Kubic hopes to form new government by Eid al-Adha

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jan Kubic, hopes that by the end of Eid al-Adha, the government will meet the aspirations of Iraqis who, in their recent demonstrations, have sent a “very strong message” expressing their frustration with the political system and “foreign interference”.

“There is a chance that the religious authority will influence the thinking of the political forces,” Kubic said in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat. He called on the authorities in Baghdad to continue the policy of openness initiated by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with neighboring countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

Kubic noted that the formation of the government coincided with the demonstrations in the south of the country where “people have sent a very strong message about what they expect from the coming government” that “needs to meet their needs, the country’s need for very deep reforms, fighting corruption and so on.”

“There is an opportunity for Mr. Ali al-Sistani to express his opinion and certainly influence the thinking of the political forces,” he said, adding that people had addressed “messages by expressing their aspirations for the future government and its program.”

Kubic expressed his hope that the new government will be formed after the counting of votes and the approval of the results by “Eid al-Adha holiday, perhaps after or before the Eid.” He hoped that “political parties will accelerate to the final stage of consultations to form a government” Reform and meet the aspirations of people and their needs and have the political will to do so.” Source