It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + SIXTY FIVE (65) or " E - M DAY + 65 "
PREVIOUSLY AND CONTINUING
"..... 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.
[* a source said in a statement to the Agency ((eighth day)) that there is an agreement semi-final between the U.S. and Iran to take on Ahmed Chalabi as prime minister for the next government as a compromise candidate.]
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 [ * HAS ] begin [ * BEGUN ] as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite. - - from al Monitor
Generally, all are " waiting for the National Alliance to name its candidate, formally , to start negotiate with him. "
Citizen Coalition: National Alliance did not discuss formally so far any candidate to lead the next government
The recent period has witnessed a number of statements to many MPs about the nomination of a number of personalities to fill the post of Prime Minister, among them (Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Ahmed Chalabi, in addition to State of Law's candidate, the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Legal: forming the next government will not take more than two months
BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News / .. saw legal analyst, on Sunday that once the Federal Court approval on the results of the parliamentary elections will form the next government, expected to be formed within two months.
He said legal analyst Tariq Harb said in an interview with / Baghdadi News /, that "the formation of the next government will not take more than two months," adding, that "everyone is awaiting the approval of the Federal Court on the results of the elections, which will be announced during the next two days." He added, "The first session of the House of Representatives will be the end of June or the first of next July," noting, that it is "as soon as the issuance of a presidential decree on the Vice President of the Republic calls its new deputies to hold a meeting in the House of Representatives." He continued, the war that "the real political movement will begin after the swearing in of constitutional Algesh first to the House of Representatives," adding, "The election of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Republic in the second session of the House of Representatives."
He noted, that "the person's choice of prime minister will be the largest parliamentary bloc in the number of seats in the House of Representatives, which will select the president."
The previous parliamentary elections which were held on 7 / March 2010 to form her government took more than eight months until 17 / November 2010.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 13:03
Political analyst: to agree on the three presidencies may take four months
Baghdad / Baghdad confirmed .. News political analyst, said Tuesday that the agreement on the three presidencies could take four months or more.
Political analyst, said Rahim al-Shammari told / Baghdadi News /, said, "This session is limited to the performance of the constitutional right only," noting that "differences too violent and long-term, it is possible to take on positions of sovereign agreements for four months or more."
And on the non-attendance list, Iyad Allawi, to the meeting, said that "the meeting was two days ago between Allawi and al-Jaafari to agree to attend the meeting," adding, "But Allawi refused to be chairman of the parliament for the year and the prime minister of the Shiites and the presidency of the Kurds, and this is the reason for not attending the hearing today." .
And cross-Shammari "expressed hope that the current parliament alters the current circumstances, and that the election is estimated to reach his people to the parliament."
The Iraqi parliament has held its team on Tuesday in the presence of 255 deputies were sworn in, but these adjourned for the failure of the political blocs to agree on the chair of the Parliament and to the republic for the next week while the agreement provides
The Iraqi Supreme Court Certifies the 30 April General Election Result
Posted by Reidar Visser on Monday, 16 June 2014 19:54
It’s official: The provisional result of Iraq’s 30 April general election, published last month, has been certified by the federal supreme court.
In the IHEC statement to this effect, there is a caveat. 4 seat winners have not been approved, and won’t be approved until they have been cleared of charges relating to serious crime cases against them. Pending settlement of the court cases, their membership in parliament will remain pending, and no replacement deputies will be appointed. Whereas this may sound somewhat messy, it is actually what happened also in 2010, when 2 seat winners were provisionally excluded. Back then, it took longer for parliament to reconvene than for the judicial authorities to settle one of the cases (and one candidate was voluntarily substituted by another candidate from his bloc), so no procedural problems emerged.
With the general political climate in Iraq approaching boiling point, questions will inevitably pertain to the political affiliations of those 4 that were excluded. 3 of them come from a single list, the Sunni, pro-Nujayfi list that ran in Diyala province: Salim al-Jibburi, Raad al-Dahlaki and Umar al-Humayri. They have all been in various forms of conflict with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and Jibburi (once an Iraqi Islamic Party member who cooperated with the first Maliki government) and Humayri (ex governor of Diyala ousted by Maliki allies) most bitterly so.
Urgent .. Federal Court ratified the call candidates [Jubouri and Aldhlki]
Wednesday, June 26, 2014 12:20
[Baghdad - where]
The Federal Supreme Court ratified the names of candidates for the [Diyala identity] [Salim al] and [Raad Aldhlki].
A spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Authority Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar told all of Iraq [where] on Thursday that "the court has ratified today the names of the candidates [Jubouri and Aldhlki after resolving lawsuits filed against them and Nbarothma of the charges followed .. http://translate.googleusercontent.c...chW-a1wAz23wkw
Still, before running to conclusions about another politicized court decision in Iraq, consider the fourth excluded candidate: Abbas Jabir al-Khuzaie, a seat winner in Qadisiyya province for Maliki’s own State of Law list. Khuzaie is a local politician from the Qadisiyya council who was once with the secular Iraqiyya before defecting to State of Law in 2011. He was then with the Independents bloc of Hussein al-Shahristani and may still be a member of that bloc subunit. Still, despite ongoing internal rivalry in State of Law, it seems unlikely that Maliki would fabricate an exclusion from his own rank in a situation where the loyalty of every new single Iraqi deputy is meticulously being monitored in the contest to form the biggest parliament bloc and supply the next premier candidate.
