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Iraqi parliament to cancel appointment decisions made by ‘outgoing Abadi’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi delivers a speech during a conference in Mosul, Iraq on 14 March 2018 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

The Iraqi parliament is preparing to cancel some recent appointment decisions issued by the country’s current government, which is being led by the outgoing Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

A well-informed parliamentary source yesterday told Quds Press that a number of parliamentarians were preparing to issue a law cancelling all the decisions by “Abadi’s caretaker government.”

“Officials are dissatisfied with Abadi’s recent orders to appoint and transfer senior state staff, the source said, stressing that “such decisions require official governmental and parliamentary approvals.”

Abadi’s decisions, the source pointed out, included the appointment of some officials in special grades, directors general, and university presidents.

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“The outgoing government’s decisions will be mulled by the parliament,” the source stressing, noting to what he said to be “positive signals” by the parliament’s presidency to vote for cancelling the decrees.

The Iraqi parliament’s deputy speaker, Bashir Haddad, recently said that the country’s Council of Representatives was “determined to cancel all the outgoing government’s recent appointments,” stressing that “they [appointments] were made “outside the framework of the constitution.”

On Saturday, the Construction Alliance parliamentarian bloc described Abadi’s appointments as “illegal.”

“All the appointments for state special grades and transfers carried out by the outgoing Prime Minister are illegal and unconstitutional,” the alliance said in a statement, calling for halting “Abadi’s government actions until the formation of a new government.”

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