“EVICT MALIKI” COUNTDOWN : 16 DAYS TO THE 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.
Zamili: alliances will result in a coalition between the Liberals and the citizen
Twilight News - Revealed the leadership of the Liberal bloc represented by the Sadrist movement of quitting Sunday that the upcoming elections will result in a coalition bloc with a mass citizen, led by Chairman of the Supreme Council, Ammar al-Hakim, in addition to members of the dissident coalition of state law for the formation of the next government.
Said Zamili in an interview with "Twilight News" that "through what is happening in the Iraqi street, and the resulting coalitions in local governments in the elections that took place in the past year, the fortunes of the brothers in the State of Law coalition and the Prime Minister is not the level of the past years", expressing his belief, "The map of political alliances will result in a coalition between the representatives of the mass of the current coalition, the Liberals and the citizen with lists and other blocs are secreted through the ballot box."
He went on "It would be a lot of members of the coalition of state law, and when they do not get the prime minister on the third term to join the alliance and the result will remain low numbers of brothers opposition for the next government."
The political blocs to participate in the elections has been in the campaign to say, it aims to change the background of the failure, which suffered the institutions of state and government during the two elections and the failure of infrastructure projects, reconstruction and the spread of financial and administrative corruption.
Vice-Maliki's coalition: we dismiss it joined the bloc Hakim and our committee revealed for poor performance
Twilight News - A member of the coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Sunday that the House of Representatives, who joined the other blocs, especially the citizen coalition led by Ammar al-Hakim, ruled in the foundation of the rule of law because of their poor performance.
The MP said Hassan al-Yassiri for "Twilight News" that "the majority of the MPs who joined the mass of citizens coming from the state of law are already excluded by state law."
He added that "the State of Law bloc formed a committee a few months ago to review and evaluate the performance of the current House of Representatives and the Committee found that the performance of some of the House of Representatives is not at the required level and has prevented them from running on behalf of the state of law."
He Yasiri that "some of those who exclude them state law from running for the next session they went to the other blocs which block the citizen."
He declined to go into Yasiri names of those members.
So, the " defectors " from the SCL are not now fit to stand for election as members of Maliki's bloc. Election propaganda, balderdash and poppycock. If re-elected to Parliament then they will have a vote and that vote will not be for Maliki. If Maliki was the kid who owned the ball in the neighborhood pick-up game, he would take his ball and go home just to spite everyone else who didn't want to play with him anymore. Disturbingly enough is the fact that a declaration of emergency power by the executive branch without the approval of Parliament is just such a possible ploy on the part of Maliki. He would be declaring that it is my ball, the game is over, so he can't lose.
Othman confirms the continuing of differences between Baghdad and Arbil on oil and Budget
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the coalition of Kurdish blocs, Mahmoud Othman confirmed: "the continuing of disagreements between the central government and the province on the subjects of oil and the budget.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The quartet parliamentary did not hold any meeting, whether in Baghdad or Arbil, during the last period to find solutions to the problems that exist between the federal government and the province, therefore there is not any new change about these differences," ruling out holding a session of the House of Representatives during the next few days or even before the parliamentary elections in April 30. "
Othman concluded, "It is possible the parliamentary committee goes to Arbil or a committee from the province comes to Baghdad in the coming days, but these committees cannot find a solution to the problems existing in the budget law, as well as the oil, before the parliamentary elections."
Chattels ~ This is the most recent article on the status of budget negotiations maintaining that there is no agreement on the budget and the probability is that no meeting as to same will be held before the election. The possibility of a meeting(s) is hardly indicative of an agreement if there should be a meeting. Where is the " ink " supporting the view that there is an agreement on the budget and or that there must be an agreement in the next day or so, or before the election on the 30th ? I don't get it. Will someone " splain it to me Lucy " ?
Parliament: we will hold a hearing if al-Maliki and Barzani agreed to budget approval
Baghdad (Iraq) / The decision of the House of Representatives of the Iraqi MP Mohammed al-Khalidi that the agreement of the political blocs to address outstanding differences in the general budget bill that would allow the holding of a special session to vote on approving the budget before the election. Khalidi said in a statement the "future" yesterday (Sunday) that the differences in the budget bill is still in place and so far Abuadr agreement between the blocks to solve.
He pointed out that the House could hold a vote to approve the budget before the date of the parliamentary elections in the event of an agreement between the blocks and the resolution of disputes between the Kurdistan Alliance, led by Prime Aqlma Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani and the State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Khalidi said that the Presidency of Parliament will announce hold a parliamentary session to vote on approving the budget as soon as an agreement between the Governments of the Quartet center and the region around the outstanding differences in the budget, but this is not expected during the current period preceding the date of the elections.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives decided to form a special committee to resolve the dispute continued between the political blocs on the budget law parliamentary included Chairman of the Finance Committee Haider Abadi, the head of the Oil and Energy Committee, Adnan al-Janabi, the head of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc Fuad Masum, but did not reach an agreement, while agreed to the central government and the provincial government to form quadripartite committee to resolve outstanding differences, but did not reach any agreement as well.
Participants fear election fraud and vote counting centers, private and abroad and expect a lot of appeals
Sun Apr 13 2014 23:22 | (Voice of Iraq)
Long-Presse / Baghdad
Confirmed the blocks policy post in the parliamentary elections next Sunday, they created "enough" of observers to represent them during the voting process, but expressed concern about the possibility of fraud in the various stages of counting, and through special voting, which will take place in military units is difficult for observation, as well as in the ballot unconditional (manual), and outside of Iraq to the lack of observers, and the expected announcement of the results was delayed as a result of what will be presented many challenges.
The MP for the Iraqi List, Maysoon al, in an interview to the newspaper (range), said that "every candidate for the parliamentary elections depends a number of agents with him to monitor the voting process," noting that "the political entities and the menus are training those agents on how to control and coordination mechanism with them during the elections. "
The Damluji, that "the number of agents who are dependent by political entities depends on the size of the province and its share of parliamentary seats and the centers and stations, electoral, where it is distributed evenly over the political blocs and then the candidates," indicating that there is a "fear of getting fraud during counting in polling stations or even at the National Center for data entry (Next Center). "
And saw an MP for the Iraqi List, that "everyone worried about the issue of purchasing cards and electronic sounds, and lack of cooperation from the electoral center agents with political entities, allowing the occurrence of election fraud using stolen cards," pointing out that "for some of the employees of the security forces two cards constituencies allowing the occurrence of fraud. "
She Damluji, that there is "the possibility of manipulation in the centers of the data entry sort through the votes", calling for a coalition of state law, to "accept the results of the upcoming elections, and respect for democracy and the peaceful transfer of power and not to use their power and influence and political money and the state media to their advantage, since the citizen judge him on that , especially since the popularity dropped a lot. "
For his part, the MP said the bloc citizen, Jawad Albzona, in an interview to the newspaper (range), "The choice of agents to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections be in accordance with the competence and experience," noting that "the agent is appointed candidate or entity to reduce manipulation or fraud."
He said Albzona, a candidate for the province of Basra, that "the Electoral Commission identified in 2500 as an agent for each political entity or a block, to monitor the elections, depending on the population density of the province," returned to this "sufficient number and can cover most of the polling stations."
And on the stages where there are no adequate control for the elections, MP from the bloc citizen, that "special ballot is a major concern of the entities participating in the elections, because they are in multiple places and distant and where there are agents or civil society organizations and the media enough," he continued to it "also applies to the election will be out of Iraq by the representatives of political entities, very few."
He predicted Albzona, "problems and objections and appeals on the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections because of the crisis of confidence between the political blocs, and experience in introducing new electronic voter card, which may deprive a lot of participation in the ballot."
To the MP said the bloc united for reform, Mohammed al-Karbouli, said in an interview to the newspaper (range), "The bloc adopted agents with experience and competence to monitor the electoral event and the reduction of the process of counterfeiting," noting that "the election unconditional raising fears the possibility of fraud in plants election because of the absence of electronic card. "
He Karbouli, that "with the coalition and the agents at each station and the Center for Monitoring Elections in minutes and reduce manipulation and fraud, especially that there is room operations related to agents via mobile phones and managed by the cluster or entity concerned," and urged the necessity of "the existence of censorship by political entities and representatives of civil society organizations, the press and the media during the transfer of funds from polling stations to counting centers. "
He expected the MP for mass united for reform, "the delay in announcing the election results because of the large number of appeals and complaints and objections to the election results of whatever nature."
Meanwhile, an MP from the Kurdistan Alliance, Mehdi Haji, in an interview to the newspaper (range), "The choice of agents of political entities came on according Ulkipa and experience to reduce the incidence of fraud," expected to "be the upcoming elections more fair and transparent as a result of the use of electronic card ".
The Electoral Commission for elections, announced (31 March 2014), for authentication Board of Commissioners where the lists of candidates for election to the House of Representatives, noting that the number of candidates reached 9040 people, in addition to the 713 candidates for the provincial councils of the Kurdistan region, and called on the political entities and candidates all to Ptalimadtha commitment and controls advertising campaigns.
The next parliamentary elections will be held on the thirtieth of this April, and the last date for the distribution of electronic cards for the ballot is the twentieth of this month *, and the total number of voters who are entitled to participate in the elections of 21 million and 592 thousand and 882 people.
Urgent...A meeting between Nujaifi and Sadrist Movement to discuss a new alliance to form the next government
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Muttahidoon coalition, Talal al-Zobaie revealed that a meeting was held between Muttahidoon coalition, headed by Osama al-Nujaifi, head of the coalition, and the Sadrist movement, headed by Dhia al-Asadi, head of the list of elites to discuss forming a new alliance between a number of political forces in order to form the next government .
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today: "The new alliance brings together a number of political forces, notably Muttahidoon coalition, Sadrist movement, the Supreme Islamic Council and the Kurdistan Alliance, which aims to form the next government after the elections, which will hopefully take place in end of this April."
Ahrar bloc chooses its candidates for the presidency of the next government tomorrow
BAGHDAD / NINA / The Ahrar parliamentary bloc will meet tomorrow to put its future program to its members and to choose its candidate to the post of the head the next government.
The spokesman of the Ahrar bloc, Jawad al-Jubouri said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / : "launching the program of the bloc and its vision for the future management of the country will be binding on the candidate to be applied in the coming period "
He added: "Other names of candidates will be displayed, in addition to Ali Dawwai and their aim would be the service, not the govern."
Jabouri said : "Ahrar bloc is eager that its candidate to head the next government should be an efficient and enjoys the admissibility of the people and the political forces ," adding : " The question of putting forward the name of Dawwai or another, to head the government is not obligatory , but according to other qualifications. "
It is mentioned that sources pointed out that the Ahrar bloc put the current governor of Maysan, Ali Dawwai as the candidate to head the next government.
‘It doesn't make a difference if you are Sunni or Shiite or Christian. I don’t differentiate between anyone.” Ali Dwai, governor of Maysan Province
By TIM ARANGO
Published: May 3, 2013
CLAD in his trademark blue auto mechanic’s outfit, the governor was mobbed by his constituents as he walked the dust-choked streets of the old city here, where the poor sell textiles and pet birds.
One man poked his head in the scrum and said, simply, “I just wanted to give you a kiss.”
Another man, sweat pouring from his brow, explained the commotion: “He’s gold. He takes care of everyone. He doesn’t make any difference between a Muslim or a Christian. You won’t find one person here who doesn’t love him.”
For Iraqis around the country, most of whom are fed up with poor services, sectarian politics, and violence, the governor, Ali Dwai of Maysan Province, provides a rare example of democracy’s potential.
On one popular Facebook page where Iraqis gather, a man wrote, “If it was in my hands I would make a coup and hand him the state.” Another wrote, “If we had one of him in each province, Iraq would be better than Dubai.”
Everyone, it seems, loves Mr. Dwai, a follower of the anti-American Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr and perhaps Iraq’s most popular politician. In a country where leaders are separated from the people by bodyguards and blast walls, and where the space between politicking and bribery is thin, Mr. Dwai has become something of a folk hero.
