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Efforts to Iraqi alliance of 200 deputies to form a government
Thu May 22 2014 05:52 | (Voice of Iraq)
Huda Jassim, agencies (Baghdad)
Revealed the leadership of the coalition «united» decision of the Iraqi Parliament Mohammed al-Khalidi yesterday, as the pursuit of his coalition to form an alliance «strong» with the participation of 200 deputies from different political blocs to form the next government and the passage of laws in the House of Representatives, amid accusations that her agency bloc to power «sectarian Almatmrh under the command Iran scales to Baghdad Sunni representation in the next parliament ». While a student leader of a coalition of national, Iyad Allawi, re-operations manual counting of the Iraqi elections, stressing that the results «fair».
Khalidi said in an interview for «Alsumaria News» that «coalition united held yesterday evening, a meeting in a series of meetings to discuss the mechanism of political alliances with other blocs», adding that «the goal of these meetings form the largest bloc in the House of Representatives to form the next government». He added that «some of the blocks are united and seeks to block the formation of a powerful alliance under the name of the mighty, with the participation of 200 deputies to form a government partnership in the next stage».
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said yesterday that «against the powerful partnership that hit the poor», pointing out that he does not want to marginalize any one.
For his part, said a member of a cluster solution internalized in the coalition are united Mohammed Karbouli, that the formation of the National Alliance of Forces Union (EU) would be «touchstone» in forming the next government. The «work that constitutes a newborn Bkiedath objectives and its structures, and the balancing element of cooperation and partnership with his brothers in the national and Kurdish coalitions, to ensure the sustainability and building the modern Iraqi state».
He said that «the next few days will see the official announcement of the members of the Union and his library and political committees to negotiate».
Karbouli stressed that «the components of the alliance Union is determined to open up to all political forces, without exception, winning the election, putting the interests of Iraq and the masses of the Alliance of the Union above all considerations of self-interest or factional or partisan».
The leaders announced the five political blocs last Monday, the formation of a new parliamentary alliance under the name of «Union» coalition includes the Uniting for Reform and Arab List, and the list of Iraq, and the unity of the people of Iraq, and for the fulfillment of Anbar, and deputies from other lists.
In the context accused the MP for the coalition united unit Jumaili, said about the forces that «sectarian Almatmrh the behest of Iran, firming to Baghdad Sunni representation in the next parliament». She added that she seeks «to address the international community to restore a true representation of the component of the Sunni», pointing out that some adopted «sense of sectarian» in the election lists.
She said that «some of the ruling parties and Almatmrh worked under the command of Iran methodology sectarian studied over ten years, to reduce the representation of the Sunni in Baghdad and the Parliament in 2014, by the forced abandonment and sectarian violence, arbitrary arrests exerted on this component».
She Jumaili that «these pressures and the effects of sectarianism led to the weakening of the role of the Sunni component in participate in the elections, resulting in the representation of scrawny for this component in the next parliament», stressing «we Snkhatab the international community do it to help us re-representation of the real component of the Sunni».
She pointed out that «what was produced the results of the elections was not a true representation of the component of the Sunni in Baghdad, to the inability of the belt of Baghdad participate in the elections because of the floods contrived».
It said Iyad Allawi, leader of the National Coalition in a press release yesterday that «true democracy is a commitment to political pluralism and institution-building and the strength and independence of the judiciary and the peaceful transfer of power».
The «Scott political forces of the parties to the governor to bypass the constants of democracy since a period of quite a few, and put a damper procedures to acquire power through unfair elections, is evidence of blatant on the degree of disregard for the will of the masses in order to devote tyranny and passed across the front of democracy».
He explained that «coalition of national repeatedly called for the holding of elections under the caretaker government is not involved in the nomination in order to ensure fairness and transparency», adding that «the results announced by the Commission is far from legal, integrity and transparency, and falsification of facts did not stop at the borders of coercion and pressure and bribery using public money and land distribution , but included extensive military operations in several provinces, flooding some towns and villages and to prevent voters from reaching polling stations, and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and that later spread to the centers and polling stations, and tampering with the results and change ».
He said «all in order to get the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for a third session, contrary to democratic practices and the decision of the House of Representatives, which defined the presidency of any person to the ministry only two sessions in a row». He pointed out that dependency and subordination of the important parts of the election commission to the dominance of political parties regionalization window, lost them the ability to neutrality to view the benefits of all parties usurped, and that the bias is obvious subject reported results for this estimate biased, too, which gives us the right to demand legitimate to restore National Merit and electoral ».