The certification of the election result opens the door for government formation: The Iraqi president (or his acting deputy) must issue a call for the Iraqi parliament to convene within 15 days, i.e. at the end of June. Theoretically, parliament will then elect its speaker, and, within a month, a new president who will then charge the candidate of the largest bloc in parliament to form a government.
For Iraqi politicians, despite the current crisis, the parliamentary government formation process is likely to remain the main political track going forward. It is a problem, therefore, that much US rhetoric on conditions for aid to the Iraqi government seem focused on ideas about some sort of national reconciliation initiative that would precede the delivery of further assistance. It is very hard to see how that would fit in with the Iraqi government formation logic. Whereas there has been much talk among Americans about imposing conditionality on future military assistance in Iraq, US rhetoric has been disconcertingly void of specific proposals for measures that would satisfy them. On the other hand, there is no lack of American suggestions for favourite cabinet line-ups that could be imposed, possibly even with Iranian support. Some of this thinking seems to belong to the era of the CPA in 2003–04, rather than in today’s situation.
Meanwhile, ISIS continues its savagery, the Kurds consolidate their quasi-independence, and Maliki for once actually has an excuse for drumming up state-of-emergency rhetoric.
Maliki's coalition and the Kurdistan does not expect the formation of a new government soon, and the latter rejects the "National Salvation"
Tue Jun 17 2014 23:19 | (Voice of Iraq)
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Ruled out a coalition of state law and the Kurdistan Alliance, on Tuesday, to be able to political blocs to agree on forming a new government through the constitutional deadline to hold the first session of the elected parliament, while attributed first to preoccupation with the crisis of the current security, announced the second "non-support" for the government of "national salvation ".
Conflict between the «Union} and« united} for the post of parliament speaker
Sun Jun 29 2014 08:26 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad - delegates morning
Surrounded the political scene, a kind of ambiguity and lack of clarity on the nomination of the three presidencies, or on the outcome of the first session of parliament. According to what he called political speeches in the "morning", while the back of struggle to acquire the position of Speaker of the House between blocs of Uniting for Reform and the National Union of Forces. He ruled out the members of the National Alliance "political blocs to reach an agreement on the three presidencies in such a short time, and argued that political differences have prevented it," stressing that "the first session of parliament will be more like a b (protocol) and take the oath of the deputies is not possible to label the three presidencies, during which . "revealed the Kurdistan Alliance coalition for not resolving the president to nominate a candidate, stressing the presence of the Kurdistan Alliance for the first session of parliament for the constitutional oath." He pointed out that the formation of the government and the selection of the three presidencies preceded by negotiations sharp, deep and long, "but he was counting" the first session of the next parliament excellent step forward towards a peaceful solution to the crisis through which Iraq. "And appeared struggle for the post of Speaker of the House of the Federation of the national forces and mass united , said member bloc Qassim Fahdawi's (Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network): This position will be exclusively entitlement mass, indicating that the size of the block are united for reform is not empowered to keep the job for a second session in a reference to Osama al.
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Distributed parliamentary blocs between sphincter to hold the first session of the Parliament and other forced to announce its presence, especially that called a few days ago to wait to be held grounds that the security situation as well as calling for the formation of the government rescue, and while calling Supreme religious authority to the need to label the three presidencies before entering the session, but the differences between the blocks still prevail scene and prevent speeding by agreeing to identify people to fill the positions of these presidencies, in the midst of the proposed expert legal recourse to the election of the Presidency of the Parliament temporary in this session until agreement blocks on the particular form of the image of the next government to avoid conflict with timings constitutional.
He described the political talk in the "morning" scene that is still not clear whether on the nomination of the three presidencies, or on the outcome of the first session of parliament. He ruled out by state law, Abbas al-Bayati, "the political blocs to agree on the three presidencies in such a short time, noting that political differences have prevented it," stressing that "the first session of parliament will be more like a b (protocol) and take the oath of the deputies is not possible to label the three presidencies which. "
Wade Bayati be naming the three presidencies basket and one we can not agree on a head without presidencies remaining, noting that the Kurds must submit their candidates without delay in this because naming the President and the Speaker of Parliament governed frames, unconstitutional and must be observed either naming the prime minister it is possible that at the time of the most up to two months.
