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    " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 2 August 2014

    It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + NINETY - THREE ( 93 ) or " E - M DAY + 93 "

    PREVIOUSLY AND CONTINUING

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

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

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

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

    Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance.

    [* a source said in a statement to the Agency ((eighth day)) that there is an agreement semi-final between the U.S. and Iran to take on Ahmed Chalabi as prime minister for the next government as a compromise candidate.]

    Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted.

    What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will [ * HAS ] begin [ * BEGUN ] as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite. - - from al Monitor

    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. "

    and

    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.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz37oG3bVdd

    and

    Prime Minister's file is thorny and complex
    24/07/2014 09:30:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Ahrar bloc, Hakim al-Zamili said that talks between the parties of the Iraqi National Alliance to nominate a person for the post of prime minister are still without a result.

    Zamili told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /[SIZE=3] "The file of prime minister is the most important file among other three presidencies," pointing out that "the Sunni political blocs have chosen Salim al-Jubouri as the chairman of the House of Representatives and the Kurdish groups have agreed on a personal as President of the Republic, and remaining file is the post of Prime Minister. "[/SIZE]

    He added: "The name of Prime Minister will be resolved next week, after the religious authority, popular forces and regional and neighboring countries, confirmed the need to resolve this file as soon as possible."

    He said: "choosing prime minister with wide admissibility will be a positive factor towards the calm and solving many problems in the country," noting: "The religious authority was clear in its speech, that the candidate must be accepted nationally, and this does not exist at the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has problems with the Ahrar and the citizen blocs on one hand, and with the Sunnis and Kurds, on the other hand. "

    He explained that there is more than one character to be a substitute for Maliki in the next phase, from inside the Dawa Party, and the National Coalition has two candidates, Ahmed Chalabi and Adel Abdul-Mahdi, therefore, the process of selecting one of the characters will be a thorny and complex. "

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFJFDJ

    and

    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.

    and

    Iraq parliament elects Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as new president

    KURDISH politician Fuad Masum has become the new president of Iraq, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon says must be inclusive for the country to survive.

    Fierce fighting ... volunteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) brandish their weapons as they come as backup at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. Source: AFP

    A June onslaught on Sunni Arab areas north and west of Baghdad, led by the jihadist Islamic State group, has brought Iraq to the brink of breakup, with the government struggling to assert any authority beyond its Shiite power base.

    Parliament elected Masum, who served as the first prime minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region more than two decades ago, by an overwhelming majority of 211 votes to 17.

    He had been almost guaranteed the job after Kurdish parties struck a late-night deal to support him.

    Under an unofficial power-sharing deal, Iraq’s Kurds traditionally get the post of president.

    The move could pave the way for a deal on the much more powerful post of prime minister.

    and

    Chalabi: all political blocs signed a national coalition that requested the block elder

    Baghdad newspaper of integrity

    Coalition leader said citizen MP Ahmed Chalabi, a national coalition to sign parliamentary blocs as the largest bloc.

    Chalabi told reporters, "we have a request from the first meeting of the Parliament aatiar the national coalition is the largest bloc, signed by both blocs."

    He said "some heads blocks National Alliance (Ziya al-Asadi, Ahmad Chalabi Baquer Al-Zubaidi) met with Parliament Speaker Salim Al-jubouri to inform him of their declaration that they are the largest bloc".

    He was speaker of the House of Salim Al-jubouri, said today that "the Constitution is clear in explaining the larger parliamentary bloc combined within the Parliament."

    He said that "the parliamentary bloc with the largest number of seats, and the Constitution was careful to use the word Parliament is formed after the House of representatives at its first meeting".

    "We are going back to the old Mahdi Al-Hafidh as if it had received a request from the State of law bloc, for he was Moderator exclusively back then."

    The President said the House "label greatest mass determined in accordance with the Constitution and there is dialogue between the National Alliance and State of law coalition and the President will meet with a number of political leaders after I finished for me," he said.

