Maliki's Own Party Urges Him Not to Run
By: Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on August 23.
High-ranking officials in the State of Law Coalition are trying to prevent their leader, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, from running for a third term in the 2014 legislative elections.
Leaders in the State of Law Coalition, led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, are trying to convince the prime minister not to run in the upcoming legislative elections, fearing that it could spell the end of the coalition itself.
Maliki’s Third Term Threatens Future of State of Law Coalition
Author: Ali Abel Sadah
Posted on: August 23 2013
Translated by: Pascale El-Khoury
Categories : Originals Iraq
An official from the coalition told Al-Monitor that a meeting was held with Maliki in mid-August, in the presence of the most-prominent officials from among the elites of the Islamic Dawa Party and the State of Law Coalition. The meeting included serious discussions about the political future in light of the developments of the current political crisis.
The official, who attended the meeting, said that Maliki was clear about his intentions to run for a third term in the upcoming legislative elections, which raised the ire of a number of members of the coalition. He also indicated that officials from the Islamic Dawa Party got into verbal altercations following conflicting positions regarding Maliki's decision.
The official, who preferred to remain anonymous given the sensitivity of the subject, indicated that high-ranking officials — including ministers and senior advisers in the government — told Maliki that his insistence on running for a third term embarrassed the State of Law Coalition, and may lead it to lose its popularity in the upcoming elections.
It is worth mentioning that Sunni and Shiite political blocs oppose Maliki’s third term as prime minister of the federal government.
The official reported that Maliki’s opponents within the coalition said they submitted to the latter a proposal stipulating that a member of the Dawa Party may run for this post, which will ease the political pressure against the party due to Maliki’s insistence.
The official asserted that, during the meeting, Maliki was harshly criticized in a manner unprecedented since he took office in 2008.
“Maliki was told that the Shiite parties will not tolerate his decision to run for a third term and that if he were to be the prime minister of the 2014 government, the Iraqi street would be inflamed by a new vicious war,” the official said.
However, the source noted, “Maliki responded to his critics and opponents from within his coalition by issuing a stern warning that he would run for the next legislative elections as an independent candidate if he has to.”
The official stated that Maliki was upset about the positions of key officials in his coalition, but that he will likely insist on presiding over the government in the coming period.
“Maliki feels that he is facing a major challenge and that he must pass this difficult political exam,” added the official.
However, Saad al-Matlabi, a Shiite politician close to Maliki, told Al-Monitor, “Maliki has made up his mind to run for prime minister again if he obtains a majority of votes in the legislative elections of 2014.”
Local media quoted Jawad al-Bazoni, a Shiite politician who defected from the State of Law Coalition, as saying, “Maliki will run for elections on an electoral list including only the Islamic Dawa Party.”
Bazoni said, “It is unlikely that the religious authority Ali [al-Husseini] al-Sistani approves Maliki’s effort to bring back dictatorship rule.”
On the other hand, according to the Sadrist movement, Maliki's attempt to run for a third term will aggravate the political crisis in the country.
In this respect, Jawad al-Hasnawi, an Iraqi member of parliament from the Ahrar Bloc, told Al-Monitor, “Maliki's candidacy for a third term would lead Iraq into a state of major political congestion.”
Yet, it seems that the conflicting statements and positions on Maliki and his third term stem from different political interests, especially since there is only one year before the parliamentary elections scheduled in 2014. It is clear that the support for or opposition to Maliki's decision fall within the scope of competition among the most prominent leaders of the parliamentary blocs in the country.
On the other hand, it is difficult to determine the balance of Maliki’s popularity and his ability to mobilize more support, especially in light of the deteriorating security situation and the continuing sharp disagreements between him and Sunni and Kurdish leaders as well as with some Shiite leaders.
These circumstances led several Iraqi observers to talk about Maliki turning into the losing party in the political process. However, some believe that he still has a chance to win.
