I would rather quit than appoint a PM rejected by protesters

By halima at 2019-12-26 • 0 collector • 92 pageviews

Iraqi president Barham Saleh refused on thursday to designate the nominee of an Iran-backed parliamentary bloc for prime minister, saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters.

Saleh said in a statement that because the constitution does not give him the right to reject nominees for the premiership, he was ready to submit his resignation to parliament.

An Iran blacked bloc in parliament early this week proposed Asaad Al-Eidani, the governor of oil rich southern Basra province, as the country's next prime minister. His nomination was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters who want an independent candidate to take over the government.

Mass protest have gripped Iraq since October, 2019 and the young protesters are demanding an overhaul of a political system they see as profoundly corrupt and keeping Iraqis in poverty. More than 450 people have been killed.

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