Maliki calls for elections 4 months .. And Washington denies supporting the Government of 'political majority'
08-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
At the time denied the U.S. Embassy in Iraq that have supported the Government of the political majority called for by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki recently, the latter went to what is beyond that, when he asked the city of Najaf, which are visited for the purposes of promoting the campaign in an early election parliamentary elections in Iraq, next year, 3 or 4 months.
On the other hand, the board of the Iraqi parliament further action against al-Maliki, including questioning if you did not attend the meeting dedicated to the hosted today.
The U.S. Embassy in Iraq announced, yesterday, that the statements adviser and U.S. Secretary of State Brett Macgork on «form a majority government political» in Iraq, was the victim of «translation is accurate» and said that Chancellor stressed that the U.S. supports the Iraqi constitution, and all solutions which are through it.
The embassy said in a statement that «after returning to the origin of what the Chancellor said English Macgork, showing that he did not mention that the United States supports the establishment of a political majority government in Iraq. The embassy confirmed that Macgork response to a question on the position of the United States calls for the formation of a majority government political in Iraq, and said: «often diagnosed our position is wrong, and we would like to emphasize that we support constitutional order in Iraq, and we believe that politicians will try to reach solutions within the Constitution. For example, last year there were calls for the withdrawal of confidence from the government, and our position was that it was unconstitutional, as well as the demands of the majority government will be, for as long as it was within the constitutional framework. Move within the Constitution to find solutions is up to the Iraqis themselves, but we hope that in any formula is reached there is an adequate representation of the major components in the political process.
The embassy clarified: «We recognize that the statements Macgork translated adviser told reporters inaccurately, which is the reason for this confusion.
For his part, Maliki called for the next parliamentary elections in 2014 3 or 4 months. Maliki said in a speech during a list Najaf, to review the candidates for the local elections, said that «the political process entered the recovery room, and relations between the partners based on the disruption, and put a spoke in the wheel of the state», calling «provide the parliamentary elections from the beginning of 2014 to 3 or 4 months.
Maliki said: «We we want to hold those elections with the upcoming provincial elections, pointing out that« this invitation Sntnazel for a full year of our current government.
Maliki stressed the need to «demand for early elections because the government code and the political process is stalled, and this does not bode well», adding that «Security and ages will not be achieved unless there is a political stability, which is achieved to form a majority government. Maliki said «what is now not post, but quotas, and that the greatest harm to the political process, unless there is a political majority to adopt local and federal governments.
For his part, the Sadrists announced his refusal to Maliki calls altogether. A member of the Iraqi parliament for the Liberal bloc of the Sadrist movement Jawad al-Jubouri told the «Middle East» «This is not the first time that calling Maliki to early elections, but because of the political situation in Iraq and the way they were built national partnership, these invitations not bound to one, except for one who looks at her, and therefore rejected by us, and by all political forces altogether, because it contradicts the bases of the partnership is still valid », adding that« failure suffered by the government is now seeking, as part of election campaigning , to paste partners and hold them everything. But a member of parliament from the Iraqi List Nada Jubouri confirmed in a statement «Middle East» that «call such seem acceptable under normal conditions, where they become majority government is the solution», stressing at the same time «a mass opposition strong holds assess the work of the government and control ».
On the other hand irrelevant, confirmed the decision of the Iraqi parliament Mohammed al-Khalidi told the «Middle East» that «host Prime Minister and Commander of the Armed Forces Nouri al-Maliki planned during Monday's session (today), which had previously been understanding about it between parliament and the Secretariat the Council of Ministers, through the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.
Khalidi said: «so far not up to us to indicate that the Prime Minister will not attend the hearing, but when he does not attend the parliament will be forced to take other actions, such as interrogation.
Othman rules out Maliki's ability to form political majority government.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Mahmoud Othman ruled out Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ability to form a government of political majority at the current time," pointing out "If Maliki formed this government, it would be failed, because of the political conflicts and problems among the blocs".
