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ARTICLE: Premature excitement about Iraq’s new government reforms

By Zaid Al-Ali,  August 15, 2015

WASHINGTON POST: Following more than a decade of decrepit government performance and spurred by popular protests in many parts of the country, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proposed a reform plan on Aug. 8, which was thenexpanded and approved unanimously by parliament on Aug. 11.

The plan was met with widespread approval within Iraq and abroad: Protesters carried signs saying that they were “delegating” the prime minister to reform the government; the Shiite religious establishment in Najaf offered its full support; Iraqi and international commentators were also quick to praise the plan.

However, having reviewed it in detail and having followed developments in Iraq’s governance structure for the past 10  years, I felt deeply depressed after reading Abadi’s plan. Had I been given an opportunity to do so, I would have voted against it.


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