The time granted for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to end the issue of running the state institutions by proxy will end on June 30, as stated by the federal budget law for the year 2019, which was adopted in January.
Any action after that date will be considered null according to article no. 58 of the law.
This means Abdul-Mahdi has only 34 days to end such complicated issue. It’s like all the other issues including the cabinet formation, adopting the budget and heading the parliamentary committees. Settling this issues will not be easy, especially with the usual growing conflicts inside the parliamentary blocs that take charge of voting.
The available indications inside the parliament show that disputes are at its peak and that consensus on candidates, especially those running for crucial positions including the Commission of Integrity, Financial Monitoring Department and the Central Bank is still not available in the near future.
According to Yehia al-Mohammadi, rapporter of the parliament’s legal committee, the parliamentary bloc formed in the beginning of May some committees that were tasked with negotiation with Abdul-Mahdi to end the issue of positions that are run by proxy.
“The mobilization among the parliamentary blocs and the prime minister reached its peak as the dates near. The ongoing talks tackle setting standards for selecting the suitable figures for those positions based on the principle of balance,” Mohammadi said.
There should be a stop at the his remark on the ‘principle of balance’. He did not mention standards of efficiency, integrity, experience or any other standards that should be available in whoever heads any of the three authorities, which shoulder a big part of responsibility of what Iraq suffers including the administrative corruption, squandering of public money and smuggling of foreign currency.
A deep look into those authorities, known to be independent and ran by proxy, show how Shia powers control them, especially Dawa Party. This goes back to the first and second governments of Nuri al-Maliki. The same issue happened under government of Haidar al-Abadi as the Dawa Party took advantage of nomination by proxy to appoint figures close to it.
Abdul-Mahdi now faces an obstacle to select the candidates for the three authorities, which could be approved by the Dawa Party and other powers. This remind of the situation with selecting ministers for vacant ministries and how some of them were dismissed before taking charge of their missions like the education minister Shaimaa al-Hayali and the objections and disputes like the Interior Ministry candidate Falih al-Fayyad and disagreement like in the case of the defense minister.
Sami al-Massoudi, leader with the Al-Bina Alliance said “the committees formed by the political blocs did not meet with the prime minister due to not settling the issue of the ministerial cabinet as well as the ongoing conflicts regarding the candidates for the ministries. This was applied also on concluding the issue of the independent authorities.”
The negotiations set the share for the Sunni component in those positions by 33 percent, compared to 17 percent for the Kurdish component. Saairun Alliance called for 18 percent of the security and military positions.