U.S., EU stress commitment to supporting new Iraqi government

The United States and European reaffirmed their commitment to support the new Iraqi government as the country marked the end of the long-standing deadlock on Thursday after the new President was named.  

Both U.S. and the EU reaffirmed their commitment to support the new Iraqi government, the state news agency on Friday reported.

Iraq’s legislators have elected Kurdish politician from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Latif Rashid as the country’s new president on Thursday.

Rashid shortly after he was elected tasked Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani with forming the next cabinet within 30 days.

“These are positive steps towards the long-awaited government formation, one year after the October 2021 elections for which the EU deployed an Electoral Observation Mission,” The EU in a statement said, according to the state news agency.

“It is now crucial for Iraq to swiftly form a constitutionally mandated and fully empowered government that can implement urgently needed reforms, responding to the needs and aspirations of its people,” it said.

The European Union further reaffirmed its commitment to further strengthening the EU-Iraq partnership.

“A peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Iraq is essential for its people, for the region, and for Europe,” it added.

“I welcome Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani’s pledge to fight corruption, defend Iraqi sovereignty and security, and form a government dedicated to serving the people of Iraq,” the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Alina Romanowski in a tweet said.

Romanowski further reiterated the U.S. commitment to support the new government, saying “The United States is committed to supporting and partnering with the new government to advance these common goals.”

Meanwhile analysts expressed their doubt if Baghdad can overcome its troubles among them the political crisis which prevented Iraq from forming a government almost a year after the parliament elections were held in the country.

Despite having a new president which has given 30 days to PM-nominee Mohammad al-Sudani to form a government, Sadrist Movement, the largest bloc in the parliament has announced it would not take part in the new movement in Baghdad.

According to two analysts, the election of the new president and prime minister of Iraq, a year after the elections, cannot mean the end of the problems in the crisis-hit country.

Iraqi parliament members elected the new president of the country last week after a lot of conflict between the political movements, so that the President Latif Rashid will oblige the new prime minister to form a government based on the law.

The Associated Press news agency called last week's event the beginning of the way to end the many problems in Iraq, especially after the resignation of Muqtada Sadr, the leader of the Sadr movement.

Referring to the issue of sharing power and wealth in Iraq between ethnic and religious organizations, this news agency has warned that new problems may arise among political movements during the period of trying to form a new government in Iraq.

Renad Mansour, a researcher of Iraq issues at the Chatham House think tank in London, believes that the Iraqi political blocs are mostly competing to dominate and divide the country's resources. The Associated Press has also pointed out that Iraq currently has 87 billion dollars of oil money in the country's central bank, which can be used to build infrastructure and help the country's development if a government is formed and political problems are resolved.

Ali Bidar, an Iraqi political analyst, called the easy election of the new Iraqi president as a progress in the government formation process, but he emphasized that there are more difficult steps ahead.

Renad Mansour has no hope over better situation for the Iraqi people after the election of the president and prime minister of this country. He told the Associated Press: "The lives of the people of the country will not change as it did not in the past."

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