Kurds and Sunnis: key to success of new cabinet
Iraq has plunged into an extreme political and security chaos. It would further deteriorate if the newly designated Haider al-Abadi failed to rebuild trust among Iraq's major components.
Abadi, who has been tasked with the forming of a new cabinet, announced that the new government will strive hard to resolve the security, political and financial problems in the country. The question is, will he succeed?
Implementing Kurdish demands
The Kurds, Arab Sunnis and Shiites were parts of Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki’s government. But he controlled all the sensitive positions himself and issued orders unilaterally.
According to the Kurdish and Sunni officials, they did not have the least role in the decision-making process. They were not consulted about important issues and their opinions were neglected.
Abadi should take the role of the Kurds and Sunnis into consideration. They should have proper influence in his government.
There are many serious disputes between the Kurdistan Regional Government ( KRG) and Baghdad. One of the most significant is the budget, which has been withheld by the Maliki's Government since the beginning of the year.
The new PM has to resolve this issue soon. This is a matter of must for the Kurds. Then he should listen to other serious demands of the Kurds, who have boycotted the cabinet since withholding the budget.
The political analysts say that the formation of a cabinet in Iraq has always been a very complicated issue. Abadi should expect that the Kurds will have their own demands prior to joining the cabinet like the budget, oil disputes, demands of territories and arming and financing Peshmarga forces. The Sunnis The Sunnis are very frustrated with the Shiite-led government. They have also been marginalized in Iraq. They paid the price for what the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, did against the Shiites. It seems that the Shiites think that this is an opportunity to take revenge. Ahmed Misari, a Sunni MP, says that the Sunnis are ready to assist Abadi in his mission on the condition that he should listen to the Sunni demands in return.
He mentioned the demands of the Sunni community and said that the Iraqi army has to stop bombardments of the Sunni cities immediately, releasing the political prisoners, dissolving antiterror law, stop oppressing the Sunnis, allowing them to run the security affairs of their provinces. They also call for creating an autonomous region just like the Kurdistan Region in the north.
Shiites happy to replace Maliki
The Shiites also do not want Abadi to follow in Maliki’s footsteps. A few weeks ago, at a mosque in Baghdad, a Shiite man distributed sweets to people saying that the power of another Saddam has ended in Iraq.