    The President of the Federal Court judge, Midhat al-Mahmoud, the biggest parliamentary blocs that formed the Government in 2010 itself would constitute Ministerial cab in 2014.

    Attorney for the State of law Coalition, Hussein Al-Maliki, said today, "the State of law Coalition had received the Federal Court as a parliamentary majority by Nouri al-Maliki remains a candidate for Prime Minister."

    The National Alliance was revealed on July 12 that the State of law coalition has applied to the Federal Court to inquire about the biggest bloc of seats in the new Parliament, noting that "the demand made in isolation from the National Alliance."

    http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...F%3Fp%3D104917

    and

    The President of the Republic: the national coalition is the largest bloc and not state law


    Agency day 8 :
    July 26, 2014

    Baghdad

    Source in Baghdad said on Saturday that the President of the Republic, Fouad Massoum, contained a request by outgoing Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, provides for the Declaration of a State of law bloc, the largest in Parliament, has the right to form the next Government.

    The source added that "the infallible confirmation receipt with reacted formal letter from the Presidency of the House of representatives provides for the Declaration of the National Alliance, the largest parliamentary bloc, and it is adopted in the formation of the next Government, not state law."

    http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...2F%3Fp%3D60675

    and

    Article 76:

    First: The President of the Republic shall charge the nominee of the largest
    Council of Representatives bloc with the formation of the Council of Ministers
    within fifteen days from the date of the election of the President of the Republic.

    Second: The Prime Minister-designate shall undertake the naming of the members
    of his Council of Ministers within a period not to exceed thirty days from the date
    of his designation.

    Third: If the Prime Minister-designate fails to form the Council of Ministers
    during the period specified in clause “Second,” the President of the Republic shall
    charge a new nominee for the post of Prime Minister within fifteen days.

    Fourth: The Prime Minister-designate shall present the names of his members of
    the Council of Ministers and the ministerial program to the Council of
    Representatives. He is deemed to have gained its confidence upon the approval,
    by an absolute majority of the Council of Representatives, of the individual
    Ministers and the ministerial program.

    Fifth: The President of the Republic shall charge another nominee to form the
    Council of Ministers within fifteen days in case the Council of Ministers did not
    win the vote of confidence.

    http://www.iraqinationality.gov.iq/a...nstitution.pdf

    * The Prime Minister-designate shall present the names of his members of the Council of Ministers and the ministerial program to the Council of Representatives. He is deemed to have gained its confidence upon the approval, by an absolute majority of the Council of Representatives, .............; and,

    * so there would not be a vote upon the PM designate per se, but upon the ministers the PM designate chooses to seat ; and,

    * absent a vote of confidence by the Parliament on the PM and his government ( Council of Ministers ), by the majority, then the President may charge a new nominee.


    and

    Jaafary: INA, biggest bloc not SLC

    Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:54

    Baghdad (AIN) –The head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafary, assured that the INA is the biggest bloc and not the State of Law Coalition headed by the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki.

    Speaking to AIN, he said "The INA is the biggest bloc and not the SLC," noting that "The biggest bloc was not named during the first parliament session where we released a statement in the presence of the representatives of the INA including the SLC."

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....t-bloc-not-slc

    and

    Badr Organization declares its commitment to the decision of the National Alliance for the prime minister post


    Mon Jul 28 2014 23:32 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad - where

    Announced the Badr Organization, led by Transport Minister Hadi al-Ameri, its commitment to the decision of the National Alliance for the post of prime minister.

    He said the first deputy secretary general of the Badr Organization, Abdul Karim Younes, told all of Iraq [where], "The National Alliance, previously was the biggest blocs in the last session in 2010 and is now the largest bloc in the current session."

    In response to the invitation of reference for the selection of the best and not to cling to positions, Yunus said that "there is a fundamental point for the selection of the elements of the government positions, is that available to have an element Ulkipa experience and sincerely to the people of Iraq," explaining that "the reference was not directed her words to someone Maliki particular they are always talking in general, and not particularly calls to the interests of the country. "

    He added that "there is a mechanism within the National Alliance for the selection of figures for the positions taken by the coalition government and we are bound by the mechanics of it," adding that "with the opinion of the organization, which calls for the reference to be there figures efficient and able to run the country properly."

