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The Postponement of Provincial Elections in Anbar and Nineveh: Initial Reactions
by Reidar Visser
Iraq being Iraq, it refused to stand still for the start of the 10-year war anniversary. As Americans began marking the day when President Bush declared war, Iraqi newswires were awash with reports that local elections scheduled for 20 April had been postponed for a maximum 6 months throughout the country for security reasons. Subsequent reports qualified the initial once and said only the Sunni-majority governorates of Anbar and Nineveh would be affected, although there has so far been remarkably little in the way of official, written confirmation. Nonetheless, the epic timing of this decision immediately raises questions that are highly relevant to the outpouring of punditry assessing the war: Was the derailment of elections simply the most symbolic indicator possible that Iraq’s transition to democracy has failed?
Not so fast. Some theories immediately thought the cancellation of the elections in Sunni provinces bordering Syria was a response by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki based on fear that radical Sunnis would come to powers in large numbers - thanks mainly to the general radicalization of the political atmosphere in those areas, which are seen as largely loyal to the Syrian opposition. But there is evidence going back several weeks that local politicians in Anbar had in fact contacted the Iraqi elections commission IHEC exactly with such a postponement in mind. Subsequent to the news that the Iraqi cabinet had decided on a delay, those local politicians went on to express satisfaction about the decision to postpone.
To some extent, of course, this could be simply the result of some politicians fearing they would lose their jobs due to popular dissatisfaction. Turning to Nineveh, though, there is a different picture altogether. The outcry against the postponement has been loud there, and here Usama al-Nujayfi, the parliament speaker and brother of the Nineveh governor, condemned the delay.
Evidently, the Nineveh politicians are far less afraid of losing their jobs than their Anbar counterparts. This may be performance-related, but it could also have to do with different views on the Syrian uprising and the radicalism it has brought to Sunni-dominated parts of western Iraq. Anbar has after all seen some of this before: The sahwa movement was a response to unwanted radicalism on the part of Al-Qaeda. Last year, Maliki succeeded in winning over a sufficient number of local shaykhs to dilute a movement in favour of federalism for Anbar. What we are seeing today in terms of rapprochement over elections postponement could be much-needed tendencies of cooperation between Maliki and Sunni local leaders at a time when regional winds are clearly blowing in a sectarian direction. With many Iraq commentators focused on black and white characterizations of Iraqi politics (or “crescents”) we tend to forget that many Iraqi Sunnis still find themselves sandwiched between extremist Al-Qaeda sympathisers and an Iraqi government they suspect of having too close links to Iran.
Nineveh appears to be a different story, thus cementing the sense of a complete rupture between Maliki and the Nujayfi brothers. Some Maliki critics in Nineveh go all the way and call for federalism as an appropriate response. Still, the stark discrepancy between the Nineveh and Anbar responses should in itself give pause for those in a hurry to declare any kind of Sunni region. If Maliki is smart, he will take this last-minute opportunity to win some much-needed Sunni friends in Anbar. Already the Sadrists that saved his premiership last year (and the budget earlier this month) have declared a cabinet boycott, saying they take orders from Muqtada al-Sadr only. That sort of capriciousness should be a reminder to Maliki about what sort of forces he will be hostage to if he perseveres with a strictly sectarian approach in order to guarantee his political survival.
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Executive Order set to expire May 2013; Cabinet approves recommendations of the protection of Iraq’s money abroad
Posted: March 19, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Council of Ministers, executive order 13303, Iraq, middle east, Ministerial Committee, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Tuesday, United States
Published on Tuesday, 19 March / March 2013 17:34
Iraq’s Council of Ministers approved, on Tuesday, on the recommendations of the 21st meeting of the Ministerial Committee set up a mechanism to protect Iraqi funds abroad.
