By Gazi Hassan
Once again, Baghdad is confronted with serious political crisis. Haidar Al-Abbadi had been calling for large-scale projects since he took office, but in reality he’s only created large-scale crises. In Al-Abbadi spouting snappy slogans, claiming reforms, and promising to defeat ISIS, he’s continued in the footsteps of his predecessor, Al Maliki.
Al-Abbadi hasn’t resolved any of the disputes he claimed. The economic issue has deteriorated and public services are falling, while he still calls for more American and Iranian support. He’s joined the Syria-Russia-Iran agreement while cuting military aid to the Peshmerga (the main force defeating ISIS on the ground).
On his first day in office, Al-Abbadi played the same as Al-Maliki, who’s covertly running a constitutional coup in Baghdad. He continues to cause new problems for the sake of solving another issue so he can easily impose unilateral rule. Al-Abbadi has announced reforms but hasn’t even held a single official accountable—not a single stolen dollar has been recovered. Likewise not a single person responsible for the fall of Mosul has been held responsible.
Baghdad is unraveling towards an even less stable political situation. The removal of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Saleem Jaboor and his deputies has the appearance of a constitutional coup. Until now, Al-Abbadi hasn’t been able to enter the parliament without a military force accompanying him— an action that action suggests his fears over the possibility of a coup. Nuri Al-Maliki, who is primarily responsible for the fall of Mosul and expansion of ISIS, is now his main partner furthering the divide. The escalating conflict between the Shiite political parties and the emergence of Muqtada Sadr once again shows the situation has reached an all time low.
To delay the coup, Al-Abbadi will further diminish the role of the Kurds and Sunnis to pacify Shiites. Nouri Al-Maliki, on the other hand, stood against Kurdish rights by imposing economic sanctions on the Kurdistan region in order to stir positive opinion from Arabs and Shiites. But he eventually paid for this stance with the loss of his office. Only the Kurds aren’t thinking about retaliation in exchange for power—everyone else is, it seems.
Baghdad is shaking with deeper problems. With the current situation, it’s nearly impossible for the political parties to move the right direction to actually solve a crisis; they are too infected with the crisis-virus. Due to his political immaturity, Al-Abbadi’s deviation from constitutional principles will leave no room for a real democratic solution. What happened in Iraqi Parliament will not turn Iraq into a politically stable and socially developed country.
Two-faced Al-Abbadi’s responsibility is central in that he himself made an agreement with Sadr to occupy the Green Zone while on the other hand carrying out a constitutional coup in the parliament against his own “technocratic government” project. This is madness! Who could possibly figure out the mind of Baghdad’s political ruling classes?
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