New Political System would Open Door to Maliki

As soon as Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the League of the Righteous, made this call, a campaign was launched by other pro-presidential-system advocates who spoke about how the parliamentary system, with all its ethnic and sectarian quotas and inability to reach consensus, had failed the country.

In their opinion, the parliamentary system has allowed an incompetent political elite to run the country; they also argue that this elite does nothing much but costs a lot, in terms of salaries, expenses and time.

There was a lot of debate on social media as well as articles by pundits in the Iraqi press.

“The presidential system would ensure political stability for one full electoral cycle,” wrote local analyst Sadeq Kathem on the website of Iraq's state media, the Iraqi Media Network, or IMN.

“Because it puts the power in the hands of one man rather than several. It means the end of partisanship inside the Cabinet and means that Parliament, together with the President, will be able to do their job and pass laws on time – without never-ending wrangling.”

“The presidential system would unite people under one leader and end all these narrowly defined ethnic or sectarian biases,” Kathem argued.

Another piece by writer and commentator, Hamid Habib al-Maliki, justified the argument like this: “It is less democratic but given the circumstances in Iraq today, [the presidential system] will be more effective than the current parliamentary system."

However such arguments were soon being refuted by many others who thought that calls for a change to Iraq's political system were coming mainly from al-Maliki's allies.

Another Shiite Muslim political grouping, and militia, came out against the idea almost immediately. “It is obvious that the aim of this call for change is to allow one person to control the whole country and all of it's people,” said clerical leader, Muqtada al-Sadr who leads what is broadly known as the Sadrist movement, which has both military and political wings.

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