ARTICLE: The Only Way to Solve Iraq’s Political Crisis
By Zaid Al-Ali, May 10, 2016
THE NEW YORK TIMES: With the Islamic State still in control of large parts of the country and oil prices depressed, Iraq is on the verge of a meltdown. But instead of working to solve the country’s problems, Iraq’s political class has been consumed by a power struggle. Last weekend, protesters in Baghdad lost their patience andstormed the Parliament building, threatening further action if serious reform is not enacted soon.
This eruption was a long time coming.Last August, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised to improve government services and eliminate corruption.Unsurprisingly, he has failed to deliver. In response, protesters have demanded a new government and the abandonment of the sectarian quota system that has underpinned Iraqi governments since 2003. Mr. Abadi has tried to respond by putting forward a “technocratic” cabinet, but he hasn’t been able to get it approved by Parliament.