" The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 26 May 2014
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: " The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 26 May 2014

  1. #1

    " The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 26 May 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + TWENTY - SIX (26) or " E - M DAY + 26 ".

    Zubaidi: Alliance among key sides to result in forming harmonious cabinet Monday, 26 May 2014 23:13 Baghdad (AIN) –The head of Citizen bloc confirmed "Holding an alliance among the key blocs will result in forming a harmonious cabinet that is able to develop the reality in the country."

    Via his Facebook page, he said "The alliance among the key blocs will result in forming the government that will consolidate the real partnership and to restore the national unity."

    "The alliance among the small blocs will keep them in the opposition side," he concluded.

    Last edited by chattels; 05-26-2014 at 08:41 PM.

  2. #2

    Currency Auctions


    Currency Auctions

    Announcement No. (2680)

    The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 26-5-2014 results were as follows:

    Details Notes
    Number of banks 15
    Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166
    Auction price buying dinar / US$ -----
    Amount sold at auction price (US$) 258,819,000
    Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) -----
    Total offers for buying (US$) 258,819,000
    Total offers for selling (US$) -----

    Exchange rates ( * 1,222 Market Rate )

    http://www.cbi.iq/index.php?pid=CurrencyAuctions and http://www.cbi.iq/documents/CBI_FORE...E_AUCTIONS.pdf
    Last edited by chattels; 05-26-2014 at 01:46 PM.

  3. #3

    Electoral Commission: next Thursday, the last date for the receipt of complaints from

    Electoral Commission: next Thursday, the last date for the receipt of complaints from political blocs

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - The Electoral Commission for elections next Thursday, the last date for the receipt of complaints from the political entities on the results of the legislative elections. Said the spokesman of the Commission chroma-Moussawi told a news briefing: "The Commission will publish on Monday the results of the parliamentary elections in official newspapers as the last a special day to publish the results of the elections according to the law. "added al-Moussawi said:" The Commission will give political entities three more days expires next Thursday at the latest to receive all complaints. " He noted the spokesman of the Independent Higher Commission for Elections chroma-Moussawi said that "the judiciary will wait to complaints within a period of ten days." And legislative elections were held on the thirtieth of last month and the line where the Iraqis finest epic violet witnessed by the whole world, and won the National Alliance, more than half of the seats Parliamentary winning 173 seats out of 328 total seats in the new parliament.


  4. #4

    Third Term for Maliki ? The Continuing Saga.

    The Iraq Elections Result: Maliki’s Complicated Win

    by Reidar Visser

    The uncertified result of Iraq’s parliamentary elections, released by the election commission today, cannot be described as anything other than a victory for the incumbent prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.

    The question now, however, is what Maliki can do with this impressive victory.

    " ...... the election result will be submitted for legal certification. In 2010, that process lasted more than 2 months, significantly delaying the process of government formation. Symptomatically, ISCI has already signaled that it may challenge the counting of the votes ........... "



    " ..... despite the superiority of Maliki’s electoral coalition, the competing Shiite forces, the Kurds and the Sunnis, are together able to form a comfortable majority to prevent Maliki from remaining in office. "......................

    Maliki likely fears that if he rushes to do business with parties outside the Shiite alliance, his Shiite rivals would do the same and that they may have a better chance to win over the Kurdish and Sunni forces, because there is a general consensus among them to not keep Maliki in power.

    At the same time, the rest of the Shiite groups fear that this consensus is not solid enough to withstand discussing the details, and that going alone to the Kurdish and Sunni forces may put them in a weak bargaining position and make them appear responsible for breaking Shiite unity.

    An important factor here are the choices that the Sunni and Kurdish forces will make. If the Sunnis and Kurds rush to form ethnic and sectarian alliances, then the Shiite alliance may do the same.

    Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance. Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted. What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will begin as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite.



    New bloc joins state of law and support third term for Maliki

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki received, at his official office today, the delegation of (the Solidarity bloc), headed by Hassan al-Saidi and the governor of Dhi Qar Yahya al-Nasiri and Syed Ali Syed Talib .

    An informed source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The members of the delegation have announced their joining to the state of law coalition and support the nomination of al-Maliki as prime minister for a third term.


