Former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said
the current political scene is even "worse than Mohasasa (quota system),"
saying that 'the corrupt have decided that I cannot win a second term fearing
for their interests."
Political Mohasasa in Iraq is defined as the allocation of positions on the basis of sect and party.
It is "unfair" to give ministries to blocs while neglecting others, Abadi said in a statement, adding that the national interests must be prioritized over personal interests.
The former prime minister blamed the current government for returning of people suspected of corruption to hold executive positions.
"We still insist on adopting professionalism in choosing the rest of the posts, while the other [party] insists on Mohasasa."
He pointed out that "the victory that has been achieved against terrorism and ensuring citizens' safety, was due to the efforts and sacrifices exerted by soldiers of the Iraqi army."