Iraq’s political forces have signed an agreement that will allow the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the current Parliament to continue to operate until the end of the year. Demonstrators see that the 45-day deadline an attempt by politicians to buy time.
The protests against unemployment, corruption and lack of services that rocked Iraq last week have calmed down following numerous reform promises by the Prime Minister. However, many observers believe this is not the end of the protests, given the country's history of broken reform promises.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Adil Abd al-Mahdi said that the Iraqi Government will abide by the federal budget law and continue to send limited funding to Kurdistan Region for public sector salaries until the dispute over oil transfers is resolved.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi said that top-level Iraqi security officials met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, and hinted that Iraq will be playing a bigger role fighting ISIS militants after the US announced that they will be withdrawing troops from Syria.
On Wednesday, UN Special Representative to Iraq, Jan Kubis, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi where he expressed his support for PM Abd al-Mahdi's plan to open the Green Zone to the public.
A significant step has been taken in forming the new government in Iraq, with long anticipated ministerial appointments finally established. The legislature voted to confirm 14 of Abd al-Mahdi's 22 cabinet nominees, enabling him to convene his government.
Leading party negotiators reported that the new Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, is putting the finishing touches to his first cabinet and will submit the names to parliament for approval in the next two days.
A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.