Newly-appointed premier: New face or new approach!

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Azzaman, August 13, 2014

Practically, there is no new face in the current Iraqi political scene. All the faces on television screens are the product of the political process that has plunged the country into the abyss.

With a ‘new face’ I do not specifically refer to a particular person. I mean a politician who is capable of unloading Iraq’s train that is full with political and social explosives; a politician who does not see Iraq as a ranch for himself, his party, sect, militias, nationality or the intelligence organs of a foreign state.

Iraq was and still is in need of a new approach; an approach that extinguishes its burning fires and prepares the ground for its people to feel they are equal before the constitution and a police patrol on the street.

Iraq has been waiting long for change. Now that they have a newly appointed prime minister, they are eager to see a new approach that will seriously deal with their crises and solve their problems.

If the new government fails to bring to account those who have been oppressing the Iraqi people, whoever they are, it will only add legitimacy to the prevailing disorder and chaos.

The task is mammoth before the newly appointed premier Hayder al-Abadi.

Will one single person be able to behave in a manner that is opposite to the leanings of the narrow-minded political hierarchy in Iraq? This is a question which I believe no one can answer now.

I do not want be optimistic, but in my opinion there is so far no sign of a new political approach because Abadi comes from the same political milieu as his incumbent, Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki.