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    " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 19 July 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + EIGHTY ( 80 ) or " E - M DAY + 80 "


    "..... 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


    Officially, Speaker, his 2 Deputy Speakers assume their posts

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:23

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Speaker of the Parliament and his two Deputy Speakers assumed their duties officially.

    The Parliament succeeded in electing Speaker of the Parliament, Salim al-Jebuori, and his first Deputy, Haider al-Ebadi, as well as his 2nd deputy, Aram al-Sheikh Mohamed.

    The Parliament will assume task of elect new President then to form the Government.



    next phase will be difficult to choose president and prime minster

    17/07/2014 09:50:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Kurdish leading figure, former MP, Mahmud Othman confirmed "the difficulty of the next phase to select the President and the Prime Minister." pointing out that" every bloc wants the candidate who meets its ambition and this is difficult to be achieved in the current stage. "

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The President of the Republic is within the share of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and one of two characters, Barham Salih or Najimalddin Kareeem will be chosen, during the next two days, adding that electing the Speaker and his deputies made it easy to elect candidates for the posts of President and Prime Minister. "

    He said, "The Council of Ministers is the key to solve problems and matters relating to the state, therefore, everyone in the National Alliance puts this post within his ambition, therefore there will be difficult talks among the parties of the National Alliance on one hand, and between the National Alliance and other political blocs on the other hand to select the candidate for this important and sensitive post. "

    Othman asked "all political, sense of responsibility, and work collectively, and open a new page, so they can manage the country properly, describing" election of the Speaker and his two deputies, a positive step, on the grounds that they did not pass the candidates of the three presidencies in one basket deal. "


    PUK Taken Aback as Najmaldin Karim Joins Race for Iraq Presidency

    By RUDAW

    Karim is a close friend of Jalal Talabani, the PUK leader and Iraq’s president.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Najmaldin Karim, the powerful Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, has caused a stir inside his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) by submitting his name for the Iraqi presidency, but without the party’s consent.

    A PUK official confirmed that Karim had submitted his candidacy. The office of the presidency declined to comment on the issue, and calls to Karim himself went unanswered.

    Karim is a close friend of Jalal Talabani, the PUK leader and Iraq’s president, who has been in Germany since a stroke in December 2012.

    As news about Karim broke on Wednesday Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, a PUK leader and Talabani’s wife, said the party had not finalized its nomination for the presidency.

    Kosrat Rasul Ali and Mala Bakhtyar, two senior PUK leaders, said in a statement that, “Only the political bureau has the authority to nominate PUK’s candidate for the presidency, and no one else.

    “We will not accept any illegitimate step taken contrary to the political bureau,” they said.

    Their statement added that the PUK would formally announce its candidate for the position in the next three days, and inform Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani of its choice.



    Ahrar Bloc: Barham Salih more accepted than any other figure for the presidency

    17/07/2014 10:37:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / the head of the Ahrar parliamentary bloc, Moshriq Naji guessed that Barham Salih, deputy head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan is the strongest candidate for the presidency of the Republic.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "the two leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Barham Saleh and Najimalddin are vying for the post of President of the Republic."Naji said, "it is likely the Kurdish Alliance finishes the matter of the candidate for this post before the next parliamentary session devoted to select the president next Wednesday."

    He explained that "after the end of the first session and electing the Speaker and his deputies, and according to the Constitution and the law, a president of the country must be elected within thirty days."

    The Kurdistan Alliance announced that it would declare its candidates for the presidency during 48 hours, stressing that the choice will be between Kareem and Saleh, while sources in the Kurdistan Alliance reported that " Barham Saleh, deputy head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is the strongest candidate for the post of President of the Republic by the approval of most of the political parties, particularly the national Alliance. "



    Mehdi al-Hafiz to nominate for president
    17/07/2014 13:17:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Press sources announced that the former president of Age in the House of Representatives, Mehdi al-Hafez is ready for nomination for the office of President of the Republic.

    The sources added, " Mehdi al-Hafez, MP of Iraq Coalition, is preparing to run for the post of President of the Republic."

    The Presidency of the Council of Representatives announced today that nominations are open for the post of President of the Republic, through no later than the end of the official working hours of Sunday, July 20. "



    Chalabi announce his candidacy on Facebook for prime minister

    Wrote on: 07/17/2014 16:29:17 Section: Political Written by: Views: 13

    Future news / Baghdad: -

    MP for the coalition of citizen Ahmed Chalabi, said Thursday, "his candidacy for prime minister as a competitor for the owners."

    Chalabi said on his Facebook today: "Since the Muslim Brotherhood in the state law, adhere to the nomination of Nuri al-Maliki as Prime Minister and bookmark her condition admissibility of all spectrums of people for this to enter as a candidate and I'll be the alliance's candidate and 328 deputy are will resolve it within the parliament vote Democrat. "

    The State of Law coalition has expressed his commitment to the nomination of current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the assumption of office for the third time in a row. "


    A newspaper close to Iran stresses the intention of Al-Maliki's resignation

    16-07-2014 06:41 PM

    Orbit-Arabic. NET/sources of Lebanese Akhbar, close to Iran, abandoned the outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his candidacy to head the new Government for a third term, after a request from the reference of Najaf and Iran.

    The paper reported that the request for religious reference came in a bid to end the conflict within and outside the National Coalition for the Prime Minister.

    The leaks that negotiations within the National Alliance are underway regarding the timing of the announcement of the nomination of a replacement for the succession of Al-Maliki, after the latter give up the run, where some parties prefer to announce this step results in the field.



    Ktlta al-Hakim and al-Sadr refused to renew Maliki's nomination to head the government and call for the coalition to provide irreplaceable

    Thu Jul 17 2014 22:33 | (Voice of Iraq)

    long-Presse / Baghdad

    New coalition al-Hakim and al-Sadr, on Thursday, refusing to nominate the prime minister expired, Nuri al-Maliki, for a third session, while Pena possibility of acceptance of another candidate presented by the coalition, threatened first by resorting to the opposition, revealing the second support the nomination of Adel Abdul Mahdi and Ahmad Chalabi for the post.

    Was Deputy for a coalition of citizen, of the Supreme Council of the Islamic, led by Ammar al-Hakim, to hold the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, the state third, a "problem" to reject so many components of the National Alliance and other blocs, noting that many of them is the same, will turn to the subject If you do not submit a coalition of state law, an alternative candidate for the post.

    Ali said an inch, in an interview to the (long-Presse), said that "stuck to the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, the state third, a problem within the National Alliance, could hinder the formation of the government for a long time," adding that "a lot of the components of the National Alliance and other blocs outside reject Maliki's nomination. "

    He added an inch, that "the political blocs could accept another candidate presented by a coalition of state law for the position," noting that "a lot of political blocs, including a coalition of citizens, would prefer to stay opposition if they insisted al-Maliki to head the next government," returned that there are "many figures that can occupy the prime minister runs the country. "

    For her part, the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement, rejected the state's third generation, revealing its support for the other two candidates. The MP said the Liberal bloc, F Bureau, said in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The bloc rejects the state's third generation, and supports the nomination of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, or Ahmad Chalabi to head the new government."

    According to the Court, that "the National Alliance can accept dissector last for a coalition of state law, non-Maliki," returned to "Maliki's insistence on the nomination itself would make him aloof from the National Alliance."

    The president of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, new in (the fourth of July 2014 present), adherence to the nomination for a third term, amid worsening opposition to the majority of political forces Therefore, most notably the Sadrists, and a coalition of citizens, and the Kurdistan Alliance and the Sunni Arab blocs, as well as a coalition of national leadership Iyad Allawi, to do so.

    It is noteworthy that the National Alliance, a parliamentary blocs, the largest, has failed so far to choose its candidate to head the next government, amid worsening differences between components on more worthy than others in the job, amid confirmation actors in it, the need to undergo a candidate for "compatibility and acceptability" within the coalition in the national space.


    and TODAY

    MP: PUK resolves the subject of presidential candidate today

    19/07/2014 10:32:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Ares Abdullah confirmed that the PUK's leadership will resolve the subject of the candidate for the presidency of the Republic today, after the return of President Jalal Talabani to Sulaymaniyah.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "The political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) will hold a meeting today to choose the name of the candidate for the post of President of the Republic among four names, who are (Barham Saleh, Najm al-Din Kareem, Fuad Masum and Adnan al-Mufti)."

    Abdullah, MP for Erbil added that "after resolving the presidential candidate by the PUK he will be submitted to the Presidency of the parliament on Wednesday's session for vote."

    He expressed his belief that "Talabani will not attend the meeting of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), because he will not interfere in selecting the candidate, but after resolving this matter, he will be informed."

    The Office of the outgoing President, Jalal Talabani announced that Talabani will return to Iraq today.

    It is mentioned that President Jalal Talabani suffered a stroke more than a year and a half and he entered the Medical City Hospital in Baghdad, and then transferred to Germany to complete his treatment there.



    Kurdistan: Kurdish candidate for the presidency and is ready we will announce it in the coming days

    Sat Jul 19 2014 08:54 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Sumerian News / Baghdad

    Kurdistan Alliance announced on Saturday that the Kurds candidate for the presidency is ready at the moment, while noting that he will officially be released in the coming days.

    The leader of the alliance Mahma Khalil in an interview for "Alsumaria News", that "the Kurdistan Alliance has a number of candidates for the post presidency, but we agreed on one candidates and issues and is ready at the moment," noting that he "will officially be released officially in the coming days" .

    Khalil added that "Kurdish House agreed on appropriate personal one for the presidency," he said, adding that "this character would be passed inside the gate of the Kurdish parliament, the Kurdistan region and after taking the approval of the region's president, Massoud Barzani, before it is submitted for election into the House of Representatives of Iraq."

    The Kurdish political source revealed, on Friday (July 18, 2014), the exclusion of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidates for the post of President of the Republic, "Barham Saleh, Necmettin cream" of the competition for the position, while noting to put my name leaders in the Union, "Fuad Masum, Adnan Mufti" to compete.

    The supreme religious authority hailed, on Friday, the election of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, considering it as "an important step" to activate the role of Parliament and the issuance of important laws, called upon to speed up the selection of the President and the Government of acceptable national scale.



    Talabani returns after an absence and the designation of the president resolved before Wednesday's session

    Sat Jul 19 2014 04:11 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad (Iraq) / Yousef Salman

    Two years after undergoing treatment in Germany from a serious stroke is expected to return to the country within hours the current outgoing President Jalal Talabani after the completion of treatment there, said the presidential office.
    Talabani's return comes at a time still has not resolved the Kurdistan Alliance named its candidate for prime Aljhmuria which is supposed to submit before the parliament session scheduled for next Wednesday.
    And accompanied by the return of Talabani, with the failure of efforts to end the sharp differences between the leaders of his party, where it is believed that this return relationship of those differences that man can the patient be resolved as a leader of the party but it seems that the entry of a number of figures line competition for the nomination to fill the presidential post has raised the ire of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which rejection of this competition, considering the position of President of its share exclusively.
    Commenting on the MP said the bloc Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Abdul Bari Zebari said that the position of the share of the Patriotic Union of which will be submitted through the roof constitutional candidate selected by the parliament session on Wednesday.
    Zebari said the "future" yesterday that there are several candidates for this position is a constitutional right to any Iraqi, but it will not affect the provision of the National Union of official candidate in the next meeting. He pointed out that there are several personalities of the leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) is eligible for the position of President of the Republic and enjoy admissibility Kurdish groups and other parties as if there a political consensus.
    He said officially nominate the candidate will be announced prior to the hearing next Wednesday and we will give our candidate during the time required before the hearing. He pointed out that the political bureau of the Patriotic Union will approve within three days of the final decision on its candidate for the presidency. Zebari and re-emphasize that the political bureau of the Patriotic Union is the absolute in the naming of the presidential candidate for the position and will choose who gets the majority of votes, referring to compete Barham Salih Najm al-Din and cream and Fuad Masum, Adnan Mufti.
    But a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) expect a repeat scenario naming parliament speaker and his two deputies in the session to choose the president, said that the House will decide is the advantage of the post of the presidency.



    Interactions on presidential candidate

    Sat Jul 19 2014 05:06 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Hafiz for Arab component and infallible and Mufti entering Square nomination

    BAGHDAD - morning
    Rivalries crisis ended on the position of Speaker of Parliament to begin the series of debates on the position of President of the Republic, who is due to be settled this weekend.
    And raised about this position many issues, which were the political consensus to be a Kurd, as happened during the past two sessions, but this session has seen a change emerged as the emergence of the voices calling for that interface to be Iraq's Arab, especially as the response to the positions of separatist raises fears of some, what he called to ask for guarantees from the next president if elected Kurds that vows to preserve the unity of the country and recover the disputed areas. Amid this image still is the Kurds undecided about their candidate for the job, which is supposed, according to the consensus of the Kurdish to be a share of the National Union, the party of President Jalal Talabani, Despite the emergence of several candidates for the job from within the EU, but that option has not yet announced chapter.

    Infallible and Mufti
    As a result, debates and disagreements that took place within the corridors of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on candidates Barham Salih and Necmettin cream source revealed Kurdish politician, yesterday, for the exclusion of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidates for the post of President of the Republic, "Barham Saleh, Necmettin cream" of the competition for the job, as pointed out My name is asking leaders in the Union, "Fuad Masum, Adnan Mufti," to compete. The source said in an interview that the "official body operating in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Jalal Talabani him the name of the party's candidate for the post of President of the Republic, on Thursday night, to the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani».
    The source, who requested anonymity, that "the agreement got into a meeting of the political bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), excluding all of Barham Salih and Necmettin cream of the competition for the post of president of the republic because of differences," referring to "put other names to compete».
    The source said that "both of Adnan Mufti, Speaker of the Parliament of the Kurdistan region earlier, Fuad Masum, head of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc previous matchup on the job," noting that "one of the names had won the competition and assigned an official body operating in the party handed over to the president of the region to offer the Iraqi parliament as a candidate Kurds ».

    Between Saleh and cream
    Until yesterday, the two candidates closest to this position two Barham Saleh currently serves as second deputy secretary-general of the National Union, which stipulated that the wife Talabani (Hero) to give up his position within the party to accept the nomination, and Najm al-Din Karim, a governor of Kirkuk, which rejects all of the mass change The Democratic Party of his accession to the position because of his recent around Kirkuk. was a Kurdish source familiar said that "both of the leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Kurdistan leader Massoud Barzani and the MDC Nushirwan Mustafa support the nomination in favor, for the presidency, while opposing the nomination of the governor of Kirkuk Necmettin cream for the post» . between the source refused to cream to take over the presidency, due to his recent issue of the independence of Kurdistan, which expressed the desire to stay Kirkuk autonomous territory and not return to the Kurdistan region, and this attitude, which he described as coordinator of the MDC Nechirvan Mustafa of "treason nationalism", and the position unacceptable and irresponsible, according to the source.

    National differences
    The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) announced Thursday that he will announce the name of its candidate for the post of President of the Republic within three days and will teach everyone, especially the presidency of the Federal Parliament that he will approve within this period, the final decision on the presidential candidate, as well as to brief the President of Kurdistan on this decision.
    And revealed the news attributed to Kurdish sources knowledgeable about the "failure of the leadership of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to agree on a candidate to succeed outgoing President Jalal Talabani because of disagreements led his wife Hero Ibrahim». Sources added that "Hero want the nomination and one of two leaders of the party are the governor of Kirkuk Necmettin cream and leader of the Party of Omar Fattah, "pointing out that" the Union is now witnessing a situation is not enviable because of the presence of the candidates for the position of one and the presence of significant differences Other escalated, "likely" the inability of the EU to resolve differences and resolve them before a meeting of the Council of Representatives fourth scheduled to be held on Wednesday next ».

    State law requires
    Congress coalition of state law, have expressed their support for any candidate applying for the presidency, provided that pledge before his accession to office to abide by the constitution and preserve the unity of the nation, and gives assurances to the House of Representatives for the recovery of the disputed areas taken by the Kurds during the events of Mosul, he said coalition member Mohammed Chihod, that the coalition conditions in the ratification of the selection of a candidate of the Kurds for the presidency, noting that the Kurdish groups to choose a personal pledge to abide by the constitution and preserve the unity of the country and reject division and separation and the fight against gangs of satisfaction. said Chihod for "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network": that "the candidate of the Kurds for the presidency compatibility with the most number of political blocs, which will choose the prime minister, including, "noting that in the event provides all of these conditions will be resolved all the issues identified during the constitutional period., adding that state law still adheres candidate through Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister.

    Nassif demanding guarantees
    In turn, called the MP for the rule of law high Nassif to obtain guarantees from the next President of the Republic to recover the disputed areas, stressing that members of Parliament will bear full responsibility for the disintegration of Iraq and divided in the event of failure to obtain it.
    Nassif said in a statement received "morning," a copy of "Article 67 of the Constitution stipulates that the president is the guarantor of the unity of Iraq and the preservation of territorial integrity," calling the political blocs that will agree on the nomination of President of the Republic, that "demanding the new president guarantees to recover the territories occupied by militias Massoud Barzani during a specific timeframe or reassure people that the presence of Peshmerga temporary goal to protect those areas »." The members of the House of Representatives will bear full responsibility for the disintegration of Iraq and divided in the event of failure to obtain guarantees from the next president in this regard ». spread Peshmerga forces in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and some districts of Nineveh to fill the security vacuum after the withdrawal of the army and control of the organization Daash some areas, while stressing the Kurdistan Alliance, said the troops will remain in the disputed areas will not withdraw from it until the application of Article 140 of the Constitution, noting that the majority of the population This component of the Kurdish areas and the duty of the Kurdistan Regional Government to protect them from terrorism.

    The pulse of the Arab in the presidency
    In the midst of these debates, MP Mehdi al-Hafez announced his candidacy for the post of President of the Republic, attributing this to maintain the "pulse of the Arab and the unity of Iraq," while detect the presence of some understandings with the political blocs on the subject.
    Al-Haafiz said in an interview: I've "decided to nominate myself for the position of presidency and told the concerned authorities so I am going to follow up the matter," attributing the reasons for his candidacy to "maintain the pulse of the Arab and the unity of Iraq and not remain a prisoner of the rules have not agreed upon constitutionally and legally». He added that "the existence of an Arab head of state of Iraq is important for the future of the country", stressing the need to "find his way in the spirit of a democratic Iraq that enjoys full rights of the Kurds, but not for it to be the survival of the situation in Iraq and shaken at risk». Hafiz said "there are some understandings with the political blocs on it," pointing out that he "was willing to nominate other figures for the job, but this is not possible». The Presidency of the Council of Representatives announced on Wednesday, opening the door for nomination for the office of President of the Republic with effect from yesterday, and until next Sunday, as identified six conditions for the approval of the candidate.

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    Banks and banking offices experiencing significant crowded in Kirkuk

    Banks and banking offices experiencing significant crowded in Kirkuk

    7/19/2014 0:00

    Kirkuk renaissance Ali
    Witnessing banks and banking offices in the city of Kirkuk and parking queues of pensioners per day since early morning until the end of the official working hours to collect their pensions. He retired Mohammed Hassan "morning": that "the large number of rumors circulating in the street about the deteriorating security situation in the nearby provinces of Kirkuk and its readiness for early holiday make it meant the bank, carrying his card smart since the beginning of this month," stressing that frequency on the bank three days did not reach his role yet. confirmed with retired Salma Hamid said the displaced contained to Kirkuk are created overcrowding, speeding up procedures claim being worried about the lack of money or the survival of an emergency prevents them from receipt of hers. Ghanem Al-Salhi director of a bank in the province, said the "morning" that the reason overcrowding and the crowd near the banks and banking offices is directed retirees hotspots security of Salahuddin and areas of Tuz Khurmatu, Bashir and Hawija, to the banks the city to collect their pensions, noting that their psychological hard and their need for money during conditions of displacement made them mean banks since the beginning of the month, especially because they have the card Smart, which allows them to receipt of salary from anywhere. between that and his bank, which is witnessing a big crowded distributes daily salaries of 400-500 people, noting that the bank can not continue regardless of what the money after office hours, in addition to being a high specific instructions not to allow him to bypass a stock exchange, which comes from Baghdad.