    " The Solidarity bloc is just one seat. But there have been further announcements from the Kafaat & Jamahir bloc (2 deputies). The Dawla Adila bloc is also so pro-Maliki as to be practically part of State of Law, so I currently estimate State of Law at 99 seats, plus the one seat of Sadiqun (Asaeb Ahl al-Haqq)." - Reidar Visser


    Iraqi Wafaa coalition in Najaf joins State of law

    26/05/2014 11:21:00

    Najaf / NINA / Iraqi Wafaa Coalition, led by governor of Najaf, Adnan al-Zurfi announced its joining to the State of Law Coalition and support the nomination of Maliki as prime minister.

    Zurfi said in a press statement today, "We declare our joining to the State of Law Coalition and support the nomination of Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister for a third term."

    He added "We support Maliki for a third term for our great faith in the project announced by the state of law coalition."


    " That’s 2 more seats, bring Maliki over 100." - Reidar Visser


    112 deputies with Maliki's third term!!

    Dated: May 26, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - source revealed on Monday that the number of seats in a coalition of state law increased to 112 seats in parliament. Source said: "The number of seats State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, increased to 112 seats in the next parliament." The source, who asked not to be named, said, "This rise came after the accession of a number of political blocs to the coalition," he said, adding that "those blocks indicated its support for Maliki's third term." and announced a number of political blocs since yesterday and today, Monday (26 May 2014), joining the coalition of state law, most recently joining coalitions Salahuddin and Nineveh, which include three seats to the coalition, according to the announcement and the Youth and Sports Minister Jassim Mohammed Jaafar.


    *** Monday, 26 May 2014 20:42 at 20:42
    This on the other hand is entirely uninteresting since it does not name the source or even the parties that allegedly joined. - Reidar Visser ***

    and ( interesting title with obscure content )

    Jaafari urges small components to pledge allegiance to al-Maliki winning!!

    Dated: May 26, 2014


    and elsewhere and otherwise :

    Khalid al-Asadi: the formation of the next government will not take more than two months

    26/05/2014 12:42:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the State of Law Coalition, Khalid al-Asadi said that "the formation of the next government will not take more than two month, or less than two ."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "legally and constitutionally we cannot delay forming the government for a long time, as happened in past periods. Because the decision of the Federal Court has set a time for the formation of the government, refusing the open sessions of the parliament after the end of its Legislative role ".

    He continued that "legally speaking and after the ratification of the election results, the president calls the parliament, within fifteen days, to hold its first session, to elect a speaker and two deputies, and then elect the presidential, who calls the head of the largest bloc in the Parliament to form a government within thirty days" ..


    *** If the foregoing timeline is accurate and assuming this Thursday, May 30, we have an end / resolution to election " complaints " and a beginning to a reliable timeline, i.e., ratification / certification of the election results, then we should have the next government of Iraq on or about July 14, 2014. ***

    * NOTE : Ramadan 2014 begins in the evening of
    Saturday, June 28
    and ends in the evening of
    Monday, July 28


    Nujaifi and Mladenov emphasize the importance of forming the next government quickly

    26/05/2014 21:27:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA/ House Speaker Osama Najafi and the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq Nikolay Mladenov emphasized on Monday the need to speed up the formation of the government because of the magnitude of the problems and crises experienced by the country.

    A statement by his office said Nujaifi and Mladenov met today and discussed the most prominent developments on the political scene.

    The statement added that Nujaifi reviewed during the meeting the positions of the political blocs on forming the next government after the ratification of the names of the new deputies.

    Last edited by chattels; 05-26-2014 at 07:25 PM.

  5. #5

    Kurdish posture : Ink and links

    Kurdish Bloc Advises Erbil Must Insist on Charter Before Talks with Baghdad

    By RUDAW

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The autonomous Kurdistan Region must insist on a charter for the Iraqi council of ministers, limiting the powers of the prime minister, before starting talks on possible participation in a new government in Baghdad, according to a group of Kurdish parliamentarians.

    “This is so that no one else in the future can make all decisions by himself in the council of ministers,” Muayad Tayib, former spokesman of the Kurdistani bloc in the Iraqi parliament, told Rudaw. “The cabinet must have a clear charter,” he said.

    “Up to this moment the council of ministers is working without a charter,” said Tayib. “But if a charter spells out clearly that the prime minister can only decide after the consent of two thirds of the ministers, making decisions wouldn’t be so easy.”

    Tayib’s comments come as the different political groups in Iraq prepare to hunker down for drawn out negotiations to form the next Iraqi government, following the April 30 parliamentary elections.



    Massoud Barzani: Kurds will not remain partners in the government headed by al-Maliki

    Dated: May 26, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - new President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, the position of the Kurds rejection of the third term to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, stressing that the option available in case it is to resort to a referendum in the province.

