Sadr calls for a referendum to withdraw confidence from the Maliki

[10:23] 12/Jun/01

Erbil, June 1 (PNA) - called the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday to hold a referendum to withdraw confidence from the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, while the condition of the participation of all the official and popular in it, and under the supervision of independent organizations, stressed the need for education for the referendum and not against him.
He said Moqtada al-Sadr in response to a question by one of his followers on a referendum to withdraw confidence from the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, "if we ensure that the conditions then yes," noting that "conditions are to be for all Iraqis, not to one class and have the participation of all the official and public."

He stressed the need for the chest, "supervised by an independent fair and impartial, especially from civil society organizations to the referendum, and the atmosphere of a security under the auspices of the army and police," pointing to the importance of "education for the referendum that is not against him."

Comes Sadr's call after hours to detect the governor of Nineveh province ethyl Najafi, on Thursday (31 May 2012), that the number of deputies who signed the withdrawal of confidence from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has so far exceeded the required quorum, stressing that, including deputies of the National Alliance.

The previously issued that called, the first on Wednesday (30 May 2012), the political blocs to collect 124 votes in the Iraqi parliament, vowing to complete the 164 for the withdrawal of confidence from the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Dawa Party, was charged with the rejection of all repairs.

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