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Iraq

Maliki says Abadi cannot nix all vice presidents

By Rudaw 30/10/2015
Iraqi Vice President Nouri ai-Maliki. AFP file photo
Iraqi Vice President Nouri ai-Maliki. AFP file photo
 

By Govand Mustafa

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki says that parts of his successor’s reform plan to root out massive graft and public spending are ”unconstitutional.”

Maliki, now one of Iraq’s three vice presidents, told reporters on Thursday that parts of the reform plan must be reversed because they are illegal.

He said his lawyers have already reported Abadi to the Federal Court, which will decide on the matter.

In an effort to cut expenditures and graft, last month Abadi announced he would remove some 130 top government officials, including several ministers and general managers.

Iraq’s three vice presidential posts would also be nixed under the reform plan.

“The positions of the vice presidents have not been eliminated and we are still discussing the options, since this is a constitutional question,” said Maliki.

He said that according to the constitution the president should at least have one deputy.

Although largely ceremonial, the post of president is usually given to a Kurd, while the head of the government and speaker of parliament are reserved for the majority Shiites and minority Sunnis respectively.

Prime Minister Abadi leads a consensus government that was formed last December after Maliki was ousted as prime minister in the aftermath of an inconclusive election and an invasion by the Islamic State group ISIS).

The reform plan was announced earlier this year as the national budget reduced by some 25 percent to $105 billion following a decline in global oil prices.

 


Comments

 
Argushi, USA | 31/10/2015
In my opinion Mr. Maliki does not have any room to talk about taking anyone to court. He should be on trial for the disappearance of 3 billion dollars during his regime.
Guest | 31/10/2015
Maliki should go back to bagging groceries which I hear was his previous profession.
LUFC 2009 | 2/11/2015
With mine European eyes I see Malaki as the most corrupt people in the region Abadi try to do something and change the path for the people of Iraq. I dont know if he suceed, time will tell
Christer Gustafsson | 5/11/2015
They should put Malaki at the Mosul front un paid
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