Allawi calls for the resignation of the Maliki government and warns of election fraud
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leader accused the United Iraqi Alliance, former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi regional destinations "unnamed" of being behind the assassination of a number of candidates and activists of his coalition. With renewed his call to the Iraqi government to step down and form an interim government to oversee the election.
by another search Allawi during his meeting with a delegation from the Council of Christian denominations headed by Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael situation of Christians and political crisis that wracked the country and the initiative Magistrate sought by the Council of Christian denominations.
said Allawi told a news conference at the National Accord Movement said that "some regional powers behind the assassinations candidates and activists coalition in Iraq unified conducted on a daily basis," pointing to "intimidation and intimidation of candidates our practiced gangs Milisheawih consistently sabotage Iraq."
predicted Allawi for fraud in elections by provincial destinations known to acquire the political process. And vowed to confront any manifestations or attempts to fraud.
also accused the government of trying to postpone the elections in the provinces where demonstrations to devote political sectarianism and building the national front.
considered that what is happening at the government level is unacceptable and unjustified, as there is clear demands of the demonstrators do not need to set up committees to negotiate He added that there is insistence by the government to overcome the demonstrators and the Constitution, Allawi called for political blocs to support the demands of the demonstrators and prevent regional threat and stand against political sectarianism.
renewed former Prime Minister calling for the resignation of the government and the formation of a transitional authority to oversee the election in order to stop the deaths of other candidates and prevent election fraud.
On the other hand, announced the Electoral Commission for elections in Iraq, in a statement, it allocated 420 centers include 1845 station to vote for the military forces and security in order to allow her full-time to protect polling stations during provincial elections.
conducts voting Special army and security services launched in Iraq in the thirteenth of the month, a week before the start of the provincial elections scheduled for the twentieth of this month.
IHEC: More than 650 thousand security elements to participate in PCs elections
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:49 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Independent High Electoral Commission announced that the number of the security elements who will participate in the special voting of the Provincial Councils elections is more than 650 thousand elements.
The head of the Electoral Directorate within the IHEC, Muqdad al-Shiriefi, stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “The number of the security elements of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior is more than 650 thousand elements where they will participate in the special voting that will be held on April the 13th.”
“The IHEC will inaugurate 326 thousand electoral center and 512 voting station for the special voting that will be for the security elements only,” he concluded.
By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on April 9.
The visit of a delegation representing the Iraqi National Alliance to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and its meeting with the region’s president, Massoud Barzani, was largely considered a step toward resolving Iraq's mounting crises, particularly the escalating conflict between the government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region.
Despite ongoing negotiations and talks between Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and the country’s Kurdistan region, reconciliation efforts still lack the substance necessary to bring about effective solutions, writes Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
Iraqi Dialogue Needs a Common Political Language, Not Ardent Emotions
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Translated by: Pascale Menassa
Categories :Originals Iraq
Yet the mutual visits and the return to dialogue, in light of existing tensions, do not constitute a comprehensive solution. They are just one step on the path to a solution that, first and foremost, requires a common understanding of the mechanisms and courses of action that might break the ice between Iraqi parties.
What makes the observers pessimistic about the prospects of such visits is the fact that they have been ongoing for the past two years. Every time, the crisis goes back to square one, thus indicating a certain defect in the dialogue and its pillars.
Among the Shiites and Kurds of Iraq, there exists a long history of relations and mutual understandings that are expressed by both parties on a continual basis. The parties also reiterate their wishes to regain the Shiite-Kurdish alliance, which practically ruled the government from 2003 until the beginning of 2011.
However, wishes alone do not create solutions, especially when each party is speaking a totally different language.
The delegations representing the National Alliance in Iraqi Kurdistan often propose general ideas that sometimes employ emotional rhetoric to express the profoundness of relations between both parties. The delegations also demonstrate their readiness to form committees to discuss problems. Meanwhile, the Kurdish side suggests specific ideas that are mostly related to agreements concluded between both parties or to the whole of Iraq. Constitutional texts that have not been put into force and governmental proceedings that the region considers a violation of its rights are also among the points tackled by the Kurds.
As we can see, there is a lack of coherence between both languages. The National Alliance expresses its readiness to sign new agreements, while the Kurds insist on implementing old agreements.
A clever and influential politician like Barzani does not see things from the same perspective as the governmental delegations. He deals with agreements as commitments and holds onto agreed-upon norms that he believes should not undergo new negotiations.
Usually, after the return of the governmental delegations to Baghdad, they are left with the impression that Barzani is very strict regarding the issues of the conflict. However, Barzani claims that he is not strict, but that he merely abides by existing and applicable agreements, including the Erbil Agreement, which gave rise to the current government in 2010.
The governmental negotiators do not understand that Barzani is a man who takes politics very seriously and responsibly. He only makes compromises when dealing with accepted and agreed-upon grounds. However, political norms are not subject to compromises when dealing with written agreements that, for the past several years, have constituted frameworks for the ruling of Iraq.
Of course, nothing is sacred when it comes to politics or agreements. Yet mutual trust between the parties encourages the discussion and negotiation of ideas — something that Barzani still has not felt with his negotiators today.