And revealed a member of the Kurdistan Alliance, pro-Tayeb for not resolving the coalition to nominate a candidate the president, stressing the presence of the Kurdistan Alliance for the parliament session to perform the oath. "Said committee member Kurdish High to negotiate with Baghdad, Yassin Hassan Mohamed," I do not think that resolving the issue of the three presidencies will be so fast or easy, because the formation of the government and the selection of the three presidencies preceded by negotiations sharp, deep and long, "but he was counting" the first session of the next parliament excellent step forward towards a peaceful solution to the crisis through which Iraq. "and considered that" the formation of the next government not easy, as follows upon many things, pointing out that the Commission presented its program for the Office of the Presidency region that manages the files of this committee to unify visions about the conduct of negotiations with Baghdad, will also offer this program on the Supreme Council of the parties in Kurdistan for approval and then begin to negotiate when the time is right. "said member bloc citizen Hamid vegetative to "call the presidency to start the first session, coupled with calls of reference, which demanded that consistent political blocs to nominate the three presidencies, noting that things so far are not clear and there was no agreement on the label," and called on "all political blocs to adopt a balanced solution contributes to building a state in which all Iraqis live safely Taatkdmanm the country's interests supreme, "stressing" the need to unite Iraqis against terrorism through the success of the first session of parliament. "
And re-member state law, Ihsan al-Awadi to mind, "said his bloc presented its candidate and is waiting for the candidates of the other blocs within the National Alliance", warning that "any agreement on this is still under study and preparation," he said, adding that "the parliament session is supposed to include a label Chairman of the Board Representatives and his deputies, while still political blocs jeopardize their designations for the three presidencies to study the political reality imposed by the security landscape as well as regional political repercussions. " He stressed "the need to unite efforts for Iraq and the elimination of terrorist gangs, one of the most important reasons of political stability so it was on all politicians now presence in Parliament Square and unite against terrorism."
There were conflicting claims was elected chairman of the House of Representatives as the bloc said the National Union of Forces that this position will be the maturity of the block exclusively, noting that the size of the block are united for reform is not empowered to keep the job for a second session in a reference to Osama al. A member of the Union Block Qassim Fahdawi for "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network," "The continuous meetings being held between the political blocs affiliated to the Federation of national powers to agree on a single candidate for the presidency of the Council of Representatives on the grounds that the position of the maturity of the block according to Mahakgueth of the results of an election." Fahdawi explained that "modern mass united for that position is contrary to the maturity of the election results, which do not give them the right to get the job," adding that "united bloc that wanted the job search file, it should be discussed with the bloc." The bloc said that the only candidate for the presidency of the parliament is Salim al. The bloc includes the National Union of Forces of more than 43 MPs from different political blocs, notably the Arab solution and Diyala identity and number of blocs are united under the leadership of Osama Najafi and the National led by Iyad Allawi, formed after the announcement of election results.
The presidency has called on the new parliament to hold its first session next Tuesday and will be chaired by MP for the coalition of Iraq older Mehdi al-Hafez, according to the Electoral Commission. While demanded the Supreme religious authority on the tongue Matmayora Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai during a sermon last Friday .. the need to label the three presidencies before entering the session and foil devious schemes to divide Iraq.
In a positive attitude declared leader of the Rafidain Christian Imad Youkhana that "the list is determined to attend the session, calling for political blocs to respect the timings of the constitutional form the next government, it is necessary to attend both the House of Representatives to complete the quorum due to the seriousness of the current stage and the security and political challenges faced by the country." He pointed out that all the political blocs claim now finding signs of real class to organize national and emphasize the idea of solidarity for the unity of Iraq away from the partisan and sectarian Altakndqat which is invested by foreign agendas in their quest to weaken the country. "
It is assumed that the first session will be devoted to the selection of the Speaker and his deputies and the President of the Republic, which in turn will cost the candidate of the parliamentary majority to form the next government.
In the midst of this proposed legal expert Tareq Harb election of the President of the House of Representatives and two deputies on a temporary basis in case of independent political blocs have not agreed prior to the first session of parliament to nominate the three presidencies.
He said in a press release "in order to facilitate parliamentary work and pay the parliamentary blocs towards speed up the formation of the three presidencies, we suggest elect a speaker and two deputies on a temporary basis from the independents who do not follow the parliamentary blocs large represented in parliament or members of small blocks represented by three deputies only to be possible replaced easily when the agreement on the formation of large blocs of political power in the absence of new bring them to resign or when the agreement on the formation of these blocks that power through the parliamentary majority, which you can pass these blocks of candidates for the three presidencies and ministries. "
Abbas al-Bayati: Salim al-Jobouri is the frontrunner for the presidency of the Council
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the State of Law Coalition, Abbas al-Bayati said that Salim al-Jobouri is the frontrunner for the presidency of the Council of Representatives as he is accepted by most of the political blocs. ***
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "Salim is accepted by Sunni blocs in addition to the National Alliance and other blocs."
He added, "The National Alliance was ready to elect him and to move the political process forward, but it seems that there are some backtracking by some political blocs for internal reasons, we hope to resolve them in the coming period."
Bayati said, "The first session of the House of Representatives was constitutional session and what happened of some verbal skirmish is natural because of the conditions in the country, but it ended."
