Iraq :New Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Representative in Iraq, welcomed the long-delayed formation of a new Government in Baghdad on Thursday and called for meaningful reforms to be put into place to better the lives of the Iraqi people and strengthen democratic institutions.

The Secretary-General expresses his support to the new Government and calls for the implementation of meaningful reforms that make tangible improvements in people’s lives and strengthen Iraq’s democratic institutions.  He reiterates the importance of acting in the interest of all Iraqis through a political process in which women, youth and all of Iraq’s diverse communities, including ethnic and religious minorities, can participate actively.

The Secretary-General encourages the swift completion of the formation of the Government, including by appointing women to cabinet positions yet to be filled.  He reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support the people and Government of Iraq in their efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Kadhemi, 53, a former journalist who also once led Iraq’s intelligence agency, took office on Thursday after six months of political deadlock prompted by the resignation of his predecessor Adel Abdul Mahdi, 77, amidst big anti-corruption protests.

Al-Kadhimi who studied Law at Al-Turath University was responsible for reforming the service to be more effective and to meet international standards. He oversaw ending the politicization of intelligence action, implementing advanced methods to intelligence gathering and analysis, and setting priorities to broaden the scope of the work of the National Intelligence Service.Under his leadership, the agency expanded its remit, particularly in counter-terrorism, both internally and abroad, playing a vital role in Iraq’s fight against the ISIS, also known as Daes

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