    According to a statement of the Kurdistan Democratic Party,: that "Barzani and during his visit to France met with Ahmed Jarba president of the National Coalition for the forces of the revolution and the Syrian opposition and his deputy, Abdul Hakim Bashar, in Paris, was discussed various topics concerning the affairs of the Syrian and Iraqi. "the statement quoted Bashar said," it was during the meeting to review the situation in Iraq after the announcement of the results of the last legislative elections, and stressed President Barzani that the position of the Kurdish movement unified in this regard, and that the Kurds will not remain partners in the government headed by al-Maliki, so the Kurdistan will make all efforts with other parties in order to find a true partner heads the government of a federal Iraq to come. "added Bashar" President Barzani stressed that in the event Maliki's success to take over as prime minister for the third time, our choice is the resort to a referendum in Kurdistan announcement towards another version of our relationship with Baghdad. "


    Kurdistan confirms that the province will continue to sell oil until the end of the year

    Dated: May 26, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq News Network - The spokesman for the Kurdistan Alliance, pro-Tayeb said the province will continue to sell oil until the end of the year. Al-Tayyib said on Monday that "the region's oldest on the move after the central government's determination to cut its budget for months, as well as to cut the salaries of employees and retirees," pointing out that "the sale of oil will continue until the end of the year." "The budget cut months ago, did not give the province on the sale of oil, because he wanted to be there is an internal solution satisfies the two governments." The government of the Kurdistan region, on Saturday for the first shipment of crude oil through the Turkish port of Ceyhan, an advocate Oil Marketing {Sumo}, to monitor the sale of the oil region, and as pointed out that the proceeds of this oil will be added to the account of the region, confirmed the development of 5 % of sales to compensate for the International Court imposed on Iraq



    Kurdistan Slams Iraqi Lawsuit to Stop Oil Exports
    By RUDAW - See more at: http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/2....gdP1smfS.dpuf


    MP describes exporting Iraqi oil to KR without CG's approval as "Big political mistake"

    Monday, 26 May 2014 19:57

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Hussein al-Maraabi, of the State of Law Coalition stated that "Exporting the Iraqi oil by Kurdistan Region to Turkey is a big political mistake."

    He added to AIN "Linking the revenues of the Iraqi oil to a foreign country is a dangerous risk that KR and the Kurds have to realize because it makes them to face big economic challenges in the future."



    Christian MP links endorsing Budget to settlement of KR, CG disputes

    Monday, 26 May 2014 17:25

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Yonadim Kana, of al-Rafideen bloc linked the endorsement of the Budget law to the settlement of the disputes between Kurdistan Region and the Central Government.

    Speaking to Alforat News Agency (Forat), he said "If KR and the CG reached a compromised over their disputes, the important laws such as the Budget law will be endorsed."

    "There are only 18 days left from the current parliament term and there is no initiative to endorse the Budget," he concluded.



    Othman: Dialogue between Baghdad, Erbil has to be comprehensive

    Monday, 26 May 2014 17:57

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mahmoud Othman, of the Kurdistani Alliance stated that the dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil must be comprehensive.

    Speaking to AIN, he said "The dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil has to be comprehensive to including the Budget law and the oil exportation."

    "The Kurdish delegation that is supposed to discuss these issues with the officials in Baghdad did not start its tasks yet," he added, noting that "The delegation will tackle all the pending issues between the two sides."

    Last edited by chattels; 05-26-2014 at 08:27 PM.

  6. #6

    Sharing our take on the Kurds the presidency!

    Dated: May 26, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - The Mass Uniting for Reform, led by House Speaker Osama Najafi it "is preparing to announce a new bloc has the same name (Uniting for Reform) or other label, to enter into negotiations with the winning blocs to form the next government." Said the deputy in the Iraqi parliament The leader of the bloc united Talal Zobaie that "the priority to negotiate with other blocs are the general interest of the country, and all that is consistent with the Iraqi constitution in order to correct the course of the political process that was marred by many of the palaces and the decline in recent years." said Zobaie, "Among the most important issues that will we focus on in our discussions with all parties, without exception, the demands that came out for her fans six provinces Almentvdh, all the demands are legitimate and constitutional, issues which will stress them too much, because it is no longer possible to allow the continuation of marginalization and exclusion, and therefore the balance head portion, which will confirm it in the discussions.