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    Liberal: MPs within the rule of law refuse to renew the mandate of Maliki

    Liberal: MPs within the rule of law refuse to renew the mandate of Maliki
    10:55:19 / 07/2014

    Khandan - Ali Naji

    Revealed the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement, the presence of deputies within the State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki federal, refuse to renew the mandate of al-Maliki.

    The MP said the Liberal block F Bahadli in a statement to "Khandan" that "the fortunes of al-Maliki to renew his mandate is very weak within the National Alliance, despite owning a mass of (state law) 95 seats in the Iraqi Council of Representatives," explaining that "the key players in the coalition assembled on the non-renewal the state of the current prime minister. "

    He Bahadli that "there are parties within the rule of law and want to change al-Maliki not to grant the third term, but they do not admit it in the media, because there is pressure on them or they have pledges to renew the mandate of al-Maliki."


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    Former Advisor: Maliki Seeks Arab Approval, Disliked by Iran

    * A Good Read *

    Former Advisor: Maliki Seeks Arab Approval, Disliked by Iran

    Adil Barwari, one of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s longtime advisors.

    By Hevidar Ahmed and Nasir Piroti

    In an interview with Rudaw, Adil Barwari, one of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s longtime advisors ( A KURD ), said the Iraqi leader wanted the disputed province of Kirkuk to go to the Kurds but did not move forward with Kirkuk and other issues out of fear that he would be alienated by the Arab world. The embattled prime minister — who is fighting for his political career as he seeks a third term — trusts only a handful of advisors, one of whom is his relative, Barwari said. He is not respected by Iran and should not have let US troops withdraw in 2011, Barwari said.

    Rudaw: How was Maliki’s relationship with the Kurds during the creation of the new Iraq?

    Adil Barwari: Back then, his respect for the Kurds and (Kurdistan Region President Massoud) Barzani superseded those of many others. Maliki spent a long time in Erbil and earned his master’s degree at Salahaddin University in Erbil. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) supported Maliki and continued to back him when he returned to Baghdad. He and I also had a great friendship and he put me in charge of committees, giving me full authority. Maliki’s Dawa party even signed an alliance with the KDP in 2005 because he had just been elected head of party that year. He was a modest leader in his party. The Kurds and Maliki’s Dawa party were key participants in drafting Iraq’s constitution.

    Rudaw: So when did Maliki’s opposition to the Kurds begin exactly?

    The fact is that there was a serious power struggle between Dawa and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

    Adil Barwari: In 2007 and 2008, relations between the KDP and Dawa party started to grow cold. This was the same year that Maliki became Iraq’s prime minister.

    Rudaw: What were the reasons for this?

    Adil Barwari: From the time of interim of government, the Kurds held many important posts in Iraq such as the foreign ministry, the deputy prime minister, chief of staff of the defense ministry, chief of the armed forces and head of intelligence. But as soon as Maliki became prime minister he started interfering in government posts and was keen to take over the interior ministry. Because he was the commander of all armed forces he had the power to meddle in everything. Also, back then the Kurds had a lot of power in Iraq but Maliki began to impose his will on all positions and brought all the posts — especially the intelligence posts — under his power.

    Rudaw: Who was pushing him to make these moves: Iran or a domestic Iraqi party?

    Adil Barwari: The fact is that there was a serious power struggle between Dawa and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI). In the beginning, the Kurds weren’t his target. After he became prime minister he mostly tried to assert his party against ISCI. He managed to push all Shiite groups aside, including the Sadrists, and promoted those were who close to him.

    Rudaw: When did you work with him as an advisor?

    Adil Barwari: After the end of his first term as prime minister in 2010, and at the start of his second term, the KDP again assigned me to the post. Maliki and I had a great relationship. He told me that he would do anything for me if I agreed to work with him as an advisor. I told him that I wouldn’t do so without the Kurdish leadership’s consent.

    Kurdish leaders, including the MPs in Baghdad, eventually agreed because I had a lot of influence with Maliki, especially in the defense and security committees. I returned to Baghdad and became the prime minister’s advisor for Kurdistan Region affairs. But at the end of 2010 the alliance between the KDP and Dawa party collapsed. Maliki was the main cause.

    I would do what you [Kurds] want, but I don’t dare to because the entire Arab world would turn against me.

    Rudaw: What was Maliki’s attitude about Article 140 of the constitution?

