Monday, November 02, 2015

Fantasy sports overseas politician picks report

Barack Obama meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in early summer --

Well, it is a pleasure to be with Prime Minister Abadi and his delegation. Obviously, the United States has made an enormous commitment and investment in Iraq, and we’re fortunate to have a reliable partner in Prime Minister Abadi ... And in all of these discussions, what I found is that Prime Minister Abadi is very much committed to effective, inclusive governance.

The good news is that Iraqi PM Abadi has indeed succeeded in uniting the entire Iraqi parliament in response to his agenda.

The bad news: the entire parliament is opposed to how he's doing it (Reuters) --

Iraq's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to bar the government from passing important reforms without its approval in an effort to curb Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi amid discontent over his leadership style, lawmakers said. The chamber acted after Abadi unilaterally enacted reforms in August that it deemed a violation of the constitution including his dismissal of the vice presidents and deputy prime ministers and cuts to salaries of government employees.

Given what looks like perpetual disarray in the White House on Middle East policy, there may be staffers there wondering if that other guy Maliki is still available.

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