Differing political views on the formation of a majority government
Tue Apr 15 2014 23:52 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News
Between rejection and support, different political blocs in the attitude towards the formation of a majority government policy during the next phase.
The promise of the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohammad Qasim told Mchkta / Baghdadi News / "The formation of a majority government policy experience working on the wrong tearing Iraq because they do not include all the political components."
He added, "because there was no consensus with the people it is difficult to form a majority government policy and wants (do not understand)."
On the other hand saw united bloc MP Nahida Daini told / Baghdadi News / "The formation of a majority government would be an important step for the country's democratic progress, noting that" the quota system adopted by the government has failed over the past years. "
Daini added that "the next government not to allow neighboring countries to interfere the internal political matters, as is happening now."
In the meantime, said a member of the national coalition, MP Kadhim al-Shammari said that "the map of alliances for future coalition will be built on the basis of electoral programs for the rest of the blocks and the extent of convergence with the national constants of the coalition."
"The National has a national project based on the Constitution and the legal and legitimate demands of the Iraqi people and away from the exclusion and marginalization of any component or party and be the source of the Iraqi people is the basis for the decision and in line with the interests and the interests of Iraq."
For his part, MP for the mass citizen Hadi al-Yasiri that "what we hear from the words through the media about future alliances is presumed was premature and Stffersha depends on the results of parliamentary elections in the thirtieth of this month, and the size of each block in the next parliament."
He Yasiri "need to look into the responsibility to the national interest based on respect for the Constitution and serve the Iraqi people away from all the bidders or miscarriage and distortion attempts to serve the political purposes of factional or partisan does not serve the interests of Iraq and the democratic experiment."
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THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE : " ... the “traditional” political scenario in Iraq with three main forces holding sway: Sunni Muslims, Shiite Muslims and the Iraqi Kurdish. This scenario is based on the idea that the country will never be able to rid itself of sectarian and ethnic polarization that was encouraged under the regime of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and used by the US-led administration of the country after the 2003 invasion that toppled Hussein.
This system – which is basically an unofficial quota system - was used to put together an interim government after 2003. The religious and ethnic background of would-be politicians in the interim leadership was based on demographics and the quota system was used to keep the peace and to maintain a balance between all the different, and often competing and conflicted, ethnic and religious factions. Although the quota system was never based in law, it has continued to be used in Iraqi politics today.
Another thing that is clear: whoever ends up sitting in the Prime Minister’s seat will not necessarily be the politician who got the most votes, It will be the politician who is best able to negotiate, who can persuade Shiite Muslim parties that he is competent to hold the job, convince Iraq’s Kurds that they will be given their due and that their outstanding issues will be resolved and assure Iraq’s Sunni Muslims that they will not be marginalized.
Iraq's Maliki Threatens to Return To the Politics of Exclusion
In Iraq, hardly a day goes by without somebody suggesting that a majoritarian government should be formed to replace the successive governments of “participation,” “partnership,” and “quotas” that have been ruling Iraq recently.
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Both supporters and opponents of Maliki agree "National Alliance" has collapsed
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—A political adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki reiterated his State of Law coalition’s controversial campaign slogan that it will seek a “political majority government” in legislative elections on April 30.
In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Maliki’s adviser, Mariam Al-Rais said: “If the State of Law coalition wins, the biggest objective of the next government will be to form a political majority government with the participation of other parties and implement a reform of the political system in Iraq,” she said, calling for a Western-style political opposition in Iraq.
But the State of Law Coalition’s calls for “change” and the formation of a “political majority government” have come in for criticism from Maliki’s opponents, who say the prime minister is simply seeking to cling to power after two terms in office.
Iraqi Umma Party leader Mitahl Al-Alusi told Asharq Al-Awsat that this slogan is part of a wider plan “to reproduce the sectarian and ethnic quota system, but in a diluted manner.”
“Everybody wants change due to their dissatisfaction with the current situation, but there is a difference between what the people want and what the corrupt and failed politicians want, namely to protect their own interests,” Alusi continued.
Maliki secured a second term in office in 2010 at the head of a broad National Alliance, including his own State of Law coalition, as well as the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), the Sadrist Movement, the Islamic Virtue Party and the Badr Organization, among others. This coalition has disintegrated in the run-up to these elections, with Moqatda Al-Sadr in particular strongly criticizing the prime minister’s performance.
In a press conference last week, Sadr called on Maliki not to run for a third term. He said: “Brother Maliki thinks he served Iraq. Let him rest for four years, and see if whoever comes next would serve better.”
Rais agreed that the National Alliance that brought Maliki to office had crumbled: “Moqtada Al-Sadr said that the Sadrist bloc is not part of any alliance . . . and the ISCI, led by Ammar Al-Hakim, has its own programs and alliances.”
“What I know is that the State of Law coalition is not currently coordinating with the National Alliance,” she added.