Talabani orders TODAY voting on withdrawing confidence from Maliki, source
02/06/2012 14:13
ERBIL, June 2 (AKnews)- Today Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will ask Osama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the House of Representatives, to conduct voting on withdrawing confidence from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a source said.
Since the required number of MPs (164) has signed to withdraw confidence from Maliki, the president will order the voting, an informed source form the Iraqiya List who demanded anonymity said.
Iraqiya Leader Ayad Allawi who held a press conference in Erbil's Rotana Hotel today declined to comment on the issue.
"The stability and security of Iraq, reinforcing democracy and rule of law and developing economy are our priorities," Allawi told the reporters.
Iraqiya which came first in 2010 public elections, narrowly followed by SLC, is now collecting signatures to withdraw confidence from PM.
Iraqiya Spokesperson Maysun al-Damluji said yesterday that the legal quorum (164 MPs) have signed to strip off Maliki from confidence. She added the demand will be submitted to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani for completing the process.
Talabani is yet to announce his stance with regard to the issue. Though he participated in two summit meetings of political leaders in Erbil and Suli, he did not sign any agreements worked out at the meetings.
Four major leaders, namely Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani, Allawi and Nujaifi of Iraqiya List and Sadr Current Leader Muqtada al-Sadr, have launched the campaign to replace Maliki.
They have met three times so far, once in Erbil, the next time in Najaf and the last time three days ago in Dokan, Suli.
Sadr, Barzani and Allawi have all condemned Maliki's method of ruling and stressed they won't allow for "return of dictatorship" to Iraq.
Yesterday Iraqiya MP Hadi al-Dalemi said his bloc is studying a proposal which requires Maliki to resign so that he is guaranteed that he will not face prosecution for the six years of his ruling.