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Maliki steps down
Well, it finally happened:
Nouri al-Malki, the embattled prime minister of Iraq, announced on Thursday that he was stepping down after support from his party and associates in parliament slipped away.
In a speech, Iraqs two-term leader Maliki said that he accepted the candidacy of Haider al-Abadi, nominated last week by the Iraqi president to form a government.
Maliki had been struggling for weeks to stay for a third four-year term as prime minister amid an attempt by opponents to push him out, accusing him of monopolising power and pursuing a fiercely pro-Shiite agenda that has alienated the Sunni minority.
While it's hard to predict what the future may hold for Iraq, but for now, this could be a game changer. Because of Maliki's sectarian approach, Obama was witholding military support, but in case of a more inclusive leader, that may no longer be the case.
Malikis resignation paves the way for closer US military assistance to stop Isis, which occupies three cities, much of Iraqs rural heart, and continues to menace Baghdad. Isis also controls most of the border between Iraq and Syria, has emptied the Ninevah plains of minorities that have co-existed for several thousand years and advanced towards the Kurdish capital, Irbil.
US officials have indicated that an inclusive central government would make it easier for them to provide the same sort of military support they had to the Kurds in recent weeks. Airstrikes have slowed the momentum of Isis near Irbil and in the countrys northwest. However Barack Obama has ignored persistent pleas from Baghdad for similar help, insisting that political unity first be established.
Obviously, Obama and the state department knows very well that they can't really solve political problems with a military force, so any significant help that goes beyond humanitarian efforts must require an honest effort from the Iraqi government to work toward the resolution of their long standing issues.--
It's about time.
Long Beach, CA
|reply to aurgathor |
Maliki wasn't destabilizing the region. Isis seems determined to impose their own solution to Iraq's political problems...
No, IS came much later. Maliki, his policies, and soviet style purges were a significant part of Iraq's political problems ever since he became a PM.