    The supreme religious authority, Ali al-Sistani called for the formation of a new government within 15 days and not to cling to office officials have formed, in reference to the insistence of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the third term in the presidency.

    The Web site of the Office of the supreme religious authority Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the official said, "Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, a certified top Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said during a Friday sermon in Karbala [110 km south of Baghdad] need to form a new government within a period of time not to exceed duration Constitutional amounting to 15 days, and not to cling to their positions by the officials, "in an apparent reference to the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who insists on running for a third term.

    And rejects most of the members of the National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance and the Federation of Iraqi forces Maliki's nomination for a third term and looking to provide the National Alliance candidate for prime minister for being the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

    Read more: http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz38pQmgO00

    * The following is a reference to the " by-laws " of the NA which I have been referencing, "there is a mechanism within the National Alliance for the selection of figures for the positions taken by the coalition government and we are bound by the mechanics of it," . *

    and ACCORDING TO VISSER :

    " Unlike the procedures for electing the president of the republic (for which a separate law with elaborate procedures exists) the nomination of the Iraqi prime minister is governed entirely by the Iraqi constitution. As a result, the selection of the prime minister candidate is arguably the most sensitive and unpredictable stage of the Iraqi government formation process. " http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/20...new-president/

    and

    " ... it is for the new president to identify the largest bloc and ask its PM candidate to form the next government. Whereas the pan-Shiite alliance has declared itself the largest bloc repeatedly, there is a case to be made that as long as it does not have an agreed PM candidate it doesn’t exist in a way that is interesting to the Iraqi government formation and that the State of Law bloc of PM Maliki – whose candidate is Maliki – is the biggest bloc. It is being reported that Masum will meet soon with the Shiite alliance to clarify these things. Unless a PM candidate emerges, Maliki could legitimately complain to the federal supreme court that Masum is wasting his time with a non-existent political alliance. http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/20...new-president/

    and

    " The biggest bloc in the Iraqi parliament that also has a PM candidate is currently State of Law, whose candidate of course is Nuri al-Maliki. Members of this bloc, including Maliki himself, are now explicitly demanding the right to form a government, separate from the rest of the putative pan-Shiite alliance. Unless a bigger bloc comes up with a candidate before the constitutional timeline for PM nomination expires on 8 August (or a few days later if holidays are counted), President Fuad Masum has a constitutional duty to charge Maliki with forming his third government, regardless of whether he has a realistic chance of reaching an absolute majority when he presents it to parliament for approval or a second attempt by another candidate will be needed. " http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/20...ouble-in-iraq/ http://gulfanalysis.wordpress.com/20...ouble-in-iraq/

    and A COMMENT FROM VISSER RE : PM"S. Question : All names that given or promoted or some western suggestions made about them I believe have similar if not same Maliki problems.
    RV, do you agree with this?

    In your view is there away Iraq could get new face as PM instead iof these lingering four or five names?

    Answer ( Visser ) : I don’t see any sudden surprises here. Tareq Najm is the least known of the 4-5 names that recur (others being Abd al-Mahdi, Chalabi & Shahristani) and some will possibly give him the benefit of doubt compared to the others. With Abd al-Mahdi I would expect a return to CPA-era politics (“governing council”) with no clearly defined centre of power. Chalabi and Shahristani also lack substantial party bases but would likely be more prone to try to repeat the Maliki model of centralising power, probably with little success though.

    and HAKIM SAYS :

    National Alliance bloc: signals indicate a decline Maliki for adhering to a third term

    Tue Jul 29 2014 13:58 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Twilight News

    She said the Supreme Council of the Islamic bloc, led by Ammar al-Hakim on Tuesday that there are positive signs on resolving the crisis to provide the National Alliance candidate for prime minister include the lack of adherence to current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's nomination for the post.

