Secret Iran-US deal leads Kadhimi to power in Iraq

According to the London-based Middle East Eye (MEE), the deal “behind-the-scenes deal” between Iran and United States is proved to a good designation of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Tehran as it was part of the agreement, agreed to provide assistance to Al-Kadhimi on condition that assists in Europe from Washington should be stopped by Washington, MEE said.

However, a Shia militia pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah including some other political leaders showed criticism while rejecting Kadhimi’s designation strongly.

According to senior Iraqi political sources, the remaining Iran-affiliated Shia political clique cheered to his nomination after Iran ordered them to stand by al-Kadhimi in return for some relieving from US sanctions which effect the Iranian economy imposing heavy burden on it.

On May 7, after winning a vote of confidence in the Iraqi parliament to succeed the resigned government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Al-Kadhimi happened to be successful in forming a new government after two former prime ministers-designate, Mohammad Allawi and Adnan Al-Zurfi, failed to garner support.

Since early October, mass protests disturbed Iraq to forcing Abdul-Mahdi to resign. They erupted against poor living conditions and corruption. Since the beginning of demonstration on October 1, approximately 600 Iraqis have been killed including hundreds injured and arrested, with some subjected to torture, according to global rights group Amnesty International.

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