He called Allawi's Iraqi political forces to stand firm and serious against the fraud that took place, and to resort to the judiciary to make a complaint, as demanded by the Presidency of the Council of Representatives «take action fast and open investigation since for appointments in the organs of the Independent Electoral Commission by the Board of Commissioners, and work to re-manual counting , and stand against attempts to monopolize power ». He called «United Nations also take a role in Iraq to achieve fair elections».
On the other hand, said a member of the Board of Commissioners and the spokesman of the Commission fineness Moussawi said «operations audit the election results, I took more time and thus delayed the announcement of the results, due to the processes of sorting and counting».
He added that some of the blocks are currently preparing to challenge the election results to eliminate. He added that «the Commission is committed to the legal aspects and professional, and if there is an appeal submitted to the judiciary and was referred to the Commission, they provide for the details and check the results again».
For his part, the president of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the National Alliance after his election victory and to achieve «the largest share» of parliament, to cooperate with all political forces and parties to work to actually improve the service in the country.
He said he «extends the hand of cooperation with the national forces of all Iraqi political, to push forward the wheel of governance at all levels».
Political forces in the Kurdistan Region agree on one program in its negotiations with Baghdad
Thu May 22 2014 05:27 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: Muhammad Zangana
Despite the lack of a contract for the Commission to negotiate with the Kurdish Iraqi political parties to put the key points to negotiate with Baghdad, the parties and the parties participating emphasizes the unity of the political situation and the unification of the political agenda in the capital in the next parliamentary stage.
The parties were and Kurdish forces in the region had met last week with regional president Massoud Barzani, as confirmed in a meeting on the unity of the political discourse of the Kurdish regarding the electoral deadlines for the Kurds in Iraq, in addition to trying to sign a historic agreement to improve the situation in Iraq in general and to address all outstanding issues between province and Baghdad, also stressed the participants to maintain the unity of the Kurds, especially in dealing with the outstanding issues with the federal government.
Leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah Bilal Suleiman said in a statement «Middle East», that what has been agreed upon with the President of the Region had the consent of all parties involved, where all confirmed to be bound by the consolidation of the Kurdish position in Baghdad and begin negotiations with one program, particularly in relation to Article «140» of the Iraqi Constitution, which concerns the disputed areas in the provinces of Kirkuk, Nineveh and Diyala.
He denied Solomon possibility drift Kurdish forces behind the temptations could be provided by Nuri al-Maliki luckiest in assuming the presidency of the Iraqi government for the next stage, to destabilize the grade Kurdish and exploitation of the descent of the Kurdish lists in the elections individually unlike the House of Representatives election in 2010, stressing that this is highly unlikely and not be accepted by any of the parties, the Kurdistan.
He also denied Suleiman to be non-participation of the Islamic Movement in Kurdistan, in the meeting held by the President of the Region with the Kurdish parties a significant impact, stressing that the lack of participation in the negotiating committee will have a strong impact, because they did not get a sufficient number of votes, which qualifies them to influence the course of the political process.
However, he criticized the Solomon not to invite the Islamic movement to participate in the meeting, although they obtained more votes than the Socialist Party and the Communist and hard-working, noting that the argument presidency of the region not invited to the meeting was due to the possibility of not agreeing to participate in the meeting to take the position of the opposition from the political process in the region .
On the other hand, confirmed media advisor in the Parliament of the region essence Tariq told «Middle East», that the Kurdish parties will not implement what is agreed upon in the meeting with the President of the Region to come out without any of the parties from what was agreed upon.
Among the core, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the party is more parties that advocate the unity of grade Kurdish, and that it was committed to implementing all strengthens the unity, denying that the Kurdish parties Stnsaq behind the temptations that could be provided by al-Maliki during a march to form a government.
However, the issue of presidential positions, including the position of President of the Republic, which is still Jalal Talabani, the Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) holds, has not been decided, however, that the Kurdish forces are still insisting that this post is the share of the Kurds a benefit nationalist fact that Kurdish nationalism second in Iraq.
The MP for the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Parliament of the region Omid Khoshnaw, told the «Middle East», that the Kurdish parties commitment to the consolidation of the speech of the Kurdish and maintain the gains obtained by the region in the past years, and an emphasis on addressing the outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad.
