Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi began the first steps to form his government, amid unanimous support from his partners and adversaries.
The United Nations congratulated the new Iraqi president on his election and welcomed the designation of Abdul Mahdi to form the next government.
In a statement, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres congratulated Barham Salih after his swearing-in on Tuesday, saying that he was looking forward to “working closely” with him “on all issues of mutual concern, in accordance with the mandate of the United Nations in Iraq.”
Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubis said: “Iraq needs a stable, national government that brings Iraqis together and restores hope in their country as they move forward in the post-ISIS period.”
“This government should be formed well within the constitutional timeline, should be professional, competent, truly representative and inclusive of women in Cabinet posts,” he added.
Kubis went on to say: “As the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations family in Iraq congratulate Abdul Mahdi on his appointment, we recognize the enormous challenges he faces, and we stand side by side with him as he leads the country in its steady march towards a future of stability, economic growth, and prosperity.”
Salih received on Thursday outgoing Prime Minister, Haidr al-Abadi and Abdul Mahdi, saying on Twitter that the meeting was held under one slogan: “The peaceful transfer of power and the unity of all to serve the Iraqis.”
Meanwhile, in a tweet on Thursday, cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said that he instructed his parliamentary bloc’s members not to be in the coming new government, in order to give more options for Abdul Mahdi to form his government.
He called on all political parties not to put pressure on the options of Abdul Mahdi, “so that he can form a cabinet free from party pressure, sectarian and ethnic quotas, while maintaining the diversity of the Iraqi society.”
Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, said in a press conference on Thursday that the mechanism of electing the Iraqi president did not reflect the will of the people of Kurdistan, and this will certainly affect the mechanism of forming the next regional government.
Barzani did, however, congratulate Abdul Mahdi, expressing his full support to him.