He noted that "the failure of the House of Representatives to elect a president was due to the keenness of the political blocs to choose a consensus president , because he will represent all the blocs."
It is mentioned that Kurdistan Alliance and Muttahidoon blocs withdrew from the parliament session
*** THE KURDS DON'T LIKE HIM AND HE MAY BE THE SAME JUBOURI AGAINST WHOM SERIOUS CHARGES WERE ONLY RECENTLY RESOLVED SUCH THAT HIS ELIGIBILITY TO SERVE HAS BEEN RESOLVED AND RATIFIED BY THE FEDERAL COURT.
*** Kayani: Salim al ineligible to assume the post of parliament speaker
02 / 07 / 2014
Khandan - considered the Kurdish politician Mohammed Kayani, said Salim al is not a "qualified person to assume the position of Chairman of the Board of Representatives." explained Kayani, in a statement received "Khandan" a copy of it, that "Salim al is not the right person to assume the post of Speaker of Parliament, so as to Narath nationalism and his positions against the interests of the Kurdish people in all of the discussions in the House of Representatives on Kurdish issues. " Kayani said that "the positions of Jubouri Unfortunately reflect racism and lack of neutrality although he claims he belongs to the Islamic Party."
* NOTE : I SUFFER FROM THE SAME LACK OF TRUST OPERATIVE IN IRAQ. IF THE SLC IS IN FAVOR OF HIM THEN I DO NOT TRUST HIM.
*** Article 54: The President of the Republic shall call upon the Council of Representatives to convene by a presidential decree within fifteen days from the date of the ratification of the general election results. Its eldest member shall chair the first session to elect the speaker of the Council and his two deputies. This period may not be extended by more than the aforementioned period. ***
Article 55 of the Iraqi Constitution, that "the House of Representatives shall be elected at the first session its president, then a first deputy and second deputy, by an absolute majority of the Council members by direct secret ballot."
In addition, Article (70 / I) of the Constitution, that "elected by the House of Representatives from among the candidates President of the Republic, by a majority of two-thirds of its members, and if none of the candidates received the required majority, the rivalry between the two candidates who obtained the highest number of votes, and declared president of the gets a majority of votes in the second ballot. "
Kurdistan Alliance: do not support the government of national salvation
In turn, the Kurdistan Alliance, "did not support" calls on the formation of a government of national salvation, preferring to be done according to the Constitution.
The MP said the pro-Tayeb said in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The formation of the new government will have to wait for more than 15 months ( sic ? days ) ," noting that there are "several opinions on the form the next government, and whether to save the national or under the Constitution."
The good, that "Iraq is a democratic country has a constitution that explains the mechanism of forming the government, during a meeting of Parliament within a period of 15 days from the approval of the results of the elections to elect a president and two vice presidents as well as the President of the Republic by the political blocs."
The MP from the Kurdistan Alliance, that "the Coalition supports the formation of a government under the Constitution and not a government of national salvation, of the difficulty of forming the last, and the lack of a mechanism thereon or handled," stressing the need to "accelerate the negotiations to form a government."
The Federal Supreme Court, ratified, on Monday, (the 16th of June 2014 the current) on the results of the parliamentary elections that took place in (the thirtieth of April 2014).
A parliamentary source: Salim al-Jobouri as Speaker, Hummam and Sadoun his two deputies
BAGHDAD / NINA / A parliamentary source within the political negotiators to choose the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, said that there is a near agreement on choosing presidency of the Council and vote on it at the coming meeting on Tuesday.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "it was agreed on choosing the Presidency of the Council of Representatives of the third term , and the candidate for the Speaker is Salim al-Jobouri ,Head of the Human Rights Commission in the former House of Representatives".
He added, "It has been agreed on choosing, MP of the National Alliance, Hummam Hamoudi, first deputy speaker, and the Kurdistan Alliance MP, Mohsen al-Sadoun, the Second deputy."
The source explained that the candidates of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives will be shown for a vote in the first session of the Council to be held on Tuesday.
* Jabouri is Sunni, Hamoudi a Shia and Sadoun a Kurd *
Mashhadani vice president and Zobaie minister and speaker of parliament Jubouri
July 2, 2014
BAGHDAD - ((eighth day))
A senior source involved in the meetings of the Sunni blocs in Baghdad last night, said that "preliminary agreement has been on the nomination of a set of names for the positions allocated to the Sunni Arabs," which is expected to begin next week, the first understandings.
The source confirmed participant in his speech told ((eighth day)), one of the names nominated to assume a high position, "It was agreed almost unanimously that does not take Saleh al-Mutlaq Awasama Najafi state positions parliamentary or government in the current session and holding them responsible for all what happened to the Sunni Arabs and the provinces Almentvdh , "where participants carry Najafi and al-Mutlaq moral responsibility and legal persons of mass murder and displacement of families.