    "In response to a question on whether the bloc united in favor of a majority government, political or national partnership, Zobaie said," We do not support the Government of the political majority of our conviction that the conditions are not ripe yet for such a government, but support the government of a strong partnership and real this time. "

    and on the position of the posts of the presidency and parliament Zobaie said that the "United is committed to the position of chairman of the parliament, and therefore we do not object to assume the brothers the Kurds as president for the next session, and we have understandings with the Kurds in this area." On the third mandate of the owners, Zobaie said that "this matter is settled for us perfectly, as there is a third term for the owners under any circumstances."


  7. #7

    Re: " The Dinar Daily ", Monday, 26 May 2014

    Kurdish Cabinet Faces More Delays as Parties Discuss Ministers
    By RUDAW

    KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani (L) with his deputy, Qubad Talabani.

    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – Eight months after the regional legislative elections, the Kurdish parliament has named Nechirvan Barzani to continue as prime minister and Qubad Talabani as his deputy. But so far, only the Islamic Union of Kurdistan (Yekgirtu) has announced all of its candidates for ministerial portfolios.

    Until now, the formation of the next cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had been hampered by the winning parties in last September’s elections failing to agree on dividing ministries and key positions among themselves.

    And now, nearly all of the parties are busy in internal negotiations to name their ministers and other important officials.

    Sources told Rudaw that the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), rival parties that, respectively, came in second and third at the polls, may not be able to decide on their nominees even next week.

    How to draw up the government plan is also an issue, with sources saying that some parties are leaning toward establishing a joint committee to do that work, while others want the prime minister and his deputy to work that out.

    Ali Abubakr, a senior leader of Yekgirtu, said that his party’s top demands are that the incoming administration must be “a government of the people,” and that “government departments need to be nationalized and the rule of law must prevail."

    Yekgirtu, which won 10 of the Kurdish parliament’s 111 seats, has named the following candidates: Nasradin Omari for minister of labor and social affairs, Muhammad Hawdini as minister for organization and coordination between government and parliament, Salahadin Ba Bakir for minister of electricity, Akram Mohammadi as head of non-governmental organizations and Omar Muhammad as head of the board that controls Kurdish areas that are separate from the Kurdistan Region.

    The Islamic league of Kurdistan (Komal) said its nominations were incomplete, and that it was still receiving CVs. Komal’s Tofiq Karim said that it was working for “a government of service and fighting corruption."

    Komal has six seats in the Kurdish parliament and has been granted the agriculture ministry. Many observers believe that the party could face many tough issues, especially with people and some officials who have taken over agricultural lands. In some instances, ranches and tourism villages have been constructed over these lands.

    The PUK, which has been reeling under a leadership crisis for the past two years, likewise has failed to name its ministers, largely due to wide divisions among the current leaders.

    The PUK has been granted the deputy speaker of parliament’s chair, but internal rivalries have prevented a final decision on who will occupy the post.

    A PUK source said there are two views within the PUK about ministerial posts. One believes that all incumbents should be replaced, while the other says that the competent ones should stay. The source said that one person being considered to remain is health minister Rekawt Rashid.

    The PUK, which has 18 parliamentary seats, wants the prime minister and his deputy to draw up the government plan, which would then be reviewed by party leaders.

    The reformist and former opposition party, Gorran, which has 24 seats in parliament, has decided only on one of its ministers. Sources told Rudaw that Mustafa Said Qadir has been nominated as the minister of Peshmarga.

    Gorran still has to decide on candidates for the ministries of finance, religion and industry.

    "We have named only Mustafa Said Qadir, but the Gorran leadership will meet next week to decide its candidates," said Sahaxawan Raud, a senior Gorran member.


  8. #8

    PM Barzani to talk about Kurdish financial crisis

    PM Barzani to talk about Kurdish financial crisis

    Hoshmand Sadiq
    BasNews, Erbil

    Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is expected to address the Kurdish Parliament in a speech about the economic affairs of the Kurdistan Region.

    The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) list in Kurdish Parliament Omed Khoshnaw told BasNews that Barzani has told parliamentís presidency council that he will be addressing Kurdistanís economic troubles.

    Khoshnaw also explained that Barzani will give an explanation regarding oil contracts and budget as well as the economic crisis in the region in order for parliament to discuss it.

    The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday May 28.


  9. #9

    National Alliance is decide Maliki's nomination for a third term or not

    Hassan Shammari: National Alliance is decide Maliki's nomination for a third term or not

    Mon May 26 2014 21:38 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    The Minister of Justice and leader of the Islamic Virtue Party, Hassan al-Shammari, Monday, that the National Alliance is to decide Maliki's nomination for a third term or not, stressing that no political party the right to impose a person or a specific approach or mechanism in the selection of the candidate.

