Iraq’s Iran-Aligned Blocs Reject New PM-Designate

Zurufi is seen as a pro-US candidate

Struggles to put together an interim Iraq government to prepare for early elections continue, with new PM-designate Adnan Zurufi seemingly the latest to fail, as several Shi’ite blocs aligned with Iran are publicly rejecting him.

The rejections are not a surprise even though some MPs from those blocs had endorsed him already, as Zurufi is seen as an extremely pro-US choice, having previously been a part of US appointed authorities after the 2003 invasion.

The previous PM-designate, Mohammed Allawi, was seen as a pro-Iran choice, and that was a big part of why the US rejected him. It only makes sense for Iran to make a tit-for-tat rejection with the latest choice.

Anti-government protesters are also a factor, and have been rejecting politicians for being too married to foreign powers and calling for more independence. This may be a struggle, however, as without either US or Iran-backed MPs, any candidate would  be far from a majority to form a cabinet.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of