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    " The Dinar Daily ", 4 April 2014

    " Evict Maliki " Countdown is 26 Days until the SCHEDULED Election

    NOTE: that the countdown notice has been amended to qualify the Election as " Scheduled " to give emphasis to the tenuous state of political / constitutional affairs in Iraq in recent days and specifically the mention in the news of a possible delay in the election due to the Anbar diaspora. Add to the foregoing the " threat" of the election occurring under martial law with Maliki as the chief executive officer.


    IHEC Publishes the List of Candidates for Iraq’s 30 April Parliamentary Elections

    Posted by Reidar Visser

    The Iraqi election campaign formally began Tuesday, but the official candidate lists weren’t published until Thursday evening, just before the start of the Iraqi weekend. Altogether, the lists contain the names of 9,045 candidates.

    A noteworthy general point is that unlike previous years, no provisional list was published pending appeals regarding de-Baathification and other candidacy problems. In other words, the current list purports to be the final. IHEC maintains that, after its latest showdown with parliament (in which it prevailed after parliament decided to backtrack), all appeal options have been exhausted.

    As for the characteristics of the main lists, at least a few tendencies can be noted in this material.

    Starting with the Shiite Islamists lists, there is the State of Law list of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (277). Many of its top candidates run in Baghdad: In addition to Maliki himself at top of the list, deputy PM Hussein Shahristani is second and Haydar al-Abbadi is third. In Basra, former governor Khalaf Abd al-Samad is the top candidate, and several prominent provincial council members are now trying their luck as MP candidates. In Qadisiya, Khalid al-Attiya, the former deputy speaker of parliament, is the State of Law candidate number one. A notable cooption from Sunni-secular circles is Iskandar Witwit (formerly Iraqiyya deputy; now State of Law candidate no 9 in Babel).

    For their part, ISCI-dominated Muwatin (273) has a current MP as top candidate in Basra (Furat al-Shaara), a former governor as top candidate in Dhi Qar (Aziz Kazim Alwan), and a former provincial council speaker as top candidate in Najaf (Abd al-Hussein Abd al-Rida). In a possible sign of sectarian times, in Qadisiyya they have managed to coopt the former (Shiite) Iraqiyya deputy Hussein al-Shaalan, where he is now their number three candidate. Watch out for their Baghdad personal vote results: Behind Baqir Solagh (former finance and interior minister) they have chameleon Ahmed Chalabi as their second candidate, followed by Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum (oil minister in the CPA period). Also some figures from smaller entities appear in prominent Muwatin list positions elsewhere, including as Hassan Radi al-Sari of the “Hizbollah in Iraq” movement as number one in Maysan.

    As for the Sadrists (214), to a greater degree than the two other big Shiite lists, they rely on relatively unknown politicians at top of their lists. An exception is Baghdad, where Hakim al-Zamili is number 2, Maha al-Duri no. 4, and Falah Hasan Shanshal (briefly de-Baathification head) no. 5.

    As has been clear for some time, both Fadila (219) and the Jaafari splinter group from the Daawa (205) run separately. Prominent Fadila candidates include Suzan Aklawi (no. 4 in Basra) and Ammar Tuma (top candidate in Baghdad). The Jaafari list has relatively few famous top candidates. In addition to Jaafari himself there is Muhammad al-Hindawi in Karbala.

    It is noteworthy that the efforts to establish a pan-Shiite alliance in Diyala seem to have failed, because all the main groups are fielding separate tickets there. In Kirkuk there is a Shiite-dominated Turkmen list (282) including pro-Maliki figures like minister of state Turhan al-Mufti. Rumoured Maliki allies close to the Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq are everywhere running separately as list 218, Al-Sadiqun.

    Turning to what was formerly the Sunni-secular Iraqiyya, it makes sense to start with Mutahhidun headed by parliament speaker Usama al-Nujayfi (259). Prominent Mutahhidun candidates – beyond Nujayfi himself as no 1 in Nineveh – include Muhammad Iqbal (no. 3 in Nineveh), Falah Hassan Zaydan (no. 6 in Nineveh), Muhammad Dalli (no. 3 in Anbar), Zafir al-Ani (number one in Baghdad), Umar Hayjal (5 in Baghdad) and Attab al-Duri (female candidate, no. 7 in Baghdad). In a sad testament to the sectarian polarization in Iraqi politics (and an apt geographical illustration thereof), Mutahhidun is not running south of Baghdad whereas it is backing pan-Sunni lists in Diyala and Kirkuk.

