Iraqi Lawmakers Protest After Vote on New Cabinet Is Delayed

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 0:04 AM

Haider al-Abadi presented the Cabinet reshuffle after weeks of pressure from influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and thousands of his followers who staged weekly rallies in Baghdad.

Iraqi lawmakers staged a protest interior the country'south parliament on Tuesday after a vote on new Cabinet nominees proposed by the prime minister was postponed earlier in the day.

Haider al-Abadi presented the Cabinet reshuffle after weeks of pressure from influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and thousands of his followers who staged weekly rallies in Baghdad.

After the vote was postponed, dozens of lawmakers refused to leave the parliament building'south main hall, demanding the resignation of the country'south top political leadership and an finish to the current system of government dominated by powerful political blocs determined by sectarian quotas, according to video posted to social media and lawmakers who took portion in the protest.

"We'll stay interior the parliament until our demands are met," Sunni lawmaker Mishan al-Jabouri posted to his Facebook page along with footage of the sit in.

After night fell, the lawmakers remained interior parliament in an different sit-in. The protesting lawmakers were representatives from across the country'south political spectrum, reflecting the current wide opposition to Iraqi political leadership and frustration with the unhurried pace of reforms that are meant to address corruption and mismanagement.

Al-Abadi latest mo proposed a new lineup of Cabinet ministers and reduced the no of ministerial seats from twenty-one to sixteen. He left the incumbent ministers of defense and interior in space due to the ongoing war against the Islamic State grouping in the country'south N and west.

The political crisis has rocked Baghdad and keep a significant burden on al-Abadi, threatening to become a more destabilizing factor for the country, even as authorities wage war against the Islamic State group.

The measure saw instant opposition from Iraq'south political blocs, which rely on patronage systems to stay in power. Several of the Cabinet nominees subsequently withdrew from the list, claiming they didn't desire the posts.

Iraq is grappling with entrenched corruption, exacerbated by a deepening financial crisis and the fight against the IS group. Many Iraqis blame corruption and mismanagement for squandering profits when the price of oil was high.

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