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    " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 5 July 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + SIXTY SIX (66) or " E - M DAY + 66 "


    "..... 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

    MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki: Prime Minister's constitutional entitlement to state law and will not accept the bid or the bargain of any party

    Sat Jul 05 2014 02:23 | (Voice of Iraq)

    A member of the House of Representatives for the coalition of state law, Abdul Salam al-Maliki, on Saturday that there are red lines we will not let them override the Constitution and the post of prime minister is a constitutional entitlement to state law and will not accept the bid or the bargain of any party.

    Maliki said in a press statement to his press office, said that "our audience who put confidence in us has to reassure that we are not and will not let them down and will not affect us any pressure or bargaining internal or external, because our approach is clear: the Constitution either without the statements or questioning is the word of payoff on the say It would not be meaningful or influence in any way. "
    He added that "the rule of law put Iraqis confidence in. It is during our confidence in the person Nuri al-Maliki to lead the stage, therefore, any arguments other outside of this framework, we will not allow it or talk it, because we are talking about the Constitution and the law voted by the Iraqi people and the oath right to respect either the policies of rooms closed and play on the ropes several that date back some of them, which was a cause in Iraq is reached by the style of dignifying for us and will not deal with him. "

    Maliki called the parties that put their trust in outside parties to "respect the Iraqi people and its constitution and to not put her faith in the countries they know us they did not and will not stand with them if Macal people have spoken and they be just leaves burn and fade at the earliest opportunity," stressing that "the red lines and the first of the Constitution We will not allow them to override them or Bid under any names. "

    Information Office of the Deputy for a coalition of state law

    Sheikh Abdul Salam al-Maliki


    Generally, all are " waiting for the National Alliance to name its candidate, formally , to start negotiate with him. "

    Resolving the positions of President and Speaker will be a few hours after the resolving the post of prime minister

    05/07/2014 10:27:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Muhsin al-Sadoun confirmed that "The Council of Ministers is the backbone of the federal system in Iraq, so solving the positions of the President and the Parliament will be a few hours after naming the prime minister."

    He believed in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "Nuri al-Maliki's insistence on running for a third term would cause problems to the political blocs, on the grounds that we are all committed to peaceful transferring of power, according to the Constitution."

    Sadoun added, "We want the change in the country in a peaceful and democratic way, not to use pressure tactics to others," calling the National Alliance to provide its candidate formally as soon as possible, so as other political blocs show their opinions , a move that must be followed by the political blocs to submit their candidates for the posts of the presidency and the parliament so as the National Alliance gives its opinion.

    He explained that "Everyone is waiting for the National Alliance to submit its candidate for prime minister, in order to other political blocs show their positions and give their candidates in the light of the selection of the National Alliance," noting that " National Alliance should submit its candidate for prime minister formally as soon as possible "because time is running."

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, announced yesterday that he will not give up the nomination for the post of prime minister.


    Citizen Coalition: National Alliance did not discuss formally so far any candidate to lead the next government

    26/06/2014 09:22:00

    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.



    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.



    Turfi: INA's nominee for PM Post to satisfy all sides

    Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:14

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Habib al-Turfi, of the Citizen bloc, stated that the nominee of the Iraqi National Alliance for the Prime Minister Post will satisfy all sides.

    He stated to AIN "The next Prime Minister that will be from the INA will be elected by all the sides of INA and will satisfy all the political sides."



    Sunday, June 15th, 2014 20:58

    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 ..

    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.


    and / BUT

    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)

    ong-Presse / Baghdad

    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. "

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    Abbas al-Bayati: Salim al-Jobouri is the frontrunner for the presidency of the Council
    03/07/2014 09:50:00

    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



    Witwit: Jobouri, better than Nijaifi as parliament Speaker

    Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:56

    Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Iskandar Witwit, of the State of Law Coalition stated that Saleem al-Jobouri, is better than the head of Motahidoun Allaince, Osama al-Nijaifi, to be the next Speaker.

    Speaking to AIN "Nominating Jobouri by the Sunni blocs is a good issue because he is much more better than Nijaifi as a parliament Speaker."



