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Council of Representatives looking to press prime minister about corruption file: MP

Along with five ministers
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi (File)
2019-08-18

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SULAIMANI — The Council of Representatives wants to invite Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and five ministers to answer questions about corruption, but senior aides to the prime minister have objected, according to an opposition politician.

The deputy head of the Wisdom Movement (al-Hikma) Asaad al-Morshidy said on Sunday (August 18) that “the Council of Representatives is attempting to invite Abdul Mahdi and five ministers…but several finance aides close to the government are hindering the process and pressuring Abdul Mahdi not to pursue corruption cases against some people.”

“Adil Abdul Mahid always talks about the necessity of ending corruption, but he has not taken any serious steps to eliminate corruption. He has surrendered to private forces and collusion more than former prime ministers.”

Recently he Sairoon Alliance described Abdul Mahdi as a failed prime minister and warned that it would take a harder line in the future.

Deputy chairperson of the Sairoon Alliance caucus in the Council of Representatives Rami Sikini said in a statement that the Alliance had prepared itself withdraw confidence from Abdul Mahdi’s government if he does not do more to reform the government.

(NRT Digital Media)