22 September 2020
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Iraqi President Barham Salih, when will you resign?

Monday, 09 March 2020 19:20
Power seat. Iraqi President Barham Salih at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, last September. (AP) Power seat. Iraqi President Barham Salih at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, last September. (AP)

President Barham Salih is greatly committed to reconstructing Iraq, reforming the economy, restoring factories, revitalising agriculture and creating tonnes of job opportunities for the thousands of unemployed and disillusioned youth who are today the main nerve of the uprising in Iraq but it might be too late.

Salih’s call on political parties to “seriously strive to reach a national agreement for the appointment of an alternate prime minister, who could be nationally and popularly accepted, during the specified constitutional period, in order to form a government capable of handling its tasks in light of the tremendous challenges facing Iraq” is more like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Salih’s dilemma can be summed up in one point. He is trying to find a new appointee as prime minister from within the same old political parties and blocs that tried all kinds of fraudulent tricks and false promises to satisfy the angry mobs but failed.

Had Salih dared to stand up to the “armed” parties and chosen a non-partisan, honest, honourable and patriotic candidate — and there are many such candidates among the millions of Iraqi scientists who are neither traitors nor agents and genuinely biased to the angry multitude — that person would have been thrown out by the mafia parties before he reached parliament for a vote of confidence.

The fraudulent and lame Iraqi Constitution says the president of the republic could also take over the responsibilities of prime minister, in this case as of March 18. So, let’s wait and see.

What is certain, however, is that Salih will never be able to accomplish a thing even if he becomes the president of all presidents, the prime minister of all prime ministers and the CEO of all CEOs. He won’t be able to do anything significant to cool off the angry protesters and make them go home safe and sound.

Let Salih have all the powers in the country, he still won’t be able to bring to justice a major figure of corruption such as Nuri al-Maliki or a major assassin like Muqtada al-Sadr or any other known Iranian agent.

In short, as long as some bodies other than the state are allowed to carry weapons, the corrupt will always be stronger than the government and, as long as Iran does what it wants in Iraq, there will be no way out of their predicament for the Iraqi people, barring a miracle, of course, and we know that, unfortunately, there are no miracles in these bad times.

The only thing that Salih will end up realising March 18 is that any candidate put forth by the parties of the quota system will be rejected by the rebellious masses and, if the masses reject him, he will inevitably fall.

Salih will only be wasting his time and energy if he continues to search for a candidate for prime minister amid the waste of the Green Zone parties and their hungry corrupt leaders.

Wouldn’t it be better for him to get out of As-Salam Palace in Baghdad and flee to Sulaymaniyah in Kurdistan before it is too late? He could hand in his resignation from there and enjoy peace of mind that the ironically named “Peace Palace” doesn’t know.

Source: Arab Weekly

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