Having been sworn in Wednesday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has announced his intentions on Thursday to move his office, and other substantial government offices, out of the Green Zone of Baghdad, and into other parts of the city.
The isolated Green Zone was established during the US occupation of Iraq as a way to keep government offices safe from terror attacks. It had limited success, with multiple strikes taking place over the years.
Abdul-Mahdi wants to take the process in a different direction, at a time when complaints of corruption and government ambivalence are mounting. He says he wants his offices to be closer to the people.
His new office is in a government building that was the Iraqi parliament before the US invasion in 2003. That building has substantial security, though being outside the green zone means fewer checkpoints to circumvent in getting there.