He explained in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The prevailing view among the blocs is to stay in the government of national partnership at the current stage, because it is not possible to marginalize the basic components of Iraqi society through forming the Government of political majority," noting" government of political majority can be formed after the next parliamentary elections, but the all components of the Iraqi people should be represented in this government. "
Othman revealed that there is US-Iranian mediation to bring the views between the federal government and the province, but these medications cannot be relied upon, because the current problems between the two sides are internal affairs, and both sides do not want to depend on foreign solution."
Kurds Warn Maliki is Pushing Iraq Toward Civil War
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Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. Photo: AFP
By JUDIT NEURINK
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Ten years after the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein Iraq is in chaos and heading toward a possible civil war, warns Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the autonomous Kurdistan Region that for a decade has remained an enclave of relative peace and economic growth.
He makes no qualms about who is to blame: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whose Shiite-led government is locked in potentially explosive rows with both the Kurds and Sunnis.
“The current political crisis in Iraq is a direct result of the concerns throughout the country that Iraq, under the policies of Prime Minister Maliki, is deviating from its constitution, and the country’s founding principles of consensus and pluralism,” Barzani told Rudaw.
“Most of Iraq’s ethnic and religious factions are dissatisfied with Mr. Maliki’s performance,” Barzani said. “The political process in Iraq is at a critical stage. Regrettably, unilateral actions from the federal government seriously question the intention of the Iraqi prime minister,” he said.
The Kurds have been incensed at Maliki, and Barzani’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was even warning of war last December, after the premier dispatched the newly-formed and controversial Dijla forces into disputed northern territories that have been under the administration and command of the Kurds.
For the KRG, the last straw came when Maliki’s government railroaded through parliament the 2013 budget, which ignored Kurdish objections to their annual share.
Meanwhile, Maliki’s other battlefront has been the large Sunni minority, which demands better treatment by the fellow Arab but Shiite government.
All of the Kurdish and most of the Sunni ministers have for weeks boycotted Maliki’s government.
The political process in Iraq is at a critical stage. Regrettably, unilateral actions from the federal government seriously question the intention of the Iraqi prime minister
“We favor a peaceful solution out of this crisis, through dialogue and negotiation in adherence to the constitution,” Barzani said. “We encourage all Iraqi factions to try to work together for the benefit of the whole country and not just one constituent component of the country,” he added.
Kurdish leaders have consistently tried to bring Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites closer together, and will continue to do so, Barzani said.
But Sunni protesters that have been taking to the streets for over three months do not see any results. Every Friday around 25,000 people come to Tahrir Square in Mosul, and on weekdays they number between 3,000 and 5,000. They constitute “farmers, doctors, lawyers, the jobless, and former military personnel,” says Ghanib Al-Abid, one of the organizers of the demonstrations in Mosul.
The same happens in most other Sunni towns in Iraq. Because of this, the provincial April 20 elections have been postponed in the most restless provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.
The protests began over crackdowns by Maliki on Sunni political leaders, but have been fuelled by Sunni anger about evictions from government and security jobs, and the number of Sunnis in prison.
In total some 180,000 Sunnis are in prison, many without charges, among them many women, who were picked up to force husbands, brothers or fathers to turn themselves in for “terrorism” investigations, Sunni leaders charge.
“We do not get into the academies for police, army and the security forces, and not into jobs either -- hardly into any jobs with the government,” Abid complained.
“That’s why they all come to Tahrir Square,” he said, agreeing that the free daily lunches served to the crowd – among them many jobless -- help swell numbers.
Abid shrugs his shoulders over reports that the former Baath party or Al-Qaeda supporters are behind the protests, or that neighboring countries are supporting them.
“If the Saudi’s would send money, we would not refuse it. But this is all paid by the community itself,’’ he said, vowing that the protests will not stop.
“We will continue. We cannot stop, because then they will persecute us for terrorism,” Abid said.
“The government has no policy or vision. It does not know how to react to this,” Abid said, adding that he fears Maliki will eventually resort to violence to retain control.
“I do not like blood,” Abid said. “But if Maliki wants to use weapons, we are ready.
