20 September 2020
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Iraqis Voice Cautious Optimism, Demand Radical Change from New PM

Sunday, 10 May 2020 01:19
rime Minister Mustafa al-kadhemi, of Iraq, delivering his first televised address after his nomination in April.Credit...Reuters TV rime Minister Mustafa al-kadhemi, of Iraq, delivering his first televised address after his nomination in April.Credit...Reuters TV

Iraqis have expressed their hope that the new Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-kadhemi will correct the political path in the Levantine country, answer to the demands of protestors, and fight corruption that has drained national resources.

Many said they were cautiously optimistic towards the government winning the confidence vote and its ability to face the great challenges that beset Iraq.

Some of the challenges faced by Iraq are the outbreak of the coronavirus, the collapse of oil prices in global markets, as well as a long list of public demands that were made during demonstrations months ago.

Iraqis said that kadhemi has no choice but to work at a surgical level to succeed in helping the country recover from its challenges without resorting to Band-Aid solutions after 17 years since the US invasion.

Iraqi public worker Wissam Sabri, 37, said he believes that kadhemi has a clear picture set before him and that his security background helps him understand the concerns of citizens.

“We are convinced that the files in front of the prime minister are large and thorny, but he must use his ministerial team to work in the spirit of one team and benefit from Iraqi expertise to address the imbalances and prepare for early parliamentary elections,” Sabri said.

Shop owner Sabri Salem, 32, asserted that the new prime minister has a historic opportunity to correct the path of politics in the country and win over the people through answering the demands put out by protestors.

Salem called for real economic openness with international companies according to well-thought plans designed to eliminate unemployment, rebuild the country, address the crisis of the displaced people, and manage public funds.

Iraqi teacher Sana al-Gherawi, 52, said that in order for kadhemi to be successful, he needs to distance himself from handling government issues behind closed doors and in luxury offices. He, according to Gherawi, needs to go to the streets and listen to the people directly.

Source: Asharq Al - Awsat

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