Ali Abel Sadah is a Baghdad-based writer for both Iraqi and Arab media. He has been a managing editor for local newspapers as well as a political and cultural reporter for more than 10 years.
Deputy Iraqi delegation will be headed by Talabani's clinic in Germany 24-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Bushra Muzaffar
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Independent Iraqi MP Hassan Alawi form a delegation to President Jalal Talabani clinic in Germany, saying his absence, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, as well as vacant positions of ministers of finance, defense and interior, to make the political process in the governance of the dead.
Said upper in an interview to «life» that «scientific Iraq's political died more than two years», explaining that it «is over the absence of President Jalal Talabani, who no one knows anything about his fate for months, as well as the absence of Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi».
He added that «the terms of the political process no longer under the government until now devoid of the ministers of defense and interior, and its findings were killed 60 to 70 people a day. He pointed out that «now exists the crippled مأسوف process them because they are based on a combination of sectarian, tribal and private booty ', saying' talk about the dialogues, conferences and national order is no longer useful.
He accused the upper «Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of trying to end the legislative role of Parliament as the only teacher of democracy in Iraq and make it institution Off by preventing officers young audience to stand up to that seen in the country's deteriorating security», calling for «the need to engage the Council of national salvation rather than parliament until the next election.
He said that «unions of journalists, lawyers and a number of civil society organizations authorized him personally forming a delegation under his chairmanship to travel to Germany to Talabani clinic and learn his fate.
He ruled out «a third extension of the mandate of the owners, if not confirmed the presence of shifts in favor of the parliamentary bloc in the upcoming elections, and pointed out that the Shiite National Alliance, now divided. He added that «the rule of law now only works with a group of Iraqi List enables-Maliki استمالتها the commercial and other transactions.
He ruled that «be the next Prime Minister of the Dawa Party, and said he« will be a Shiite, but not of the call because the party taking more than one cycle.
He pointed out that «regulations Shiite Sadrist Kaltaar and the Supreme Council are preparing for the elections, and will be the next Prime Minister of the Supreme Council with the consent of the Sadrist movement. He predicted that the «lost something of its base current in the Shiite elections through what may be subjected him from targeting of the Dawa Party, which will play on sectarian tendon.
The upper predicted that the Minister of Finance, which Dante, a government demonstrations in support of the Sunni Issawi «champion elections in the Sunni part», dismissing «news that talked about negotiations take place between al-Maliki and al-Issawi to bring him back to Baghdad for the resolution of sit-ins.
He added that «Issawi personally assured me that he will not such a step unless lost his mind. He added that «al-Issawi does a great political movement built on the base of youth and dangerous adventure when they lost during the launch of a reconciliation with al-Maliki may drop, parliamentary and popular.
And the activity of armed groups in Iraq, he said: «al-Qaeda is not alone carried out terrorist operations in Iraq, there are also armed organizations of the Baath Party and Naqshbandi as well as corruption groups associated with corrupt Iraqi officials.
And confirmed the existence of «coordination between the organizations of the Baath Party and al-Qaeda. He added that «coordination unconditional rejection of Baathists to target civilians and indiscriminate bombings, but he pointed out that« what is happening on the ground is the application of the principle of rule-based targeting of civilians, indiscriminate shelling.
And on the Syrian crisis said that «the changes and the implications in Syria Khtraly Lebanon and Iraq, especially if the fallen regime of Bashar al-Assad», explained that the Syrian regime is based on the principle of «border management Rouge» a «Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Iran in the event of the fall, all these limits will fall the fall of the center, which was sheltering armed groups.
He pointed out that «this would be a Sunni gasket down on Iraq and what the government is doing the work for a rapprochement with Jordan to try to break this ring.
Top on the head of a delegation to visit Talabani
Saturday, August 24 / August 2013 10:22
Twilight News / announced independent MP in the House of Representatives Hassan Alawi, Saturday, that the unions of journalists, lawyers and a number of Iraqi civil society organizations have empowered him to form a delegation to the President of the Republic Clinic Jalal Talabani is located in Germany to receive treatment for months.