Khoshnaw added that «the Kurdish forces must understand that there are attempts to destabilize the Kurdish row and eliminate the unit position», stressing that these forces should be wary of any risk that affects any of them, would befall the entire region.
Since 2003, most of us who closely watch Iraq knew that the threat to call a referendum on independence forms one of the cards up the Iraqi Kurdish sleeve. Any real move towards an Iraqi Kurdish state would need to be preceded by such a referendum, in order to provide the project with legitimacy both at home and abroad. Even just throwing this card down on the table involves significant risks, however, which explains why Kurdish leaders in Erbil remained cautious during the past ten years. A referendum on Kurdish independence, whether in the form of confederalism or outright secession, would likely awaken forces that would prove difficult to contain or control. I have no doubt that the vast majority of Kurds in southern Kurdistan would vote for independence, that they deserve independence and that they will enjoy the enthusiastic moral support of fellow Kurds in neighboring states if they opt for independnece.
Once these long-repressed passions are fully aroused, putting them back in the bottle might prove impossible. So although Iraqi Kurdish leaders may wish to play the referendum card in order to strengthen their negotiating position with Baghdad, they may quickly find themselves unable to step back from the process if they actually place the card on the table. Although this is precisely the dynamic that many Kurds want to witness, there may be pressing strategic imperatives to step back. Landlocked southern Kurdistan needs at least one neighboring friend for such a venture. Although relations with Turkey have improved considerably, they may not have improved enough. While Turkey may not be the only possible friend in town, Iran hardly seems a likely alternative and Syria remains in the throes of civil war at the moment. States further afield would also need to be solicited for support and recognition. While the United States and European countries might find themselves forced into supporting the Kurds in spite of their present official positions, this seems very uncertain. Israel and Canada also come to mind as potential supporters – Israel because of its sympathy for the Kurds and shared strategic interests, and Canada because of the independent and principled foreign policy positions the Stephen Harper government seems fond of taking, not to mention the fact that Canada held two referendums of its own in Quebec.
The issue of the disputed territories also needs to be taken into account. Would everyone in these places vote in such a referendum, or perhaps in their own separate referendum? If so, under what legal and practical basis? While Baghdad might prove willing to let the Kurdistan Region go its own way, especially while it has its hands full in places like Faluja, allowing it to leave (or “confederate”) with Kirkuk and other disputed areas is a different story. The chances of an armed confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad would increase considerably in such a scenario. Of course, Iraqi election results have now come in, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law Party apparently won a plurality of the votes and some 92 seats in the next parliament. A large array of political groupings, including all the Kurdish parties (with 62 seats), most of the Sunnis and a lot of the other Shiite parties, seem determined to prevent Mr. Maliki from heading the next government.
Meanwhile Maliki’s State of Law Party appears equally determined to have no one else but him be the next Prime Minister, and no one now underestimates Mr. Maliki’s ability to strategize and successfully maneuver through Iraq’s Byzantine political alignments. The risks of brandishing the referendum card must therefore be weighed against the risks of enduring a third term under Prime Minister al-Maliki. While Mr. Maliki made some overtures to the Kurds following the election last month, he qualified his willingness to negotiate: “If Kurdish conditions and demands are legitimate and in accordance with the constitution, they are welcome for talks to form the government.” Everyone knows very well how Mr. Maliki interprets the Constitution, of course, and how he completely ignores it whenever it suits him. It is therefore not too surprising that Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani may finally reach for his hidden card: "All options are on the table," he told Reuters. Declaring that the present situation in Iraq was unsustainable, he said: "It is time for final decisions. We are not going to wait another decade and go through the same experience again. If we boycott the process, we will boycott everything.” David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press) and co-editor (with Mehmet Gurses) of the forthcoming Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).
Political report of the Supreme Council compares the rule of al-Maliki «the experienc
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Political report of the Supreme Council compares the rule of al-Maliki «the experience of Hitler»
Thu May 22 2014 06:36 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Mazen owner: Compare political report of the Supreme Islamic Council in Iraq, the experience of the rule of the political majority, which calls him the leader of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, the experience of the arrival of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler to rule Germany and what happened after the destruction, while waiting for the political process after the announcement of election results Methods renewed to exchange views and to mobilize public opinion with them, and revealed to parliamentary sources informed «home» about efforts of the parties to the rule of law for the promotion of the worksheet that you put before the announcement of the election results, and confirms the parties negotiating with the state law that vision that made the formation of a majority government political still not able to absorb all the things that can be teased differences between the parliamentary blocs winning a basic block of all components of the National Alliance and the Shiite coalition, the National Union of Forces Bkiedath Sunni, against the coalition of the Kurdistan Alliance.
