The Financial Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Ramzy Mardini on the surprise announcement of Iraq’s next government: 

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See “The fact that the security posts were left vacant demonstrates the fragility of this government. Had they been filled [it] would have demonstrated that the Iraqis have overcome their trust deficits. But it’s clear everyone is joining the government while keeping their cards close to their chests,” said Ramzy Mardini, an analyst at the Atlantic Council think-tank. “In Iraq, national unity governments are not about sharing power, they are about divvying up the spoils.”

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