Pompeo: US Welcomes Consensus on Iraq’s New PM

Kadhimi is being endorsed by several major nations

Iraq’s latest PM-designate, Mustafa Kadhimi, looks like he’s got more international backing than previous candidates, and this might be a difference that will allow him to form a government, and prepare for new elections.

Recent designees were endorsed by either the US or Iran, and rejected by the other. Kadhimi was quickly endorsed by Iran, and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US supports him as well. Jordan has also congratulated him.

Since the 2003 US invasion, forming a government in Iraq has meant getting tacit approval, at minimum, from the US and Iran. Anyone who fails with one won’t last long. The anti-government protests are another complicating factor.

The protesters have been condemning the political class for being too heavily controlled by foreign forces, and want a candidate who will stake out a more independent position. That Kadhimi is endorsed by so many nations probably means he’ll be rejected by the protesters.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.