A con­sti­tu­tional coup in Bagh­dad

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Once again, Bagh­dad is con­fronted with se­ri­ous po­lit­i­cal cri­sis. Haidar Al-Ab­badi had been call­ing for large-scale projects since he took of­fice, but in re­al­ity he’s only cre­ated large-scale crises. In Al-Ab­badi spout­ing snappy slo­gans, claim­ing re­forms, and promis­ing to de­feat ISIS, he’s con­tin­ued in the foot­steps of his pre­de­ces­sor, Al Ma­liki.

Al-Ab­badi hasn’t re­solved any of the dis­putes he claimed. The eco­nomic is­sue has de­te­ri­o­rated and pub­lic ser­vices are fall­ing, while he still calls for more Amer­i­can and Ira­nian sup­port. He’s joined the Syria-Rus­sia-Iran agree­ment while cut­ing mil­i­tary aid to the Pesh­merga (the main force de­feat­ing ISIS on the ground).

On his first day in of­fice, Al-Ab­badi played the same as Al-Ma­liki, who’s covertly run­ning a con­sti­tu­tional coup in Bagh­dad. He con­tin­ues to cause new prob­lems for the sake of solv­ing an­other is­sue so he can eas­ily im­pose uni­lat­eral rule. Al-Ab­badi has an­nounced re­forms but hasn’t even held a sin­gle of­fi­cial ac­count­able—not a sin­gle stolen dol­lar has been re­cov­ered. Like­wise not a sin­gle per­son re­spon­si­ble for the fall of Mo­sul has been held re­spon­si­ble.

Bagh­dad is un­rav­el­ing to­wards an even less stable po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. The re­moval of Iraqi Par­lia­ment Speaker Saleem Ja­boor and his deputies has the ap­pear­ance of a con­sti­tu­tional coup. Un­til now, Al-Ab­badi hasn’t been able to en­ter the par­lia­ment with­out a mil­i­tary force ac­com­pa­ny­ing him— an ac­tion that ac­tion sug­gests his fears over the pos­si­bil­ity of a coup. Nuri Al-Ma­liki, who is pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the fall of Mo­sul and ex­pan­sion of ISIS, is now his main part­ner fur­ther­ing the di­vide. The es­ca­lat­ing con­flict be­tween the Shi­ite po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the emer­gence of Muq­tada Sadr once again shows the sit­u­a­tion has reached an all time low.

To de­lay the coup, Al-Ab­badi will fur­ther di­min­ish the role of the Kurds and Sun­nis to pacify Shi­ites. Nouri Al-Ma­liki, on the other hand, stood against Kur­dish rights by im­pos­ing eco­nomic sanc­tions on the Kur­dis­tan re­gion in or­der to stir pos­i­tive opin­ion from Arabs and Shi­ites. But he even­tu­ally paid for this stance with the loss of his of­fice. Only the Kurds aren’t think­ing about re­tal­i­a­tion in ex­change for power—ev­ery­one else is, it seems.

Bagh­dad is shak­ing with deeper prob­lems. With the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble for the po­lit­i­cal par­ties to move the right di­rec­tion to ac­tu­ally solve a cri­sis; they are too in­fected with the cri­sis-virus. Due to his po­lit­i­cal im­ma­tu­rity, Al-Ab­badi’s de­vi­a­tion from con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples will leave no room for a real demo­cratic so­lu­tion. What hap­pened in Iraqi Par­lia­ment will not turn Iraq into a po­lit­i­cally stable and so­cially de­vel­oped country.

Two-faced Al-Ab­badi’s re­spon­si­bil­ity is cen­tral in that he him­self made an agree­ment with Sadr to oc­cupy the Green Zone while on the other hand car­ry­ing out a con­sti­tu­tional coup in the par­lia­ment against his own “tech­no­cratic govern­ment” project. This is mad­ness! Who could pos­si­bly fig­ure out the mind of Bagh­dad’s po­lit­i­cal rul­ing classes?

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