" The Dinar Daily " ....... Thursday, 21 March 2013
MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki confirms the determination of state law to re-sued to challenge the law of the mandate of the three presidencies in Federal Court
21-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
MP for the coalition of state law, Abdul Salam al-Maliki coalition's determination to re-sued to challenge the law of the mandate of the three presidencies in Federal Court after the publication in the Official Gazette.
Maliki said in a press statement to his press office said Thursday that "a coalition of state law is determined to proceed with the appeal by the law of the mandate of the three presidencies", stressing that "the determination of state law to re-sued to challenge the law after its publication in the Official Gazette."
"The response of the Federal Court of appeal submitted by the coalition was not caused convinced the court the constitutionality of the law of the mandate of the three presidencies, but was Re appeal to the fact that the law was not Nalfda being not yet published in the Official Gazette and therefore Re appeal was a formality and not objective."
He said the "coalition of state law would challenge the law from both sides first that the law is unconstitutional because the Constitution did not provide in any of paragraphs on the mandate of prime ministers and parliament, but left absolutely with select mandate of President two sessions and the second that meant clearly of enactment of this Act is miscarriage political the person of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to some parties' fear of his popularity, which rose significantly. "
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Allawi attacking al-Maliki and Kurdistan looming no-confidence motion
21-03-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad - Zidane-Rubaie:
Accused Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki regional intelligence services of being behind the bombings Tuesday, and vowed to prosecute those responsible, accusing the Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi بالتسلط and violating the Constitution, and the Kurdistan Alliance board return alliance withdraw confidence to face the risk of head of government.
And attacked Maliki speeches and chants, which launches in "sites pretend", and stressed that it had "the base engine for murder and sabotage in Iraq was", and accused Mtalekayaa they seek to "sectarian war" under the guidance of "intelligence regional" no win-one is extremists, and stressed that the face of this wave, "firmly" urged security agencies to arrest and prosecute "all wanted and advocates sectarianism and sabotage."
For his part, the head of the Iraqi List, Iyad Allawi said that "Maliki runs the country individually, and without that there will be no compass, as stated in the agreements Erbil, and conditions reached by the country these days are the result of this disclaimer and liquefaction of the agreements concluded and lack of commitment by" .
Allawi described the situation in Iraq, that it has become dangerous and has become al-Qaeda and the terrorist organizations strike when and where and how they wish, and terrorist bombings have become a daily phenomenon in the country, which led to the suspension of services and the decline of the economy.
In this context, predicted the Kurdistan Alliance, return blocks Alliance "no confidence" of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to resume its meetings to confront what it called "serious" recent.
A member of the Kurdistan Alliance Farhad Atrushi he expected "Back allied blocs formerly titled alliance withdraw confidence to resume their meetings.
By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. Posted on March 18.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has won a third term for the presidency of his Islamic Dawa Party in an election that was attended by a number of Iraqi political leaders but in which most media were absent. That election was the start of Maliki’s battle to renew his mandate as Iraqi prime minister, also for the third time.
Under an almost full media blackout, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was re-elected as head of the Dawa Party for the third time, in what may mark the beginning of his battle to win a third prime ministerial term, Mushreq Abbas reports.
Maliki Reelected as Dawa Head for Third Time
Author: Mushreq Abbas
Translated by: Rani Geha
The Dawa Party is one of the oldest religious parties in Iraq. It was founded in the mid-1950s and was inspired by the ideas of prominent Shiite cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr. But since that time, the party has suffered a series of splits over its goals, leadership or relationships inside and outside Iraq during the era when it opposed Saddam Hussein’s regime. The party regained its presence on the Iraqi scene in 2003 and has held the prime minister’s post since 2005.
The official newspaper Al-Bayan and Dawa’s official website published brief reports that the Islamic Dawa Party has re-elected Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki as its head. This is the third time he has occupied that post since 2006, when he also became prime minister after the withdrawal of former party leader and Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who went on to establish the Reform Movement. Maliki was re-elected in 2009 to head the party and in 2010 to head the government.
It is peculiar that Dawa did not mention in public statements nor in brief reports three key matters: the detailed results of the elections, the issues discussed in the party convention and the results of those discussions, and the internal party regulations with regard to how one person can be both the party’s president and Iraq’s prime minister at the same time.
With regard to the first matter, many party members declined to give details on the election results. But reliable information from within the party confirms that Maliki was re-elected by consensus, he had no challenger, and no one voted against him.
Dawa is no different from other Iraqi parties: their internal elections happen under complete blackout. Many believe that Iraqi parties call for electoral transparency only when it has to do with those parties’ conflicts with other parties.
But Maliki’s unanimous election to lead his own party indicates that the talk in recent months about the existence of “hawks” and “doves” within the party, and that a number of figures wished to challenge Maliki, was finally settled in favor of Maliki, who was elected by consensus.