    Adil Barwari: Here I would have to defend Maliki because Maliki and I used to meet frequently on this issue. I told him that implementing article was a golden opportunity for him and would make him look good among Kurds around the world. I told him that no one else — the Turks, Iranians, Saddam or the monarchy — had addressed the issue of the disputed territories before, and this was his chance. He said, “I would do what you [Kurds] want, but I don’t dare to because the entire Arab world would turn against me.” He said that he would rather give Kirkuk to the Kurds than the Sunnis, because back then we had many fights and arguments with the Sunnis over Article 140.

    Rudaw: So was it President Barzani’s statements (criticizing) him that made Maliki act against the Kurds?

    Adil Barwari: Barzani’s statements at the time were all correct and in the interest of the Kurds. Barzani is the president of Kurdistan and he represented Kurdish rights. Barzani spoke out against him when he saw that Maliki wasn’t serious about Article 140. In 2007, the Shiites and Sunnis signed a deal that stated that if the article wasn’t implemented by 2007, then it would be voted on in parliament and (Article 140) would be considered dead.

    Rudaw: Why was Maliki acting that way? Was he trying to stay in power longer?

    Adil Barwari: Yes, and when he became prime minister he had more votes than (ISCI leader and former Iraqi Vice-President) Adel Abdul-Mahdi. But then he started focusing only on his position. He lured people with money and posts. Another thing that worked in his favor was that he had authority over drafting the cabinet charter. This gave him a lot of power.

    Rudaw: How many advisors did Maliki have and did he listen to them all?

    Adil Barwari: He had more than 50 advisors but just two or three were closest to him. For example there were Ali Mousawi and Taqriq Najm, who is a relative of his and a veteran member of his party, and without whom Maliki wouldn’t do anything. He wouldn’t sit down much with the rest of the advisors and whenever he did, he would only consider what he liked to hear. For now, Maliki mostly listens to, and believes in, himself.

    Rudaw: What is the secret behind America’s support for Maliki up to now?

    Barzani spoke out against him when he saw that Maliki wasn’t serious about Article 140.

    Adil Barwari: Well, basically Maliki and his party aren’t held in high esteem in Iran. You know that Iran once expelled the Dawa party, and even now many of the Dawa party meetings take place in London. All Shiite parties are run by religious figures, but Maliki’s party isn’t like that.

    Rudaw: Is Maliki right in what he is doing?

    Adil Barwari: No, he is not, and anyone else in his place would have resigned because he is responsible for the security of all of Iraq. Now you see that he has lost six provinces, plus his attitude towards the Kurds. I warned Maliki many times that all of Iraq’s previous leaders and kings who acted against the Kurds failed in the end.

    Rudaw: What did he say to that?

    Adil Barwari: He would say, “You are right,” but he would also say, “But what will I say to Egypt, to Saudi Arabia, to 300 million Arabs?” However, it turned out that all of it was a trick. He was trying to look like he was appeasing the Kurds, but in fact was working to get a foothold in the Arab world.
    Rudaw: Are the Kurds facing threats from Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq today?

    Adil Barwari: No, they aren’t. But it’s a fact that Maliki was trying to take over the Kurdish areas when he established the Dijla, Jazira and Badiyah forces, bringing them to Kirkuk and the border areas with Kurdistan while discharging Kurdish army officers. He wanted to weaken the Kurdistan Region and attack but he couldn’t. He tried to bring some Kurdish military leaders to his side and drive a wedge between the Kurds as well.

    Rudaw: Do you think the Kurds will keep the territories they recently took over?

    Adil Barwari: Yes, and I think that even if America returns to Iraq, they won’t allow Maliki to roll in his tanks. I don’t think he can retake those areas with the forces he currently has, and America is protecting Iraq’s airspace including Kurdistan’s. America is now in Iraq with 700 soldiers and advisors and they are here to rebuild the democracy they had initially talked about but lost. Back then, many people asked Obama and Maliki to not withdraw American forces from Iraq as it would dismantle the democratic system, but they didn’t listen to anyone. Now both Obama and Maliki are paying the price for that mistake.

    He would say, “You are right,” but he would also say, “But what will I say to Egypt, to Saudi Arabia, to 300 million Arabs?”

    Rudaw: Do you expect the situation to calm down and return to how it was?

    Adil Barwari: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other groups with them aren’t all bandits. They have statesmen, politicians and the Sunnis behind them. They are taken seriously. Another one of Maliki’s mistakes was that he didn’t see to the demands of the Kurdistan Region or Sunni areas.

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  5. #5

    Alusi calls Maliki not to be a tool to divide Iraq

    Alusi calls Maliki not to be a tool to divide Iraq

    19/07/2014 09:33:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Civic Democratic Alliance, Mithal al-Alusi called Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to be a regional tool for sectarian division of Iraq and a cause of shedding blood in the country.

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that he call on al-Maliki to realize that intransigence and cling to power means dividing and destroy Iraq, and he has to choose either to go down in history as the leader of the sectarian bloodshed and division or to enter as a national democratic leader who pushed for the peaceful power transferring. "

    Alusi expressed hope that "al-Maliki not to be an Iranian tool or any other regional tool to divide Iraq." Adding, "I say it for the Sunnis and the Shiites who raise sectarian slogans not to be a tool for implementing Biden's criminal scheme, who is seeking to break up Iraq."

