Skip to comments.Iraq Names New Prime Minister Who Praises ‘Bravery’ of Protesters
Posted on 02/01/2020 2:43:05 PM PST by nuconvert
BAGHDAD Iraqs president stepped in to appoint a new prime minister after the Parliament failed to do so for two months, leaving the country largely rudderless at a time of multiple political crises.
The premier, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, is hardly a new face he is a former member of Parliament and former minister of communications. But he is not tarnished by the corruption allegations that dog many other Iraqi political figures.
In his first comments upon accepting the nomination, Mr. Allawi paid homage to the anti-government protesters who have been out on the streets since October and he promised to keep their demands front and center in his political program.
I want to speak to the Iraqi people directly, he said in a video. I have decided to speak with you before speaking with anybody else because my power comes from you and without your sacrifices and bravery, there would have been no change in the country.
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So, what are the prospects of Iran returning to their pre-revolution days . . . when the Shah was in power? The family is in exile. Any chance that they will one day return?
this is Iraq.
I guess we will just have to see.
I hope a new, U.S. friendly, strongman arises in Iraq.
Ala Saddam Hussein
Iraqis are too stupid, wilful and warlike to govern themselves. They deserved Saddam.
It was a mistake to have removed him. We should have bought him off.
The BIG boo-boo’s of the Bush’s; alienating Saddam
“Any chance that they will one day return?”
Reza Pahlavi keeps saying he is helping however he can to support the people & get rid of the regime, but he’s not interested in returning to run the country.
I think he sees the future government of Iran as having a democratic parliamentary type gov’t, but says it is totally up to the Iranian people to decide.
This is great news.
Mohammed Allawi is the cousin of Ayad Allawi - the most pro-American candidate we have had to lead Iraq, since before Saddams Baath Party took power.
Ayad Allawi previously won the most votes in an election (less than an outright majority) - but the Obama Admin got involved an worked out a deal where the much more pro-Iranian al Maliki was made Prime Minister instead.
Iraq was thrown to the wolves, and the major city of Mosul ended up being devastated, in the biggest urban battle since Stalingrad (after Obama had already cashed his check from the Nobel Peace Prize).
The Allawi family are representatives of the old line Shiite elite of Iraq - the old money families, businessmen (the Bazaar), and those highly educated in secular subjects. Pragmatists, modernizers, and with wide social networks to draw on.
Great news! Distro this information widely
People don’t know. Including me . Thanks
Allawis Party always had about to the best relations with the Sunnis and Kurds, of the main Shiite groups - because they were technocrats, whereas the others tended to be either sectarian populists, or straight out thugs (including the several Iranian front groups/militias).
Instead of such a group, that could balance the competing ethnic and sectarian interests, the Obama Admin arranged for a harshly sectarian Party to take over as Chief Executive (Prime Minister). Then the Obama Admin emptied our prison at Camp Bucca of all the worst terrorists and gang leaders, and announced that we would be pulling out all our troops on January first - Iraq (with its huge oil wealth) would go to the strongest, and most vicious, among them. They had one year to organize and arm themselves.
The day after our last troop crossed the border into Kuwait, the Shiite Prime Minister (Nuri al Maliki) declared the Sunni President guilty of treason (punishable by death). The Sunni President had to flee the country, and the ensuing wholesale disenfranchisement of Sunnis led to the civil war (with Sunni ISIS) that devastated the country much worse than both US invasions and the Iran/Iraq War combined.
It would have been a dramatically different outcome, had Allawi been in charge.
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