Who’s Running Iraq? The Iraqi Government Explained
Iraq just fired its longtime Prime Minister. The President has named a new PM, but his government isn’t recognized yet. Who’s running Iraq during all this? Here’s our breakdown of how the Iraq government works.
Maliki Seems to Back Away From Using Military Force to Retain Power
“After two days of defiant speeches and special security units deployed in the Iraqi capital, raising the specter of a coup, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki appeared to back away on Tuesday from his implied threat to use force to stay in power, issuing a statement saying that the army should stay out of politics.”
“Iraq is a parliamentary democracy with a federal system of government.”
Iran endorses Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s new prime minister, spurning Nouri al-Maliki
“Iran endorsed Iraq’s prime minister designate on Tuesday, striking a decisive blow against incumbent Nouri al-Maliki as a wide spectrum of domestic factions – and even his most loyal militia – also turned their backs on the country’s longtime leader.”
“We, the people of Mesopotamia, the homeland of the apostles and prophets, resting place of the virtuous imams, cradle of civilization, crafters of writing, and home of numeration.”
What We Left Behind
An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.
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