Sources confirm that the meetings of Arbil, the recent presence of the president of a coalition of national Iyad Allawi, leader of the Supreme Council Adel Abdul Mahdi, the head of the list dignity T dagger, as well as leaders representing a coalition of the Kurdistan Alliance and the direct support of the President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Massoud Barzani floated a different vision for the rule of law in forming a majority government political, and dealt with the possibility of forming an alliance enters the next government demands a uniform, standing firmly in front of the uniqueness of Maliki in power, and he can withdraw the legitimacy of his government if it does not abide by the conditions dictate.
Sources confirm that the five conditions that have already been developed by Hakim on state law to reshape the National Alliance has been the focus of these meetings, indicating that «there is some sort of political consensus between the two communities on the importance that the next government will be subject to the will of the Parliament and not vice versa».
And find sources in the meetings of Arbil nucleus for the formation of axes contradictory between tendencies towards which the forces opposing the jurisdiction of Maliki's third and those that support it, including confirms that Iraq is heading to the emergence of blocs first forms the government and the other will be in the opposition, making it wise to respond to it that the formation of the government by a majority of half increased and one can withdraw her confidence also increased by a majority of one half.
Report of the Supreme Council
Political Report league No. (372) issued by the political body of the Supreme Council and seen «home» it, indicates that the rule of the majority in a democratic system constitutes a danger «tyranny of the majority», and disadvantages that it represents only a relative majority, it is not never lets him by the Constitution to form Government regardless of the other, stressing that the government led by the majority will have the opportunity to take action to suppress the minority that are not consistent with the visions and perceptions of relative majority, and thus become a minority dictatorship represses other minorities.
The report pointed out that majority rule does not allow for minorities, the political exercise of their beliefs, political and religious and ideological freedom and even subject them to the tyranny of the majority Relative Perhaps this is what undermines the idea that democracy makes voters are allocated to candidates on behalf of their views and their hopes and their perceptions, saying «as long as the majority is a relative majority and not an absolute, it can be to the observer to see a minority governor is able to exercise tyranny against other minorities and perhaps in the experience of Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he did not get the Nazi party only a simple majority what happened after the formation of the government of destruction and ruin, while tire of the party and its leader, his opponents politicians ».
Maliki calls for the losers to accept the results as «the spirit of sports» and «not
Maliki calls for the losers to accept the results as «the spirit of sports» and «not to hear losers»
Thu May 22 2014 04:15 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
At the time when the Iraqi prime minister, outgoing, and leader of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, not to hear from the losers to challenge the results of the recent parliamentary elections, which took place late last month, the top leader of the Islamic Supreme Council and one of the most prominent names in circulation to run for prime minister in the next government, Baqir Jabr, announced that the National Coalition, which includes the Supreme Council and the Sadrists and the National Congress would not accept as «the formation of a national coalition on the previous method», in a clear reference to the uniqueness of the «rule of law» Maliki during the past policies of the coalition.
He has considered that the Iraqi parliamentary elections are the best in the region. He said in his speech yesterday that the weekly «ambitious and determined to win voter should accept winning and losing», indicating that «the people watching, and he was elected by the Secretariat believed to be led, and punished those who abandoned him». He added that «a lot of statements issued by international and regional institutions praised the Iraqi elections», pointing out that it «the best elections in the region in terms of real competition and in terms of procedures, security and control». Maliki and resolve the situation by saying that «the loss should be comfortably accept that it is not a detraction from, and should not be hearing from loser to challenge them».
For his part, announced Jabr, the head of the citizen of the Supreme Council headed by Ammar al-Hakim, in a statement to a television, that «Maliki's list got 10 per cent compared with« participants elections ». He added that «the slogan that raise by mass citizen is (would not accept the alliance and national) Old because it is used for personal purposes, we will not discuss the post of prime minister, only after transforming the alliance into an institution and a constitution and bylaws, and to everyone's commitment», indicating that «from is very difficult at this stage to resolve the candidate of Prime Minister within the National Alliance ».