    *** 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."



    *** 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

    30/06/2014 10:25:00

    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 *


    [COLOR="#FF0000"]Citizens are united and are preparing to withdraw candidacy for the presidency of the parliament Najafi is a positive step and Kurdish rule out the formation of the government soon [/COLOR

    Fri Jul 04 2014 23:36 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Range / Baghdad

    Announced bloc united for reform led by Osama Najafi, on Friday, that the withdrawal of the nomination of its leader from running for the presidency of the parliament as a goodwill gesture to accelerate the formation of the government, and as she noted that the nomination Salim al not yet been decided within the alliance national forces, ruled Kurdistan Alliance, said the withdrawal of Najafi to accelerate the formation of The government, because of the candidate through the rule of law Nuri al-Maliki, as promised to block the citizen that the withdrawal of Najafi message to others to take the initiative to withdraw the nomination. "

    The MP said the bloc united, Ali Jassim Mutaiota, in an interview with the (term), "The basic purpose of the withdrawal of the nomination of Osama Najafi from the presidency of the Council of Representatives is a goodwill gesture to urge the political blocs to accelerate the formation of the next government to irreversible insecurity experienced by the country. "

    Mutaiota added that "the nomination of Salim al-Presidency of the Council of Representatives has not yet been decided within the National Union of Forces because of not naming the National Alliance candidate for the post of the prime minister," pointing out that "the formation of the Iraqi government is subject to the interventions of international actors."

    And continued a member bloc united to "stay on top of Najafi Parliament has become a nuisance to some parties of the National Alliance, which demanded the withdrawal of the nomination of linking Balngeevi Nuri al-Maliki," noting that "Najafi withdrew his candidacy as a goodwill gesture in return to withdraw the nomination of al-Maliki, the prime minister."

    Mutaiota confirmed that "our candidate for the presidency of the parliament will be ready and Salim al is the front-runner," stressing that "no show reservations to block our candidate Fsnpadr to change it, and that's what we hope the other blocs implemented and work well."

    For his part, said a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc MP Circo Mirza said that "the issue is larger than that be personal because Iraq is facing a serious deterioration in security."

    He added in an interview with Mirza (range), that "the current situation needs to coordinate with each other to get out of the current crisis," calling on all of the leads his candidacy for "aggravating circumstances to withdraw and open the way for other candidates."

    And between Mirza to "withdraw his candidacy Najafi is a positive attitude to his credit", ruling that "this leads to speed up the formation of a coalition government because state law still Mtzmka candidate through Nuri al-Maliki."

    He noted a member bloc Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, "The problem has become within the Shiite House, which did not commanded him to choose one of its candidates compared to the Sunni component, which settled its candidate, as well as the Kurdish component."

    In turn, the mass of a coalition of citizen, MP Hassan sari in an interview (range), "The position of Najafi and withdraw his candidacy from the post of chairman of the parliament, is a message to others to take the initiative to withdraw the nomination."

    He said in effect that "Najafi position will facilitate the formation of the next government."

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Friday that he "will never give up on the run for the post of prime minister," stressing that "the coalition of the rule of law is the biggest bloc," and he rejects any conditions established political partners, because this will be the return of "dictatorship".

    The head of the list are united Osama Najafi announced, on Thursday, for the withdrawal of his candidacy for the presidency of the parliament for a second session, stressing that the decision came "in response to the students, partners, and purely for excuses craving behind the chairs," and Maliki's insistence on the withdrawal of my candidacy versus leaving "the prime minister, in what was described request Maliki as "strange".

    The Union of the national forces, which includes blocks Sunni several, announced (July 2, 2014), he resolved to choose candidates for the presidency of the parliament and the vice-presidents and the government in accordance with the principle of majority and the admissibility of the other blocks, while between it will not announce them until after the detection national and Kurdish coalitions for candidates for the positions of the sovereign and the mission, he stressed that he accepts any candidate for prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, with the exception of.