A statement issued by the prime minister and got “obelisk” a copy of which, “The Council has agreed to form a committee to study the provision of the necessary capabilities to receive and inspect the goods and materials imported outside border crossing points in stores and arenas for this purpose, headed by Director General of Customs and the membership and ministries of transport, planning and finance and internal and his national security advisers. “
The statement added that “the Council of Ministers approved the recommendations of the meeting 21 of the Ministerial Committee on the Status of mechanism to protect Iraqi funds abroad,” noting that “the Council decided to exchange reward million for the staff of the Ministry of Justice, except personnel department reform and the Office of the Inspector General.”
The Cabinet holds weekly meetings to make decisions concerning departments and affiliated institutions.
Issawi and Abu Risha: postponement of the ballot himself a party obsessed with power
20-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / term
Announced the list of "united" led House Speaker Osama Najafi, yesterday rejected "severe" for the decision to postpone the elections in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh, and promised that the decision comes a continuation of the policy of "injustice and exclusion partners" exercised by the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, while promised that the decision to postpone election "lacks legal legitimacy" confirmed that it would resist the decision by all means.
The list said in a statement yesterday, seen by the "long" "It is a new surprise decision aimed at devote curriculum injustice and continuing policies of exclusion through the decision to postpone the provincial elections and we declare our rejection of this resolution altogether and we are preparing unconscious legitimacy."
She based the decision to postpone the elections in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh, "narrated only by a party obsessed desire to continue in power despite popular rejection mounting him," adding that "the Council of Ministers as it now stands and under County Coalition and Iraqi Kurdistan to its lacks legitimacy, and such a decision should consult with the Electoral Commission before taken which will make it unconscious of the legal basis. "
She stressed the menu that "justify postponement deteriorating security situation does not stand up to the facts on the ground", and stated that "it was the first to hold negligent this deterioration and they themselves claim to delay," pointing out that "the targeting of political behind the decision reflected the highest picture because it went to the provinces of the protesters and demonstrators conduct terrorist operations in Baghdad. "
She based that "the decision adds pain new to the protesters and aims to prevent them from political change in favor of their demands and conduct a comprehensive reform process and loses citizens remaining faith in democracy and the political process," she said go ahead, "the face of the decision with the assistance of all partners faithful that existing convinced that owners Agenda postponement were eager to pounce on power and target partners and the militarization of society, "she said" The decision to target new for us and our fans and we will resist it with all political and legal means and popular. "
The governor of Nineveh: Maliki have to remember that the previous elections held in conditions of security more strained than the time insisted
20-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad - Mosul / Iyad al-Tamimi and Nevzat Hmedin
I was surprised by the Electoral Commission for elections yesterday the Cabinet's decision to postpone the procedures for provincial elections in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar, denounced the political parties in these two provinces the government's decision and called him a "statesman".
The Cabinet decided at its meeting yesterday the absence of ministers blocs Coalition and Iraqi Kurdistan to postpone the elections in Anbar and Mosul, although the Electoral Commission announced a few days ago there was no intention to postpone the elections in the two provinces to while listening to a report from the security committee affiliate and in the light UNHCR to lift the report to the government to take What you see fit.
Said Commission Vice-President Zobaie كاطع in a statement to the "long" yesterday that "the decision to postpone was a surprise to UNHCR," explaining that "the validity of the government determine the date of the elections, postponed or canceled after listening to reports from the Election Commission about them."
He pointed out that "to justify the government to postpone the elections because of the security situation which the validity of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces," and expressed hope that the government's decision will be based on the correct vision, "reminding that the Commission is ready to hold elections of the technical aspects."
And announced Nineveh province, hours after the government's decision denounced the government's position and confirmed their readiness to hold the elections in terms of security and administration, and said the governor of Nineveh Atheel Najafi told the "long" yesterday that "some political blocs that do not find themselves fortunate in the elections, which are providing support deferred and intervened to urge their representatives in the polling stations for withdrawal. "
He added that "those who sought to postpone the elections was aware in advance that made will lead to a major change in the political process," returned to invoke the security situation is not convincing after witnessed Mosul conduct many electoral during the past years at a time when terrorist organizations at its peak.