    It is mentioned that Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki said many times that he has the right to form the next government as his coalition, state of law, got the top in the results of the recent elections and personally he got the highest percentage of the vote.


  6. #6

    Miladinov Arrives To Najaf To Meet With Sistani

    Breaking News… Miladinov Arrives To Najaf To Meet With Sistani

    19/07/2014 09:22:00

    Najaf / NINA / The Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Nikolai Miladinov arrived in the holy city of Najaf on Saturday morning, 19. July to meet with the Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani.

    The meetings will focus on the crisis experienced by the country in the political and security sides and ways to reach effective solutions to them and keep the country away from any sectarian conflicts that do not serve the political process and its democratic path.


  7. #7

    The representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Secretary of Sup

    Al-Hakim and Shamkhani discuss developments of the security and political situation in Iraq and the region

    18/07/2014 22:16:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Head of the Islamic Supreme Iraqi Council Ammar al-Hakim discussed on Friday with the Secretary General of the Iranian National Security Ali Shamkhani the developments of security and political situation in Iraq and the region.

    According to a statement by the Supreme Council said that al-Hakim stressed during a meeting at his office in Baghdad with Shamkhani today on the importance of concerting efforts of the Iraqi political powers to get out of the current crisis and the formation of the government through a harmonious and efficient team armed with a strong vision and a clear program."

    Secretary General of the Iranian National Security Ali Shamkhani, who is on a visit to Iraq, met today also Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a number of religious authorities in Najaf and head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.



    Shamkhani Meets With Head Of Iraqi Islamic Party

    19/07/2014 09:12:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani met with the head of the Iraqi Islamic Party Iyad al-Samarrai.

    IRNA cited that, "The two sides discussed the latest developments in the region and the crisis faced by Iraq.

    Shamkhani, who began a visit to Iraq on Tuesday, met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a number of Religious Leaders in Najaf and the head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim.



    Al-Jaafari and Ali Shamkhani discuss the political process in Iraq

    18/07/2014 20:11:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / Head of the National Alliance Dr. Ibrahim Jaafari, together with representatives of political entities which were part of the coalition with Ali Shamkhani Secretary of the Iranian Supreme Council of National Security and his accompanying delegation, the political process in Iraq.

    During the meeting , they reviewed the role of the Iraqi National Alliance in the political process, and their efforts in the formation of the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, as well as efforts to form the Presidency of the Republic, and the prime minister in accordance with the constitutional stipulated timings.



    Maliki meets the Secretary General of the Iranian National Security Council.

    18/07/2014 16:03:00

    BAGHDAD / Nina /-- Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki received in his official office this morning, the Secretary General of the National Security Council of Iran , Ali Shamkhani and his entourage.

    A statement by his office said : “ Talks during the meeting focused on the latest security and political developments in Iraq and in the region, emphasizing the need for coordination and cooperation between the two countries as well .


    * The representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani met with EVERYONE ! *
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  8. #8

    New York Times: setback Iraqi army in Tikrit, reveals the urgent need for advisers

    * From a Friend *

    New York Times: setback Iraqi army in Tikrit, reveals the urgent need for advisers

    Baghdad / term

    The Iraqi troops and volunteers with her on the verge of declaring victory over insurgents in the city of Tikrit and raising the Iraqi flag on government buildings which, when opened by the "gates of hell" in the words of one of the survivors. It seems that the Iraqi forces had entered into an ambush - led to the death and injury of many volunteers is well trained - when suddenly appeared fighters of the Islamic State (formerly Daash), according to accounts of the soldiers and commanders of the volunteers who have been contacting them later.

    This setback illustrates the urgent need for the Iraqi army to advisers. Weeks ago was the Americans ask Iraqi leaders not to fight for the city centers, but control of the roads and highways in order to prepare for the battle, but the fighters American's 300 advisors Intelligence Online in Iraq are not working directly with the pieces and the leaders in front.

    This demonstrates the difficulty of the ambush undermine the gains obtained by Daash through June in Mosul and Tikrit. It also said the rebels had opened more fronts than it can for Iraqi forces to handle at once.

    However, government forces have achieved some success in securing the outgoing road to Tikrit, it is clear that the military leaders who have entered the city - with the encouragement of politicians - eager to splurge recover.

    After the bombing of the city on Tuesday, and the army declared that the invasion will be within hours, the army arrived and backers to the police academy, the hospital and the municipal building, according to the soldiers who took part in the fighting there. With air support and tanks, fighters retreated Daash I thought the security forces said the gunmen had left. I started a military group to defuse the explosive and dismantle traps dupes from the hospital and then received an order to raise the Iraqi flag on the surfaces of all the buildings, when he "opened the gates of hell," said the soldier (Ali) Armored Division, who was receiving treatment in hospital, "was the lead raining on our heads from Everywhere bombers throwing themselves out of windows and detonating in the air. "

    It is inconceivable that the bombers actually jumps on soldiers in Jlathm, but it seems that he meant that they were attacking from all sides.

