National conference will be incomplete without Iraqiya
BAGHDAD, April 28 (AKnews) - The Sadrist Movement stated today that the non-participation of Iraqiya List in the national conference will make the event incomplete, considering Iraqiya's previous calls for holding the gathering.
Leader in the movement Amir al-Kanani said the conference will be limited to discussing the relation between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad if Iraqiya does not attend, instead of resolving the differences between Iraqiya and State of Law Coalition.
"The Sadrist Movement supports holding the meetings at any place on the condition of the presence of leaders of political blocs and the agreement to develop radical solutions instead of temporary ones. And if [the leaders] don't agree they will be responsible for any decision they take."
Iraqiya List led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi announced that it will not participate in the meetings of the conference preparatory committee or the conference itself if PM Nouri al-Maliki does not implement five demands, some of which are related to the Erbil agreements.
The agreements proposed by Barzani ended a nine-month dispute over who should run the government following March 2010's elections. The deal, which was signed by all the major political party leaders in Erbil, reinstated Maliki for the second successive term.
Maliki's elections rival, Ayad Allawi, whose Iraqiya List won the elections, was promised a National Council for Strategic Policies in return for his concession over the PM post. The council was not formed and the PM's State of Law Coalition and Iraqiya began incriminating and accusing each other of violating the Erbil pact.
Iraqiya List objects to the management of Iraq by Maliki, saying he has taken all of the power.
Maliki said that the powers granted to him are constitutional and those who oppose this must change the constitution instead of blaming opponents.