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.