    A member of the bloc Mohammed al-Rubaie for "Twilight News" that "there are positive signals from a coalition of state law may lead to end the crisis put forward a candidate as prime minister by presenting an alternative candidate for the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki."

    He said al-Rubaie, said that "blocks the National Coalition stressed that the post of prime minister of a coalition of state law share the Coalition to submit a candidate acceptable to all the political blocs."

    And settled Sunni and Kurdish blocs in Iraq, the positions of the presidents and the House of Representatives during the last two weeks while still Shiite blocs in continuous negotiations to end the crisis to provide an agreed candidate.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.c...#ixzz38vocAf5B



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    Citizen Bloc confirms the continuation of the dispute within the National Alliance on

    Citizen Bloc confirms the continuation of the dispute within the National Alliance on candidate for prime minister

    02/08/2014 09:24:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Citizen bloc, Aziz al-Ugaili confirmed "continuing disagreement within the National Alliance on the candidate for the post of Prime Minister, pointing out that" the State of Law coalition is still insisting on its candidate, Nouri al-Maliki. "
    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The leaders of the National Alliance will hold an important meeting during the next two days to reach a consensus on the National Alliance candidate for prime minister, in order to go to the meeting of the Council of Representatives, which will be held on Tuesday, with one candidate."

    He explained, "The State of Law coalition still adheres to Nuri al-Maliki as its candidate for the prime minister, noting that there are more than one candidate within the National Coalition, who are Ahmed Chalabi, Adel Abdul Mehdi and Ibrahim al-Jaafari."

    He pointed out that "the religious authority in Najaf confirms on the national acceptance of the candidate by all parties of the National Alliance, Kurds and Sunnis, so the next government to be consistent and strong to serve the country."

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFKFMI
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    Hakim urges politicians to take positive stances at current critical stage

    Hakim urges politicians to take positive stances at current critical stage

    Saturday, 02 August 2014 11:50

    Baghdad (AIN) –The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, called the politicians to takes positive stances.

    Via his Facebook page, Hakim said "We stand today at the edge of the history to take a position for the next generations to remember, so let's make sure it would be a stance of pride and dignity not a stubborn and intransigent one."

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....critical-stage

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    Kurdish MP rules out resolving name the next Prime Minister in the Tuesday's session

    Kurdish MP rules out resolving name the next Prime Minister in the Tuesday's session

    02/08/2014 09:35:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Layla Barazanch ruled out resolving the issue of the candidate for Prime Minister Post in the parliamentary session that will be held next Tuesday. "

    She said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The President, Fuad Masum, is currently conducting a series of contacts and consultations with the parties of the National Alliance and the rest of other political blocs in order to speed up the selection of the National Alliance's candidate for prime minister to form the government." pointing out that" the National Alliance has not been decided the name of its candidate until now to present him to the rest of the political blocs. "

    On the United States' determination to provide the Kurdistan region with weapons and advanced equipment, she said , "The United States will supply the region with weapons and sophisticated military equipment, with the knowledge of the central government, in order to fight the terrorist organization (ISIS)"

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFKGDJ

    * Again, I do not know that the Kurds are in any hurry to form the next government. Add to the potential gains / advantages in the disputed territories the possibility of heavy modern weapons from the U.S. and why hurry if they are contemplating two tracks, a unified Iraq or separatism ! ? *

    and

    Kurdish MP rules out Kurds' approval to nominate Maliki for third term

    02/08/2014 11:55:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Patriot Union of Kurdistan bloc, Susan Baker ruled out Kurdish approval to re-nominate the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term to lead the next government.

    She told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today "The Kurdish blocs, with other political blocs, wait naming the next prime minister by the concerned bloc that would be acceptable to all parties and components internally and externally."

    Baker added that "the Kurdish blocs, especially the PUK, did not raise its acceptability to nominate Maliki for a third term, but it stands with acceptable personal nationally, who is agreed upon" expressed hope "to nominate the candidate to head the next government soon.".

