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Iraq's PM Abdul-Mahdi at crossroads either to resign or be expelled

The state of relative calm, currently witnessed by the Iraqi government in the wake of the halt of mass protests, will not last long, as a new wave of demonstrations are scheduled to be staged on October 25 after the end the celebrations of Arbaeen Pilgrimage in Karbala.

The coming wave of protests, as it has widely circulated on social media outlets, will be more powerful and well prepared than the recent one, which has been faced with unprecedented violent suppression by the Iraqi authorities.
“The Youth in Iraq have a mad stare of despair on their faces. They have seen nothing, but Sanctions and War.” These were the words of a UN official stationed in the International Zone in Baghdad back in 2011.

This month, there have been massive protests in different parts of Iraq as a result of widespread public rage over corruption in government, high unemployment rates and poor public services.

Those protesting are mainly young men who are mostly leaderless yet disgruntled with Iraq’s governance in the post-Baathist period.

“Iraq goes to war with itself” was how The New York Times described the deadly instability plaguing the country. Iraq’s national problems represent an enormous challenge to Abdul Mahdi’s government, which has resorted to having its security forces kill hundreds of protesters while injuring thousands of others.
The entire political system needs an overhaul. As Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of Iraq’s most influential clerics, said on his sermon on October 4 at Karbala, “the government has not achieved anything on the ground; it must do what it can to improve public services, find work for the unemployed, end clientelism, deal with the corruption issue, and send those implicated in it to prison.”

The Iraqi PM faces also huge pressures from the Parliament and the political powers that hold the government responsible the deadly incidents during protests.

There are growing calls inside the Parliament who are publicly demand the overthrow of the government and called for the formation of a caretaker government until a new cabinet is formed.

During a joint meeting on Sunday among representatives from the National Coalition, the Democratic Civil Current and the Iraqi Platform, they called for the formation of a caretaker government and holding early elections.

These explicit calls came after the failure of Abdul Mahdi's attempt to de-escalate the situation through announcing a limited ministerial reshuffle.
These new anti-positions announced by the most influential parliamentary blocs, indicate that the current government will be expelled soon, especially after failing to make any real reform after a year of assuming power.

He demanded that the prime minister be given a last chance not to exceed the date of 12/12 of this year in order to address the problems of the people, if he fails to address these problems (which is to be expected), he will resign or be told by the House of Representatives ...
In sum, and overall, the rebuilding of the Iraqi state will be contingent upon three critical and parallel undertakings: consolidation of governing institutions; legitimatization of political structure and processes; and formation of a national identity incorporating the interests of a war-torn diverse population. Without reforming the political process and the electoral system, fighting corruption and promoting the rule of law, and building state institutions based on equal access to justice, no long-term solutions could be feasible in Iraq.