    Uncovered a coalition of state law, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in (July 1, 2014), that the head of the united Osama Najafi rejected the nomination of MP Salim al for the post of Speaker of Parliament after blocs agree Sunni him, and confirmed his possession voices "enough" to vote on the President and the Speaker of Parliament , as pointed out that the National Alliance will present its candidate through a "constitutional period."

    The National Alliance, failed (the thirtieth of June 2014), to choose a candidate to head the next government, and stressed the need for active participation in the first session of the parliament and the adoption of the agenda for the election of the Presidency of the Council, and coordination with other political blocs to choose a suitable figures are to "support everyone and representing all components of the Iraqi people. "

    The Iraqi Council of Representatives to hold, in, (the first of July 2014 the current), the first meeting of the electoral cycle, the third headed by MP older, Mehdi al-Hafez, and the presence of 255 deputies and the Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki, and former speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, and Ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in Iraq, and the District of national coalition led by Iyad Allawi, without being able to elect a speaker and two deputies, what forced him to adjourn the meeting one week.

    It is noteworthy that the Constitution required the President, at the invitation of the new parliament to convene within 15 days of the ratification of the election results, with the possibility to extend this invitation for once.

    And ratified the Federal Supreme Court, on Monday (16 June 2014) on the results of the parliamentary elections that took place in (the thirtieth of April 2014).


    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.

    The meeting witnessed the swearing in Arabic and Kurdish.


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  2. #2

    Mohammed Kayani: If Fatlawi talk about blocking the application of Article 140 of the

    Mohammed Kayani: If Fatlawi talk about blocking the application of Article 140 of the Kurdish right response would be firm

    Sat Jul 05 2014 02:27 | (Voice of Iraq)

    student Kurdish politician, Dr. Mohammed Kayani, a coalition of state law, a statement of their position statements MP Hanan al recognizing the being behind the obstruction of the application of Article 140 of the Constitution, indicating that the response will be firm in Kurdish if this is true.

    He said in a press statement that the MP Fatlawi do not have this weight you give it to itself through approval during a televised interview that they are hampered by the adoption of Article 140 of the Constitution, but if what she said is true, it puts the credibility of the (state law) is at stake.

    He said Kayani's remarks Fatlawi imposed on the Kurds to be careful in dealing with the mass of the rule of law in the future, and bear in mind that all agreements entered into with the bloc to not apply, and therefore must Kurds head to the coalition with other parties, more credible ones to form a government. He said the state law that confirm or deny the validity of this speech, if it is true it will be a firm position of the Kurds.

    The leadership of the coalition of state law, Hanan al admitted obstructing the implementation of Article 140 of the Constitution for a period of four years.

    She Fatlawi in a televised interview with Channel "Tigris," when she entered the Commission found that they have come to the stage of the referendum, has sent a letter to the Commission to hold a referendum to restore Kirkuk to the Kurdistan region, pointing out that it had suspended material for a period of four years.

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  3. #3

    Maliki: will never relinquish the nomination for prime minister

    Maliki: will never relinquish the nomination for prime minister

    06:40:04 / 07/2014
    Khandan - Ali Naji

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, he would never give up for nomination for the post of prime minister, among Aaútlav that the state law is the biggest bloc, the owner of the right to the post of prime Wazzra and not the right of any party to put conditions.

    Maliki said in a statement obtained by "Khandan" a copy of it, that the withdrawal from the battlefield, is floundering to take responsibility and national legitimacy and moral.

    The statement reads as follows:

    In the name of God the Merciful

    O sons of the Iraqi people Karim

    Let me talk with you today in all candor and clarity, the same approach that I walked him and pledged before God Almighty and before you since my election to the post of prime minister.

    There is no doubt that you are aware of the difficult challenges facing Iraq and that increase bone legitimacy and national responsibility and moral we all bear, and what requires to be talking with you transparently commensurate with the seriousness of the plot against Iraq.

    O sons of the Iraqi people, Aziz

    I've fought a coalition of state law, a fierce election battle during which the various types of accusations and malicious propaganda that you do not get with any electoral list, has been involved in the campaign unjust internal and external views known, and has served as a political message we know its goals and objectives from the outset.

