BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has warned that a political crisis engulfing his country over anti-graft reforms could hamper the war against Islamic State militants.
The crisis escalated this week with the cancellation of two voting sessions in parliament over a planned cabinet reshuffle sought by Abadi as part of his anti-corruption drive. Tussles between lawmakers broke out on Wednesday, a day after the first attempted vote. After a second cancellation of the vote on Thursday dozens of lawmakers held a mock session where they removed the speaker. “The conflict has crippled parliament … and could obstruct the work of the government, impacting the heroic operations to free our cities and villages (from Islamic State),” Abadi said in a statement issued late on Thursday.