    Noteworthy that most of the political blocs refused to nominate current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term./

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFKGFJ

    and / but

    Yawar: Peshmerga forces capable of protecting the borders of the Kurdistan region against (ISIS)

    02/08/2014 11:49:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, Major General Jabbar Yawar said the Peshmerga forces capable of protecting the borders of the Kurdistan region against terrorist attacks of the Islamic State (IS) with its own weapons and ammunition. He added in a press statement today: that the Peshmerga forces possess weapons and ammunition acquired after the fall of the former regime in 2003, and it has its own a stockpile, which can defend its territory. "

    He said that the Peshmerga forces obtained these weapons and ammunition after the fall of the former regime and fearing of falling them in the hands of terrorists. "

    He denied news indicated that the Kurdistan region is seeking to buy weapons from other countries, adding that" the region has not received a single bullet from the federal government so far,"

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFKGFD

    and

    Kurdish Forces Reclaim Base from Militants, Sustain Heavy Losses
    By RUDAW

    Peshmerga guarding the borderline between Mosul and Kurdistan Region.


    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish Peshmerga forces sustained heavy casualties on Friday evening in a daylong battle with Islamic militants northwest of Mosul, losing 13 of their soldiers.

    A source inside the 8th Brigade of the Kurdish forces told Rudaw that the Peshmargas were killed in Khiraptin village near Zumar as they tried to retake a series of bunkers from members of the Islamic State (IS).

    The 8th Brigade was deployed to the area west of Mosul last month after the fall of the province to the Sunni militants.

    The Peshmerga source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the Kurds managed to reclaim the bunkers that were seized by the IS militants in a surprise attack on Friday morning.

    Earlier in the day fighting broke out between both sides as the IS fighters launched an attack against the bases of the police force in charge of protecting oil installations in the region.

    In a counter offensive by three Peshmerga brigades the Kurdish forces killed 20 militants and captured 30 prisoners, said Col. Karasul Gardi.

    According to Col. Gardi of the Safeen Force, the Peshmerga advance was slowed down because the militants had taken position inside residential areas.

    “Because families live there we cannot advance further,” said Col. Gardi.

    In 2012, the town of Zumar near the Syrian border was at the center of a military standoff between the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces. Both Erbil and Baghdad claimed the strip of border.

    The crisis was solved in political negotiations and the Kurdish forces remained in the area.

    Since June however, much of the areas west and south of Mosul have been under IS control.

    http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/02082014
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    MP: the National Alliance will name its candidate to head next government on Monday

    MP: the National Alliance will name its candidate to head next government on Monday

    02/08/2014 09:00:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / the MP, of the Ahrar bloc, of the Sadrist movement, Mithaq Al-Mozani said, "the National Alliance will name, on next Monday, its candidate for the next prime minister among its five candidates."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "the consultations of forces of the National Alliance are continuing to reach an agreement on its candidate to head the next government, adding that it has been reached an agreement to name the current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as Vice-President of the Republic."

    He added that "the most likely candidates to head the next government are Hussein al-Shahristani, Adel Abdul-Mehdi and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and next Monday, one of them will be named."

    He explained that "the next session of parliament on Tuesday will name the National Alliance as the largest bloc and the president will assign its candidate to head the next government."

    It is mentioned that sources pointed out that the State of Law withdrew the nomination of its boss Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki to head the next government, which considered by some sources within the state of law, untrue

    http://www.ninanews.com/english/News...ar95_VQ=HFKFMG

    * I Will be surprised if al Maliki has any part in a vice / deputy - PM position, but ............................... *
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    Tehran denies sending its Special Forces to Kurdistan Iraq

    Tehran denies sending its Special Forces to Kurdistan Iraq

    Saturday, 02 August 2014 12:51

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Islamic Republic of Iran denies sending its Special Forces to Kurdistan of Iraq by the request of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by the former Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani.

    The Iranian Fars News Agency stated "A source within the Iranian Foreign Ministry denied what was mentioned by some media outlets over sending Iranian Special Forces to Kurdistan in Iraq according to the PUK's request."