The Solag that «I got a list of state law of numbers compared with participants elections a few, because if coalition won two million Voice of the total 22 million voters, it does not represent 10 per cent, and that the coming months will see the splits large in rule of law», stressing that «this stage, the stage of alliances and not the stage of numbers, and all the forces that are able to meet to tell her dismissal to choose a prime minister in the House of Representatives». He added that «the last election was under the umbrella of the occupation, it was a fair election by more than 90 per cent, and the current election by indicators rigging many, was the exploitation of public money and exploit the distribution of land to citizens», indicating that «the fraud got by counting in the polling stations in the polls ».
The political body of the National Coalition announced yesterday in a statement that the results showed that the «coalition forces advanced in total their voices and their seats significantly in this election than in the 2010 elections», stressing that «the necessity of activating the Iraqi National Alliance as an institution capable of secretion team harmonious strong open to the national space, and is the admissibility of the national scene, and calls on the parties to the Iraqi National Alliance to intensify meetings to meet the constitutional entitlements ». The agency said that «the Iraqi National Coalition emphasizes the openness and communication with the national forces of winning the legislative elections to participate in the formulation of new alliances, and assures to keep the door open to join him, calling« the Electoral Commission for elections and the judiciary for the elections to deal seriously with the appeals from various political forces and the need to be resolved fairly and to ensure the preservation of the votes of manipulation ».
For his part, member of the Iraqi parliament for a coalition of state law, Khalid al-Asadi, told «Middle East», that «the political atmosphere and in the light of the findings that emerged from the elections seem a positive atmosphere in terms of accepting the results and resort to legal methods and constitutional legitimate in terms of the submission of appeals, all of which are consistent with the rules of the Democratic Action », pointing out that« there is a movement toward the formation of political alliances in order to form a majority government policy, which is what we work for experience has shown that after the failure of the last government of national partnership ». He pointed out that al-Asadi «rule of law which has been ranked first in terms of the results have a responsibility to discuss the move with everyone to see the formation of the next government».
In return, the spokesman of the bloc citizen, eloquent Abu Galal, told the «Middle East», that «the formation of the next government is important, but more important is the restructuring of the National Alliance, in order to prevent exclusivity in the resolution puts the foundations true to the concept of the largest bloc that does not can impose conditions upon the other blocs », indicating that« the prime minister depends on the consequences of a restructuring of the National Alliance, in accordance with what was decided at a meeting of the political body ».
Allawi calls for the return of manual counting for the elections
Allawi calls for the return of manual counting for the elections
Thu May 22 2014 03:36 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: «Middle East»
Description Iyad Allawi, leader of a coalition of national, yesterday, the results of the Iraqi elections as unfair. He said in a press release distributed yesterday, said that «true democracy is a commitment to political pluralism and institution-building and the strength and independence of the judiciary and the peaceful transfer of power».
The first Prime Minister of Iraq after the regime change: «Unfortunately, Scott political forces for the parties to the governor to bypass the constants of democracy since the period is a few, so Balaagal procedures to acquire power through unfair elections and by resorting to arrests, intimidation and adopt the methods of the illegal expulsion candidates from the election figures have respect and status in Iraq, down to what happened in the centers and ballot boxes and manipulation in counting and lack of announcement of the results quickly .. These are all evidence of blatant degree flout the will of the masses in order to devote tyranny and passed across the front of democracy »as quoted by the agency German news.
The leader of a coalition of national, saying: «Because of all this and other reasons, the coalition national who has called repeatedly to hold elections under the shade of a transitional government is not involved in the nomination in order to ensure fairness and transparency, believes that the results announced by the Commission is moving away from the legal, integrity and transparency, and that the rigging the facts did not stop at the borders of coercion and pressure and bribery using public money and land distribution and the impact of large military operations in several provinces and dumping some cities, villages and prevent voters from reaching polling stations, and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of citizens valued customers and throughout this later to the centers and polling stations, and tampered with and changing the results » .
He said: «All of this in order to get the prime minister for a third session, contrary to democratic practices and the decision of the Council of Representatives, which defined the presidency of any person to the ministry only two sessions in a row, and our coalition is committed to the decisions of the Council of Representatives».
He pointed out that dependency and subordination of the important parts of the election commission to the dominance of political parties regionalization window, losing certainly the ability to neutrality to view the benefits of all parties usurped, and that «bias obviously subject reported results for this estimate biased, too, which gives us the right to a legitimate claim to restore the National Merit and electoral ».