    Al-Shammari said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The National Alliance is to decide on the nomination of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term or not," adding that "it is not for any political party the right to impose someone or approach or a specific mechanism in the selection of the candidate for presidency Minister ".

    He called on the outskirts of Al-Shammari of the National Alliance to "unite and not let the word and weakening the structure of the National Alliance," warning of "repeat the scenario of the year 2006, when the Shiite alliance was forced to change its candidate for prime minister even though he separated the mechanisms of democracy."

    The MP for the coalition of state law, Abbas al-Bayati said, earlier in the day Monday, the eight committee within the National Alliance will hold a second meeting tomorrow to receive observed on the rules of procedure of the alliance.

    The State of Law coalition announced on Monday, that the announcement of the biggest bloc in the House of Representatives after the ratification of the results of parliamentary elections, as pointed out to join some of the blocks to him and hold dialogues with the other, while the source revealed that the number of seats in a coalition of state law increased to 112 seats in parliament.



    State law declares the formation of a committee to negotiate with the seven-political blocs

    Mon May 26 2014 17:47 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad

    Announced a coalition of state law, on Monday, he repelled the formation of a committee sevenfold take it upon themselves to negotiate with other political blocs, in what was considered by some talk about the possibility of collecting 200 seat "mirage."

    The MP said the coalition, Abbas al-Bayati said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "a coalition of state law in connection with the formation of a committee sevenfold will start work soon to negotiate with other political blocs," adding that "the constitution stipulates that the parliamentary bloc, is the majority bloc because they embody the will of the people. "

    He pointed out that al-Bayati, "talking about the possibility of collecting 200 seats, talking about the mirage because they rely on the outskirts of the National Alliance and the parties still sticking to the alliance," and accused the coalition united to "Altcol on some of the parties to the National Alliance."

    The coalition of state law, said earlier on Monday that the announcement of the biggest bloc in the House of Representatives after the ratification of the results of parliamentary elections, as pointed out to join some of the blocks to him and hold dialogues with the other, while the source revealed that the number of seats in a coalition of state law increased to reach 112 seats in parliament.

    It is noteworthy that the Solidarity bloc in the province of Dhi Qar, and mass competencies and the masses have announced, on Sunday (May 25, 2014), joining the coalition of state law, as announced by the Minister of Youth and Sports, on Monday, joined coalitions Salahuddin and Nineveh to the State of Law coalition of Maliki's nomination to prime minister for a third term.

    Last edited by chattels; 05-26-2014 at 11:14 PM.

  10. #10

    Re: National Alliance is decide Maliki's nomination for a third term or not

    The Use of the Personal Vote Option in the Iraq 2014 General Election
    by Reidar Visser

    After it was introduced in 2008, the personal vote option has become a success in the Iraqi democracy, contributing significantly to shaping the election result in unpredictable ways, often against the wishes of the party leaderships.

    Firstly, it can be concluded that using the personal vote has become the norm in Iraqi politics. The numbers in the results clearly suggest a majority of Iraqi voters indicate a candidate preference in addition to party preference when they cast their votes. Just to take one example from the 30 April 2014 general election: Out of 27,800 Sadrist voters in rural Muthanna, more than 25,900 used the personal vote option, in line with high figures reported in previous elections. Iraqi voters use the personal vote despite the fact that technical modalities of voting still militate against its use: Voters must take the trouble of remembering the name of their preferred candidate since this is not indicated on the ballot papers.

    In analyzing data about the personal vote, it is also important to be alert to its many possible uses. These include pure stunts by a small number of senior politicians who feel so secure about their popularity that they deliberately place themselves far down the lists in order to demonstrate their ability to be promoted to the top by the popular vote. The most spectacular example in the recent general election is Hummam Hammudi of ISCI in Baghdad, who deliberately put himself at the rock bottom position of the list as candidate 138, only to be gracefully lifted to a seat-winning third position through the personal votes of some 10,000 devoted supporters.

    Mostly, though, the personal vote use affects the overall outcomes in ways that reflect real struggles between party leaderships and electorates as to which individuals are the best representatives to send to the Iraqi national assembly in Baghdad. A good way of getting an impression of the degree of internal fighting going on, already tested out with respect to the local elections last year, is to tabulate the data of some main lists according to their numbers of successful candidates initially placed on winning positions, followed by numbers of those promoted to winning seats from non-winning positions based on the wishes of the electorate (i.e. personal votes outnumbering those who initially held these lists positions), as well as the numbers of women promoted to winning positions because of the female quota (technically speaking “against” the preferences of the electorate, though it should be noted that more than 20 female deputies this time won their seats without help from the quota thanks to strong personal votes).