The second important matter is that the Dawa Party is in effect leading the Iraqi state and its sensitive institutions and that the party is deeply interfering in government actions. The party did not explain its ideas, goals and vision for the next phase (at least publicly). And it did not propose ideas and programs for Iraq and the region, even though this is something that should be explained to the public when a major party holds a general convention.
These remarks perhaps reveal something hidden in the internal Dawa conflict. The party, which does not rely on the charisma of its leader Maliki to gain popular support, is facing numerous questions about its future. The most important of those questions is over what Maliki is truly leading. Is he leading the party or the political bloc (the State of Law Coalition) that was formed in 2009 under his leadership and was supposed to be have a national outlook, not a religious or sectarian one?
In the brief report that appeared in Al-Bayan, Maliki said: “National identity and tolerance must be the main deterrents against Baathist and terrorist schemes that intend to tear up Iraq’s unity and sabotage its political experience. Political pluralism must rely on national culture and the spirit of tolerance in order to achieve the citizens’ aspirations because the responsibility is complementary.”
The third matter raised by the Dawa conference is how to deal with the contradiction between the party’s rules of procedure, which prevent the party’s president from holding a formal political function, and the fact that Maliki is head of both the party and the Iraqi government.
That issue was highly controversial within the party over the past years. It is not known whether the party changed its rules of procedure to suit Maliki’s circumstance or whether some party “hawks” will later use that fault to prevent Maliki from running for a third term.
The latter point does not appear logical for reasons related to the overall performance of the Dawa Party in recent years, which saw the transformation of Maliki from a low-ranking leader for three decades into the party’s symbol and uncontested leader.
There are indications that the party’s latest elections produced no significant changes in the party’s political bureau and Shura Council. This means that the party’s leadership is sticking to its political, social and religious policies of the past years, which allowed the party to control the prime minister post for three consecutive rounds.
The Dawa Party’s latest convention indicates that Maliki has launched his political battle for a third prime ministerial term (2014-18). The first step in this battle is for Maliki to solidify the party’s political and religious foundations as well as his leadership in the party. The second step is to appeal the constitutionality of the law that set term limits for the prime minister. Maliki’s rivals passed that law to prevent him from running for a third term. And the third step is for Maliki to mobilize his supporters to gain more seats in the 2014 parliament then he did in the 2000 parliament.
Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. An author and journalist who has worked in the media for 15 years, he holds a degree in political science from Baghdad University. Besides writing studies and articles that covered Iraqi crises and publishing in the local, regional and foreign media, Abbas has worked since 2003 in the Iraqi media sector and co-founded media companies. He also produced a number of documentaries for different media and has managed Al-Hayat’s office in Iraq since 2005.
Iraq Moving Toward Federalism, Says Maliki’s Former Adviser
by Wladimir van Wilgenburg 10 hours ago
According to Iraq expert Reidar Visser, Maliki has never publicly backed the idea of federalism.
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Iraq is moving toward federalism as a solution to its volatile religious and ethnic mix, believes Sadiq al-Rikabi, a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and former political advisor to Iraq’s prime minister.
“Federalism is a final destination for all the Iraqi components. When federalism becomes the final solution it means no competition between Iraqi components,” Rikabi told the inaugural edition of the annual Sulaimani Forum in the Kurdistan Region last week.
He said that the country’s majority ruling Shiites have retreated from their position of looking for federalism, the large Sunni minority refuses the principle, and the autonomous Kurds in the north exceed federalism and look toward independence.
“These three positions deepened the distrust among the components,” said Rikabi, the former advisor to the Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
He said that the two visions inside the premier’s Dawa party are: Fear that federalism will lead to the country’s partition; and that, instead of creating ethnic or religious regions, Iraq should be divided into several federal provinces.
In February last year, Maliki openly said: "We will not allow the establishment of federalism in the Iraqi provinces because it will be a cause for tearing the country.”
“We have to convince all Iraqis that their interests are in one Iraq,” according to Rikabi.
Barham Salih, former prime minister of the Kurdistan Region, said that “Iraqis yet have to accept the idea of federalism.”
Fuad Hussein, chief of staff of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, disagrees that Maliki’s party accepts federalism.
“Still in Baghdad, the dominant ideology is centralism and not federalism,” he said, adding that federalism would “help the unity of the country.”
According to Iraq expert Reidar Visser, Maliki has never publicly backed the idea of federalism.
“I have never heard Maliki specifically advocate more than a Kurdish region, and he has used a lot of energy to fend off Dawa people from Basra, who wanted their own region,” he told Rudaw.
I write this column on the ten-year anniversary of the Iraq war. Depending on whom you ask, it is the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq or the anniversary of the liberation of Iraq. As I listen to the media and average people here in America, it seems clear that most Americans do not in fact want to be asked. They would rather not talk about the Iraq war, what it cost or what it accomplished.
