Despite last minute squabbling over Cabinet seats, the Iraqi lawmakers on May 6 has approved a new government that will be headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s Intelligence Chief and a former journalist.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will begin his new term without a full Cabinet as several Ministerial Candidates have been rejected.
Former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned in November 2019 after large-scale anti-government protests over issues of employment and the departure of Iraq’s ruling elite ransacked the Iraqi streets.
His resignation has generated a political void that has prevented two previous nominees for Prime Minister from forming a Cabinet.
After the Parliament voted for his cabinet, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi took to his Twitter account and wrote, “The security, stability and blossoming of Iraq is our path”.
His office has been acceptable to both the United States and Iran, as Iraq’s politics has been greatly dominated by both countries’ confrontation over influence.