The head of Al Nasr Coalition, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, met with an elite group of journalists and political analysts, in Baghdad, yesterday, Thursday.
Within a series of periodic meetings, Al-Abadi discussed many issues, the most important of which is the crisis of trust between the citizen and the state in light of the decline in participation in the elections, warning that reluctance to vote in the elections due to political performance constitutes a major challenge to the regime in Iraq.
Dr. Al-Abadi presented his vision to overcome this challenge, saying: "Political parties must enhance transparency and combat corruption, build sound institutions and increase awareness of the importance of political participation. Political options that better represent the interests of citizens must also be presented, with the aim of restoring confidence in the electoral process and ensuring the sustainability of democracy".
Political quotas and their impact on the distribution of positions were discussed, where Al-Abadi pointed out that there are those who see quotas as a means to enhance representation and achieve balance, but in reality, and in its realistic form, it leads to corruption and reduces efficiency in the management of public affairs.
Al-Abadi warned of getting worse if realistic and quick solutions are not found by political leaders.
Al-Abadi expressed his optimism about running the state by Mr. Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani, due to his advantage in rising in positions reaching to a Prime Minister, which gives him an appropriate vision for leadership.
The attendees discussed a group of increasingly important strategic issues, most notably the severed relationship between the political class on the one hand, and citizens on the other hand, which is reflected in the low percentage in elections, the media, and demonstrations. As well as solutions that would contribute to bridging this gap and creating a new relationship between the politician and the citizen.