A few left of center American news outlets such as the New York Times did make a concerted effort to reflect on Iraq, however. They went out of their way to mourn the undertaking and the heavy price Americans paid for questionable achievements: 4,500 U.S. soldiers killed, 30,000 wounded, and more than $2 trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars spent. This doesn’t even include around 100,000 Iraqis who died between 2003 and 2011, when the last American military forces withdrew from the country.
What did the United States gain at such a terrible price? Today’s Iraq appears much closer to Iran than America. A new strongman in Baghdad consolidates power and steadily subverts the country’s democratic institutions. Chinese, European, Russian and Turkish firms seem more involved in Iraq’s oil sector than those from the United States. Americans’ will to undertake foreign military engagements has waned to perhaps dangerous levels, assuming that such entanglements are sometimes necessary.
This view, of course, reflects the critics’ discourse of a glass half empty. It also conflates three separate issues into one. First of all there was the war to depose Saddam Hussein’s terrible regime. That proved remarkably easy – a task that took all of three weeks. For this, most Iraqis were justifiably joyous, as were Iraq’s neighbours who would have been threatened again by Saddam as soon as the sanctions finished crumbling and he managed rearm himself. An Arab Spring effort to remove the likes of Saddam would also have probably proven even bloodier than the current disaster in Syria.
Second came the occupation of Iraq, which was not the original American plan. In the original plan, General Jay Garner would have supervised a quick handing off of authority to Iraqis, including the Iraqi army, followed by the departure of most American troops. Instead Washington sent him home and replaced him with Paul Bremer, who went on to supervise an incredibly inept Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) occupation. This policy saw the growth of an insurgency and the progressive destruction of Iraq, accounting for the lion’s share of lost lives and misspent American tax dollars. The entire enterprise was only saved after Bremer and the CPA went home and bolstered American forces started working with Sunni Awakening Councils more intelligently to turn things around. Relative peace, along with a truly democratic constitution and solid gains in Iraq, finally appeared after 2007.
The third part of the story happened under President Barack Obama’s watch. This is when the war and occupation that the Bush administration won, at great cost in the case of the occupation, turned into the peace that Obama lost. By turning its back on Iraq, by failing to sign a Status of Forces Agreement or exert influence on Nuri al-Maliki’s government, the Obama administration squandered much that was accomplished at such great cost in the preceding years.
Fortunately much can still be salvaged, and the glass is still half full in important ways. America gave Iraqis a chance for change, which is more than people in many neighbouring dictatorships enjoy, and with much less destruction than in the Syrian Ba’athist nightmare next door. Iraqi Kurdistan in particular has reason to rejoice as it revels in its advancements of the past ten years. Shiite Iraqis should also be grateful as they assert their dominance in the new Iraq. While Prime Minister Maliki threatens Iraqi democracy, he is not the reckless, bloody sociopath that Saddam was. Baghdadis and Sunni Arabs, of course, may understandably feel less hopeful about the changes of the last ten years – both enjoyed most of the benefits under Saddam and saw much of the pain of the last ten years
All these groups still have the chance to take their future in hand, however, and try to live together and share power. The ten-year anniversary of the Iraq war also falls on the eve of the holiday of Newroz and the Spring equinox, after all. Spring only comes after the death of winter.
David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since August 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press).
IS, Sadrist MPs not to manage withdrawing confidence from Government, says Alewi
Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:45 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Kareem Alewi, of the Iraqi National Alliance assured “The Government represents all the communities in Iraq and no one can withdraw confidence from it.”
He stated to AIN “Many Ministers started to resume their performance in the Government,” noting that “We get used on the statements of the Iraqiya Slate and Sadr Trend concerning the Government.”
“These statements aim to pressurize the Government to implement their demands,” he added.
Earlier, the head of the Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, said in a statement “The participation in this government becomes absolutely harmful and supports injustice; we will consider suspension or withdrawing from it and even from the parliament with the other partners.”
Chairman of Anbar tribes council calles on the government to consider the rights of protesters and meet their demands.
Ramadi / NINA /-- Chairman of Anbar tribes council Sheikh Humaid Shokah called on Iraqi government to consider the rights of protesters and meet their demands so that the country keep stable with peace atmosphere concomitant with development and construction.
Shokah said in a statement to NINA : " Iraqi society is mainly characterized as tribal society , whether political or sectarian.
He added : " when any differences occurred between the political leaders, the role of the tribes highlights along with religious senior clerics supporting the survival of the country as much as strong and cohesive. / End
SLC to appeal Law of limiting 3 Presidencies’ terms again, says MP
Thursday, 21 March 2013 09:48 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Abdul Salam al-Maliki, of the State of Law Coalition announced that the State of Law Coalition will submit the appeal against the law of limiting the three Presidencies terms to the Federal Court after being posted by the official Newspaper.
He stated to AIN “The SLC will re-submit the appeal to the Federal Court again,” noting that “The refusal of the Federal Court over for the previous appeal was because the law was not posted in the official newspaper.”
“The SLC will submit the appeal against two sides, the first is that the law is not constitutional while the second is that the aim behind this law is to topple the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki,” he concluded.