TITLE

IRAQ'D

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/10/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 17, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author criticizes the suggestion by United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that members of the interim government due take power in Iraq on June 30 should not engage in politics. On April 27, the Great Lakhdar Brahimi formally called for a "caretaker government" of technocrats who will replace the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council on June 30. The interesting question is who would want to be one of these caretakers, given that Brahimi emphasized they should not seek office themselves in next January's proposed elections. Sure, there won't be any law preventing the caretakers from running for office. But, if the U.N. talks up a nonpolitical government--that's right: a nonpolitical political entity--that's what Iraqis will come to expect. It gets worse. For one, the caretakers will likely pay some price for their role in shaping the political field for the upcoming election. Furthermore, the U.S. has said repeatedly that these officials will wield only "limited sovereignty," angering many an Iraqi. That anger will only increase once Iraqis see how hobbled the new government is and how powerless the caretakers are. All of which suggests that the caretakers will depart the interim government in a weakened position. If Brahimi wants the best caretakers, he should abandon the idea that politics can be divorced from governance.
ACCESSION #
13006993

 

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