A technocratic gov't .. Possible step for reform in Iraq

By Ala Al-Huwaijel

BAGHDAD, March 3 (KUNA) — Forming a technocratic government seemed in the past as a farfetched dream, but when current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called for the formation of such unit “heads began to turn.” Al-Abadi’s calls for a technocratic government, compromised of people with expertize, was preceded by reform policies that began back in mid-August of 2015. However, the reforms did not receive widespread approval from the Iraqi public or the Sunni and Shitte clergies.
This time, Al-Abadi did not take a surprise step to initiate any sort of reforms, he actually exchanged ideas with the government and also urged parliament to back him up on his reforms.
Reflecting on the situation MP from the Kurdistan coalition Najiba Najib told KUNA that the Kurds were in favor of any government steps for reforms, but stressed that any steps should not compromise the position of any component of the Iraqi society in governance.
“If Al-Abadi wants reforms through a new technocratic cabinet, he should refer back to the political blocs in the country,” she said, adding that the current motion dedicated that parliament would choose candidates for the government and the Prime Minister should choose ministers accordingly.
MP Najib indicated that “We have voted in favor of previous reforms by Al-Abadi and will continue to support new reforms on the condition that they do not exclude Kurds from decision making.” The Kurdish coalition is not the only bloc concerned with the Prime Minister’s plans, the union for national forces bloc is also keen on making sure that the upcoming government would focus on serving Iraqi interests.
Abdulathim Al-Ajman, an MP from the national forces bloc, said that reshuffling the cabinet and adjusting government policies should go through a planned political program, focusing on benefiting Iraqis especially the ones in areas that suffered from the so-called Islamic State (IS) aggression.
“What concerns the union is finding solutions to problems and not just changing faces in the cabinet,” said Al-Ajman who reminded the Prime Minister that his batch of reforms wanted to include all Iraqis with the main focus being a future of economic stability and security.
Meanwhile, MP from the state of law coalition Abdulhadi Mohan said that the Prime Minister, who is a member of this bloc, wanted a government that would steer away from a cabinet established on political and religious divisions.
He affirmed that Al-Abadi will not allow others to impose candidates for his new government by force, stressing that imposing a minister from a certain political group of religious denomination would hinder the operation of any government.
On his part, MP Salem Jum’a said that he was with the notion of a technocratic government that includes all Iraqis counting representatives of minorities, affirming that any government that took Iraqi forward was the right choice for the people of this country. (end) ahj.gta