    In spite of the magnitude of the black propaganda that came her personally and the rest of the brothers candidates of the coalition of state law, we have been able with the help of God and the will of the loyal sons of the people to achieve a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that admit the world Bashvaviha and integrity, until it became a coalition of state law today Hoketlh parliamentary largest in the third session of the House of Representatives.

    O sons of the Iraqi people Quran:

    The loyalty of voters requires Ali, to be loyal to them and I stand to Junbhm in this plight of Iraq, and will not allow myself to never that let them down and give up the trust with which carried me them as they stand up with their fingers purple for the forces of evil and darkness, and I will stay a soldier defends the interests of Iraq and its people in the face of the terrorist organization and its allies Daash of Baathists and Nakecbandian who carry out suspicious foreign agendas are no longer obvious to one.

    That the withdrawal from the battlefield against the terrorist organizations hostile to Islam and humanity, is floundering to take responsibility and national legitimacy and moral, and I have promised God that I fight I will stay to the side sons of the armed forces and volunteers until the final defeat the enemies of Iraq and its people.

    I renew my thanks and appreciation and respect for all the sisters and brothers who Antkhboni and documented my brothers, members of the coalition of state law, and say with determination and strength that I'll stay true to them and to Iraq and its people, will not give up and never for the nomination for the post of prime minister, Vaútlav state law is the biggest bloc, the owner of the right to the position Wazzra presidency and not the right of any party to put the conditions, because the positioning of the conditions means dictatorship, which is what we reject all strongly and firmly.

    God save Iraq and its people

    Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings.
    Nouri al-Maliki
    Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq
    4 - 7-2014


  4. #4

    Kurds Confident International Community Welcome Their State

    Kurds Confident International Community Welcome Their State
    By Namo Abdulla

    Kurdistan President's Chief of Staff, Fuad Hussein speaking to Rudaw TV.

    WASHINGTON DC – Even though the United States officially states that it wants the Kurds to remain part of Iraq rather than going for outright independence in a planned referendum, two top Kurdish officials say Washington has increasingly become empathetic to the ethnic group’s statehood aspirations.

    Asked whether U.S. government’s official statements for a “united Iraq,” would mean its opposition to Kurdish independence, Falah Mustafa, Kurdistan’s de facto foreign minister, replied, “We have always heard such statements but the [US] position has gone under a significant change.”

    Mustafa made his comments Thursday, shortly before meeting Vice President Joe Biden and a day after meeting Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. Nearly a week ago, Kerry made a special visit to Kurdistan urging its leaders to remain committed to Iraq’s territorial integrity and join the Iraqi Army in fighting the radical militants of the Islamic State (IS).

    His demand, however, was turned down right away by Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani, according to sources familiar with the meeting. “There is a new reality in Iraq,” Barzani said.

    Mustafa didn’t elaborate further on whether U.S. officials, in private meetings, had made any sort of promises to recognize what many view as an imminent independent Kurdistan.

    But he added, “what we see now, not only here in America but in most countries we have visited, including our neighbors, Arab countries, and the international community, is a change that they are increasingly welcoming towards Kurdistan.”

    Estimated as 30-million people, Kurds are believed to be the world’s largest ethnic group without a state of their own. Iraqi Kurds number some five million people living in area rich with natural resources.

    The only country to have so far openly declared its support for Kurdish independence is Israel. But Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has afterwards stated their verbal support for Kurdistan didn’t translate into real help for Iraq’s Kurds to achieve their longtime goal of statehood.

    Turkey, Kurdistan’s strongest ally to the north, has also shown indications, though in much less clear terms than Israel, that it would welcome an independent Kurdish state next door.

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has said that Iraq has practically ceased to exist as a unified entity, an outcome for which he primarily blames Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Maliki, a Shia.

    Mr. Erdogan’s party spokesperson has gone beyond that, saying that it’s simply up to Iraq’s Kurds to go for their right of self-determination.

    Fuad Hussein, chief of staff for President Barzani who was accompanying Mustafa on his Washington trip earlier this week, has told Rudaw they have conveyed a clear message to Washington that Kurds are going ahead with planned referendum on independence.

