Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi spoke in Parliament on 20 February about his proposed reforms, including the appointment of a technocratic cabinet (MEES, 12 February). In a session that lasted two hours he failed to provide detail on how the ministers were to be appointed, but succeeded in attacking political opponents including his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani.

In a session during which parliamentarians alternatively...