    Here are some examples from the State of Law results:

    Placed on winning seat Promoted to winning seat Promoted on female quota
    Basra 5 4 3
    Maysan 1 2 1
    Dhi Qar 5 1 2
    Muthanna 2 1 1
    Qadisiyya 3 1 1
    Babel 3 3 1
    Najaf 4 1 1
    Karbala 3 2 2
    Wasit 2 3 1
    Baghdad 17 9 4
    Salahaddin 1 0 0
    Diyala 2 0 1
    Nineveh 1 0 1
    TOTAL 49 27 19

    So that’s 27 new MPs from State of Law alone that hadn’t been planned by the party leadership which had placed them far down on the lists!

    The tendency of active use of the personal vote in ways that challenge political elites is less pronounced for the Muwatin bloc of Ammar al-Hakim, though not non-existent:

    Placed on winning seat Promoted to winning seat Promoted on female quota
    Basra 2 2 2
    Maysan 0 1 1
    Dhi Qar 4 0 0
    Muthanna 1 0 1
    Qadisiyya 1 0 0
    Babel 0 2 1
    Najaf 1 0 1
    Karbala 1 0 0
    Wasit 1 1 0
    Baghdad 4 0 1
    Salahaddin 0 1* 0
    Diyala 1 0 0
    Nineveh 1 0 0
    TOTAL 17 7 7

    *Affiliated list

    After having played a role in the perhaps most spectacular use of the personal vote in 2010 (when they used it to promote candidates from their own party to top positions on the Iraq National Alliance slate), the Sadrists this time showed less interest in using the personal vote in radical ways to affect the ranking of candidates set by the party leaderships. On the other hand, the personal vote has been used with considerable impact among other lists, including the main Sunni and Kurdish ones.

    Here is the example of the Mutahhidun bloc of Usama al-Nujayfi, the speaker of the previous parliament:

    Placed on winning seat Promoted to winning seat Promoted on female quota
    Anbar 1 2 1
    Baghdad 2 1 1
    Salahaddin 1 1 1
    Diyala 3* 2* 0
    Nineveh 5 4 3
    TOTAL 12 10 6

    *Affiliated list

    That’s just 3 blocs and yet we have no less than 44 deputies in the Iraqi parliament that probably wouldn’t have been there if the party elites had it their way.

    The tabulations above don’t tell the whole story, though. This is the case especially with respect to the distance travelled by some of the candidates far down on the list who went all the way to the top. This time, this phenomenon was most pronounced in the big cities of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, and with some particularly spectacular examples within Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s State of Law alliance. They include 3 candidates in Basra who went from positions 29, 30 and 31 to become seat winners and similar impressive climbs from positions 41, 45, 62, 69, 73 and 77 in Baghdad. Also Muwatin had a candidate who went from 50 to 4 in Basra, whereas Nineveh winners for the Mutahhidun list of Usama al-Nujayfi included candidates 24, 29 and 53.

    All in all, it is the active use of the personal vote among State of Law voters that this time stands out in comparative perspective vis-ŗ-vis previous elections. Incidentally, data about the personal votes may also be useful in evaluating the independence of IHEC. There has been some suggestions that the current commission, considered more friendly to Maliki than the previous one, may have been under pressure to manipulate the vote. But some of the painful exclusions of Maliki favourites following their personal inability to garner enough personal votes tell a different story. If IHEC was so corrupt as its critics claim, it would have been a comparatively easy job to shift internal votes to the advantage of party leadership favourites. Instead, we have seen several State of Law deputies lose their jobs due to poor electoral performance, including people like Haydar al-Abbadi, Ali Shallah and Khalid Attiya. Indeed, it can be argued that the personal vote establishes a second tier of accountability in the Iraqi elections since both candidates and voters will have more specific interests to guard and will be doubly aware to attempts to manipulate. This is important when the elections results are as disputed as they are in Iraq.

    Hopefully, the Iraqi elections commission can soon move forward to certify the result, thereby sealing some of these important expressions of democracy even under adverse circumstances of regional tension.

    Reidar Visser | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 1:37 at 01:37 | Categories: Iraq parliamentary elections 2014 | URL: http://wp.me/pBkdV-16c

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts