A number of political leaders and deputies from different political blocs went to the Peace Palace in Baghdad to attend the decrees entrusting the head of the National Intelligence Service, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to head and form the next government as well as Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faeq Zaidan.
Mustafa Al-Kazemi, born in Baghdad in 1967, holds a BA in law. He had moved in several European countries during his opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime, before he took over as head of the intelligence service in 2016 during the period of former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Today, Thursday, the head of the interim government, Adnan Al-Zarfi, announced his official apology for forming the government, and Al-Zorfi said in a statement that he offers his apology first to everyone who put trust in him, expecting him to achieve what everyone wants.
He added, "I have been keen to move forward in the implementation of the task entrusted to me with great honor and high responsibility, placing in front of me a sacred fundamental goal which is to save Iraq and return it to its rightful path, as a stable and influential country in its Arab, Islamic and international surroundings."
He continued: "In the past few weeks, I have established a real beginning for an Iraqi policy based on productive and fruitful economic partnerships with countries of the world, organizing the work of the international coalition forces, scheduling their withdrawal, and building the capabilities of the armed forces."
He added, "My apology stems from preserving the unity and supreme interests of Iraq."
He added: "My patriotic message is delivered carrying with it what honors my political and professional history, since the first day I strived, whether it was stated in the letter of commissioning or the government curriculum, to present an economic rescue vision that raises the suffering of the people and eliminates corruption and puts an end to the international isolation and protects the national economy from international sanctions and holds killers of the demonstrators and criminals."