Maliki is ready to attend meeting in Council of Representatives to interrogate him
BAGHDAD, May 20 (AKnews) - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is ready to attend the meeting in the Council of Representatives to interrogate him after political parties submitted an application that includes the justification for the PM's dismissal from his office, said an adviser for the PM.
Mariam al-Rayyes said: "The interrogation session must be public to allow the Iraqi people to watch it, and the withdrawal of confidence must depend on article 61 of the constitution."
Representatives of Iraqi political blocs, the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) and some parties of the National Alliance (NA) held a meeting yesterday at the home of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf and agreed on a national democratic project. The details of the project have yet to be revealed.
Sadr is a senior leader and has 40 seats in the Council of Representatives. He recently criticized the policy adopted by PM Maliki in dealing with his political partners.
The Iraqi constitution defines two ways to withdraw confidence from the PM according to article 61. The first involves a request filed by the president and secondly through the Council of Representatives at the request of one fifth of members. Such a request cannot be submitted before the PM is interrogated.
The Council of Representatives may withdraw confidence from the PM by the absolute majority of its members seven days after the submission of the request.
By Raman Brosk