In 2019 Judge Farouk al-Sami retired from the Federal Court and in October another Judge Abboud al-Tamimi died. That means there are now two vacancies on the Supreme Court that need to be filled before the election can take place. That adds another complication to a process that is already being dragged out.
Iraq’s government works at a snail’s pace and usually with no sense of urgency because everything requires agreements between the party bosses which takes place after long negotiations behind closed doors. It’s already been extensively reported that many of the elite are not interested in early elections called by the prime minister because they are afraid they will be voted out of office. That means they are dragging their feet. The absences on the Supreme Court could give them one more reason to try to delay the vote.
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