Sunday – 9 Ramadan 1443 AH – 10 April 2022 AD Issue number 
Baghdad: «Asharq Al-Awsat»
Iraqi President Barham Salih warned against the continuation of the current political crisis that the country is going through, about 6 months after the elections, considering that it could lead to dangerous results. In a statement marking the 19th anniversary of the US occupation of Iraq and the overthrow of former President Saddam Hussein’s regime, Saleh called for a new political contract.
Saleh said in a statement distributed by the Presidency of the Republic that “on the day the idol of tyranny fell, There is an urgent need to meet the Iraqis’ demand for rational governance, and to address the structural defect in the system of governance.” He added: “On April 9, we remember the fall of the tyrannical regime that committed the most heinous crimes against Iraqis, and squandered the country’s wealth and the energies of its sons in wars and absurd conflicts that our people paid for.” And he added, “April 9 is also an occasion to review the overall political performance in the country after the experience of two decades.”
While Saleh called not to “underestimate the major transformations achieved after the change in 2003”, he considered that “failures that occurred must be acknowledged and cannot be justified only by the legacy of the previous regime.” He explained that «the need is urgent today to meet the demand of all Iraqis for a rational rule that transcends the mistakes and loopholes of experience, and to address the structural defect in the system of governance that requires real and radical reform that cannot be postponed, and this will not be achieved without restoring the confidence of the people as the source of authority and its legitimacy through exceptional and courageous measures that place The interests of the citizens are above all else.”
The Iraqi president said: “After two decades of change, our country is going through a sensitive circumstance amid a political blockage and the delay in constitutional benefits beyond their specified dates, which is totally unacceptable after more than five months have passed since early elections were held in response to a popular movement and national consensus as a means for reform and ensuring political stability. and social, and to correct the wrong paths, improve the conditions of citizens and respond to their demands.” He believed that “the continuation of the political crisis may lead the country – God forbid – towards dangerous labyrinths in which everyone will lose, and therefore all political forces today have a historical, national and moral responsibility to unite the national ranks through a serious and effective dialogue to get out of the current crisis, and to start forming a national government.” She is capable, effective, protects the interests of the country, enhances its sovereignty and independence, works to meet the aspirations of Iraqis, and confronts the huge challenges before us, especially the internal economic conditions and in light of regional conditions and international changes.
Saleh stressed that “the months that followed the October elections confirm what we said about the need for constitutional amendments that must be initiated during the coming period, through national accord and understanding, for items that experience proved responsible for intractable crises. The dangerous scourge of corruption that threatens the state’s entity requires a decisive stand to combat it, and work to ensure equal opportunities for all Iraqis in building the country and its renaissance, and this requires revisions and reform decisions based on openness and a unified will. He renewed the call for a “political and social contract that guarantees civil peace, based on an objective review of past mistakes.”
In addition, the reactions of the political forces varied in the way they dealt with the ninth of April 2003, which coincided yesterday with its nineteenth anniversary. At a time when many citizens in the street ignored this memory, especially after the catastrophic failure and mistakes committed by the Iraqi political forces that took power after the fall of the previous regime, political blocs and personalities issued statements condemning the American occupation. As for the Kurds, they view the ninth of April as an important day, as it brought down Saddam Hussein’s regime and led to the “liberation of Iraq,” according to a statement by the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc.
The anniversary of the fall of the previous regime this year coincides with the most serious case of political obstruction suffered by the current regime in Baghdad. Although more than five months have passed since the early elections in October 2021, the political forces were unable to elect a president of the republic or form a new government in light of the division over whether it would be a national majority government or a consensus government.