Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Iraq lawmakers give PM until Thursday to reshuffle cabinet
By Salam Faraj
Baghdad (AFP) March 28, 2016

Iraq's parliament gave embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi until Thursday to present a cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his protest movement for reform.

Sadr himself spent the night camping in the Green Zone while thousands of his supporters continued a 10-day-old sit-in outside the gates of the fortified area in central Baghdad.

"Parliament is the legitimate representative of the people and it declared that Thursday is the final deadline for the government to present a new ministerial line-up," the speaker's office said in a statement on Monday.

Sources in parliament told AFP that 170 lawmakers out of 245 present voted in favour of the deadline.

"If Abadi fails to present his new cabinet, he must be present in parliament on Saturday to explain why," said Haidar al-Mutlaq, an MP from the State of Law bloc.

Abadi has promised to reshuffle the government by replacing party-affiliated ministers with technocrats, a move meant to help tackle corruption and Iraq's massive budget crunch.

The premier has faced resistance from ministers within his own Shiite bloc who are reluctant to give up their positions and attendant privileges.

Abadi already faces pressure from the street in the shape of the sit-in by Sadr's supporters at the gates of the Green Zone, which is home to his office, parliament and several large Western embassies.

Sadr had warned that his supporters would storm the Green Zone if Abadi failed to present a line-up of technocrats.

But buying Abadi a little more time, Sadr entered the Green Zone alone on Sunday, asking his supporters to remain outside the perimeter.

The Sadrist movement also staged protests in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, where Sadr is usually based, as well as in Basra, Hilla and Kut.

"This demonstration is a message to the leaders from the Green Zone, telling them that Sadr represents all Iraqis," said Hadi al-Denienawi, the head of Sadr's office in Najaf.

Falah Mohammed Hassan, 47, was among thousands who demonstrated in the southern port city of Basra.

"The aim of this protest is to call for change and reforms. The only thing we will accept is a cabinet of technocrats, we will topple all the corrupt and make them accountable," he said.

Many leading Iraqi politicians live inside the Green Zone, a sprawling area the US army sealed off after invading Iraq in 2003.

The restricted zone is now seen as an egregious symbol of the privileges enjoyed by the ruling elite and the corruption that has stunted the development of the oil-rich country.

The scion of an influential clerical family from the holy city of Najaf, Sadr first made a name for himself at the age of 30 as a vociferous anti-American cleric who raised a rebellion.

His influence ebbed after the 2011 US pullout but he retained strong support among the lower classes and is now casting himself as the champion of the fight against graft.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
Iraq: The first technology war of the 21st century

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
Iraq cleric Sadr in 'Green Zone' sit-in protest
Baghdad (AFP) March 27, 2016
Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr on Sunday entered the perimeter of Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" and began a sit-in to ramp up pressure for reforms. The symbolic move by the young Shiite cleric comes after thousands of his supporters have been camping outside the restricted area's entrances for more than a week. Sadr wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to enact reforms tackling corruption ... read more

S. Korea, US open missile shield talks

Israeli Air Force deploying 'David's Sling' missile defense system

US Missile Defense Outdated

China Interfering in THAAD Deployment Decision Process Preposterous

Raytheon refurbishing electronic warfare missile payload

Russia to deploy missile systems on Kuril islands: defence minister

Missile counter-measure systems ordered by Dutch military

Carrier group launches SM-2 during live-fire exercises

Drones promise to improve ecological monitoring

Pentagon, Other Federal Agencies Use Drones for Domestic Surveillance

Researchers develop miniaturized fuel cell that makes drones fly more than 1 hour

Inside the Pentagon's Drone Proving Ground

In-orbit delivery of Laos' 1st satellite launched

Upgrade set for Britain's tactical communications system

Airbus continues operating German military satellites

BAE Systems supports Navy communications and electronics

U.S. Army issues initial order for Humvee replacement vehicles

Oshkosh recapitalizing Army's tactical trucks

New cannon system for British Army

GenDyn NASSCO wins U.S. Navy support support contract

Airbus to sell defence electronics arm to KKR for $1.2 billion

Lockheed Martin plans voluntary layoffs for 1,000

Defense Industry center opens in South Australia

China defence spending to rise '7 to 8%' in 2016: official

China's Extraterrestrial Goals Growing Concern

Six wounded in gun attack on Chinese bus in Laos

China urges Indonesia to release crew as sea row escalates

NATO says no 'trade-off' with Russia after Brussels attacks

Nanolight at the edge

Team explores nanoscale objects with microwave microscopy

Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

ASRC professor leads study on reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement