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    57587 Elections starts in Iraq


    Elections starts in Iraq

    30/04/2014 08:15:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The ballot boxes have opened in all the provinces of Iraq on schedule at seven o'clock on Wednesday morning, 30 April, announcing the start of the process of the public vote for the parliamentary elections to choose 328 MPs to the House of Representatives and for a legislative session terms for 4 years.


    * The number of entities and coalitions approved to run 277 political entities, but he and distant withdrawal of a number of them, particularly from the provinces of Anbar, Salahuddin and Nineveh, for security reasons, and the integration of the other with each became number lists that will run 107 lists are divided by 36 political coalition and 71 political entity comprising all the 9040 candidates vying for 328 parliamentary seats.*

    IHEC in Anbar : the conditions are safe, stable and encouraging voters to cast their ballots

    30/04/2014 09:06:00

    Ramadi / NINA / The IHEC in Anbar confirmed that "the conditions in the province is safe, stable and encouraging voters to cast their ballots."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "more than half a million voters can cast their ballots today in 237 polling centers with 1234 stations."

    The source added that "the situation in the province is safe, stable and conducive so far to holding elections."



    Most of the polling stations in the south of Mosul are still closed

    30/04/2014 11:01:00

    Mosul / NINA / Residents of southern outskirts of Mosul said that most of the polling stations are still closed with a significant lack of polling staff.

    Read more : http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HEEDLJ


    Voters' number rises dramatically and unexpectedly in Mosul, IHEC source says

    30/04/2014 11:24:00

    Mosul / NINA / Voters' number in Nineveh province rose dramatically and unexpectedly, according to a source in the IHEC's Office of Nineveh.

    The source told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the number of voters at polling stations in Nineveh province recorded a high and unexpected proportion despite the unstable security conditions in the province and insurgent threats to voters.

    The source added that the centers in the Nineveh are still registering thousands of voters since the early hours of the opening of polling stations and under the supervision and protection of the tight security.



    Poor turnout at polling stations in Anbar province
    30/04/2014 12:18:00

    Ramadi / NINA / A source in the IHEC in Anbar province confirmed the low voter turnout at the polling stations and the ratio of up to 20 % .

    The source told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / since the beginning of the vote , which began at 7 am until this moment, we are witnessing low turnout by voters in the polling stations. Indicating that 20% is the percentage of voter turnout at the polling stations .

    The source expected increasing this percentage in the coming hours to more than that.

    The citizens headed on Wednesday, 30, April to the polling stations since seven o'clock in the morning in all governorates of Iraq , to cast their ballots to elect a new parliament .

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    57589 Current week announced as holiday on occasion of Elections


    Current week announced as holiday on occasion of Elections
    Saturday, 26 April 2014 22:11

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers announced the next week as a holiday for all institutions of the State.

    The Secretariat General of the Cabinet reported in a statement received by All Iraq News Agency ''The Cabinet decided to announce the holiday as of next Sunday dated on 27/4/2014 till the Sunday that comes after it dated on 4/3/2014 preparing to conduct the parliamentary elections in Iraq.''


    *** It had been awhile since I checked the CBI website for this year's holiday schedule, which was not posted as late as February, if memory serves. The 2014 holiday schedule is now posted : http://www.cbi.iq/index.php?pid=TheCbi ;

    Holidays in (2014)in addition to Friday and Saturday

    Jan. 1 New Year's Day

    6 Army Day /1921

    *15 Prophet's Birthday
    Mar. 21 Spring Day
    May 1 Labour Day
    July 14 14th Revolution /1958

    *29 Id Al-Fitr (3Days)
    Oct. *4 Id Al-Adha (4Days)

    *24 Islamic New Year
    Nov *2 Ashoura Day

    Dates noted with asterisk (*) are approximate ; and,

    Presumably the CBI is closed at least on the 1st, which is Thursday, the day after the election. The government holiday begins tomorrow and through to next Sunday. Political campaigning is reportedly to end on the 28th, two days before the election. It will be interesting to observe whether the currency auctions will continue during the government holiday over the next seven ( 7 ) days. ***


    Dhi-Qar Governor excludes some governmental institutions from holiday for elections

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 14:44

    Dhi-Qar (AIN) –The Governor of Dhi-Qar province excluded some governmental institutions from the holiday of Sunday and Monday specified for the elections.

    Source stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "Dhi-Qar Governor, Yahya al-Nasiri, excluded the service governmental institutions and the banks from the holiday of Sunday and Monday specified by the Council of Ministers for the elections."


