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Designated Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in his office - Photo: The Media Office[/rtl]
ARBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazimi expressed "satisfaction" over the progress of the talks to form the new federal government.
Four days ago, the Iraqi president mandated Al-Kazemi to form the government, to be the third figure charged with this task in just ten weeks. Iraq faces enormous difficulties in forming a government after the government resigned last year following violent protests that lasted for months.
Al-Kazemi, the former journalist for Iraq, returned after the fall of the former regime in 2003, and has served as head of the intelligence service since 2016.
Al-Kazimi said in a speech broadcast on television after his assignment that he would work to present his cabinet formation "as soon as possible," noting that it would be "a government that services the people with deeds, not with words."
Unlike the previous commissioners, Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi and Adnan al-Zarfi, Al-Kazemi won the support of most of the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political forces.
Yesterday, Al-Kazemi held consultations in his office in the Government Palace with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blackshart.[rtl]
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Al-Kazemi holds consultations at his office in the government palace with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes Blackshart - Photo: Media Office
A statement issued by his office stated that the developments in forming the government and efforts to confront the Corona pandemic and continued cooperation and coordination between Iraq and the United Nations were discussed.
The statement said that Al-Kazemi "expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of the government formation consultations and his aspiration for everyone's cooperation and enabling the government to work to meet the needs of citizens and respond to their legitimate aspirations."
The representative of the Secretary-General confirmed her support for the efforts to form the new government in light of the national consensus and the desire to increase joint cooperation, according to the statement.
Prior to his meeting with the UN envoy, Al-Kazemi’s office said that the Prime Minister-designate “continues consultations to form the new government in a positive atmosphere with the cooperation of political blocs and social activities, and according to the directions announced in his speech.”
The statement added that Al-Kazemi "held during the past days a series of meetings and consultations during which he confirmed his intention to present his government program and to form a new government as soon as possible."
Iraq, already ravaged by decades of sanctions, war and political corruption, is facing economic crises, social unrest and an outbreak of the Corona epidemic, all in light of the caretaker administration running the country’s affairs. And Adel Abdul Mahdi continues to lead the caretaker government.
"We will move the wheel of the economy by expanding investments, diversifying income and encouraging industry, agriculture and trade," Al-Kazimi said in his speech.
And he blasted the sharp drop in oil prices because of the global pandemic in the Iraqi budget, which was based on estimates that exceed the current prices of oil by two times.