In Anbar described Secretary General National Front for the free Iraq glorious stubbornness in a statement the "long" the government's decision to postpone the elections to maintain "statesman not linked to poor security conditions in which he said, adding that the situation in Anbar is much better than Baghdad However this did not postpone the elections, pointing out that most of the political blocs in Anbar.
According to the Cabinet decision yesterday that the postponement of provincial elections in Nineveh and Anbar for a maximum of six months came at the request of the Anbar Provincial Council and the official and the political blocs and parties and notables provinces, and in recognition of the government and the General Command of the Armed Forces of the inadequacy of current conditions for the elections in the two provinces .
Anbar postpone the elections and welcomes the governor of Nineveh province is delayed in his province «coup against democracy»
20-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
Independent Higher Commission for Elections in Iraq .. The last to know. Iraqi Council of Ministers in its meeting yesterday, the deserted for the fourth week in a row of ministers of the Iraqi List «except the Ministers of Electricity Karim Aftan and State for Provincial Affairs Torhan Mufti» For the second week of Ministers Kurds had taken a decision to postpone the provincial elections scheduled for twenty April next in each of the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh.
According to the statement issued by the Council of Ministers, which received a «Middle East» copy the «postpone provincial elections in Nineveh and Anbar for a maximum of six months at the request of the Anbar Provincial Council and the official and the political blocs and parties and notables provinces and recognition from the government and the General Command of the Armed Forces for not appropriateness of current conditions for the conduct of elections in the two provinces.
In turn, said Ali al-Moussawi, media advisor to the Prime Minister told the French press after the Cabinet meeting yesterday «The Council of Ministers approved the request to postpone by bodies and parties in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar for a period not exceeding six months.He added that «inter alia, the Anbar provincial council and the drafters of security in the province of Nineveh and political parties (...) asked after threatening the lives of many of the candidates and killing five of them and the withdrawal of thousand employees in Nineveh is to postpone the elections.
The Deputy Chairman of the Board of Anbar province Saadoun al-Shaalan told the «Middle East» that «the postponement decision came at the request of the provincial council, who voted unanimously to delay because of the inadequacy of the security environment for the elections», adding that «the security situation in the province is stable and unlikely that there will be no public participation and therefore the results of the election will certainly be at the expense of many actors want to work in a professional manner in order to provide better services to the people of the province.
In turn, was considered the governor of Nineveh province, Atheel Najafi In a statement similar to Asharq Al-Awsat that «there are purely political reasons behind the government's decision to postpone the elections in both provinces. Najafi said that the «decision was made in Baghdad on the political aspects and is specifically in the inability of some political parties associated with a coalition of state law (led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki) to achieve significant results in the province. Nujaifi stressed that «this delay will have serious political repercussions because we consider it a coup against democracy where change has become like did not happen.
In response to a question about the killings, which affected a number of candidates and the withdrawal of nearly 14 candidates and UNHCR staff in Nineveh, Nujaifi said that «the participants competing in the elections are 630 people and therefore the withdrawal of ten people they know already that they will not be for them no chance of winning does not give an excuse for the delay », stressing that« the security situation in the Nineveh is better now than it was in the last election, then it is not expected to change the situation over the next six months we are in Iraq live this situation ten years ago.
The Electoral Commission for elections confirmed on the seventeenth of March it was awaiting a report current Supreme Security Committee to decide to postpone local elections in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar or conducted in a timely manner.
«Sadrists are boycotting the sessions of the Council of Ministers central features of the collapse in the Shiite coalition
20-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat
After the Iraqi List and the Kurdistan Alliance, who missed his ministers yesterday, for the second week in a row, the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers of Iraq, Sadrists announced yesterday his ministers sessions County government of Nouri al-Maliki, under the guidance of its leader Moqtada al-Sadr.
He said Planning Minister Ali Shukri in a press conference held yesterday evening with a number of ministers of the Sadrist movement in Baghdad «Sadrist ministers declare boycott future meetings of the Council of Ministers under the guidance of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. He added Shukri, who is also the Acting Minister of Finance that the «Minister will continue to provide service to citizens from within their ministries, stressing that« the Sadrist ministers ready to implement any order issued by its leader, al-Sadr.