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    57592 Iraq’s Kurds Keep One Eye on Iraqi Elections, Another on Local Polls

    Iraq’s Kurds Keep One Eye on Iraqi Elections, Another on Local Polls
    By RUDAW

    Party leaders see the provincial councils as a step to win popular support for future national polls.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - For the second time in seven months Iraqi Kurds head to the polls on Wednesday, this time to elect new representatives for the Iraqi parliament and provincial councils for their own autonomous Kurdistan Region.

    Five major Kurdish parties are vying for voters, with rivalries divided into geographical areas where each party feels it has strongest support.

    The largest Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) enjoys a strong popular base in the Kurdish capital of Erbil, where it sits in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and in Duhok. The Partriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), meanwhile, is most confident in Sulaimani province and the Garmiyan region.

    The reformist Change Movement (Gorran), born after breaking away from the PUK in 2009 and newly powerful after beating the PUK in Kurdish legislative elections in September, has supporters across Kurdistan. But its strength also lies in Sulaimani, where it once held the governorship.

    The Islamic Union (Yekgirtu) and the Islamic League (Komal) have also entered the election campaign full scale. Yekgirtu has historically fared well in Sulaimani, and to some degree in Duhok. Komal’s voters are seen scattered in Erbil and some of the smaller towns in Sulaimani province.

    The Kurdish parties face a double challenge and are fighting on two fronts: Each wants to get as many candidates into provincial councils, while trying to not lose sight of the seats in the Iraqi parliament.

    The last election battle for local councils in Kurdistan was fought some 10 years ago.

    In Erbil, Governor Nawzad Hadi from the KDP is fighting to hold on to his post. His campaign has focused on pointing to the development seen in the capital under his watch. He boasts new highways, a modern airport, shopping malls, public parks and community services.

    In Sulaimani, where residents complain they lag behind the capital in public services and new infrastructure, candidates from Gorran and PUK are fighting neck-and-neck for the governorship.

    Haval Abubakir, who is running for Gorran, has never held public office. But his regular media appearances, which he used to criticize the PUK and the government in general, have gained him popularity across the region.

    But over the past several weeks he has also been fighting a campaign to clear his name against accusations that he was once a member of the ousted Baath party, and that he had praised former dictator Saddam Hussein in an official publication. The PUK has dug up documents from two decades ago to use against Abubakir. He rejects the accusations, maintaining he had only contributed apolitical poems to the magazine, and never endorsed the Baath party.

    Abubakir’s colorful background aside, the PUK candidate for the post of governor is almost equally popular. Aso Faraydun has been a member of the PUK for years, and boasts a past as a Peshmarga fighter.

    An online Rudaw poll last week showed Faraydun with 56 percent of the vote, against Abubakir’s 41 percent, a 15 percent lead.

    The competition between Gorran and the PUK intensified in recent weeks after an agreement was signed between the KDP and Gorran on forming a new government, granting Gorran the ministries of Peshmarga and finance, and the position of parliament speaker.

    That agreement was perceived by the PUK as a plot to undercut it: Until the parliamentary polls last September for the Kurdish parliament, PUK was Kurdistan’s second-largest party, and KDP’s ally in the KRG.

    The reason for the heated election battle is a new set of laws that will grant provincial councils more powers and freedom to handle their budgets. Party leaders see the provincial councils as a step to win popular support for future national polls.

    Meanwhile, Kurdish leaders are mindful of the Iraqi parliamentary polls, where they currently have 57 seats, won in the 2010 elections.

    The Kurds’ best hope to retain these seats lies within the Kurdistan Region and the surrounding provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and Nineveh, where there are large Kurdish populations.

    Though Kurdish parties are running separately in the Iraqi polls, they will likely form their own united bloc to face their Arab rivals in the Iraqi capital.

    The Kurds are not in a position to challenge other Iraqi parties in the center and south of the country, where the fight is between the Shiite and Sunni groups, led respectively by current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi.

    Nonetheless, the Kurds are allowed by the constitution to send their MPs to the Iraqi parliament, where they once again focus on passing or stopping legislature that might be detrimental to the Kurdistan Region in the north.

    Kurdish MPs in Baghdad have often been criticized by the public for obvious lack of power against an Arab majority, mainly blamed on partisanships and internal divisions. However, they have stood united against Baghdad’s decision to cut Erbil’s budget, procrastination over passing an important oil and gas law and foot-dragging over Article 140, which is supposed to decide on large swathes of disputed territories claimed by both the Arabs and Kurds.

    Wednesday’s elections take place at a importune moment for Kurdistan, where political parties are finalizing their deals for a new government. The regional parliament only held its first session on Tuesday. The polls will most certainly slow down the process of forming the long-overdue government in Erbil, still undeclared more than seven months after elections.

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    57597 How Democratic Is Kurdistan?

    How Democratic Is Kurdistan?
    By Namo Abdulla

    Inside America

    Washington, DC - “Kurdistan Is a Model for Iraq.” That is the title of an op-ed Masoud Barzani,

    president of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, wrote in the Wall Street Journal six years ago.

    “Our difficult path to a secular, federal democracy is very much inspired by the U.S.,” he wrote.

    In deed, Kurdistan has archived something that remains a dream for most

    Iraqis: security. In a region plunged by turmoil, terrorism and sectarian

    warfare, the oil-rich Kurdish enclave has stayed largely stable and peaceful.

    But some disagree with the notion that Kurdistan is a democratic model for Iraq. They accuse the region’s leadership of being corrupt and failing to protect the rights of journalists and women, for instance.

    So how democratic is Kurdistan?

    To discuss this subject, Rudaw's Namo Abdulla talks to:

    - Denise Natali, one of the foremost experts

    on Kurdish affairs here in Washington, DC. She has followed the Kurdish

    issue for more than two decades. Dr. Natali, who currently teaches at the

    National Defense University, is author of, most recently, “Kurdish Quasi-


    - Harold Rhode, a distinguished Middle East expert who served at the Pentagon for 28 years. He is currently
    with the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based foreign policy think-tank.

    - Omer Taspinar, a prominent Middle East expert, at the Brookings Institution, who specializes in Turkish and Kurdish nationalism.

    - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/3....UaoEWioB.dpuf

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    57598 Leaders Urge Importance of Voting, as Iraq Elects New Legislature

    Leaders Urge Importance of Voting, as Iraq Elects New Legislature
    By RUDAW

    Alongside elections for the Iraqi parliament, the autonomous Kurds are also voting for local councils.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Nearly 3 million Kurds in the autonomous Kurdistan Region head to the polls today to elect members of provincial councils and deputies for the Iraqi parliament.

    “We are going to the polls today in a democratic process,” said Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdish prime minister, after casting his ballot in the capital, Erbil.

    “These elections are very crucial for Iraq and for the Kurdistan Region,” said Barzani. “I hope this process goes through calmly.”

    Compared to the rest of Iraq, where the fear of violence and terrorist attacks looms large, the Kurdistan Region enjoys better security. However, security has been tight for weeks
    Alongside elections for the Iraqi parliament, the autonomous Kurds are also voting for local councils for the first time in about a decade.

    The Kurdish prime minister encouraged people to go to the polls and “practice their democratic right.”

    “This is a great victory for democracy in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the head of the Change Movement (Gorran), Nawshirwan Mustafa, urged people to “participate in the elections with enthusiasm,” as he cast his vote in Sulaimani.

    Mustafa’s party fared well in the September polls for the Kurdish parliament and how is eying the post of Sulaimani governor and seats in the Iraqi parliament.

    In Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki cast his ballot at a polling station at al-Rashid Hotel.

    He, too, encouraged Iraqis to go to the ballot boxes. and vote for competent candidates. “The structure of the next government relies on people’s participation in today’s elections,” he said.

    Maliki is hoping for a third term in office, though local and some international observers find it unlikely in the face of growing dissent against the Shiite premier.

    Maliki’s Kurdish and Sunni rivals accuse him of promoting a sectarian agenda and “authoritarianism.”

    However, speaking to the media shortly after voting, Maliki tried to brush aside such accusations. “Our condition for any coalition is the integrity (of Iraq) and non-sectarianism,” he declared.

    Iraq’s Sunni regions are particularly determined to see the prime minister out of office. Some tribes in Anbar province have even taken up arms against Iraqi troops in the past several months.

    Even on election day, Maliki was mindful of the tense situation in the Anbar cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, where Iraqi troops have been fighting insurgent groups for more than a year. He vowed to bring an end to the fighting there, saying, “We do not hesitate to use force against al-Qaeda and the extremists.”

    Today’s elections are as crucial for Maliki as they are for the Kurds and the Sunnis.

    The prime minister and his Dawa party will need more than 50 percent of the votes in order to form a government.

    In the 2010, elections he secured his post thanks to the Kurds, who lent him their support -- a move they soon regretted and which was described by many as a political blunder.

    Kurdish leaders say that Maliki reneged from an agreement he signed in Erbil in 2010, pledging to pass an important oil and gas law stuck in the Iraqi parliament, and work to implement Article 140 of the constitution, which aims to decide the fate of vast swathes of disputed territories.

    In the lead-up to today’s vote, premier Barzani said that these elections will change the political map of Iraq. This was echoed by Muhammad Faraj, head of the Islamic Union (Yekgirtu), who said after voting: “I ask everyone to come and vote. Even those who have decided not to vote, I tell them to change their minds. This is where change is going to happen.”

    A major difference between this and previous elections is special electoral cards provided by the Electoral Commission for eligible voters, aimed at preventing fraud and speeding up the voting process.

    But Rudaw correspondents have reported that card-reading machines have malfunctioned at a number of polling stations across the region.


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    57599 Formation of a government in Kurdistan : A " model " for Iraq

    Breaking News .. A Session for the new Kurdish Parliament started

    29/04/2014 12:18:00

    Erbil / NINA / The new parliament of the Kurdistan region began on Tuesday at noon its meeting, which was elected in September of last year.

    Reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that it is scheduled that the meeting will witness the election of the governing body of the parliament and ask the candidate of the largest bloc Nechirvan Barzani to form the government.

    *** Kurdistan has a parliamentary system of government so watch as it's government is formed as a model for Iraq ***

    The winning blocs in the parliamentary regional elections of Kurdistan , nominate its deputies for the presidency and the vice presidency of the

    29/04/2014 14:01:00

    Arbil / Nina /--The winning blocs in the Kurdish regional Parliament elections, nominated its eminent deputies for presidency and vice presidency of the parliament .

    NINA reporter said " MDC nominated for the presidency MP, Mohammed Yusuf for the presidency of the parliament as Democratic Party nominated Jaafar Ibrahim, for vice president , meanwhile Aljamaah Alislamiyah nominated Fakhruddin Qadir for the post of secretary of the parliament.

    At noon today the regional parliament of Kurdistan started the 1st session of the new legislative term, which was elected in September of last year.



    BREAKING NEWS. Candidate for Altaghyiir movement Kurdish bloc, wins the President post of the regional parliament .

    29/04/2014 14:21:00

    Arbil / NINA/-- Candidate for Altaghyiir movement Kurdish bloc, Yousef Mohammed Sadiq won the President post of the regional parliament. By majority of votes today.

    The reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency NINA , said "After achieving the votes counting for the candidates of the Presidency, vice Presidency and Secretary of the regional Parliament the candidate of Altaghyiir /change/ bloc Yousef Mohammed Sadiq won the post of chairman of the parliament by winning 84 votes out of 111 the total number of MPs .

    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan deputies abstained to vote on the candidates for the Presidency of the Parliament of the Kurdistan region.



    The candidate of Kurdistan Democratic Party wins the vice-president post for the regional parliament.

    29/04/2014 14:42:00

    Arbil / Nina /--Members of the regional Parliament of Kurdistan region voted in favor of the Kurdistan Democratic Party candidate Jaafar Ibrahim as Deputy Chairman of the Board.

    The reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / said "The regional parliament elected the candidate of KDP Jaafar Ibrahim as Vice President of the Council with 79 votes on his favor.

    Taghyiir /change/ bloc’s candidate Yusuf Mohammed Sadiq won the post of President of the Parliament of Kurdistan region by majority of votes.



    Kurdistan Parliament Elects Leaders, Paving Way for Delayed Cabinet
    By RUDAW

    The speaker vowed to broadcast all sessions of the parliament live in the interests of transparency. “We want people to be aware of the sessions immediately.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Region’s parliament elected its speaker, deputy and secretary on Tuesday, paving the way for a new Kurdish government, which has been delayed for months since elections last September.

    Yousef Muhammad of the Change Movement (Gorran) was confirmed as speaker by 84 votes, Jaffar Eminki of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was elected deputy speaker by 78 votes and Fakhradin Qadr from the Islamic League of Kurdistan (Komal) was confirmed as the secretary by 73 votes.

    The voting process triggered a walkout by MPs of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), who questioned the timing of the vote, just a day before Wednesday’s Iraqi legislative elections and council polls in Kurdistan.

    "The timing of the session is unsuitable, and it was not by consensus, charged MP Salar Mahmoud from PUK's Green faction. "We think the process does not serve unity, and we declare we don't vote for this unhealthy process," he added.

