept. 3 2018 in Baghdad Iraq PM Abadi says not seeking re-election after protests
Pablo Mccormick | 15 September, 2018, 18:27

Abadi said the government had chose to increase the salaries of fighters' in the powerful pro-Tehran Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force, and make wages "equal to that of the armed forces".

Al-Abadi, who took office in September 2014, a few months after the Daesh onslaught in northern and western Iraq, is widely blamed for poor performance regarding public services.

This is bad news for Iraqi PM Hayder Abadi, who despite having formed a coalition deal with Sadr, is seen as far too weak to be seriously considered for another term as premier. Abadi's bloc came in third with 42 seats. I don't cling to a second term. "We will rotate power peacefully", the USA -backed Abadi told reporters in Baghdad on September 14.

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Political analyst Ihsan al-Ashaari told the AP that Abadi's statement does not necessarily mean he is no longer seeking to retain his post and that the eventual decision will be made by the legislature after intense negotiations.

Iraq's parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking the first step towards establishing the new government four months after an inconclusive national election.

Iraq's parliamentary blocs are still struggling to form the government after legislative elections in May.

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Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses a newly elected parliament during its first session in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

Protesters and security forces members have been killed in confrontations when demonstrators damaged and burned government offices and attacked security forces with stones and Molotov cocktails.

"We demand the government apologize to the people and resign immediately", said Hassan al-Aquli, a spokesman for Sadr's political list.

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