Opinion: Prime ministry challenge; this time with al-Zurufi
After Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi could not form the cabinet, Adnan al-Zurufi is introduced according to article 74 of constitution of Iraq to the parliament by president Barham Salih. Al-Zurufi should form his cabinet before 30 days from his introduction and send it for vote of the confidence to the parliament.
Adnan al-Zurufi, secretary of al-Wafa movement, MP from Najaf and member of Nasr faction who has been assigned as Najaf governor and other security positions.
He is close to Haider al-Abadi, former Iraqi PM, and has citizenship of USA.
The elected PM has one year to hold the election, however selecting PM in Iraq became so challenging and difficult that it seems the election will be postponed for one more year.
According to al-Zurufi, he wants to hold transparent and trustworthy election and dissolve militias such as Peshmarga and Hashad Sha’abi in Iraqi army and give the control of Iraq to the government and army. He also has vague stances toward exiting foreign forces which caused serious criticizing.
Many Shia groups such as Fath, National Wisdom, State of Law Coalition, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, etc. showed opposition to his prime ministry.
Prime ministry of Allawi was unsuccessful due to opposition if Kurdish and Sunni groups and al-Zurufi is also struggling with Shia and ambiguous Kurdish stances and might not be successful.
It is said al-Zurufi’s policies are against Iqlim Kurdistan development and since he is supported by USA, Kurds are facing a dilemma.
Considering these issues and the accusations that people close to al-Zurufi were part of attacks to Iran’s consulate in Najaf and martyr Hakim shrine, it is predicted that he cannot get vote of confidence from parliament. The political crisis of Iraq indeed has many reasons, but undoubtedly the most important is presence of a person like Barham Salih at the head of the government. As time passes the destructive role of people like him become clearer.