Required Step in Iraq

  • 3 June 2010

When Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court ended proceedings on the March 7 parliamentary elections and authenticated the results it became mandatory for all stakeholders to speed up the formation of the new government. For that to happen though, different political parties in the country had to overcome the differences hindering consensus on the issue. Such a consensus hasn’t evolved even three months after the end of the electoral process. Instead an inconsequential debate has ensued inside Iraq and has led to a vicious cycle where each party is adamant on its position and considers it eligible to form the new government. With no agreement in sight, several initiatives, meetings and dialogues have failed to narrow their differences.

This has left Iraq vulnerable to dangerous scenarios and the country is in need of foresight, ideas and suggestions that go beyond the current situation and open new horizons of hope. In this context, the proposal made by some sources in Iraq, and carried out by media recently, suggesting a prime minister from outside the political parties to avoid disputes, is of some significance. This indicates that regardless of the complexity of the problem a solution has to be found and efforts must be made to overcome the stalemate that exists in Iraqi political scene. If the parties concerned agree to put national interest as supreme and abandon narrow factional interests, numerous solutions could be found to end the impasse.

There was an expectation that with the passage of time the positions taken by political outfits would move closer and there would be fewer differences. But instead the disputes have remained and even worsened leading the country to another dangerous phase of conflict and violence. Statistics indicate that violence has escalated during the past months amidst the political vacuum that exists in Iraq. The Monitor of Constitutional Freedom and Bill of Rights group in the country announced that violence significantly went up during the month of May compared to the preceding four months. The United Nations envoy in Iraq confirmed that more than 7,000 people were either killed or injured in the country since the beginning of this year.

The dangerous part is that sectarianism is once again beginning to manifest itself after its noticeable decline during the pre-election period. This is happening despite the repeated claims – especially during the elections – for the need to eliminate sectarian quotas and the adoption of nationalistic principles as the basis for political discourse. In light of these circumstances, the formation of the new government is the only way to end disputes, particularly when it is understood that every day that passes without a new government, Iraq’s security, stability and coexistence becomes a bigger challenge.