He gathered the opinion militants within the meeting ended to say, "The time has come for both the Athada respect before being taken out in a manner suitable for the size of what Artkpah toward the sons of the six provinces and districts Other pro in Basra, Dhi Qar, Muthanna and Qadisiyah and Babil, Wasit."
And saw the nomination meeting, Salim al, unanimously, to the presidency of the parliament at the meeting, which brought together leaders from around 9 main blocs and internalized it.
The conferees also voted on the nomination of Ahmed Talal Azwaiaa and electrodes for the post of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah al-Jubouri, governor of Salahuddin province to the post of Minister of Defense and State and Azzedine Falah Zaidan to Riashalheiat independent allocated to the Union.
It was agreed on the nomination of Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, vice president with the insistence on the participation of the national coalition in the current session, and that takes office next Adnan al-Janabi, a coalition dedicated to national and Abdullah al-Yawar and Karim Shaalan for the national list for ministerial positions allocated to the national list .
The conferees tasked joint envoy attended the meeting and enjoyed a close relationship with al-Mutlaq and Najafi Thblaghma, that "the continued delivery of the year, however, things foreign intelligence situation must end". (AA)
Postpone the first session of parliament to present the eighth of July
01-07-2014 01:00 PM
Baghdad (news) .. decided to head the first session of the Iraqi parliament Mehdi al-Hafez, to postpone the hearing until Tuesday day on the eighth of July present.
A parliamentary source said (of the Agency news): The number of deputies who attended the session of 255 deputies, Hafiz and announced a quorum for the session.
He added that the meeting witnessed verbal altercations between MPs coalition rule of law and Kurdistan, who withdrew with a coalition united after the adjournment of half an hour, which led to a lack of quorum., Has been postponed to next Tuesday.
Barzani: ‘Iraq is Divided,’ but Kurds not to Blame
Barzani: ‘Iraq is Divided,’ but Kurds not to Blame
“We are not pleased to say this, but Iraq has been divided,” Barzani said in a private briefing Thursday to the Kurdish Parliament, where he asked deputies to set a date for a referendum on statehood.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani got the ball rolling on Kurdish independence, but said the Kurds are not to blame for what is happening to Iraq.
“We are not pleased to say this, but Iraq has been divided,” Barzani said in a private briefing Thursday to the Kurdish Parliament, where he asked deputies to set a date for a referendum on statehood.
“I ask for your assistance to set a date," Barzani told lawmakers, many of whom had come dressed in Kurdish costume in anticipation of the historic announcement on a referendum.
Having told the BBC earlier this week that it “is a question of months” before an independence vote would take place, Barzani arrived in parliament to get the clock ticking.
He reiterated that the Kurds had done their duty by warning Baghdad about the Islamic armies that now control a third of the country, and had even offered military help to confront the militants, which the Shiite-led government had refused.
“The people of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Region are not responsible for this division,” he said. “The wrong policies of the authorities in Baghdad led to what happened to Iraq.”
“We have international support for independence, and those who do not support us do not oppose us,” he announced. “You have to pass a bill on a KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) election commission as soon as possible.”
After Barzani’s interview with the BBC, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed blasted the Kurds in his televised weekly speech on Wednesday. He vowed that the Iraqi army would return to the vast territories where the Kurds have deployed their Peshmerga forces, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk that the Kurds have always wanted as a future capital.
“There is nothing in our constitution called self-determination," Maliki said. "No one has the right to take advantage of events… as happened with some actions of the Kurdistan Region."
But Barzani assured lawmakers there are no plans to relinquish control of Kirkuk and other Kurdish areas.
“We never wanted the blood of the Shiites and Sunnis to be shed. We wanted to live together. But the authority (in Baghdad) has spoiled everything,” he said.
“Out of 16 or 17 Iraqi Army divisions, 12 to14 divisions were eliminated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). And they want to blame it on the Kurds!” Barzani said, referring to the jihadis who have plunged the country into turmoil and declared an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.
Barzani said he does not expect the situation in Iraq to “go back to pre-Mosul fall,” before ISIS took control of Iraq’s second-largest city more than three weeks ago.
The president detailed the credible intelligence information the KRG had given to Baghdad six months ago about “terrorists” building military bases in the Hazar area of Mosul, where they were training jihadis and arming them with weapons seized in Syria.
“I informed Mr. Malilki and told our ministers to talk to the US ambassador (in Iraq) about this,” he said.
“Then I personally talked to him (Maliki) on the phone. I told him, you have forgotten the other places and you are only busy with Anbar and Ramadi. The situation of Mosul is more dangerous and it is a threat for us and for you. It is good to have a military operation there before they can hold up,” the president explained.
He added that Maliki refused the help of the Kurds, telling him to “keep an eye on Kurdistan and watch Kurdistan; all the (other) areas are under our control.”
Barzani said that four days before Mosul fell, the Kurds had proposed again to assist the Iraqis. But “they rejected it and said the Peshmerga should never approach Mosul.”
“ISIS numbered around 2,000 fighters; ISIS is not alone,” Barzani told MPs. “There are over 20 groups now. It’s possible that they would fight one another in the future,” he warned.
