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After tightening the screws on him .. A parliamentarian expects Al-Kazemi to step down soon

The representative of the State of Law bloc, Kati al-Rikabi, saw on Saturday that the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazimi faces obstacles to completing his government formation and submitting it to parliament, expecting to step down from the task of forming the government in the coming days as a result.

Al-Rikabi said in a special statement to Shafaq News, that “Al-Kazimi gave the Sunni and Kurdish powers full authorization to nominate names for ministerial portfolios, but he disagreed with the bloc that nominated him (Shiites), and he did not deal with them by distributing ministries correctly.”

He added, “There is duplication with Al-Kazemi in dealing with the political components and blocs,” adding that “this may prompt him in the coming days to present his apology for the assignment according to the news and what we are seeing on the political scene.”

Al-Rikabi indicated that “it was first for Al-Kazemi to benefit from the mistakes of the former commissioners, Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi and Adnan Al-Zarfi, and to choose suitable personalities in the cabinet and form his government according to the public interest.”

A political source revealed to Shafak News on Saturday that the Shiite forces had given Al-Kazemi 48 hours to replace the names of the candidates in the cabinet.

According to the source, the Shiite forces protested against candidates to fill the ministerial portfolios and gave him 48 hours to replace them, in a move that would increase pressure on Al-Kazemi in the coming days.

On April 9, Iraqi President Barham Salih tasked Al-Kazimi to form the new government within 30 days.

Initial indications were that Al-Kazemi won the support of the majority of the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political forces, which made belief prevail that his mission would be easy, unlike his predecessors Adnan Al-Zarfi and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, who failed to mobilize the necessary support to form a government.

However, disputes escalated in recent days over candidates for ministerial portfolios, especially within the Shiite house, where Shiite leaders held several meetings without containing the differences so far.

The new government will succeed the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in early December 2019 under pressure from popular protests calling for the departure and accountability of all political class accused of corruption and waste of state funds. Source