    Ali adds, "Most of the victims of the volunteers who are unable to protect themselves, the soldiers could not defend themselves, each of us was trying to evacuate his companion."

    Fighting eased after the withdrawal of troops and ended Wednesday morning when the helicopter ran out of fuel only provide air support was not being replaced quickly, according to the soldiers. Then withdrew troops and militias and volunteers to the outskirts of the city.

    It is difficult to say whether an impact on the ability of the army in the retrieval of Tikrit, but it highlights the lack of readiness, and to pay the volunteers and sometimes disregard their lives, where it can affect the morale and the willingness of other young people to join them.

    It is customary to ask for volunteers to work for several days at a temperature exceeding 110 degrees without enough water and with little food, as they have to equip themselves with the necessary materials for the soldier of releases and in some cases of weapons.

    He says Abdullah Hassan of the area of ​​Hor Hussein in the province of Babylon, "We have weapons with older hardware is not enough, sometimes provide us with logistics but mostly we buy at our expense prices began to rise with the continuation of the war." Abdullah volunteered with his cousin and his father for more than three weeks after a call supreme religious authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who can bear arms for the defense of the country.

    MP says of quitting from the Sadrist bloc, which organizes volunteers to defend the shrines and other, that the volunteers were sent to Tikrit fled to Samarra, where the Zamili coordinate the defense of the shrine military, says, "They came to complain that they were sent without training or equipment or wheels."


  9. #9

    Parliament assigned a special committee to pass the budget within days

    Parliament assigned a special committee to pass the budget within days

    Sat Jul 19 2014 04:00 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad (Iraq) / Walid Mehdi

    Parliamentary Finance Committee announced for the new House Speaker Salim al commissioned a special committee to study the law in order to approve the budget within days. The former MP Abdul-Hussein al-Yasiri told the "future" yesterday that House Speaker Salim al-stressed in his speech the need for the formation of parliamentary committees to study the laws broken and submit proposals for approval as soon as possible. He noted that the committee formed by the parliament members will include representatives of all the political blocs. He Yasiri that the new presidency of the parliament has commissioned a special committee to examine the law and follow the general budget in order to read it for the second time and approved within days, stressing that the election of the Speaker and his deputies Find appropriate legal ground to pass a budget bill and other laws broken. He called Yasiri parliamentary committees to pass special laws broken to interact with each other for the purpose of passing the budget, particularly for Iraq's need for balance in all respects.


  10. #10

    Former U.S. ambassador: al-Maliki insist on a government post if another stepped down

    Former U.S. ambassador: al-Maliki insist on a government post if another stepped down as prime minister

    Fri Jul 18 2014 23:56 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Follow-up - Where

    Said former U.S. ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said that "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, may insist on taking another position in the next Iraqi government if it agreed to the bias of the prime minister for a third term."

    He Zadeh said in an interview, "I have worked closely with al-Maliki when you're U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and I know very well that it will resist stubbornly all attempts to replace it, and that even if he agreed to step down, it will look for assurances that a successor within the inner circle and reliable to his followers, and may insist on taking another position in the government. "

    He pointed out that "Washington and in trying to cope with the new realities on the ground in Iraq, it must adopt a two-pronged strategy I continue to support Iraq's leaders to form a government of national unity, at the same time prepare for the failure of these efforts and the secession of the Kurds."

    And between Zadeh said that "the problem posed in front of forming a government of national unity that al-Maliki has no intention to relinquish power, and remains the main obstacle to this effort rejecting extreme Sunni Arabs, and Kurds, and even some Shiite parties of the extension of the rule of al-Maliki. This time showed the Shiite cleric Supreme Ali al-Sistani, his preference for a change. "

    However, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2005 and 2007 said, "but in the absence of a government of national unity is no doubt that the civil war in Iraq will continue unabated, and worsen the conflict and sectarian chaos in Sunni areas, and it will increase the power of [Daash], a path that threatens U.S. security, what makes it imperative for the United States to continue to press for a government of national unity, and limited assistance in the fight against [Daash]. "

    He pointed out, "but at the same time deepening relations with the Kurdistan by sending a U.S. team to assess the needs of the region and coordinate with security to protect him from this terrorist organization and to help the region to pay his bills Washington should reduce the severity of its opposition to the sale of oil with increased humanitarian support to bear the burden of refugees."

    He Zadeh said that "for the next few weeks involving a fateful decisions for Iraq, in the best of scenarios will emerge on the scene in Iraq is not a central support a federal system in areas of Arab majority are associated with the Kurdistan within a relationship confederation, The alternative is a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites and the secession of Kurdistan, however that Washington should not abandon its efforts to help Iraq to form a government of national unity, but it must also weigh the alternatives realism other in case collapsed Iraq; In all cases, will be on America to strengthen its relationship with the Kurdistan to serve its interests. "


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