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The Iraqi Supreme Court has thrown Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi’s reform efforts further into disarray. The court ruled on 28 June to invalidate two parliamentary sessions from April, at one of which (26 April), the prime minister appointed five “technocratic” government ministers as part of his attempted reshuffle (MEES, 27 May).
The decision means his much vaunted technocratic government project is back to square one.
Combined with widely criticized recent appointments that bypass statutory channels, he is left with little political wiggle room. He is kept in office by a fractious parliament’s inability to muster the absolute majority necessary to remove him and agree on a replacement.
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