Official: All parties participate in national congress
ERBIL, Feb.10 (AKnews)- All the political parties have voiced readiness to attend the expected emergency national congress, called by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Speaking to AKnews, Aref Tayfur, second deputy to the speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the presence of all the parties in the meeting will positively affect the results of the summit "but it is not clear if the summit will end the current crisis."
The organizing committee for the national summit is due to meet on Sunday to set the date of the meeting.
The summit was called after tensions between two major blocs, Iraqiya List of Ayad Allawi and State of Law Coalition of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, deteriorated.
Iraqiya alliance boycotted sessions in protest to some steps taken against its leaders; deputy PM Saleh Mutlag and Vice President Tareq Hashemi. The boycott of the House and government also followed PM's rejection of regional autonomy demands by Diyala and Salahaddin provincial councils, which are dominated by Iraqiya members.
Settling the current crisis and issues of Iraq is not an easy task, Tayfur said "because they are so complicated that they are impossible to resolve in a single meeting."
Fatih Daraghayi, a member of the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition to the Iraqi House, believed the Iraqiya-National Alliance tensions are deepening "because the tensions between these two sides are sectarian."
The NA which includes Maliki's SLC is dominated by Shiites while Iraqiya is mainly Sunni. Allawi himself, who leads Iraqiya, is a secular Shiite.
Daraghayi added despite the fact that comparing to past the issues seem to resolve "but the steps are too slow, incomparable to the great size of the crisis."
Iraqiya representatives ended House boycott almost ten days ago, after more than one month of suspension. However, the government boycott is still effective.
Iraqiya has repeatedly accused PM of "unilateral ruling and violations." After Iraqiya deputy PM Mutlag described PM as a "destructive dictator" Maliki ordered his sacking.
VP Hashemi has also been accused of terrorism, a charge that has denies.