Al-Sadr said in a statement issued yesterday that «stay in the government sells its territory to the south and claims control (base) on some of Iraq's provinces western and northern, and a government without President of the Republic, as well as Parliament lean and politicized judiciary, Pat is damaging more than is useful, but it subsidy sin and transgression. Sadr also stressed in his statement: «We will discuss carefully with our brothers suspension and withdrawal from the government, and even of Parliament lean.
In this context, the leader of the Sadrist Jawad al-Jubouri told the «Middle East» that «what issued cleric Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr is the embodiment of what was announced by the chest and is expressed in the statements and positions, especially after the accumulation of a lot of problems and crises since the Erbil and Najaf conference last year and a series of actions that began to establish a new dictatorship in the country. The Jubouri that «cancel the elections is dangerous, especially this election has become a popular demand, which means that things are going to trends must be confronted firmly. In response to a question on the words of al-Sadr that he would consult with others for steps subsequent, E and whether these others are the Iraqi List and the Kurdistan Alliance, Jubouri said that «clarifications later will be issued on the interpretation either by the official spokesman for Mr. Sadr and either may hold meeting emergency of the Political Commission to determine the next steps including the possibility of withdrawal from the parliament.
And on whether the withdrawal of the Sadrists will lead to the collapse of the National Alliance Shiite and then the Maliki government, Jubouri said that «all the facts and implications confirm that the Sadrist movement is the cornerstone of the National Coalition, and not block free there would be no government, and perhaps even a political process».
Saadi calls to dismiss Acting MoD, MoI & other security leaders
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:37 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The independent MP, Sabah al-Saadi, called the parliament to hold an urgent session to dismiss the Acting Ministers of Defense and Interior as well as other security leaders and to refer them to the military courts to punish them for their failure in running the security file in the country.
He stated to AIN “The Leader of the security system is behind covering corrupted figures who assume the security key posts.”
“Many of the security commanders are among the corrupted former Saddamist leaders,” he added.
“All the security breaches are justified by the political disputes,” he mentioned, stressing “The General Commander of the Armed Forces is busy in conducting the electoral propaganda for the Provincial Councils elections ignoring terrorism.”
Baghdad witnessed 17 car bombings on last Tuesday in addition to a car bombing took place in Babel as well as armed activities in Nineveh, Anbar and Salah-il-Din provinces.
Decision of postponing PCs elections in Anbar, Nineveh violates law, says Kinani
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 09:19 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The member of the Legal Parlaimentary Committee, Ameer al-Kinani, confirmed that taking the decision of postponing the Provincial Councils elections in Anbar and Nineveh provinces by the Council of Ministers violates the law.
He stated to AIN “The law of PCs elections confirms conducting the PCs elections of all the provinces at the same day.”
“The decision was taken due to political reasons because the security situation in the previous elections was worse than the current,” he added, noting that “Anbar and Nineveh provinces witness demonstrations rather than security breaches that threaten the voters and the candidates.”
“The CoM started to control all the State excluding the parliament and without considering the opinion of the Independent High Electoral Commission concerning this decision,” he stressed.
“The CoM had to consider the security breaches that resulted in killing and injuring dozens of citizens,” he continued, remarking that “The Sadr Trend is disappointed for its Ministers support for this decision.”
“Excluding the political blocs by the government is this way is rejected,” he concluded.
Liberals: We will call for a special meeting of the Accounting Maliki and 11 senior officers for security setback
20-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
Confirmed the Liberal bloc of the Sadrist movement, on Tuesday, they will call for an extraordinary session in the House of Representatives, and waved to question Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and 11 senior officers campaign responsibility deterioration security situation in the country, and described the justifications and Minister of Justice on the gunmen, his ministry as "ludicrous."
In turn expressed support for the Iraqi list bid Liberal bloc, usually Maliki continued his job tense security.