    Earlier, some media outlets stated that the Iranian Special Forces were sent to Kurdistan in Iraq due to the request of the PUK for security issues.

    http://www.alliraqnews.com/en/index....kurdistan-iraq

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    HUSAIN: World’s grand ayatollahs rally behind Sistani

    * From a Friend *

    HUSAIN: World’s grand ayatollahs rally behind Sistani

    http://media.washtimes.com/media/ima...3bafb271ec6694

    VIDEO

    By Rahat Husain

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, right, meets with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered and influential Shiite cleric, in the southern city of Najaf, Iraq, on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Mr. Ban urged lawmakers during his visit to "find a common ground" so they can address the crisis sparked by the Islamic State group, whose push has threatened to fracture Iraq. (AP Photo/UN Photo, Eskinder Debebe)

    In an unprecedented move, six of the world’s top grand ayatollahs have voiced public support for Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani and his handling of the ongoing crisis in Iraq. For any grand ayatollah to comment on the activities of another is rare, and for six of them to publicly support the specific activities of any one grand ayatollah is history in the making. Specifically, the grand ayatollahs have insisted that Ayatollah Sistani be followed in all political matters, indirectly referencing the latter’s calls for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to either step down or be voted out of his position.

    The six Shiite grand ayatollahs are Sheikh Vaheed Khorasani, Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim, Sheikh Basheer al-Najafi, Sheikh Ishaq Fayyadh, Sheikh Safi Golpaygani, and Sheikh Nassir Makarim Shirazi. The title “Sayyid” implies ancestry tracing back to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, whereas “Sheikh” indicates a “normal” lineage. In Shiite practice, all religious scholars are referred to by either title, and “Grand Ayatollah” is a partial translation of the phrase “Marja e Taqleed” (literally: source of emulation). All Shiites are obliged to follow a grand ayatollah for religious matters.

    Thus far, the governments of Iraq, Iran and the United States have not made significant progress in either reuniting Iraq or reducing support for Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s band of militants. Analysts believe that the public show of unity behind Ayatollah Sistani is intended to be a major step in resolving the deadlock over action against the violence sweeping Iraq.

    The level of public backing indicates not only widespread support for Ayatollah Sistani, but just as importantly, immense dissatisfaction with the prime minister. In the Shiite world, Mr. al-Maliki is believed to have largely contributed to the current crisis, and the rise of the “Islamic State.” Expressing the Shia community’s irritation with the sectarian policies of the Iraqi leader (who is also a Shiite), the grand ayatollahs have turned to Sistani to have the politician removed from office, albeit through the rule of law, rather than any sort of uprising.

    Ayatollah Sistani popularly called for Iraq to function as a democracy wherein each citizen was entitled to a vote, famously rejecting alternative styles of government. He also had a hand in influencing the country’s constitution, favoring an inclusive government. That Mr. al-Maliki is believed to have pursued a sectarian agenda, despite publicly supporting Ayatollah Sistani, has greatly disappointed the grand ayatollah, according to reports. Acting in response, Sistani issued a statement calling for politicians to “not cling to power,” taking the wind out of Mr. al-Maliki’s attempts for a third term as prime minister.

    Earlier this month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met with Ayatollah Sistani, marking the first high level meeting between the Shiite leader and any Western group. To date, Sistani has not met with any other leaders from the United States or Europe, despite holding immense sway over the fate of Iraq since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The U.N. chief issued off the cuff remarks iterating his strong approval of the Grand Ayatollah, as well as expressing his personal respect for Sistani.

    Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi went so far as to release his statement on his official website, saying, “In my opinion, they [politicians] need to refer back to the opinion of the respected religious authority of Iraq, his Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sistani, to end their conflicts and seek the help of his highness to resolve their problems.”

    Similarly, Sheikh Golpaygani called on Muslims to follow the guidance of Sistani “to reach noble Islamic goals.”