    The Arabiyya bloc headed by deputy PM Saleh al-Mutlak (255) is also limited geographically to Sunni-majority areas. Mutlak himself is the top candidate in Baghdad.

    Parts of old Iraqiyya still remain in list 239, now called Wataniyya under the leadership of Ayad Allawi. In Anbar, their number one candidate is Hamid al-Mutlak; in Diyala it is Abdallah Hassan Rashid; in Nineveh Salim Dalli is number two. In Baghdad they obviously have Allawi himself as number one, followed by former Iraqi Islamic Party member Ala Makki as third, and prominent female parliamentarian (and bloc spokesperson) Maysun al-Damluji as number four.

    For the Kurdish lists, one of the most prominent aspects is the absence of a unified list in most areas, including in so-called disputed territories where they have historically put in much effort to remain united. The continuing power struggle and impasse in the internal KRG government formation process following elections last years may well be part of the explanation.

    Some smaller lists are interesting, in particular the Iraq coalition (262) which stands out for competing in Sunni and Shiite areas alike. In Baghdad the list is topped by former minister from the CPA period Mahdi al-Hafez and is also featuring former Fadila figure Nadim al-Jabiri. In Salahaddin, they have Qutayba al-Jibburi as no. 2, a former Iraqiyya MP who split from them in early 2012 after the controversy ove the Hashemi affair. This list is perhaps the most credible cross-sectarian alternative that has emerged in the ashes of Iraqiyya (perhaps in addition to list 209 which is close to the old communists: It includes some prominent current provincial council members such as Ismail Ghazi, the top candidate in Basra). By way of contrast, other Iraqiyya breakaway entities are not running across the country. A case in point is White (288) which is not running in Sunni areas north of Baghdad.

    Other new parties are also often geographically limited. In Basra, the former Sadrist Uday Awwad is topping his own list (270). There is also a women-only list with 5 candidates (281) and federalist Wail Abd al-Latif is trying his luck with at the head of yet another new party (228). Former Maliki ally Shirwan al-Waili has his own list (284) and he is himself its top candidate in Dhi Qar.

    Generally speaking, fascinatingly – and despite the general sectarian polarization regionally – issues like de-Baathification have been less prominent in Iraq this year than ahead of the last general elections in 2010. Instead, the dispute of the 2014 budget (and the failure of parliament to pass it) has been a main background factor. The budget is at least a political issue that is connected to some important ideological differences regarding interpretations of federalism. Clear battle lines between the Maliki government and the Kurdish regional government aside, the process remains somewhat opaque though: Maliki has reportedly this week complained to the federal supreme court about parliament’s procrastination over the budget passage. In election times, would it not be more logical to ensure wider parliamentarian backing for the budget? Surely that is doubly relevant these days, when Maliki allies already talk about forming a “political majority” government after the elections. Their efforts over the next few weeks will decide whether such a prospect is realistic at all.

    ARTICLE LINK

    * Interesting coincidental discussion of Kurdistan's struggles with the same concept, now six months post election. Saadi Ahmad Pirra, a member of the PUK’s political bureau, told Al-Monitor in Erbil that the formation of a government is difficult. “Before, it was easier, because PUK and KDP were on one list. They had an absolute majority. They could form a government without asking other parties to participate. Now, no one has an absolute majority. To form a new government, they need partners,” he said.

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    Mahmoud looking Mladenov and with the German ambassador to strengthen the judicial system and human rights


    Thu Apr 03 2014 9:53 p.m. | (Voice of Iraq) - Baghdad -

    where search Judiciary Chief Federal Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud at his office in Baghdad on Thursday with the head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq [UNAMI], Mr. Nikolai Mladenov, the official file of human rights in Mission strengthen the judicial system and human rights, as he met LHD 1 you Ambassador German. According to a statement of the judiciary received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today that "Judge Mahmoud reviewed during the meeting the results of his recent visit to the United States, and his meeting with representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations there, He also explained the experience of the judiciary in Iraq related to the introduction of a number of specialized courts, most recently the formation of a human rights court because of their importance in the country. statement said, "Mladenov price of his side's efforts head of the judiciary in strengthening the judicial system and human rights, expressed the readiness of the mission to provide support to Iraq in the completion of the construction spend a strong and integrated. statement noted that "Mahmoud, received in his office in Baghdad ambassador Federal Republic of Germany in Iraq Ms. Brith Wickens confirmed Mahmoud During the meeting, Iraq's desire time to communicate with the judiciary in Germany because of its positive results are reflected on the mutual relations between the two parties.