The upper said in an interview to Al-Hayat followed the "Twilight News", the unions of journalists, lawyers and a number of civil society organizations authorized him personally forming a delegation under his chairmanship to travel to Germany to Talabani clinic and learn his fate.
He explained that the political science upper in Iraq "died" more than two years ago, explaining that it "ended" in the absence of President Jalal Talabani, who no one knows anything about his fate since months, as well as the "absence" Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi.
He added that the terms of the political process no longer under the government until now devoid of the ministers of defense and interior, and its results "killing 60 to 70 people a day."
Upper and accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of trying to "terminate" the legislative role of Parliament as the sole teacher of democracy in Iraq and make it "Off Foundation through preventing young officers to attend to find out what the country witnessed the deterioration of security."
The President Jalal Talabani, currently residing in Germany after receiving treatment from a stroke befell him last year, and is now under the supervision of medical team Germany as the leader of the party Necmettin cream authorized only Baltsrah about his health, and stresses cream that Talabani in the continuous improvement of is to set a date for his return to Iraq.
Dr Jubouri Koutaiba: reject the establishment of U.S. bases in Iraq under any pretext,
24-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Across the Iraqi president of a coalition free Dr. Qutaiba Jubouri about refusing the establishment of U.S. bases in Iraq under any pretext, warning of a return to the scenario of American hegemony over the will of the Iraqi people.
He told him the Information Office of the coalition: "The American occupation, which perch on the issuance of Iraqis for ten years, was the direct cause of the security chaos and instability and the confiscation of the will of the Iraqi people, have left this occupation obnoxious is مأسوف him and regained Iraq's national sovereignty and its rightful place in the region and the world . "
He added: "If the pretext of the establishment of U.S. bases in Iraq are fighting terrorism, Iraqis are able to face this vicious attack and steadfastness in the face regardless of the brutality, and the coming days will prove to all the Iraqis' ability to face all the challenges without the use of any foreign troops."
He Jubouri: "The Americans are very wrong as if they think they may be able to return to Iraq under the pretext of installing security and the eradication of terrorism, Iraqis have become more aware of the fact that the great conspiracy that exposed Iraq, and knew who is a friend and who is the real enemy, and will not accept in any form by repeating scenario of American hegemony over their will will not يفرطوا the the sovereignty of Iraq no matter escalated pressure. "
A number of newspapers quoted Iraqi sources last Thursday the U.S. government's intention to set up a base on Iraqi soil to counter al-Qaeda.
The U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from Iraq several days before the deadline for withdrawal in accordance with the security agreement concluded by the Iraqi government with the United States in 2008, which stipulates that there should be a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq no later than the atheist and the thirtieth of December in 2011 .
MP predicts wide public reactions if the coming election postponed
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Fadhelah bloc (Virtue) Hussein al-Mar'abi predicted wide public reactions in the event of postponement of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The people want to hold elections in order to choose the best and turn the page of the current parliament and the government, which was formed on the basis of problems and differences that brought the country to the current deterioration on both the security and service."
He demanded "to put a specific date for the elections within the electoral law, which is planned to vote on it during the next sessions of the House of Representatives, calling on political blocs to resolve their differences on the law and overcome the obstacles and difficulties before approval."
Some media have revealed the existence of efforts from political blocs in order to extend the work of parliament until the end of the current year.
It is mentioned that the current House of Representatives expires in April of next year and the parliamentary elections will be held after that date. Election law is being discussed currently in the Parliament.
MP: Maliki's appearance weekly in media is not free of election propaganda
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of Motahedoon coalition, Mohammad Iqbal Omar described Maliki's appearance weekly in the media is a part of electoral campaign for him and his coalition.