    In his first address at the Kurdistan Parliament in nearly five years, President Barzani called upon the region’s lawmakers to set a date for the referendum as soon as possible. He had previously predicated that preparations for the referendum would take longer than a few months.

    It’s yet to be known what the questions of the referendum would be or whether there would be any options, other than independence, for Iraq’s Kurds. Hussein said confederation -meaning more political autonomy and “economic independence,”- is the least desirable outcome for the Kurds at the moment.

    “Whatever the people of Kurdistan decide is going to be respected by everyone in Kurdistan,” said Hussein at the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representation in Washington, adding that the implementation of the referendum’s result might take a bit longer depending on political circumstances in Iraq and the region.

    Based on previously unofficial polls, most Kurds are expected to vote for independence from Iraq should Kurdistan go ahead with the vote.

    A separate plebiscite is also expected to be held in the so-called disputed, oil-rich territories such as Kirkuk, where Kurds are now de facto governors, to decide whether people of those predominately Kurdish areas also want to be part of Kurdistan.

    Should Kirkuk, which produces more than a half-million barrels of crude a day, join Kurdistan, the new Kurdish state would likely be a strong oil-rich economy neighboring Turkey, which is heavily dependent on foreign oil and gas.

    “Very good,” said Hussein in response to a reporter’s question on how he describes his latest meetings with U.S. officials.


    * 500,000 barrels of oil per day is more than double the projection for output by the rest of Kurdistan in the near / foreseeable term. it is a game changer economically for the Kurds. *
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  5. #5

    ISIS Pushes Turkey to Shift Its Domestic and Regional Strategy

    ISIS Pushes Turkey to Shift Its Domestic and Regional Strategy
    By Gonul Tol 3/7/2014

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s seizure of Mosul was a stark reminder of Iraq’s fragility. As further chaos looms ahead for both Syria and Iraq, Turkey seems to be banking on the alliance it has forged with the Kurdistan Regional Government, not just to feed its energy-hungry economy but also to create a Kurdish buffer zone against a growing ISIS threat.

    The policies of Turkey, Syria and Iraq since the start of the Syrian uprising have mainly been driven by concerns about Syria’s Kurdish problem. After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ceded control of strategic border areas to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) — a Kurdish group with links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — in retaliation for Turkey’s support for the Syrian opposition, the PYD became Ankara’s number one threat.

    To counter this threat, Turkey cultivated closer ties with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. Turkey’s assumption was that Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, with his leverage over Syrian Kurds, could push the Kurdish National Council — the umbrella organization composed of Syrian Kurdish parties created under Barzani’s sponsorship — to marginalize the PYD within the Syrian opposition. Turkey also supported jihadi groups in Syria to keep the PYD in check.

    ISIS’s takeover of Mosul and large swathes of territory in Iraq, however, presents Turkey with a bigger threat than the PYD. To address the ISIS challenge, Turkey needs to work with the United States against ISIS and other radical organizations in the Syrian opposition; to engage the PYD; to empower the KRG; and to pursue its peace process with the PKK.

    Turkey already seems more willing to work with the United States to marginalize Al-Qaeda-linked organizations. After resisting calls to blacklist Jabhat al-Nusra and arguing that the western decision to do so only increased the group’s appeal, Turkey finally designated the group as a terrorist organization on June 3. The decision removed a major irritant in Turkey-US relations. Turkey has also reportedly agreed to take part in a US-led program to train vetted rebels in Qatar to marginalize jihadis in the Syrian opposition.

    The PYD has proven to be one of the most effective forces fighting ISIS. There are signs of a thaw in Ankara’s relations with the PYD, but Turkey’s approach to the group needs further revision. So far, Turkey has allowed limited aid through its border to PYD-controlled parts of Syria, and secret talks between the PYD and Turkish intelligence are reportedly underway.

    The challenges ISIS poses to the unity of Iraq and to Turkey’s security have further highlighted the importance of a strong KRG in Turkey’s regional strategy. To the surprise of many, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling party recently announced that the Kurds in Iraq have the right to self-determination.

