British newspaper: reduce salaries trimmed support reference Parliament Abadi reforms


After three months after promising reforms, he is still prime minister Haider al-Abadi wrestle with the opposition that threatens his authority on the one hand and fight with Daash on the other hand.

With the approach of the restoration of Iraqi forces from the city of Ramadi, al-Abadi, he said that the fight against corruption and focus on reforms have begun and will continue. However, the measures, which came after popular protests against corruption and inefficiency has declined.

For his part, the Iraqi parliament to support those actions unanimously in August but then demanded more consultation before any action. One of those measures - reducing the salaries of civil servants - drawing criticism Shiite religious authority and even the Dawa Party, which belongs to al-Abadi.
He says Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for the prime minister, "the opposition came from two sources; some people who damaged their interests, mafias and corruption that have good relations with politicians."
Some reforms - such as the abolition of the posts of Vice President and the Prime Minister - has faced challenges on constitutional grounds. The Nuri al-Maliki, who lost his post as deputy president of the republic, of the most prominent critics of the reforms, and it holds more than a senior position and has a wider political base in al-Abbadi of the Dawa Party.
And I received a lot of procedures, especially the abolition of privileges of members of parliament and senior officials, large popular support. The salary of a member of parliament up to nearly 30 thousand dollars a month, the highest salary paid to a member of parliament in the world. However, the reduction of hundreds of thousands of employees' salaries, including university professors, doctors and others, to make them feel that they are paying the price for years of corruption and mismanagement.
He says Farhad Aladdin, Political Advisor to the President of the Republic Fuad Masum, said that "a lot of the people believe that corruption is the main factor in everything that happened in the country, including the emergence of Daash and corruption in the security apparatus and the financial system, and others. Reforms should target corruption and give it priority ".oolgt four ministries and other reforms were merged and canceled 300 senior position. Members of Parliament complained that the abolition of these positions was imposed on them, he says MP Masood Haider, a member of the Finance Committee, "We did not disrupt the reforms, but we have withdrawn the powers that we gave to Ebadi, because the procedures were not unconstitutional, he ignores Parliament".
Falling oil prices, and in charge of the war on Daash and dwindling currency reserves, are all made Iraq is facing the biggest financial and economic crisis since 2003. It also paid Abadi attempt to overcome the political treachery.
According to a senior government official, who declined to be named, said: "The biggest challenge Abadi is facing hostility and hatred from within his own party, as the Dawa Party is divided between support and supporting al-Abadi al-Maliki - who still believes he is the only one who gives permission."
He says members of Parliament - who Ansjmwa perhaps for the first time since 2003 with public sentiment - that the sentiment has changed, says MP Ammar Tohme of the Virtue Party, "because of the huge protests and pressure big on Parliament asked the Abadi to continue his way, however, that the decision to reduce salaries heart of the street against al-Abadi again. "
It seems that the Prime Minister also lose the support of the Shiite leadership. That as the supreme authority Ali al-Sistani to support reforms made it impossible for the Council of Ministers and the Parliament opposition, but the Friday sermons in recent weeks, criticized the reduction of salaries, and the failure to meet Abadi Repertory top, during his visit to the city of Najaf, which was aimed at appeasing the religious scholars there, it indicates that the supreme authority or discomfort that the prime minister lacks political experience.
He says one of the officials "supreme religious authority of Abadi disturbed because it gave him its support has not received any other politician."
It is believed that most politicians Abadi will remain in office in the absence of a capable substitute, but he will face more difficulties in the implementation of major reforms.