The Kurdish president also spoke of the agreements they had with Baghdad after the fall of the Iraqi regime in 2003, complaining they never committed to the security and military agreements.
Barzani said that a large number of weapons that were meant for the Peshmerga were never delivered -- “not even a bullet” – and had gone missing: “We don’t know whether the weapons were handed over to ISIS or what happened to them.”
He listed other Kurdish complaints against Baghdad, including its vehement opposition first to foreign oil companies working in Kurdistan, and then to Erbil’s oil exports.
“In 2007, we agreed on a project on oil and gas. There was a provisional article that stated if by May 2007 the hydrocarbon law is not passed in parliament, the KRG and the federal government each has the right to make deals about oil and gas,” Barzani explained.
“We have not done anything out of the legal context,” he said, regarding Kurdish oil sales that began recently through a pipeline to Turkey.
“We will assist our Sunni and Shiite brothers to get Iraq of this crisis,” Barzani said. But closed the door on any further political collaboration with the government in Baghdad: “We cannot work with people who destroyed Iraq.”
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s parliament faces an uphill battle in nominating the country’s new leadership, analysts say, as MPs square off firmly along sectarian and ethnic lines.
Sunni Arab and Kurdish MPs walked out after Shiite lawmakers failed to nominate a candidate for prime minister during Iraq’s first parliamentary session this week. The session, which was focused on nominating a new parliament speaker and government, was perhaps the most critical since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking re-election, is facing unprecedented opposition after eight years in office as Islamic extremists and Sunni tribes take over cities and the Kurds are openly talking about breaking away from Iraq.
A political source close to parliament said the Shiite National Alliance, which holds the most seats and includes Maliki’s Dawa Party, had agreed that Maliki would be their pick as prime minister; Salim al-Jibouri of the Sunni Arab National Accordance Front would be nominated parliament speaker; and former deputy prime minister Barham Salih as president. The Ministry of Interior was slated for Baqir Jabr Solagh from the Shiite Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq party.
“When the political blocs found out about this scenario they decided to walkout out and leave the session," the source said.
Iraq’s political alliances have long fallen along ethnic and sectarian lines, but MPs appear to be even more firmly entrenched in identity politics as Iraq faces major crises. Iraq’s parliament has never been especially effective — votes were few and far between because not enough MPs would show up, for example — and analysts don’t expect much more from this set of representatives.
"The new parliament doesn’t offer anything new,” said political analyst Mohammed al-Faisal. “It’s a replica of the tragedies of the previous legislative sessions with all of its conflicts and without a national identity, which in the past few years has caused the political process to fail.”
“Many politicians and lawmakers work within the framework and ideology of their own ethnic and sectarian groups,” he added.
Political bickering and the boycott by Sunni Arabs and Kurds “shows that the political groups have decided to disregard the current security and political challenges, which disappointed the people who were expecting a session that would solve the country’s issues: to stand united against terrorism and eradicate sectarianism, boost the economy, improve services and many other important issues. The parliament has killed the hope of many citizens for the sake of narrow political interests.”
Although the embattled prime minister is the main target of the opposition, the issue isn’t just Maliki. In a press conference, Muhammad Kiyani, an MP from the Kurdish Change Movement, accused al-Jibouri of harboring prejudice against Kurds.
“Al-Jibouri isn’t the right person for the post of the speaker of the parliament because of his nationalistic outbursts and stance against the interests of the Kurds during parliamentary sessions,” he said. “He claims he’s a member of an Islamic party, but his positions reflect his chauvinistic and biased attitude.”
Parliament is unlikely to meet again for at least a week, leaving the country in a political crisis while Maliki acts as caretaker prime minister despite widespread opposition by Sunni Arabs and Kurds. Maliki has refused the idea of a national unity government that would include Sunnis and Kurds in his cabinet as well.
The United States, the United Nations, Iran and Shiite clerics in Iraq have pressed Iraqi politicians to form an inclusive government representing all groups in order to save the country while Sunni insurgents march toward Baghdad.
Analyst Muhammad al-Zaidi said, “The National Alliance, which has the majority in the parliament, needs to find a new leader for the next government.”
He maintained that regardless of political infighting, foreign powers have more influence in Baghdad.
“There is a reality that all the parties are dealing with, which is the fact that the political process in Iraq has been under international influence for more than a decade,” al-Zaidi said. “This means that Maliki’s third term isn’t dependent on his ability to win the parliamentary majority required to form a government, nor on the ability of his opponents, but rather on the agreement between Tehran and Washington to slice up the pie. The US is trying to make strategic gains at the expense of Iran, and Iran certainly won’t give the US what it wants easily. This means the next stage in Iraq will be a difficult one.”