    Rumors had swirled that Grand Ayatollah Khorasani, a widely popular figure, had thrown his support behind Mr. al-Maliki, prompting an immediate response from the religious leader, as told to Khabar News, “Any news of his Eminence’s support to any politician in Iraq is incorrect, and his Eminence’s opinion is that the people and the government of Iraq must follow the vision and the advices of the religious authority in city of Najaf .”

    The nearly 84-year-old Ayatollah Sistani, who resides in Najaf, is often colloquially referred to as “the religious authority of Najaf” or sometimes simply “Najaf,” indicating his high-ranking stature. Al-Hakim, al-Najafi, and Fayyadh also reside in the city, and are well known for their long-standing support of the grand ayatollah.

    According to analysts, the support for Ayatollah Sistani and his political work is not in reference to any sort of religious government, nor is it a call for a “wilayatul faqih” (Guardianship of the Jurist) government similar to that of Iran. Instead, it is a call for ordinary Shiites to follow the guidance of Grand Ayatollah Sistani when exercising civic matters, such as voting for candidates to replace Mr. al-Maliki.

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    Source: mass-Shahristani will withdraw from the rule of law

    Source: mass-Shahristani will withdraw from the rule of law

    Dated: August 2, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - The source of a high political level, the independent bloc, led by Hussein al-Shahristani, may be forced to withdraw from the coalition of state law. Source said that "after the rejection of mass Badr representative of the third term to make mass independent discusses the withdrawal of a coalition of law after holding Nouri al-Maliki to power and lack of respect for the decisions of dialysis nationally. added, that the mass independent keen on the unity of the National Alliance, and will not allow anyone to hard house to a Shiite, even if al-Maliki. mentions that the mass Badr parliamentary announced the rejection of the third term, and there are reports of objections by members of the inside a coalition of law Nuri al-Maliki to take over as prime minister.

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  9. #9

    Liberal block: Ahmed Chalabi, the best candidates for prime minister!

    Liberal block: Ahmed Chalabi, the best candidates for prime minister!

    Dated: August 2, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - confirmed the Liberal bloc parliamentary The race to the prime minister is bubbling in today's non-acceptance of Nuri al-Maliki to abandon the idea of running for a third term, indicating that this situation is that the left will further worsen things and complexity. Explained bloc said in a statement today: The conviction was confirmed that Ahmed Chalabi is the best candidate for this position today, pointing out that it is the admissibility of high efficiency distinct, and a national consensus almost complete, which is not available to others. has also added that it will support the take-Chalabi for the job and will urge the deputies of the National Alliance for his support, saying That would be in the interest of the entire political process in favor of Iraq who have suffered so much and came to the brink of collapse due to the policies of al-Maliki and his commitment to the authority according to its expression.

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  10. #10

    Liberal block: Because maneuvers Jaafari National Alliance has not been decided so fa

    Liberal block: Because maneuvers Jaafari National Alliance has not been decided so far, the prime ministerial candidate!!

    Dated: August 2, 2014

    Baghdad / Iraq News Network - confirmed the Liberal bloc parliamentary, today, that the National Alliance has not resolved its candidate for prime minister, up to now, as pointed out that with the Alliance the number of candidates to fill the positions of Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister. MP said the bloc Dhia al-Assadi, the "Liberal bloc has a number of candidates to fill one of the positions of Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister, but we do not call these candidates yet," he said, adding that "this matter needs to be an understanding with other political blocs." added al-Asadi that "the National Alliance so far has not settle the candidate for prime minister, "noting that" if it will be declaring it formally through the President of the Alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari or his spokesman. "and the mass of citizens revealed, earlier on Friday (August 1, 2014), that the National Alliance will hold a meeting before the parliamentary session next Tuesday to choose a candidate for prime minister, as shown that there are a number of candidates to fill the position, confirmed that the meetings are still going on between the components of the alliance to choose one of the candidates. and MP for the Liberal bloc Riad al-Saadi, Wednesday (July 30, 2014), that National Alliance has five candidates for the post of prime minister, including al-Jaafari and al-Shahristani, while noting that the Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki, to withdraw his candidacy for the job because of political pressure.

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