He said that «coalition of national calls on the Iraqi political forces to stand firmly and seriously against the fraud that took place, and stresses the need to resort to the judiciary to make a complaint, and demands the presidency of the Council of Representatives to take action fast, and the opening of an investigation since getting appointments in the organs of the Independent Electoral Commission by the Board of Commissioners and work to re-count and the hand count, and punish anyone who causes harm to the democratic process and stand against attempts to monopolize power and call upon the United Nations to take the positive and neutral role in Iraq to achieve fair elections ».
Maliki: Elections are the best in the region should not be to hear from the loser cha
Maliki: Elections are the best in the region should not be to hear from the loser challenged
Wed May 21 2014 14:22 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Wednesday, parliamentary elections at the end of last April, Iraq is the best in the region, and with the passage of the positions of many international commends them, pointed out that it should not hear the appeal by the loser.
Maliki said in his weekly pursued "Alsumaria News", "ambitious and determined to win voter should accept winning and losing," noting that "the people watching and thought he was elected to the secretariat led and accountable who abandoned him."
Maliki said that "a lot of statements issued by international and regional institutions praised the Iraqi elections," he said, adding "it is the best election in the region in terms of real competition and in terms of procedures, security and control."
Maliki confirmed that "the Security Council and the United Nations, the Arab League and the international institutions and organizations all praised the elections," stressing that "the loss and win comfortably should accept that it is not a detraction from, and should not be hearing of the appeal by the loser."
He welcomed the Secretary-General of the United Nations, "Ban Ki-moon", on Tuesday (20 May 2014), to declare the results of the parliamentary elections in Iraq, calling on all political parties to engage constructively in the process of forming a government, at the time expressed concern about the security situation in Anbar province.
The Electoral Commission announced on Monday (19 May 2014), the results of the parliamentary elections, where he received a coalition of state law on 95 seats, and came in second place menus pectoral with 32 seats and then a coalition of citizen 29 seats and after the coalition united with 23 seats, also came coalition National led by Iyad Allawi, in fifth place with 21 seats, while he finished sixth Kurdistan Democratic Party 19 seats shared with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) center with 19 seats also.
With several political blocs expressed dissatisfaction on these results, and accused the commission of rigging, also made appeals to question their validity.
Karbouli: / Union Coalition / studies a mechanism to hold a referendum in six provinc
Karbouli: / Union Coalition / studies a mechanism to hold a referendum in six provinces
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of (Hal) Movement / solution /, Jamal al-Karbouli said that " the Union of National Forces / is currently working on a study of the mechanism to hold a referendum in six revolted provinces , in order to agree on the priorities' agenda of the masses.
He said in a statement today that " the coalition of the Union of National of Forces is studying a mechanism to hold a referendum in these provinces ."
He added , "The referendum will be among the negotiating agenda for the coalition with the National Alliance candidate for the presidency of the Council of Ministers in the formation of the next government ."
It is mentioned that MP, of the Muttahidoon coalition, Salim al-Joubori announced that a new bloc called / Union of the National Forces / was formed includes blocs of Osama al-Najafi and Saleh al-Mutlaq and other others.
He said in a press statement that: "intensive dialogues conducted by the winning forces , especially in the revolted provinces , to form a coalition able to negotiate with the other forces. "
means justify ends: a sunni MP for defence minister?
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niqash | Daoud al-Ali | Baghdad | 28.03.2013
The next Defence Minister? Saleh al-Mutlaq (Centre) one of Iraq’s three deputy Prime Ministers.
As Iraq’s government teeters on the brink of collapse due to various boycotts and withdrawals, a new partnership seems to be emerging. Rumour has it leading Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlaq will be made Minister of Defence.
With his floundering government close to what appears to be collapse, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is desperately trying to shore up support. And the most recent rumours about who will join al-Maliki’s government next concern two members of the opposition Iraqiya bloc, Saleh al-Mutlaq and Jamal al- Karbouli.
Al-Karbouli is the head of the head of the National Movement for Reform and Development, more commonly known as the Solution, or Al Hal, party. But it is rumours about al-Mutlaq that are particularly interesting because in the past al-Mutlaq, also one of Iraq’s three deputy Prime Ministers, has described al-Maliki as a dictator. In return al-Maliki tried to have him removed from his position. And as he did so, al-Maliki also issued an arrest warrant for another leading member o his party, Deputy President, Tariq al-Hashimi, who has since fled the country.
