Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi has given the country’s political parties an extension on his demand that they submit candidates as “technocrat ministers” – a demand that was set to expire on 16 March. The deadline appears to have been extended to the end of the month due to resistance of political blocs to Mr ‘Abadi’s “reform” plans, Iraqi daily al-Mada reports. But the reasons for this resistance vary.

Mr ‘Abadi’s...