    At a news conference after the voting, the new speaker said the KDP candidate for premiership, Nechirvan Barzani, would be tasked to form the next cabinet.

    “After forming the parliamentary committees, KDP's candidate Nechirvan Barzani will be tasked to form the government on Sunday," Muhammad formally announced.

    The speaker vowed to broadcast all sessions of the parliament live in the interests of transparency. “We want people to be aware of the sessions immediately," Muhammad said.

    PUK was supposed to get the post of parliament secretary, but that was filled by a Komal candidate, after the PUK refused to offer a candidate for the position.

    The new deputy speaker reaffirmed that the PUK would get its own share if it decided to take part in the government. "The post of the secretary of parliament will be talked about by KDP's negotiation delegation (with PUK)," said Eminki.

    The PUK has officially remained undecided about participating in the next government, as it insists on getting the interior ministry, a request rejected by the KDP so far.

    In an interview with Rudaw this week, Premier Barzani said that nothing was final, and that there was no “red line” on any posts for the PUK.



    KR parliament chairmanship nominated

    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:41

    Erbil (AIN) –The parliament chairmanship of Kurdistan Region was nominated.
    The reporter of AIN stated "The parliament of KR nominated Yousif Mohammed, of the Change bloc as the parliament Speaker, Jaafar Ibrahim, of the Kurdistani Democratic Party is the Deputy Speaker and the two nominees of the Islamic Group and Azadi Bloc are in the secretary posts of the parliament."



    The new president of the Kurdistan Parliament: our priority legislation of laws that serve the citizens

    Tue Apr 29 2014 23:53 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    Yusuf said Mohammed, head of the Kurdistan Parliament on Tuesday that Iraq's new priority legislation of laws that serve the citizens and preserve their rights, stressing that they will strengthen the supervisory role of the Parliament and make parliament sessions directly for all to see.

    Mohammed was speaking at a press conference after the session he was elected president of the parliament on the mass change, accompanied by his deputy, Jaafar Ibrahim for the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Secretary of the Parliament Fakhruddin able block the Islamic group.

    Mohammed said at the conference which was attended by "Twilight News" that "a new era of Democratic Action check in Kurdistan and we hope cooperation with parliamentary blocs that have a real participation in the Presidency in this current session to achieve the bulk of its promises to the people of Kurdistan."

    "We want to give preliminary legal terms of the laws that serve the citizens and the citizens want to participate in the drafting of laws and the views of specialists and academics about the laws concerning the rights of citizens and organizations can media and civil society organizations that play a major role."

    And on the oversight role of Parliament confirmed the new president said, "Presidency of the parliament the new collaboration with the blocks and the members of parliament will make Parliament the level of other authorities in Kurdistan, and during the current session, there will be no immunity for the presidency of the parliament will be the open field in front of all the blocks to monitor the performance of the presidency of the region in the legislation of laws."

    He continued by saying, "We have a group other institutions can share in the process of observation, such as the Financial Inspection Office and we will try to be activated in the coming sessions and we promise you that the task of monitoring the BSA control of Parliament in the presidency of the parliament."

    He also pledged to broadcast parliamentary sessions live on television by saying, "after the end of the technical problems we will work to make the parliament sessions and even broadcast live sessions and committee meetings Snjolha is transmitted directly to the doors of Parliament and will be open to journalists and the media."

    Mohammed Yusuf was born in 1978 and holds a master's degree in international politics from the University of Mesopotamia in 2007 and is currently a PhD student in the final stage in the political philosophy of science.

    The head of the new parliament, one of the leading figures in the MDC, headed by Nawshirwan Mustafa, who defected from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, headed by Jalal Talabani, in 2007.

    And participated in several conferences and seminars, local and international, and work with international organizations and has some books on the draft Constitution of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

    And began working party within the ranks of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan and later joined the movement to change that befell the second in the parliamentary elections with 24 seats behind the PDK, which won 38 seats out of 111.


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    57600 Newspaper: America defer delivery "F-16" for Iraq for fear of al-Maliki clung t

    Newspaper: America defer delivery "F-16" for Iraq for fear of al-Maliki clung to power

    Tue Apr 29 2014 23:41 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    Kurdish newspaper said Tuesday that the United States will not hand over Iraq's aircraft "F-16" fighter scheduled to arrive after five months in Iraq by Iraqi military sources.

