Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sought guidance from parliament on whether he should appoint party politicians, or independent experts, to the new cabinet he has promised.
He was responding to a deadline set by parliament, which wants him to come up with a new line-up by Thursday. This new cabinet is to focus on reining in corruption.
Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is meanwhile threatening Abadi with a no-confidence vote if he fails to announce his new ministers by Thursday.
Sadr on Sunday launched a personal sit-in inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses embassies and government offices.
To escalate the pressure on Abadi, Sadr’s supporters are continuing with a sit-in just outside the district’s gates.
But is a new government the answer? And will Abadi be able to dismantle a system in which, some say, corruption has become the norm?
Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault
Dlawer Ala’Aldeen – President of the Middle East Research Institute
Maria Fantappie – Senior analyst on Iraq and Kurdish Affairs, International Crisis Group
Ali Al-Dabbagh – Former spokesman for the Iraqi government
Source: Al Jazeera