Those who went to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi when he first took office, were surprised by checkpoint guards asking them which prime minister they were going to meet? Nouri al-Maliki was refusing to leave and his influence was still prevailing!
September marks Abadi’s anniversary as prime minister, although one year of his premiership passed as if he was never in power. Finally, Abadi has now announced that he refuses to stay in the box he was put in, deciding to change the structure of governance that limited his duties to being just another government employee “who can’t do anything.”
He has announced the dismissal of his MPs and other state leaders, except for the president and the parliament speaker. He has removed several governmental administrations and thousands of bodyguards assigned to officials and MPs. He has pledged not to allow the appointment of ministers, advisers and director-generals based on partisanship and religion. He promised to form a professional committee that will be in charge of selecting candidates according to standards of efficiency and integrity.
In theory, it seems that Abadi has led a coup from inside the palace against the regime he inherited from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, but it may just all be a storm in a teacup.
What urged Abadi to take this decision was the outrage of the Iraqis who did not scream for help when it came to ISIS or Shiite militias this time, but from the heatwave hitting Iraq as most cities suffered from electricity blackouts due to weak government services.
Abadi’s real problem
The Iraqi people have been drained by high-level corruption and the government’s mismanagement of the countryAbdulrahman al-Rashed