Iqbal said in a statement today that "the assessment of the letters and speeches and their importance do not come by specifying periodically time for them, but they should be based on real facts and figures," noting that" the Iraqi people gives impression towards them when they have credibility, clarity and reveal what is going on accurately. "
He added: we hoped his appearance came after the formation of the government directly to illustrate the executive plans, but this did not happen, noting that the government is incomplete and failed to complete its cabinet as we have not seen ministers of Interior and Defense, therefore the speeches in this method seems like an electoral campaign, stressing the need not to target the political blocs through these speeches.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki began, two weeks ago, to address Iraqi people every Wednesdays reviewing the important issues.
MP: Any bloc has no right to object questioning of the security leaders
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the parliamentary Ahrar bloc, Hussein al-Sharifi expressed surprise of the political blocs' fear to attend the security chiefs to the parliament.
Sharifi said in a press statement on Saturday 24, August: "the issue of attendance and examination of security leaders in Parliament is to find out the security problems and violations that gripped the country during the last period.
Sharifi said: "The attendance of the security leaders to the House of Representatives does not belong to the political blocs, but it regards the lives of the Iraqi people," adding "the blocs have no right to veto on the security leaders' attendance, which they were previously demanded to attend in the Parliament".
He called the House of Representatives, as the representative of the Iraqi people, to find solutions to security problems
Sadrist MP criticizes concerns of some blocs over summoning security leaders by parliament
Saturday, 24 August 2013 10:11
Baghdad (AIN) -MP, Hussien al-Shiriefi, of Ahrar bloc stressed that the issue of summoning the security leaders aims at realizing the security problems and the reasons behind the security breaches that hit the country frequently.
Earlier, the Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, decided to host the security leaders to discuss the security situation during the current week.
Shiriefi stated to AIN “Ahrar bloc criticizes the concerns of some political blocs over hosting the security leaders by the parliament since it is related to safety of Iraqis rather than being related to any bloc or sect.”
“This issue aims at realizing the security problems and to find solutions for the security breaches so no bloc has to object the investigation,” he concluded.
Parliamentary Services Committee denies report of the Government blocking internet services
Baghdad (NINA) – Parliament's Services and Construction Committee denied reports' pointing out that the Government intends blocking the Internet services (Viber, Watsup, Tango and Skype) in Iraq.
The Committee's Chairwoman, Viyan Dakheel, told NINA that the Government cannot stop the Internet services, because such services belong to specialized companies that are not under government control; they have contracts with users that require long negotiations and special steps.
Some media outlets reported that the Government has decided to block free Internet services (Viber, Watsup, Tango and Skype) as from Saturday, Aug. 24, for security purposes.
Indian Minister suggests paying for trade with Iraq in local currency
Friday, 23 August 2013 21:30
Baghdad (AIN) –In a private report from New Delhi for All Iraq News Agency “The Indian Minister of Trade and Ministry, Anand Sharma, mentioned that his country is studying the possibility of paying for trade with Iraq by using local currency represented by Iraqi Dinar and Indian Rupees instead of the US Dollar to face the changes and drop of the value of the Indian Rupees.”
The Indian Minister assured that “The issue of using local currencies in trade exchanges for both countries will be discussed during the mutual meetings between the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Indian Ministers.”
The rate of trade between Iraq and India has reached currently about USD 21 billion.
New Delhi and Baghdad are discussing the settlement of trade payments in rupees
New Delhi - (Reuters) - Indian Commerce Minister said the government would discuss with Iraq, the possibility of settling trade payments in Indian Rupees step will help to stabilize the troubled currency.
Said Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, told reporters in response to a question whether India was considering rupee payment for Iraq: Yes, we will discuss how to use Amltena المحليتين.
Iraq pushes for investment as India seeks more crude oil Maliki, Indian trade minister discuss rupee payments for trade
NEW DELHI, Aug 23, (Agencies): Iraq’s prime minister on Friday pitched for investment from India to rebuild his war-shattered nation, which is a critical energy supplier to New Delhi. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Malaki said there were “great opportunities” for Indian firms to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure — constructing ports, highways, housing, railways, schools, hospitals and investing in oil production facilities. “There is so much potential,” said Maliki, who is on a three-day trip to New Delhi and Mumbai. Iraq is still struggling to rebuild its broken infrastructure since a 2003 US-led invasion ousted president Saddam Hussein and led to massive sectarian violence. This is the first head of government-level visit between the two countries since 1975, when then-prime minister Indira Gandhi visited Iraq.
