MESOP NEWS : Abadi Unilaterally Dismissing Government Officials: Kurdish MP

Kurds have not been consulted for the decisions which resulted in the removing of several Kurdish officials from their positions, MP Abdullah says – Bas News 21 June 2016 – BAGHDAD — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament has raised concerns over PM Haider al-Abadi’s unilateral decisions to dismiss some government officials, including Kurdish figures, from the Iraqi government. MP Shakhawan Abdullah, member of the Parliamentary Committee for Defense and Security affairs, told BasNews that Abadi dismissed some Kurdish figures from high-rank positions both in the government and army to marginalize Kurds.

He stressed out that the PM has decided on the dismissal of the Kurdish figures unilaterally and without consulting with the Kurds who are a key component in Iraq and, according to the constitution, share 17% of government positions in the country.In Iraq, the government and army positions are mainly being divided between Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shi’ites upon political consensus, which is being broken by Abadi, according to the Kurdish MP.

Abadi has been struggling to introduce drastic reforms in his government for the past few months, and he was supposed to establish a “technocrat” cabinet consisting of figures not necessarily affiliated with political parties; however, his attempts have so far made no success.MP Abdullah believes that Abadi’s decision to remove some high-ranking officials is to keep the Sadrist Movement satisfied about the situation. Influential Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has been leading a large-scale protests in Baghdad for several weeks to push the government into taking immediate action in fighting corruption and improve the welfare of the people.