Since Sunni disaffection with the government in Baghdad transformed into a new civil war, many things have changed in Iraq. Almost overnight, majority Sunni areas fell out of the control of Baghdad. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) moved its forces to take control of areas abandoned by the Iraqi Army, expanding its de facto territory by some 40% and claiming almost all the disputed territories. A constellation of Sunni rebel forces moved further south to threaten even Baghdad, and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) declared the establishment of a new Caliphate that ignores state borders in the area. As if all this were not enough, fighting also broke out in the south of Iraq between Prime Minister Maliki’s forces and the militia of a disaffected Shiite cleric there.
This is the new reality of Iraq, and it seems unlikely to change in the short term. The incredible weakness of the Iraqi military has thrown all of the Maliki government’s attempts at monopolizing power into disarray. Even before the fall of Mosul, the Global Firepower website ranked Iraq's military 58th out of 68 countries, well behind that of Syria (39th). During the fall of Mosul and other majority-Sunni areas last month, approximately 25% of this already weak Iraqi military evaporated. A few fighter aircraft Mr. Maliki has on order will not change this any time soon, no matter how much he would like to think so. Given that power is always relative, Maliki’s losses equate to Kurdish gains.
So what might we expect in Iraq for the short to medium term future? For one thing, Sunni forces appear unlikely to engage Kurdish forces on any significant scale any time soon. Sunni Arabs’ problems and grievances reside mainly with Shiite political groups and the government in Baghdad. Without major concessions from Baghdad on the outstanding issues with Kurdistan, the Kurds likewise seem very unlikely to take the fight to ISIS. Baghdad meanwhile is in no position to dislodge the Kurds from Kirkuk and other disputed territories, especially as they fortify the capital against ISIS and its Sunni allies.
The Kurds will likely thus take it upon themselves to hold the long-promised referendum on the status of the disputed territories, claiming the legitimate right to do so after the Maliki government’s broken promises in this regard. In the process, they might assure Turkmen and Arabs in the disputed territories that if their districts vote against incorporation into Kurdistan, peshmerga forces will be withdrawn and Iraqi government or ISIS forces can replace them. Given most Sunni’s feelings towards Maliki and the number of Arab refugees who fled Mosul to Kurdistan last month, I think we know how many might view such a possibility and what the outcome of a fair referendum will be – especially given the Kurdish demographic weight in the territories.
At the same time, Kurdistan Region President Masud Barzani this week called for another kind of referendum – on outright Kurdish independence. Everyone knows how such a vote would go in South Kurdistan – I have never, in fact, met a Kurdish resident of the area who said they would not, ideally, prefer independence. Even following such a referendum, however, KRG leaders would not automatically declare the establishment of a new Kurdish state. They have already proven cautious on such issues, and they would likely wait until after the 2015 elections in Turkey in order to secure more solid backing from the government in Ankara for such a prospect.
In the meantime, KRG efforts to “find their sea legs” for independent oil and gas exports will continue and likely thrive. They already sold a tanker full of crude oil to Israel, and more will soon follow. As Iraq remains a fragmented and dysfunctional state for the foreseeable future, Turkey and the world’s appetite for oil and gas will continue. Now that they also control an additional 4% of the world’s proven reserves in Kirkuk, the Kurds have even more to offer up to world markets. Baghdad under Maliki or a successor can either cut a deal with the Kurds in order to share in this, or find themselves without the entire north and West of Iraq.
In short, the near to medium prospects for South Kurdistan are not without risks, but at the same look better than they ever have.
David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since August 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).
Nijaifi confirms his decision not to nominate for Speaker Post
Friday, 04 July 2014 13:25
Baghdad (AIN) -Iraq's former parliament Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, withdrew his candidacy for a new term in his post after outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki put Nijaifi's withdrawal as a condition to abandon his seeking a third term as head of the government, a statement said on Friday.
"I announce the withdrawal of my candidacy as a speaker of the Council of Representatives in its new term, and I wish to whoever would assume this post the success to serve the people," Nijaifi said in a TV statement on last Thursday evening.
"When Maliki realized that it becomes inevitable to nominate a new prime minister, he insisted on linking leaving his seeking for a third term to my agreement not to nominate myself for the next speaker post," he concluded.
Alfalh Najafi describes the announcement to withdraw his candidacy for the Presidency of the Council of Representatives of humor
AM: 10:13:04 / 07/2014
A member of a coalition of state law on Alfalh Friday, the Declaration of Osama Najafi withdrew his candidacy for the presidency of the new parliament as a "joke", as he emphasized that the move was not linked to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Alfalh said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "the former President of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi no one nominated for the presidency of this session of Parliament."
Alfalh added that "there is no linking between him and al-Maliki," saying his "joke."
The leader of a coalition united to reform Osama Najafi, Thursday evening, the withdrawal of his candidacy for the presidency of the new Council of Representatives, pointing out that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki linking compared to non-candidacy for prime minister for a third term, as pointed out that the change has become a key demand of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance.
Providing anti fighter planes missiles to Syrian resistance at this time represent de
Providing anti fighter planes missiles to Syrian resistance at this time represent declaration of war on Iraq.