During the visit, the two sides were expected to sign an agreement that would increase Iraqi sales of crude oil to fuel-import reliant India. Iraq has eclipsed sanctions-hit Iran as India’s second-biggest crude oil supplier after Saudi Arabia. India reduced its dependence on Iranian oil in the wake of US and European sanctions on the import of oil from the Islamic Republic. India and Iraq have historically enjoyed friendly ties.
But while China has been energetically seeking infrastructure contracts in Iraq, and has invested substantially in Iraqi oil production, Iraq officials say India has been noticeably absent. Iraq has said it may need up to $1 trillion over the next decade to rebuild its crumbling infrastructure. “We are rebuilding our country,” said Maliki, whose visit followed a trip to Baghdad by Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid in June. Luring foreign investment to Iraq has been complicated anew by the worst violence in the country since 2008. “We have some security breaches here and there,” conceded the chairman of Iraq’s National Investment Commission, Sami Raouf Taqi al-Araji. But he said the country had special forces protecting foreign workers.
“We’re committed to protecting foreign workers, they are away from their homes, they are in our care,” Araji told reporters. Despite tensions, Iraq’s economy has been growing, fuelled by oil exports. Indian exports to Iraq totalled around $1.3 billion in 2012, up from $740 million in 2011, according to an Indian government official. Baghdad’s exports to India — the vast majority of which were oil — totalled more than $20 billion last year, up from $9 billion a year earlier in 2011. India has said it is keen to “reverse the traffic” by investing in Iraqi infrastructure and moving to a more broad-based relationship.
The country, struggling to stabilise its ailing currency, is also pushing Iraq to accept payment for its oil exports in rupees, Indian trade minister Anand Sharma said Friday. Araji said Iraq would have to consider the request. Iran, which has long battled neighbouring Iraq for global oil market share, agreed to take payments for the oil it sells to India in rupees after Western sanctions over its disputed nuclear program blocked other payment methods.
Meanwhile, the Indian government will discuss with Iraq the possibility of settling trade payments in the rupee currency, the trade minister said, in a move that will also help stabilise the troubled currency. “Yes, we will discuss how to use our national currencies,” India’s Trade Minister Anand Sharma told reporters in response to a question on whether India was considering making rupee payments to Iraq. The Indian currency, which has lost 17 percent since May, is leading a global selloff in emerging market currencies on fears of higher borrowing costs and tighter supplies of cheap cash from the United States.
Syrian War Refugees Still Arriving in the thousands in Iraqi Kurdistan
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Since Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region reopened its border to Syrian war refugees last week – after nearly three months of restricted access – the march of mainly Syrian-Kurdish refugees has continued unabated, with another 2,000 arriving on Thursday.
They were received by authorities and sent to camps set up in the past week, adding to the 150,000 mainly Syrian Kurdish refugees who are overwhelming the Kurdistan Region’s ability, which complains of having to cope with such numbers without little outside aid or assistance.
“Compared to the past few days, this is the smallest number of refugees to come across the border into Kurdistan,” Shawkat Barbuhari, chief administrator of the border area told Rudaw, referring to the latest arrivals.
Since the reopening, more than 10,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into the safety of the Kurdistan Region and settled in makeshift camps in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaimani provinces.
Syrian Kurds have succeeded in largely staying out of a war that has afflicted the rest of the country for more than two years.
But recent clashes between the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and jihadi fighters of al-Qaeda’s al-Nusrah Front in Syria’s Kurdish areas has sent many Kurds fleeing their homes.
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, who ordered the reopening of the border, vowed earlier this month to intervene and defend Syrian Kurds against Islamist attacks. He urged Syrian Kurds not to leave their cities.