The Iraqi government that is led by active Shiite parties must constantly change its perspectives regarding the crises. Thus, it must alter the dialogue mechanisms with other parties. After all, clinging to one point of view without exploring the essence of previous agreements and searching for implementation methods in new agreements will not lead to tangible results.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices and has written many books, including Humanitarian Concerns, which was selected in 2000 by the European Union as the best book written by a refugee.
John Kerry: We Want to Bring Iraq’s Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis Closer Together
by Wladimir van Wilgenburg 7/4/2013
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The United States is engaged in efforts to bring Iraq’s three estranged groups -- the ruling Shiites, minority Sunnis and autonomous Kurds -- closer together, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters last week.
Ten years after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraq remains torn by ethnic and sectarian divisions unleashed by that upheaval.
For weeks the Kurds have boycotted the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, accusing him of violating the constitution over disputed territories and budget allocations. Most Sunni ministers have done likewise, following ongoing large-scale protests by Sunnis, who say their regions are neglected and their politicians targeted by an increasingly authoritarian prime minister.
“We are working on trying to bring the Kurds and the Sunnis together with Prime Minister Maliki in a discussion that, hopefully, can bring people back together and get the democratic process back on track,” Kerry told reporters last Tuesday.
He noted that KRG President Massoud Barzani had not been to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in about two years, and that Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, from the Sunni bloc, was feeling increasingly marginalized.
“President Barzani has not visited Baghdad in about two years, and increasingly speaker Nujaifi and the Sunnis feel as if they have been pushed away from the governing process,” Kelly said in Washington.
He noted that democracy was difficult, and said he hopes that Maliki will offer the Iraqi people democracy.
“It’s particularly hard work for people who haven’t experienced it ever or recently. And so, we all need to work closely together, which is exactly what we are doing now, with hopes that the prime minister will make the right choices to bring people together, to offer people a united election when it takes place in a few weeks,” Kerry said, referring to the April 20 local polls, in which the three-province Kurdistan Region is not taking part.
The US secretary visited Iraq March 24, to discuss the political process in Iraq and Syria. He called on Maliki to work with the Kurds, and moreover asked the Kurds to end their separate oil deals with neighboring Turkey, which Baghdad says are illegal.
Analysts suggest that the US fears that the improved Turkish-Kurdish ties could bring Baghdad even closer to Iran, Washington’s main rival in the region.
A US state department official told reporters in Jordan that Kerry had spoken to Barzani by phone, to emphasize the importance of maintaining Iraq’s unity, and telling the Kurdish leader that separate energy deals “undercut” unity, reminding him that the Kurds cannot survive without the budget allocation they receive from Baghdad.
Kerry also stressed that Erbil and Baghdad should engage, with the help of the United States or other parties, “to think in terms of developing the Iraqi strategic pipeline, that that is the route to prosperity and success for all parts of Iraq,” the official in Jordan added.
He said that the US is pressuring Maliki to stop the postponement of elections in the Sunni-dominated provinces of Anbar and Mosul, where protests have erupted against the Shiite-dominated government.
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the Asharq Alawsat newspaper that during his visit Kerry had focused “on discussing the internal political crisis,” emphasizing that it had the potential to “threaten the whole country.”
The Kurdish government says that Baghdad owes it more than $3.5 billion to cover the costs of oil companies in the Kurdistan Region, but the Iraqi government says the contracts are illegal.
Moreover, there are disputes between the Kurds and the Iraqi government over control of disputed regions that are claimed by both sides, as well as over salaries for Kurdish soldiers.
In a March 20 message to mark the Kurdish New Year, Newroz, Barzani declared that the Kurds are ready for dialogue with Baghdad.
Tharib assures requesting IHEC to make special voting three days prior to general voting
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:21 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ziyad Tharib, of the Iraqiya Slate assured requesting the Independent High Electoral Commission to make the special voting three days prior to the general one.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said “We wished not to involve the security elements in the elections as what is being followed in many countries such as Jordan and Egypt where the security forces are not allowed to participate in the elections because they will be pressurized to vote for a certain side.”
“The IHEC made the time gap between the special and general voting one week where we requested it to make the special voting three days prior to the general one in order to make sure that the forgery will not happen because the ink will be shown on the fingers of the electors,” he concluded.
Kurdish political delegation arrives in Baghdad today.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Kurdish sources confirmed that a political delegation will travel to Baghdad today to convey the message of Kurdish forces in Erbil to the National Alliance, noting that the delegation would meet, this evening, the President of the National Alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
PUK web site quoted these sources as saying that "The Kurdish delegation will represent the parliamentary blocs in the House of Representatives, includes Dr. Fuad Masum, chairman of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc, Sardar Abdullah, the head of the Change, Najib Abdullah, head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union and Ali Bapir, head of Jemaah Islamiyah, as well as the Federal Deputy Prime Minister Ruz Nuri Shawis ",".
The sources added: "The KRG did not put a condition, which to cancel the Minister Kurds leave to send a delegation.