He attributed the Kurdistan Alliance terrorist operations in the capital Baghdad to unexpected weakness of the intelligence continued security breaches because of "the absence of deterrent measures."
The gunmen stormed Thursday the Justice Department infanticide, killing 30 employees and injuring 50 others. The minister admitted Hassan Shammari that his ministry is not adequately controlled on al-Qaeda leaders who are in the prisons of the Ministry. Stressing that al-Qaeda leaders "manage violence" inside the cells. Attributing the success of the gunmen broke into the Ministry of Justice that they "were carrying machine guns type (PKC) and hand grenades."
Commenting on this says MP for the Liberal bloc Ali al-Tamimi said, "justifications and Minister of Justice Hassan Shammari and there is cooperation between Qaeda detainees in the prisons of the Ministry of Justice and terrorists Balamadgh and ridiculous."
Tamimi said, in a statement to "long" yesterday, "to storm the Ministry of Justice by terrorist organizations means no sovereignty," adding "there are more than 30 employees were killed shot dead by the security forces charged with protecting the building of the Ministry of Justice."
With MP rib that "the security services have commander of armed forces and the possibility of financial exceed the capacity of al-Qaeda as well as the large numbers of security forces," he said, "The Ministry of Justice has launched many of the leaders of al-Qaeda in the recent period, which had a big role in the escalation of bombings and killings witnessed various provinces. "
Tamimi pointed to "a weakness in the performance of the security services in the fight against terrorism through the presence of Baathist officers in the security system and the highest levels of 11 new officers, as well as a lack of intelligence effort."
And reveals "the Liberal bloc collect signatures of MPs from different political blocs to call the commander in chief of the armed forces and security officers after the bombings in Baghdad (Tuesday) and after the storm incident and the Ministry of Justice." Tamimi adds by saying that the bloc "will present a request to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives to convene a special session in the next two to daily to discuss these security breaches and issue a call-Maliki."
On his part, said the Iraqi List MP Ahmed al-Alwani, said in an interview with the "long" yesterday that "the political blocs to maturity is important no-confidence in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and accountability for all security breaches and violations of human rights."
And everlasting Alwani astonishment of justifications put forward by the Minister of Justice Hassan Shammari on the management base of operations from inside prisons, saying "this talk does not die any logic and Mjavi for real and is intended to cover up the real criminals and security authorities are complicit," adding that "Anizoma security worthless nor Sataratha many did not work in repelling terrorism which strikes insulation and ordinary citizens. "
He warned the Iraqi List MP of "the existence of a new scheme is intended to provoke sectarian Iraqi street than targeting the demonstrations in the western region," returned to "the survival of Maliki on the pyramid of power will further deteriorate the security situation in the country for years."
On the call blocks Liberal for an extraordinary session in the House of Representatives to discuss the security breaches recently, and the possibility of calling Maliki and officers of security, said al-Alwani said that "Iraqi strongly supports directed Sadrists in special meeting and accountability Maliki for all these failures and security gaps."
He wondered "where the money went that was spent on the security forces? Wayne role of intelligence and intelligence in providing intelligence information? How can one person from the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and Interior and the same is the leader of the armed forces?".
Attributed to the Kurdistan Alliance causes of the explosions that took place in Baghdad Working to poor intelligence, and believed that "terrorist operations will continue in the absence of deterrent security measures." Explains MP Hassan Jihad, in a statement to the "long" yesterday, saying that "There is a challenge by the terrorist organizations of the security forces after the reaction to the explosions and the Ministry of Justice and the accompanying arrests."
Al-Hakim: Our patience has its limits, when others unable to protect Iraq.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar al-Hakim criticized complacency against the blood of the Iraqi people, warning of the continuing inability to protect Iraq.
Hakim said in a press statement today 20, March: We have not and we will not allow complacency and procrastination in the right of our people and our families' blood, and our patience has its limits and we will have the word when others cannot protect Iraq and its people. "
Baghdad had seen a series of car bombings in a number of areas of Baghdad and the provinces that killed and wounded dozens of innocent Iraqis.