“If civil war breaks out in Iraq, the Kurds will not partake in it,” Barzani vowed. “We will do our best to prevent such a thing from happening.”
MP describes INA, KA disputes over General Budget as “Political”
Monday, 08 April 2013 09:48 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Haitham al-Jobouri, of the Parliamentary Finance Committee described the disputes between the Iraqi National Alliance and the Kurdistani Alliance as being “Political and not artistic.”
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “The issue of the General Budget is a political one and not financial or artistic where it is not related to the decision of the Finance Committee but it is related to the decision of the political blocs.”
“If the political blocs agree upon amending it, the Finance Committee will accept and approve this request since it serves the national interest,” he concluded.
Urgent ….Maliki absent from Parliament session
Monday, 08 April 2013 13:29 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Commanding General of the Armed Forces, Premier Nouri al-Maliki justified his absence from the Parliament session to discuss the recent security breaches in the country to his being “busy with preparing the documents of the security file.”
Parliamentary source stated to All Iraq News Agency AIN “The Minister of State for Parliament Affairs Safa al-Din al-Safi clarified during the parliament session of Monday that Maliki’s absence from the Parliament session was due to being busy with preparing the documents related to security file.”
Currency Auctions Announcement No. (2351) The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 8-Apr-2013. The results were as follows: Details Notes Number of banks 24 Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166 Auction price buying dinar / US$ ----- Amount sold at auction price (US$) 209,124,000 Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) ----- Total offers for buying (US$) 209,124,000 Total offers for selling (US$)
Nujaifi to Kobler: Early elections is conditioned with forming an interim government.
BAGHDAD / NINA / House Speaker Osama Nujaifi urged the Electoral Commission to continue its independent approach and to distance from political interference because it represents the only institution responsible for justice and the integrity of the electoral process.
The Information Office of Nujaifi cited in a statement today 8, April that "Nujaifi met with the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Martin Kobler and discussed with him the developments in the Iraqi political scene.
The statement pointed out that "Nujaifi answered Kobler about the possibility of early parliamentary elections, saying," This matter is conditioned with the necessity forming an interim government that does not represent any political party and its members do not aspire to nominate for election. "
" the issue of postponement the elections in Nineveh and Anbar was discussed, as Nujaifi expressed concern and fears of some of the measures that are made, stressing that the postponing the elections in the two provinces put everyone in a position of suspicion and lack of trust with integrity and transparency of the elections." the statment concluded
Parliament decides to extend the legislative term for a month.
Baghdad / NINA / The Presidency of the Council of Representatives decided to extend the current legislative term for a whole month.
A parliamentary source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The legislative recess will begin in the fifteenth of May instead of the middle of next month, and will continue until the fifteenth of June."
Ahrar bloc submitted a request to the Presidency of the parliament yesterday to extend the work of the House of Representatives for a month.
The head of the bloc Bahaa al-Araji said a news conference that "the Ahrar bloc submitted its request to extend the work of the House of Representatives for a month in accordance with the Constitution and for public interest because of the circumstances that the country is experiencing."
Sadrisit MP describes Maliki’s request to host him outside parliament as “Destruction to national partnership”
Monday, 08 April 2013 10:22 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Abdul Hussein Raysan, of the Sadr Trend, described the request of the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to host him outside the parliament as destruction to the national partnership in Iraq.”
In a press statement received by AIN, he said “Maliki’s request to host him outside the parliament, if being related to his last statements over forming majority government, it will collapse the national partnership in Iraq.”
“Iraq cannot be run only by the partnership because its constituents do not want the political majority government,” he added, noting that “Maliki’s statement and behavior indicate the division of Iraq geographically after dividing it socially.”
Some parliamentary sources stated that the State of Law Coalition headed by Maliki threatened the political blocs that aim at hosting Maliki of revealing some files against them.
Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi Parliament held its regular session devoted for voting on several law projects.
Parliamentary source reported to AIN “The Parliament held its session chaired by Speaker Usama al-Nijaifi and attendance of 186 MPs,” noting that “The agenda of the session includes voting on several law projects.”