“Deserting western (Syrian) Kurdistan would only serve the Kurds’ foes,” the president said on his Facebook page. He asked Syrian Kurds who have not left, to remain where they are. Barzani promised that his “government would do its best to help them with whatever they need.”
He added that Kurds who have fled their homes in the face of attacks and war are welcome in the Kurdistan Region, but “those who are in areas that are not affected by war should stay in their ancestral land.”
Also on Thursday, Barzani asked the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG) to allocate 20 percent of its budget to assist with the refugees.
Families across the Kurdistan Region have donated money, food and other basic needs for camp refugees, via charity organizations. Erbil businessman Zimnako Yassin opened his heart and his wallet, donating $1 million on Thursday.
Asadi and Bolani spent half an hour in a parliamentary investigation and Sinead "protects the accused" sonar deal
24-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Iyad al-Tamimi
Revealed the Integrity Commission, the parliamentary for a new push to the Chairman of the Security and Defense Committee, MP Hassan Sinead, to settle the deal sonar corrupt and close the file on despite a number of those involved prominent in the deal, most of the Dawa Party, and demanded that the Commission, the judiciary to expedite the resolution of uploaded files to him, which include evidence against many of the characters, before fleeing abroad.
A member of the Committee of the Parliamentary Integrity Jawad Alshahyla in a statement to the "long" yesterday that his committee has notes on former Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani, adding that "for security and defense committee took the check in a transaction (the detection of explosives) corrupt while ignoring the information and documents and compelling evidence in our possession condemns the senior figures in the ruling party. "
He revealed Alshahyla that "a small committee of the Security and Defense Committee, hosted last Wednesday, the proxy oldest Ministry of Interior Adnan al-Asadi and former Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani and agent intelligence Ahmed al-Khafaji and a number of officers who work in the ministry on a sonar at the meeting did not last more than half an hour."
The Alshahyla "The Chairman of the Committee on Security and Defense Hassan Sinead, trying to settle and close the file with the rest of the members of the Security and Defense Committee, and misinformation on some of the facts," pointing out that the Integrity Committee will await the results of the investigations conducted by the Commission on Security and, if not match what we possess evidence we will announce what our possession to public opinion. "
And increased Alshahyla that "the arms deal and the Russian deal detect explosives were subjected to the pressures of big political, and that there are names did not reveal yet been procrastinating on them by members of the Commission on Security and Defense," likely to "be Sinead was in agreement with the former Interior Minister Bolani However senior agent of the Ministry Adnan al-Asadi, to settle things and isolate the important personalities and keep them away from the suspicions. "
For his part, Rep. Jaafar al-Moussawi, a member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee also "long" that the committee follow the progress of ongoing investigations on sonar corrupt deal and that some of the files referred to the judiciary has been adjudicated, "surprising delay transfer some files of the accused so far.
Al-Moussawi said that "the Integrity Commission, do not talk about speculation but have files and directories and wait for the judiciary to decide," revealing that the elimination process issued warrants catch some personalities named in the investigations deal sonar, noting that the Commission demanded that the judicial authorities to expedite the resolution of the file and evoke listed to prevent their escape to the outside.
In turn, said a member of the Security and Defense Committee Janabi appearance that investigations were continuing sonar deal, noting that the mini-committee work continuously and will call other dignitaries last Wednesday after hosting both the former Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani and senior agent of the Ministry of Adnan al-Asadi.
Janabi refused any personal accusations before the completion of the investigations undertaken by a committee of security and defense, noting that "the names that appeared in the Integrity Commission investigations mostly true but some are falsified and has been used as a way to determine how the political."
It is said that the judiciary Dan Director General of the anti-explosives in the Ministry of Interior, Major General Jihad al-Jabri imprisonment for four years after being convicted of corruption, the issue of import detectors for explosives that are still in use now, but the committees of integrity, security and defense النيابيتين affirm the existence of other defendants in the case.