Adil, Prime Minister discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday

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Since the anti government protests began in October now the country's prime minister Adil Abdul mesti is stepping down the Iraqi parliament approved his resignation in its meeting today his government is expected though to assume a caretaker role until a new prime minister is selected and that may take some time we're joined now by late Kuba an independent adviser to outgoing prime minister idol of domestic welcome to the program thank you four hundred people have been killed in these protests security forces killed forty five protesters on Thursday in Astoria is the blood of the Iraqi people that's being spilled by its own government shouldn't this resignation of happened sooner and why didn't it should have happened I was one of many who advise a prime minister not to take responsibility for the killings that took place earlier bidding in mind there will be follow up on them and being in mind he shouldn't be for the responsible for what happened I think he bought signals from many circles international and local to stay alone and that she can contain the situation I can be of course the on the estimated days that's what's out there and Dave misled basically what this was all about it wasn't about small politics and party seeking more jobs it was much deeper than that and I think up until this moment not all politicians have the Reds the situation as it is the emerging now first in the US there was a lot of money and blood spent in Iraq after the US invasion the US still has some influence how engaged has this administration been in the transition I think it has been a vacuum of course recently I think Iraq has dropped off the radar screen it's a much of the back burner and I think only they also give in messages for the prime minister Jack his continued to empower and asked that the I. it's an after the killings is it desirable the goal for the U. S. and that it's better that he stays in power Iran given this team signals and I can see you KD also given that signal press one after the initial round of killings that took place I think that gave the prime minister the confidence that she should stay on but as he said he totally misled the mood in the country yeah what was ushered in in part by the U. S. invasion of Iraq is sectarianism the rise of the influence of Iran as you mentioned militia violence and ruling class that the protesters say has plundered the country people are saying that this is not a revolution to get rid of the elites can Iraq hold itself together in your view I think there are can hold so to get that but certainly give me to be serious changes in the two thousand and three of eighteen I think with all the good intentions and with all their misgivings about how will the U. S. at the country but the bottom line this system that was built and the powers that took over that system had left the country now to a dead end the country cannot continue with that system and with this political class so the question now is how to map out the transition that would be the least costly to the country beating a mind lock and in the midst of a region full of turbulence and violence Iraq has just gone to south out of the war with I so would dash and it needed a year at these tickets have to get that together now we are back again to the drawing board trying to modify the system and my my guess is and I can make it but it takes its will take a transition on Friday the powerful cleric Muqtada al sadr's said the protesters should continue to press their demands and that the people not the government should pick the next prime minister who do you see getting the job done and with that being the case I mean it seems that a lot of volatility might be ahead I can things one is that the same elite for try to protect candidates but everybody knows this is not going to work I think we need to focus on a transition with account some of dignitaries play imitating them and to me due to the law of our own to win the confidence back again of the street into the government and into the process please Google was an adviser to the outgoing prime minister Abdel Abdel Mackey he joined us from London thank you so much for speaking with us thank you.

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