MP: strategic relationship between the National and Kurdistan alliances is a guarantee to resolve differences.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the state of law coalition, Shaker al-Darraji confirmed that "The strategic relationship between the National and Kurdistan alliances is the strong foundation to resolve their differences."
Darraji said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The problems and crises that occur between coalitions did not reach the breaking point, but may be subject to setbacks imposed by political conditions emerging, both internal and external."
He expressed the hope that "ongoing dialogues between the alliances will find solution for outstanding issues between the federal government and the province to strengthen their strategic alliance, which serve Iraq and its democratic political process."
It is scheduled that a delegation from the Kurdish forces is to arrive in Baghdad today, to convey the message of Kurdish forces in Erbil to the National Alliance. Previously, a delegation from the National Alliance visited the Kurdistan region last week, and met with Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani. "
Breaking News…Kurdish delegation arrives in Baghdad to meet INA
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 13:32 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The delegation of the Kurdish political blocs arrived in Baghdad to meet the Iraqi National Alliance to discuss the pending issues.
The member of the delegation, Najib Abdullah, stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “The Kurdish delegation arrived in Baghdad to meet the political leaders of the INA and hand them the letter of Kurdistan Region regarding the pending issues.”
“The delegation will meet the head of the INA, Ibrahim al-Jaafary afternoon to discuss the details of the letter,” he concluded.
MP: The UN has an idea to hold early elections.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the National Alliance, Haitham al-Jubouri said there is an idea espoused by the United Nations to hold early parliamentary elections in Iraq to end the differences among the political forces in Iraq.
He told NINA: "The United Nations has an idea to end the political differences in Iraq includes early parliamentary elections after the approval of all political forces," noting that" holding these elections, according to this proposal, would be in October or November of this year. "
He added: "The National Alliance, particularly state law, has no objection to hold early elections and we are calling for early elections to get out of the complexities faced by the political process."
Dhafer al-Ani denies the return of Iraqiya ministers to the cabinet meetings.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The leader in the Iraqiya coalition, spokesman of the Motahedoon Dhafer al-Ani denied the Iraqiya ministers return to the Council of Ministers.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "Iraqiya has its clear position to boycott meetings of the Council of Ministers because we have not seen any initiative towards the demands of the Iraqi people and the demonstrators in particular."
He stressed that "we do not see a justification to return to the meetings of the Council of Ministers, as it does not make sense to return in the absence of good intentions to implement the demands, so we will not back in the light of the continued marginalization and not listen to the demands of the Iraqi people."
Some media have reported that Iraqiya ministers will return to meetings of the Council of Ministers because of some of the laws passed by the Council of Ministers, which considered as a response to the demands of the demonstrators.
Integrity Committee warns from pressurizing security elements to vote for certain blocs
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:48 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Parlaimentary Integrity Committee warned from pressurizing the security elements to vote for certain blocs during the special voting of the Provincial Councils elections that will be held on the 13th of April.
The spokesperson of the Committee, Jaafar al-Musawi, stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “We have our special sources and we will reveal any side that attempts to pressurize the security elements to vote for it.”
He called “The Independent High Electoral Commission to increase its efforts and increase the representation of the political blocs in the electoral centers to supervise the elections.”
More than 25000 security elements to participate in elections of provincial councils in Wasit
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 23:50 | | |
Wasit (AIN) –More than (25,000) security elements participate in the elections of the provincial councils in Wasit province.
A source of the Independent High Electoral Commission IHEC in Wasit reported to the correspondent of AIN on Monday "About (25,529) voters of the elements of police and army forces registered in the electoral commission to participate in the private elections for provincial councils in Wasit province.''
"The electoral commission has allocated 12 centers and 62 stations for the elections, '' pointing out that "The completion of all logistical preparations to conduct the private elections for the security elements,'' the source added.
The Independent High Electoral Commission IHEC identified 13/ April as the date for the private elections for the security elements and on 20/ April as the date to conduct the public elections of provincial councils.
More than 18 thousand security elements to participate in special voting
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:20 | | |
Muthana (AIN) –More than 18 thousand security elements will participate in the special voting of the Provincial Councils elections that will be held on the 13th of April.
Ali al-Salimi, the head of the media office of the Independent High Electoral Commission stated to the reporter of AIN “More than 18 thousand security elements will participate in the special voting of the PCs elections in Muthana province.”
“46 electoral stations were prepared for the special voting,” he added, noting that “The preparations for holding the special voting are completed.”
A call to State Consultative Council to send the Banking Act to the parliament for approval.
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the parliamentary Finance Committee, Najiba Najib called the (Shora Council) to speed sending the new banking law in order to pass it in the House of Representatives.
MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the new law of the banks and the CBI supports the independence of the bank and devotes separate administration for the capital of all government and private banks, noting that the law will also allow the banks to direct investment and to engage in other commercial activities after that was forbidden.
She noted that this process comes to support all banks to take their role in economic development as well as the development of the Iraqi financial sector in general.
She said the last meeting with specialists held in Amman discussed all of these things and it was reached to a unified vision on the need to pass this law as soon as possible for its importance at this stage that Iraq is going through.
The Central Bank of Iraqi had raised a new banking bill to both Shora council and House of Representatives last year for discussion and approval.