    The newspaper quoted "Media" Weekly sources, she informed decision-making positions in the military in Iraq, saying the United States is now working on Iraq's non-delivery of these aircraft in the current period and deferred to 2015.

    The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has been pointed out a few days ago to the possibility of late delivery of F-16 aircraft to Iraq deadline in September next, due to lack of readiness of the Balad Air Base north of Baghdad to receive the fighter jets.

    The United States accelerated the delivery of weapons to Iraq after the control of armed militants on land in the west of the country earlier this year.

    According to Washington, the Iraqi government took over 800 rounds of US-made gun, and awaiting the arrival of 99 Hellfire missiles and 1,000 tank shell as requirements for emergency battles taking place in Anbar.

    The newspaper said that the Kurdish military sources indicated that the United States does not intend to speed up the delivery of these aircraft and they do not intend to be delivered before the end of 2015.

    And the reasons for this action, U.S. sources said it lies in the delivery of the aircraft may make the Minister Nuri al-Maliki insists on not handing over power to the new candidate, which could spark a civil war in Iraq.

    The pre-empted the Sadrists election results provide candidate for the post of head of government and is the current governor of Maysan Ali Douai, in the Supreme Islamic Council says that it has more than one candidate for the job itself.

    This raises fears of conflict of observers to turn into confrontations between these parties in the absence of peaceful rotation of power.


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    57601 Bashir al-Najafi participates in the parliamentary elections

    Bashir al-Najafi participates in the parliamentary elections

    30/04/2014 09:48:00

    Najaf / NINA / Religious authority, Ayatollah Sheikh Bashir al-Najafi participated in the parliamentary elections in one of the polling station in Najaf.

    The office manager, his son Ali al-Najafi said "The best way to reply to those who offended to the religious authority lies in the large and broad participation in the elections.

    It is mentioned that Najafi had directed scathing criticism to the government of Nuri al-Maliki urged not to vote for him or for his list, declaring support for the (citizen bloc) headed by Ammar al-Hakim.


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    57602 Hakim : We will be the strong and homogenized team for building the new Iraq

    Hakim : We will be the strong and homogenized team for building the new Iraq

    30/04/2014 09:06:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Islamic Supreme Council , Ammar al-Hakim said "We will be the strong and homogenized team for building the new Iraq ."

    He saluted, in a speech during casting his vote, " the Iraqi people and the families of martyrs, the armed forces and religious authorities that urged to participate in the elections, adding that every vote is a shot in the face of terrorism and the ISIS."

    He added, "The indicators of broad participation overseas in and the special vote express the real will , and it's a great day specifying the date of Iraq and its future ."

    He continued, " the decision today is in the hand of the people and his vote contributes to self-determination today , we will respect the people's decision , whatever it was, and tomorrow begins the stage of the waiver to build Iraq , and we will form a strong and harmonious team to build a new Iraq."


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    57603 Maliki: I am assured of winning and there is no red line in allying with any bl

    Maliki: I am assured of winning and there is no red line in allying with any bloc believes in unified Iraq

    30/04/2014 08:15:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki said that the chances of his coalition are large and he is assured we will win and there is no a red line in alliance with any bloc believes in unified Iraq and free of militias and terrorist forces ."

    He added in a statement during casting his vote today that: " Today, the electoral process has held after some gambled not to or managed ," noting that " the elections was held previously in the presence of foreign troops , but today, for the second time we are having great success without the presence of any foreign troops ."

    He continued: "Some said they would target people to prevent them from participating in the elections , but the people has challenged by exercising their right to hold elections because it guarantees life and hope , and the elections will be a deterrent and slap to those who bet on not hold it."

    Maliki expressed his happiness for the percentage of the vote of the security services , which was amounted to 91% , calling on people to go to the polls to choose the best because "choosing the best list and the best person is an essential to build the state 's future ."

    He said: "We all will be in parliament to agree on the state-building and I call on everyone to leave the past behind and start to build a state on a national basis ."

    He demanded a fair observation on the electoral process , "since some people are betting on a forgery , which definitely will not be , and there will be no problems and the elections will prove its integrity and we will not accept any challenge the integrity of the elections."

    He explained that " forming the government depends on the participation in the elections , and state-building on the basis of the change without a clone of the previous governments and to be a majority government made up of all the political forces representing all Iraqi components ."

    On the crisis of Fallujah , al-Maliki said that "the crisis will be resolved soon with double directions, politically by Anbar sons with the security forces and the second direction is military , and we will not give up in the face of ISIS or allied with it."


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