The odds are stacked against the latest candidate attempting to become prime minister. By Bobby Ghosh
The game of “Who’s Your Next Prime Minister” playing out in Baghdad for the best part of four months has a new contestant. It is Adnan al-Zurfi’s turn to take the stage and attempt the so far impossible. He has 30 days to form a new government.
He can only survive if the Iraqi political elite has finally exhausted its appetite for chaos, and is willing to set aside petty squabbles for the national good. Alas, this is a very slender hope indeed.
The United States announced today the designations of 20 individuals and entities that violate Iraqi sovereignty and exploit Iraq’s economy to funnel money to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Some of these people help provide the financial support that enables the IRGC-QF to transfer lethal aid to Iranian-backed terrorist groups such as Kata’ib Hizballah (KH) and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), and engage in other malign activities that undermine the Iraqi government’s efforts toward energy independence.
In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, people shop in the main Shurja market, in central Baghdad, Iraq. The economic fallout from the new coronavirus coupled with a sudden drop in oil prices threatens to catapult Iraq into an unprecedented crisis. The crude-exporting country is struggling to finance measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic amid a leadership void in the federal government. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020 photo, people shop in the main Shurja market, in central Baghdad, Iraq.
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