Sistani warns of the division of Iraq in the event of Abadi has not been implemented real reform


Thursday 0.20 August 0.2015

Warned the Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani the risk of "division" of Iraq unless the Government Haider al-Abadi did not go in the implementation of "real reform" to the fight against corruption, in response to questions, told AFP Thursday.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on August 9 / current reform package approved by parliament, after weeks of demonstrations and Sistani's call the prime minister to be more aggressive against corruption and implement additional reforms.

No room for the delay

And said al-Sistani: "Today, if real reform has not been achieved through the anti-corruption relentlessly and social justice at various levels, it is expected to get worse than the situation before, perhaps drawn to what does not wish for any Iraqi lover to his homeland of division and the like, God forbid, "according to Mr. Sistani's office told AFP in response to questions directed at him.

The position newest reference Shiite, who enjoys balance in Iraqi politics, the most prominent warning of the dangers that may arranged stalled reform process. He stressed al-Sistani that "the foremost authority as long as called for anti-corruption and reform government institutions and improve public services, and warned more than once from the consequences of procrastination and so on."

"In recent weeks to perform the patience of many Iraqis, and protested against the poor conditions in the country, and called for reformed, I found the religious authority that the time is propitious for a strong push in this direction through the emphasis on the officials - led by the Prime Minister in his capacity as CEO in the country - to take a serious and deliberate steps to combat corruption and achieve social justice. "

Boldness and courage

Sistani had called Abadi on 7 August / August to be "more daring and courage" in the reform and the fight against corruption, in what was considered a dose support to weeks of popular demonstrations rallies in Baghdad and other areas, demanded reform and accountability of corrupt and improve the level of public services. Exhorted reference Shiite at the time the Prime Minister should not only "some minor steps" and to take "important decisions and strict procedures in the field of anti-corruption and social justice."

On 9 August / August, the government approved a package of reforms to fight corruption, approved by parliament two days later, he said, adding her parliamentary package House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri said it is "complementary" to government reforms, and seized some of their content within the framework of "the Constitution and the law." Abadi said last week that the process of reform and the fight against corruption "will not be easy," and that those affected will work hard "to sabotage every step."