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Thursday UPDATE for April 9, 2020

PM-Designate Al-Zarfi announced, on Thursday, that he is stepping down from forming the Iraqi government.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi has now been chosen to become the next PM-Designate with a new set of 30 days to form his cabinet — if he takes that long.

Tishwash:  Who is Mustafa Al-Kazemi, the new name for the presidency of the Government of Iraq?

Both the Iraqi Forces Alliance and the Kurdistan Regional Government presidency announced, on Wednesday, their support for the nomination of the head of the Intelligence Agency, Mustafa al-Kazimi, to head the new government.

Mustafa Abd al-Latif, who was born in Baghdad in the year 1967, was born with a law degree.

And he chose the name (Mustafa Al-Kazemi) during his work as a journalist in a number of local media, before he became editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine “Barham Salih”, whose privilege was “Barham Salih”, the current Iraqi president.

Al-Kazemi was an active opponent of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who lived for years in exile, but did not join any of the Iraqi political parties.

He was appointed by the former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as the head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service in June of 2016, after he gained a “distinguished position” as a political mediator between the various Iraqi parties in successive crises, and also obtained support from the Dawa Party.

Al-Kazemi has more than 15 years of service in Iraq, most of which is in the area of conflict resolution, and Al-Kazemi has worked on “reforming the apparatus by focusing on getting politics out of the intelligence work.”

“Mustafa Al-Kazemi” at the top of the list of the most prominent candidates who enjoy the acceptance of the Iraqi street, granted him his role as executive director of the Iraqi Memory Foundation – an organization founded for the purpose of documenting the crimes of the previous regime – the opportunity to specialize in archival strategies, and “gain experience in documenting testimonies and collecting films about victims of the system The former is based on responsibility in preserving the Iraqi event as a historical document, in addition to overseeing the work of multiple teams in several countries.

Al-Kazemi managed from Baghdad and London the Humanitarian Dialogue Foundation, an independent organization that seeks to bridge the gaps between societies and cultures and establish dialogue as an alternative to violence in resolving crises through cooperation that cuts geographical and social boundaries.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi worked as a columnist and managing editor of the Iraq section of Al-Monitor International, and his articles focused on devoting the spirit of social peace in Iraq, establishing the future and the country’s historical position, and uncovering the failures and confusion that accompanied the experience of the political system and ways to address it. He also published during his career many books, most notably (Iraq Question – Reconciliation between the Past and the Future).  link