For many this was the beginning of a serious out of political infighting between Sunni Muslim and Shiite Muslim blocs that continues to this day. Since then that dispute has spread to the streets, where Sunni Muslim protestors in several Sunni Muslim-dominated provinces of Iraq have been demonstrating. Al-Hashimi, al-Mutlaq and al-Karbouli are all Sunni Muslims as is most of their political bloc, the Iraqiya bloc. Al-Maliki and most of his State of Law bloc are Shiite Muslims.,
In January of this year al-Mutlaq submitted his resignation, ostensibly “to protest the recent developments in Iraq and because the demands of protestors are not being met”.
“We haven't yet decided to return to the government,” al-Mutlaq told NIQASH this week, regarding rumours that he was now planning to rejoin al-Maliki’s cabinet at a time when many others were boycotting it. “It all depends on how the government responds to the demands raised by protestors. We asked al-Maliki to hold a cabinet session dedicated to discussing the list of demands.”
Rumours about the return of al-Mutlaq and al-Karbouli to government started to circulate on March 17 after the pair was invited to dinner with al-Maliki.
A source who knew of events at the meeting, but who didn’t want to named, told NIQASH that several concerns were raised at the dinner meeting. Firstly, the two Sunni Muslim politicians said they thought that any announcement of their return to the government might create a new crisis in the Iraqiya bloc, which has seen several factions break away recently. The two politicians were also concerned about death threats made against them.
While attending protests in western Iraq in December 2012, al-Mutlaq was actually attacked by Sunni Muslim protestors.And as others have also speculated, it’s also likely that al-Mutlaq wouldn’t be so sad that elections have been postponed in these areas - especially in light of his shrinking popularity with voters in Sunni Muslim areas.
Death threats have been made against both al-Mutlaq and al-Karbouli. Threats have also been made against their families and Al-Mutlaq has been described as an opportunist. And there’s no doubt the two men will be politically isolated from former allies.
“Al-Maliki has noted the men’s fears and understands the reasons behind them,” the source continued. “However he is impatient for the two politicians to return to the fold. Time is against him. Especially considering the uncompromising position taken by [former al-Maliki ally and leader of the Sadrist movement] Muqtada al-Sadr.”
Al-Maliki is worried that, following the boycott of cabinet meetings by Sadrist movement ministers, that the whole political group may pull out of his coalition government, the source said.
Should the two men choose to join al-Maliki, their move would cause an even greater split in the Iraqiya party, which is already plagued by inner conflicts. "MPs who return to the Cabinet are making decisions that are contrary to the stand taken by the Iraqiya bloc,” one Iraqiya MP Hamza al-Kartani told NIQASH. “They are rebels. But their actions are outside of our control.”
Whatever does happen, it seems that there will be one main winner in this political contest of wills and brinkmanship: the Prime Minister, al-Maliki. Currently his ruling coalition is teetering – currently there are almost two dozen absent Ministers.
If al-Mutlaq returns to the Cabinet, rumours have it that he might get the plum job of Minister of Defence, a position currently held by al-Maliki himself. In terms of this though, there are apparently still disagreements about what kinds of powers al-Mutlaq would have in this job, especially when compared to power held by the commander of the Iraqi armed forces.
The return of al-Mutlaq and al-Karbouli to the Prime Minister’s fold will also mean changes for another major political group in the Iraqi parliament, the Sadrist movement. As the Iraqiya bloc re-aligns itself the leader of the Sadrists, Muqtada al-Sadr, also Shiite Muslim, will find himself even closer to his old political enemies, a number of Sunni Muslim parties and the Iraqi Kurdish group. Al-Sadr has been moving in that direction for a while.
As yet though, the stories about al-Mutlaq and al-Karbouli are just that: stories. It hasn’t stopped members of al-Maliki’s party making bets though – they’re already competing to see who can be the first to break the good news about the defections to their side, to the local media.
MP of State of law: The next government will be formed soon
MP of State of law: The next government will be formed soon
BAGHDAD / NINA / The Mp, of the state of law coalition, Salman al-Moussawi guessed that the next government will be formed very soon .
Moussawi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "the results of the election is not close , as happened in previous elections , where the State of Law coalition won 95 seats, and it can agree with the rest of the blocs to form a political majority government."
He said : "The formation of the next government will be easy and close opposite to what some expected ."
Moussawi called on the election commission to answer the challenges that will be presented on the results of the election , as the objection and appeal are legitimate right for each bloc participating in the elections .
A number of political blocs have questioned the results of the elections and accused the electoral commission of rigging the vote , and are going to make objections and appeals on the results.