    Turkey still officially supports a unified Iraq, but it has been empowering the KRG for some time by signing energy deals without Baghdad’s approval as well as engaging Barzani diplomatically and politically in an effort to resolve its Kurdish issue and address the PYD challenge in Syria.

    Behind Turkey’s engagement policy lies an understanding that the KRG can serve Turkey’s interests in an increasingly chaotic region and a hostile Iraq ruled by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — if the KRG becomes economically dependent on Turkey. A KRG alliance is even more vital to Turkey in the face of ISIS advances in Iraq, given that a strong KRG can serve as a credible partner both against Maliki and ISIS.

    A recent development highlights Turkey’s KRG strategy. Barzani’s Peshmerga took control of oil-rich Kirkuk earlier this month after the Iraqi Army abandoned the city. Despite years of Turkish objection to KRG control of Kirkuk, Turkey now seems reconciled to the fact that the city will be under Kurdish control for the foreseeable future, and Turkey might even import Kirkuk’s oil from the KRG. The KRG’s Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami, announced on June 17 that a link was completed between Kirkuk’s oil fields and the KRG’s recently built pipeline to Turkey.

    Turkey’s energy deals with the KRG have strengthened the economic foundations for a potential independent Kurdish state, and the KRG’s capture of Kirkuk will further boost the KRG’s economy.

    Collaboration between a strong KRG and the PYD along Turkey’s southern border could create a zone of stability between Turkey and the troubled parts of Iraq and Syria. But this cooperation is contingent on Turkey’s peace process with the PKK.

    One of the sources of friction in the PKK/PYD-Barzani relationship has been the latter’s close ties with Turkey. If Turkey takes steps to address the Kurds’ demands in Turkey, the PKK’s imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, might continue playing a constructive role in mending fences between the PYD, Barzani and Ankara.

    The challenge posed by ISIS appears to be reshuffling the strategic cards in Turkey’s neighborhood once again, forcing Turkey to recalibrate its Kurdish strategy.

    Gonul Tol is Executive Director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute.


  6. #6

    Barzani: ‘Iraq is Divided,’ but Kurds not to Blame

    * From yesterday , but worthy of repetition *

    Barzani: ‘Iraq is Divided,’ but Kurds not to Blame

    By RUDAW

    “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.”


    * Fascinating statement by Barzani about assisting "our Sunni and Shiite brothers to get Iraq [out]of this crisis ". What does that mean and entail ? *

  7. #7

    Identity Politics Freezes Baghdad

    * Another article worth repeating *

    Identity Politics Freezes Baghdad
    By Adel Fakhir

    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.”


  8. #8

    A New Status Quo in Iraq

    * AND Another article worth repeating *

    A New Status Quo in Iraq


    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).

    Last edited by chattels; 07-05-2014 at 08:22 PM.

  9. #9

    Re: A New Status Quo in Iraq

    The federal system in Iraq over the past eight years might be described as " living in the same house sharing the same kitchen and the same bathroom ". To use that analogy to express the Kurdish desires in the " new status quo " is to say that the Kurds want to have their own kitchen and washroom, because the Iraqi one is always on fire or is clogged, respectively. - chattels
    Last edited by chattels; 07-05-2014 at 07:35 AM.

  10. #10

    MP: All political blocs have not submitted their candidates to the other blocs

    MP: All political blocs have not submitted their candidates to the other blocs until now

    05/07/2014 09:20:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of Iraqi Forces Union, Raad al-Dahlaki said that not all political blocs have submitted their candidates to the other blocs until now.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "political blocs do not agree internally to nominate candidates for the positions of the three presidencies, until now, whether Sunni or Shiite or Kurdish blocs. Adding that "there are internal disagreements and differences within these blocs, also the Sunni and Kurdish blocs have not agreed yet which position will take President and parliament. "

    He explained that "there are contacts underway between the various political blocs, but devoid of candor and seriousness in the formation of the government, and there are no agreement on the three presidencies during the next 48 hours, and the parliament session on next Tuesday will not be held. "

    He predicted "to continue the political differences between the blocs due to the lack of confidence among them, during the current and next period, until the Eid al-Fitr, or days later."


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