Ex-envoy highlights next Iraqi gov’t challenges

Tasnim – Iran’s former ambassador to Baghdad talked about the main priorities and challenges that the next government of Iraq, to be formed after the upcoming parliamentary election, is going to face.

In an interview with Tasnim, Hassan Kazemi Qomi said the next Iraqi government should give priority to completing security processes, reconstructing the country, enhancing ties with the neighbors, combatting occupation, and promotion of social welfare.

He also predicted that the next parliamentary election would help restore stability to the Arab country, saying the whole Iraqi political groups and parties are expected to take part in the “competitive election.”

The Iraqi political groups that supported the resistance movement and the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Shaabi) seem to be enjoying greater popularity ahead of the election, the ex-ambassador noted.

Iraq’s parliament has set May 12 as the date for holding national elections despite calls to delay the vote until the return of nearly 3 million people displaced by the fight against Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

More than three years of war against Daesh and its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq left most of the areas in north and west of the country in ruins, and poor public services have exacerbated the situation.

The elections will be the fourth since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.