And not just here. Through social media, Iraqis everywhere can see for themselves his intimate interactions with citizens, or his delivering on promises to improve services and fostering investments in everything from bridges to sewage systems to amusement parks.
“A leader must be close to the people,” Mr. Dwai said in an interview in his cavernous office after a morning touring public works projects where at each stop he was accosted by citizens offering thanks or asking for favors.
Mr. Dwai’s popularity, though, reflects something more than excitement for a hard-working politician. As the only provincial governor of Mr. Sadr’s political party, he represents the maturation of a grass-roots political movement that has sought to mimic Lebanon’s Hezbollah by fusing Shiite faith, military strength and a concern for the common citizen to build political power.
Mr. Sadr, who inherited his authority from his father, a revered cleric who was murdered by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, once directed a militia, the Mahdi Army, that fought the Americans and, during the country’s sectarian war, Iraq’s Sunnis. Now, he is seeking power through peaceful means, in part through politicians like Mr. Dwai, who was installed in 2011 after a deal in which Mr. Sadr agreed to back Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a second term.
“What they are trying to do is demonstrate that they can deliver services in the south,” said Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, a fellow at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War who has written about the Sadrist movement. “This is part of their transformation. They can no longer make the case that they have to be there to protect the Shiites from Al Qaeda or other Sunni groups.”
She added, “The Sadrist strategy is to find areas where they can win the art of political argument.”
MR. SADR emerged from the national elections in 2010 as a kingmaker whose support allowed Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to secure a second term. With the majority of results in from the recent local elections, it appears Mr. Sadr’s support has diminished in much of the south — where leaders have not had the same success as Mr. Dwai — with the exception of Maysan Province.
The results underscored two things: that Mr. Sadr has more work to do in expanding his constituency through governing in much of the south, and that Mr. Dwai is the movement’s brightest star.
Amara, the capital of Maysan Province, lies in Iraq’s Shiite heartland not far from the Iranian border. The area was once a bloody arena for Hussein’s 1991 crackdown on his rebellious Shiite population and later, under the American occupation, a battleground for militias backed by Iran.
When American troops were preparing to leave Iraq at the end of 2011, the area was still considered so dangerous that American commanders paid local sheiks to clear the roadways of homemade bombs and Iraqi security forces carried out a wide-ranging military operation to drive out the armed groups.
Threatening tone of the Kurdistan region to separate is no longer acceptable to the Iraqi street
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the State of Law coalition, Shaker Darraji asserted that: "The threatening tone used by the Kurdistan region to separate from the state, has become unacceptable in the Iraqi street."
Darraji said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "if the Kurdistan region separates from Iraq and establishes a Kurdish state, this state will fall in big and many problems, which will not be able to absorb them, because the region contains many components and various parties that have disputes among them " , noting : "The Arab and international worlds will not allow to set up such a state, which means that the provincial government could not take such a step ."
He added, "The central government do not wish the Kurdistan region goes to such a step, because it harms the national interest of the country," adding: "The remarks threatened to separate , which launches from the region , were not the first of its kind. "
The head of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani said during an interview with one of the satellite channels, that "an independent Kurdish state is coming," adding that " the declaration of independence is a natural right for the Kurds ,"saying : "The unity of Iraq has become a default matter"
The National Coalition (Watania), headed by Allawi, announces its electoral program
BAGHDAD / NINA / The National coalition (Watania) announced its election program in Baghdad today in the presence of its leader, Iyad Allawi, and a number of ministers, MPs and candidates of the coalition for the upcoming elections.
The Coalition presented its electoral program under the slogan of / civil state - national reconciliation - a real development / where the electoral program includes, promote the national unity and achieve comprehensive national reconciliation with exception to the killers, and the establishment of a democratic state and the state of citizenship that respects intellectual pluralism and the rule of law.
The program includes achieve security , stability, development of the security services and the abolition of the irregular armed entities, as well as building the security services and the armed forces on the basis of loyalty to the homeland and exclude the militias and the adoption of the principle of experience and competence in the selection of security leaders and get the military away from politics and respect the Constitution .
The program also includes the fight against corruption and the corrupt at all levels and activate the supervisory role of the Council of Representatives and the independence of the judiciary.