BAGHDAD / Nina /--MP Aalya Nsayif for State of Law coalition headed by Nuri al-Maliki demanded the U.S. administration to clarify the reasons beyond providing moderate Syrian opposition of anti-aircraft missiles at this critic moment , where the crisis in Syria is going to be solved , she said .
Nsayif wondered about the reason behind the U.S. decision, which contradicts the Washington stand not to take such a decision before two years ago.
She added: "This decision clearly confirms that America declared war on Iraq, as the Americans know very well that these missiles will enter into Iraq, by terrorist organizations that have common arming in Syria and Iraq.
04 July 2014 : White House rejects to Barzani's call for referendum on KR independenc
White House rejects to Barzani's call for referendum on KR independence
Friday, 04 July 2014 12:40
Baghdad (AIN) -The White House on Thursday voiced opposition to a call for referendum on independence by the leader of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
The call from Masud Barzani, president of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, came as the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) are continuing their offensive after seizing a large part of Iraq's northern and western territories and declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in areas under their control in both Iraq and Syria.
Barzani was reportedly telling the Kurdish regional parliament on Thursday to make preparations "to organize a referendum on the right of self-determination."
"The fact is that we continue to believe that Iraq is stronger if it's united," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily news briefing.
"That's why the United States continues to support an Iraq that is democratic, pluralistic and unified," he said. "And we're going to continue to urge all parties in Iraq to continue working together toward that objective."
Washington, while stepping up military aid to the Iraqi government headed by Nuri al-Maliki, is pressing for an "inclusive" government in the country as part of efforts to combat ISIL's advances.
"The best way for Iraq to confront the threat that's posed by ISIL is to unify the country in the face of that existential threat," Earnest said. "And we think that's in the best interest of all the citizens of Iraq."
Sukhoi jets attack ISIL terrorists in Hawija district
Sukhoi jets attack ISIL terrorists in Hawija district
Friday, 04 July 2014 11:29
Kirkuk (AIN) –The Russian Sukhoi warplanes carried out three air raids on the areas occupied by what is so called the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant to the south west of Kirkuk.
Security source reported to All Iraq News Agency ''The warplanes carried out three air strikes above Hawija district occupied by the ISIL terrorists.''
The Sukhoi warplanes, which were recently imported from Russia, used to support our security forces in their war against terrorism where the warplanes used in targeting the terrorist shelters in the Iraqi cities.
As Iraq Reels, Kurdistan Sounds Out US on Independence
As Iraq Reels, Kurdistan Sounds Out US on Independence
The White House in Washington DC, where Kurdish envoys are lobbying for an independence vote.
WASHINGTON DC – As Iraq’s autonomous Kurds brace for a referendum and possible split from the rest of the country, Erbil has embarked on a global diplomacy to sound opinion on the issue of Kurdish independence.
“We spoke with the Americans about self-determination, and self-determination is done through a referendum,” Fuad Hussein, the Kurdistan president’s chief of staff, told Rudaw on Thursday. “It is something that the people of Kurdistan will decide.”
Hussein was on an official visit to the US capital with Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa to meet with American counterparts.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Erbil more than a fortnight ago, where he asked the Kurds to stay with a united Iraq and help Baghdad establish an inclusive government.
However, according to Mustafa, the American tone is now different in some of the meetings.
“Those kinds of statements have always been there,” Mustafa told Rudaw in Washington, referring to a comment by the State Department spokeswoman, who said that America prefers a united Iraq.
“But what is important is the content,” Mustafa said. “Not only in America, but in many other countries, in Europe, in Arab countries and the international community there has been a change that is more welcoming to the Kurdistan Region.”
During their visit the Kurdish diplomats met with the initial mastermind of Iraq’s three-state solution, former US vice president Joe Biden.
“Fruitful discussions with our longtime friend, vice president Biden,” said Mustafa in a tweet on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani officially broke the ice when he asked the Kurdish parliament in Erbil to set a date for an independence referendum.
“We waited 10 years and the situation got only worse,” Barzani told Kurdish lawmakers about Kurdistan’s participation in Iraqi politics. “We have to think of ourselves and our future.”
“We have to decide for ourselves and not wait for others to do so on our behalf,” he said.
Barzani’s chief of staff, Hussein, has been talking to foreign officials and the world media on the Kurdish decision for a referendum on the future of the autonomous region.
“The people of Kurdistan will decide and everyone will respect what they choose,” said Hussein.
“Iraq is not one Iraq anymore,” he told BBC America during his visit. “We now have three states in one.”
Comments : Dr Allan Macartney, the Scottish national Party (SNP) deputy leader before his death in 1998. He was the brain and strategist behind the independence project in Scotland and he gave this example of Scots and English living in the same house sharing the same kitchen and the same bathroom. Now the Scots wanted to have their own kitchen and their own bathroom and become independent. The Kurdish team can also use the analogy to express that Kurds want to have their own kitchen and washroom too, because the Iraqi one is always on fire or is clogged. - Goran