    ARTICLE LINK

    From the Iraqi Judiciary Website:

    Mr. President of the Federal Judicial Authority receives Head of Mission (UNAMI)
    04/03/2014 (April 3, 2014)

    Received the President of the federal judiciary, Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud at his office in Baghdad on Thursday day on 04.03.2014, head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Mr. Nikolai Mladenov, the official file of human rights in the mission .

    And accept the judge Mahmoud During the meeting, the results of his recent visit to the United States, and his meeting with representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations there, as he explained the experience of the judicial authority in Iraq related to the introduction of a number of specialized courts, most recently the formation of a human rights court because of their importance in the country.

    For his part, Mr. Mladenov price of the efforts of Mr. Head of the Judiciary in strengthening the judicial system and human rights, expressed the readiness of the mission to provide support to Iraq to complete the construction of a strong and integrated spend.

    At the last meeting, greeted the judge Mahmoud, in his office in Baghdad, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Iraq Brith Ms. Wickens.

    The commendable desire Iraq time to communicate with the judiciary in Germany because of its positive results are reflected on the mutual relations between the two parties.

    JUDICIARY ANNOUNCEMENT LINK
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    Mysteries and Secrets of the exclusion of al-Maliki to head the central bank


    Informed sources revealed the reasons for the exclusion of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to head the central bank Abdel Basset Turki.

    The sources said that Iraqi politicians in the government of Nouri al-Maliki have significant financial transfers abroad in the recent period, according to the agency "right."

    The sources close to the director of the Central Bank of Abdel Basset Turki said the bank continued to transfers of up to millions of dollars by people close to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    She explained that the conversion points distributed among the United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, and the United States of America, United Arab Emirates.

    He has dismissed the director of the Central Bank of Abdel Basset Turki, putting his place "on the Keywords".

    Has raised the dismissal of the President of the Central Bank before the start of the election campaign debate about the secrets of matter.

    He sought to keep his job in every way, despite the big differences that are shaking the country after he entered the conflict with al-Maliki in different directions almost.

    ARTICLE LINK


    TLAR Commentary ~ Maliki is (was) trying to make sure that he controls the information flow from the CBI before the elections by attempting to replace Turki with his loyal unqualified yes man. He knows Turki is not his guy and Turki knows where all the stolen money is and has kept good records of the amounts. He most likely has beern in contact with Shabibi and has those records to.

    At least Maliki is just trying to replace Turki instead of having his thugs burn the CBI like he did last time. Maliki had an assualt team rush the CBI and burn the second floor where records of wire transfers were kept. This elete team busted in and stole nothing. They just ransacked the second floor and burned the files. Unknown to Maliki, Shabibi had back-ups of those records stored off site as does Turki - I am sure.

    So Maliki has just been exposed as to the real reason he wants Turki out of there and "his guy" in. This article should dispell those out there that still believe Turki is a yes man for Maliki. These records will ultimately finish Maliki and his cronies if this information ever sees the light of day. and they know it.

    This information will either be exposed before the elections which I doubt, or it will surface at Maliki's and the DAWA and the heads of the SOL's trials after the elections (most likely in absentia). The information will surface unless Maliki makes an immunity deal before the elections and bows out and is allowed to leave the country. That is a more likely outcome because everybody who is anybody in Iraqi politics is also dirty and most would want to keep everything under wraps if at all possible, even to the extent of letting Maliki leave Iraq with what he and his guys have stolen.
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    Tayfur: Kurds will be the first voting on the budget in the event of an amendment



    Confirmed the Second Deputy Speaker Arif Tayfur, said Thursday that the Kurdistan Alliance will not stand against the ratification of the budget, noting that the Kurds will be the first voting on the budget in the event of an amendment thereto. said Tayfur said in a statement received "Alsumaria News" a copy of it, that "the Kurdistan Alliance in the House of Representatives will not stand against the adoption of the budget because the law is important for the people of Iraq and the Kurdistan region," noting that "we as representatives of the Kurdish people we must claim their legitimate rights and we have notes on the budget law, the most important penalty clauses that put the region on oil production, in addition to not allocate sufficient funds to implement the provisions of Article 140 of the Constitution. "

    added Tayfur that "in the event of an adjustment it will be the first voting, and endorse it without hesitation," noting that "the federal budget law in its current form in which prejudice and unfairness heavily on the Kurdish people and death to the Kurdistan region. " The Council of Representatives, on Thursday (April 3, 2014), its the 16 in the presence of 163 deputies, while confirming the MP for the coalition of state law Zainab Khazraji determination of her coalition submit a request for the inclusion of the budget law within the session, but that session raised to the next Sunday after the withdrawal of Congress coalition united, what inhibits quorum before the vote on the inclusion of the budget law.

    was the Liberal bloc parliamentary accused on Thursday (second from this April) Second Deputy Speaker Arif Tayfur to reject the inclusion of the budget law on the agenda because of a dispute around between Baghdad and Erbil, with the detection of a request signed by 50 deputies calling for the inclusion of the budget on the agenda. confirmed the Kurdistan Alliance bloc parliamentary Today, it continues to boycott the sessions of the House of Representatives for the discussion of the federal budget, while showed that some of the blocks you want to pass the budget bill without Center of attention by cutting entitlements region of the budget.

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    Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council: I am a hostage .. and not expose to great pressure




    BAGHDAD -
    The head of the Supreme Judicial Council Judge Medhat al-Mahmoud that he had submitted his resignation three times to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, according to the words of the source.


    The source told ((eighth day)) that “the head of the Federal Court held hostage to the political wills can not get rid of them, and subjected to great pressure and blackmail ongoing operations by the head of a coalition of state law and his deputies…


    READ MORE: LINK

    Regarding this article (from a couple of days ago...)

    This article came from 8th Day, which is a valid news source.

    This is Mahmoud's public plea not to take him down when they take Maliki down, and then prosecute them both. More evidence that even Mahmoud, Maliki's in-house rental thug, thinks the mountain is ready to cave in on Maliki. Mahmoud is probably at home right now gassing up the camel and polishing his passport. Viva Argentina!" ~ Carrello

    BGG ~ Which is also why there might not be such quick movement on the budget issue by the SJC - just because Maliki isn't happy. He is on thin ice everywhere - I am not sure his complaints to the Courts will even be heard (regarding the recent budget stall)...
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    Alچlbe Barzani nominated for the presidency: It will be a good president for Iraq

    Thu Apr 03 2014 20:01 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    The president of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Alچlbe ( * Read as Chalibi * ) support for the candidacy of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq, returned him as president "good".

    He Alچlbe during the televised interview with Channel fields of space close to the movement of the Lebanese Hezbollah, and I followed "Twilight News", the security situation in Iraq is not assured, and that there is a war in the country, and that the economic and financial situation does not bode well, declaring that he would nominate the President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq.

    Alچlbe supported the existence of a majority government, with a strong opposition, expressing his opposition to the formation of a coalition government, citing the prospect of covering up cases of corruption that may occur in the event of the formation of such a government.

    He stressed that his party enters the next elections in alliance with the Islamic Supreme Council led by Ammar al-Hakim, within a block, "citizen", referring to the alliance's quest to expand to include other spectrums of the Iraqi people.

    The Alچlbe political figures controversial as a result of alliances diverse, which began with the pursuit of the United States and the international coalition to topple the government of the former regime, and then its establishment of the house of the Shia after the fall of the regime in 2003 in collaboration with several Shiite parties participating in the government harmonic and then disagreeing with the current prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and finally joining the mass of citizens, led by the President of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim to contest the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on the thirtieth of April.

    ARTICLE LINK

    *** WHAT IS " a majority government, with a strong opposition, as opposed to a coalition government " in the context of the government of Iraq, now and in the forseeable future, and the meaning of the subject article ?

    *** " DEFINITIONAL " NOTES : A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT is a government formed by a governing party that has an absolute majority of seats in the legislature or parliament in a parliamentary system. This is as opposed to a minority government, where even the largest party wins only a plurality of seats and thus must constantly bargain for support from other parties in order to pass legislation and avoid being defeated on motions of no confidence.

    The term "majority government" may also be used for a stable coalition of two or more parties to form an absolute majority.

    ARTICLE REFERENCE LINK

    A COALITION GOVERNMENT is a cabinet of a parliamentary government in which several political parties cooperate, reducing the dominance of any one party within that coalition. The usual reason given for this arrangement is that no party on its own can achieve a majority in the parliament. A coalition government might also be created in a time of national difficulty or crisis, for example during wartime, or economic crisis, to give a government the high degree of perceived political legitimacy, or collective identity it desires while also playing a role in diminishing internal political strife. In such times, parties have formed all-party coalitions (national unity governments, grand coalitions). If a coalition collapses, a confidence vote is held or a motion of no confidence is taken.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalition_government

    Significance of A STRONG OPPOSITION ( MinorityParty ), see " A Strong Opposition Is Needed, THE PROPER FUNCTIONS OF A MINORITY PARTY ", By KARL MUNDT, Member of Congress from South Dakota, Delivered in the House of Representatives, August 1, 1941. http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/policy/1941/1941-08-01b.html

    See also, Reidar Visser's article hereinabove, " IHEC Publishes the List of Candidates for Iraq’s 30 April Parliamentary Elections

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 4 April 2014 " and specifically the following excerpt :

    " Surely that is doubly relevant these days, when Maliki allies already talk about forming a “political majority” government after the elections. Their efforts over the next few weeks will decide whether such a prospect is realistic at all. "

    * CONCLUSORY COMMENTS - The Maliki government in Iraq is / has been a " weak " coalition government and in point of fact Maliki's party did not even garner a plurality of seats in the last election, 7 March 2010, his party was slightly less than Allawi's plurality of votes, 2,849,612 ( Allawi / al Iraiyya / 24.7%) and 2,792,083 ( Maliki / State of Law Coalition / 24.2%). Whether Maliki's faction or some other, Hakim - Sadr , the Citizen bloc, and the Kurds can " seat " a majority government, with or without a strong opposition, and establish a stable and productive government will depend upon the election results and the coalitions formed thereafter. The election is now only 26 days away. *

    * Interesting coincidental discussion of Kurdistan's struggles with the same concept, now six months post election. Saadi Ahmad Pirra, a member of the PUK’s political bureau, told Al-Monitor in Erbil that the formation of a government is difficult. “Before, it was easier, because PUK and KDP were on one list. They had an absolute majority. They could form a government without asking other parties to participate. Now, no one has an absolute majority. To form a new government, they need partners,” he said.

    ARTICLE REFERENCE LINK
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    Rikabi describes exchanging accusations among blocs before elections as "Normal"



    Baghdad (AIN) –
    MP, Ibrahim al-Rikabi, of the State of Law Coalition considered the accusations among the political blocs as "A normal issue."

    Speaking to AIN, he said "The current time before the next elections witnesses political accusations to get more votes where it is a normal issue even in the developed countries."

    He called "The Iraqis to participate in the elections to choose the best nominees."

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    Iraq is seeking to borrow two billion dollars from a U.S. bank to finance the purchase of 40 Boeing aircraft

    Long-Presse / Baghdad -
    Detection news site global economic, Thursday, Iraq sought to obtain a loan of two billion dollars from the Export-Import Bank U.S., to finance the purchase of 40 civilian aircraft from Boeing, while between that caused by a delay in adoption of the federal budget and the need to finance several projects Transport, said that Baghdad would form a committee from the ministries of transport and finance and the central bank and airline negotiations on the subject with the help of the branch bank Citigroup U.S. in Iraq.

    The Web site reported by Bloomberg Bloomberg U.S. economic news, in the news, seen it (the long-Presse), that "the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, banks Rakane, told him in a telephone conversation, on Wednesday, (second from April 2014 now), that a committee comprising representatives from the ministries of transport and Finance and the Central Bank and Iraqi Airways to negotiate on the issue of financing the purchase of 40 Boeing aircraft. "

    He Rakane, that "the Commission will use Bank of Citigroup, the U.S. in Iraq, to ​​get advice needed on the subject, where will be a call next week," adding that "Iraq is based on this transaction on being a country with a strong economy as the fourth-largest oil exporter in the world , and is able to finance the bulk of the transaction amount of five billion dollars, according to a list of current prices. "

    He favored the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, that "baptizing Iraq to delay some of the aircraft and make adjustments to the other," pointing out that there are "a lot of discussion to be held on the deal during a meeting of the Committee."

    Rakane said, that "the amount of the loan, which will be presented by the Bank of U.S. Export-Import ranging from 1.5 to 2 billion dollars, to be determined based on the estimated final agreed timetable for delivery," and expressed "cautious optimism about the guarantee to finance the deal."

    He and Zell and the Ministry of Transport, that "credit loan export guarantees payments and achieve processing, in order to avoid delay in the adoption of the federal budget for 2014, the current, in the time of need projects of the ministry for about 50 billion dollars to develop the infrastructure of railways, ports and airports."

    Bloomberg site and saw that, in spite of that "Iraq is a country rich in oil, but that efforts to build its economy after 11 years of the U.S. invasion has marred some failures due to political and sectarian conflict witnessed by the country."

    The Iraqi Airways, announced (27 March 2014), the arrival of a third Boeing (800-737), to Baghdad International Airport, out of 40 contracted by the United States, saying it will take delivery of six other planes of this type until the end of the year 2014 the current.

    The Iraqi Transport Minister Hadi al-Amiri, announced, in (the 14th of August 2013 the past), the arrival of the first Boeing aircraft of type (800-737) to the Baghdad International Airport of the 45 aircraft contracted by the Iraqi government on them, indicating that the remaining aircraft will arrive Iraq successively until the year 2016.

    The Boeing Company of America, announced (13 August 2013), for the delivery of aircraft, the next generation (800-737) Iraqi Airways, indicating that this aircraft is the first of 30 aircraft had been requested by Iraqi Airways in 2008 , as well as ten aircraft Iraq had contracted by the Boeing Dreamliner.

    The Iraqi Airways announced that, in (the 29th of January 2013), for its contract to buy 40 aircraft type Bowen 737 and Boeing Dreamliner 787 in addition to the two Aabertin intercontinental-made Airbus European, while The Ministry of Transport, confirmed that Iraqi Airways will fly lines, additional Many countries around the world.

    ARTICLE LINK
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    Unlike Past, Salih Will Not Lead This Month’s PUK Poll Campaign

    By RUDAW


    Salih, a top PUK leader and former Kurdistan prime minister, resigned from the party leadership in early February. Photo: Rudaw

    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region - Unlike previous polls, the ex-deputy leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Dr. Barham Salih will not lead his party campaigns for this month’s elections -- an indicator of the group’s unresolved leadership crisis.

    "I am a loyal member of the PUK and believe in the principals of the PUK,” Salih declared to the media. “As a citizen of this country and as member of the PUK, it’s my right to cooperate and support the candidates and the list I believe in,” he added.

    Salih, a top PUK leader and former Kurdistan prime minister, resigned from the party leadership in early February after it failed to hold its January 31 convention to discuss a new leadership and reshuffle. In protest, Salih said he was stepping down from the three-person committee, which includes Kosrat Rasul Ali and Hero Ahmed.

    PUK leader Jalal Talabani has been recuperating in Germany ever since a stroke in December 2012. The charismatic PUK leader had been instrumental in keeping the PUK’s competing multiple power centers in check, historically the Achilles' heel of the party since its establishment in 1976.

    In what appears to be Salih’s deliberate decision to keep out of the election campaign, he said this is an election that should be run by the candidates themselves.

    PUK officials admitted Salih’s influence within the party’s popular base, and hoped that despite his absence everyone would take part in the election campaign to further PUK’s electoral list in both local and national polls.

    According to Rudaw sources Salih rejected a request from the other two PUK leaders, Ahmed and Rasul, to supervise the party’s election campaigns.

    Narmin Osman, a member of the PUK leadership, rejected reports that Salih is keeping a distance from the party’s programs and projects for the elections. "Dr Barham is not isolated. He has expressed his support for the PUK's programs for Iraqi legislative and Kurdistan provincial polls. He supports PUK's projects,” Osman said.

    But she admitted that Salih would not be an official face of the party during the polls, as he had been in previous elections. “He may not appear as the deputy of the PUK's leader, but as you know he has vowed to be an active PUK member,” she noted. “I can't say he would not be influential. He has his own influence, he has his own people to support him, and he is an advanced and real cadre of the PUK.”

    Talabani’s absence has led to the PUK losing strong support in its traditional stronghold in Sulaimani province. In last year’s Kurdistan parliamentary elections, it lost to the Change Movement (Gorran), led by PUK’s former deputy leader Nawshirwan Mustafa, whose party played an active opposition role in the Kurdistan parliament since 2007.

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    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", 4 April 2014

    In Iraqi Elections, KDP Predicts Poll Sweep among Kurdish Parties

    By HEVIDAR AHMED


    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) expects to receive more than one million votes in the upcoming Iraqi legislative elections. A KDP politburo member claims that his party is “in a perfect condition.” KDP expects that no other Kurdish political party will be able to secure more than 600,000 votes.

    The Iraqi legislative and Kurdistan provincial council elections are scheduled for April 30.

    The KDP secured 30 parliamentary seats in the previous Iraqi legislative elections and expects to increase its votes in this month’s polls.

    Jafaar Ibrahim, a senior KDP official and the party’s election supervisor, expects that, “The KDP will receive 1.2 million votes in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region.”

    “It is difficult to predict how many parliamentary seats we can win, because the value of one parliamentary seat will only be defined after the election,” he added.

    In the previous Iraqi legislative elections in March 2010, the KDP secured 925,000 votes.

    According to statistics of the KDP election center, with 1.2 million votes the KDP will be the recipient of the highest number of votes among all Kurdish parties. The study predicts that, with 600,000 votes, the PUK will win the second-highest number of votes among the Kurdish parties. It expects the Change Movement (Gorran) to come third, with 550,000 votes, and the Islamic Union of Kurdistan (Yekgirtu) to be in fourth place with around 185,000 votes.

    In the 2010 Iraqi legislative election, KDP gained 925,000 votes, PUK received 675,000, Gorran secured 487,000 and the Islamic Union of Kurdistan got 214,000.

    PUK officials say that the condition of their party is not good, because the party faces deep and serious problems, which are not resolved yet.

    Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, Jalal Talabni’s wife and Kosrat Rasul Ali, first deputy secretary general of PUK, officially requested Barham Salih, who resigned from his position as the second deputy secretary general of PUK about two months ago, to supervise the PUK’s current election campaign. But Salih reportedly refused.

    Sources say that at a meeting attended by Salih and some other PUK politburo members, the PUK election campaign strategy was discussed. One source said that, :In the meeting, Salih suggested that none of the PUK politburo members should be allowed to issue statements on behalf of PUK.”

    PUK received 350,000 votes in the recent Kurdistan parliamentary election in September. A member of the PUK election office said, “Beside Kurdistan Region, we expect to receive a considerable number of votes in Kirkuk and Khanaqin areas. Therefore, we predict to gain over 600,000 votes in the Iraqi legislative election.”

    Gorran forced its way to the second place in the recent Kurdistan parliamentary election and its leaders believe that their number of votes will be increased.

    Zimnako Jalal, head of Gorran’s election office in Sulaimani told Rudaw: “A high committee, which will be supervised by Omer Saeed Ali, is formed to oversee Gorran’s election campaign.”

    In the 2010 Iraqi legislative election, Gorran received 487,000 votes. Jalal refused to reveal details of Gorran’s prediction for the upcoming election.

    According to the results of the 2010 Iraqi legislative election, the Islamic Union of Kurdistan (IUK) won 214,000 votes and the party’s leaders say they will spare no effort to at least win the same number again.

    Samir Salim, head of IUK’s election office, told Rudaw: “The Islamic Union’s secretary general will oversee IUK’s election campaign. This time we will increase our number of Iraqi parliamentary seats.”

    In the recent Kurdistan parliamentary election, the Islamic Union lost a considerable number of votes, particularly in the province of Sulaimani.

    The Islamic League of Kurdistan received 120,000 votes in the recent Kurdistan parliamentary election and gained 153,000 votes in the 2010 Iraqi legislative election. The party leaders claim they will at least keep their number of votes.

    Anwar Sangawi, Islamic League member of politburo and head of its election office, told Rudaw: “We can’t announce any statistics but we are certain that the number of our votes will be increased. We have solved most of our problems, therefore we will keep our voters and will gain more votes compared to the previous elections.”

    In the 2010 Iraqi legislative election, the Kurds gained 57 seats out of the 325 Iraqi parliament seats, which counts for 18 percent.

    “We expect the Kurdish votes to reach 19 percent,” Ahmed added.

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