" The Dinar Daily " ........ Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Sunni Spring in Winter
14/01/2013 17:42:00By HIWA OSMAN
The people of Iraq should be reminded that demonstrations taking place in the country’s Sunni regions are not for them. They are meant to remove one political bloc and replace it with another that is not necessarily better.
Those who are supporting these demonstrations are not really serious about improving Iraq's situation. They see it from their own political stand. Where were these supporters during the demonstrations in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square in February 2011? Those who are supporting demonstrations today were completely silent or paid lip service in support of the Tahrir square demonstrations, which were seen by many as true Iraqi protests because they transcended ethnic and sectarian lines and were calling for better services. Because the honeymoon of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his Sunni partners was still not over at the time of the Tahrir protests, those demands had drawn laughter.
As for the Kurds, they were silent at the time because of the opposition protests in Sulaimani. The political blocs remained silent when Maliki was quashing the protests.
Today we are faced with a polarized society split along Shia-Sunni lines. The Sunnis of Iraq are wasting their time. But so is Maliki. Since taking office, he has tried to oust his Sunni opponents but failed. They tried to oust him, and likewise failed. With every day that passes, the situation becomes more complex and less open to a solution.
The past 10 years and the recent events are proof of the difficulty of a Shia-Sunni partnership in Iraq. Perhaps the Sunnis should be pragmatic and think of using their constitutional right to form their own federal region, like Kurdistan. Then the relationship between the two will take a completely different turn and the competition will not be over who rules or controls Iraq, it will be over who manages it.
Now, Maliki has become a Kurdish and Sunni problem. Then, he will become a Shia problem, and Sadr will not be alone in opposing him.
Dulaimi warns from foreign plot aims at dividing Iraq
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 09:26 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Kamil al-Dulaimi, of the Iraqiya Slate warned from following a foreign plot that aims at dividing Iraq.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "I am astonished linking for linking the Vice-President of the former regime, Izzat al-Dori, with some political blocs."
"All the blocs approved Article 7 of the constitution that prohibits the promoting Baath Party so all of them are rejecting for dealing with Baath Party."
"Foreign agenda is behind creating the confusion in the Iraqi political scene and we have to be aware of such plots adopted by some Governments that are concerned of Arab Spring revolts to take place in their countries," he concluded.
MP: State of Law coalition will vote on the amnesty law after amending it.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the state of law coalition, Mansour al-Timimi said that "his bloc is not against the passage of the amnesty law if it is modified."
He said in a press statement that "the state law coalition is not against the law of amnesty, but with pruning this law and make it not to allow criminals and murderers out of prison, as well as thieves of public money," noting "that the coalition will vote on the law if these things taken in consideration" .
Timimi added, "there is, in the current law, many paragraphs can any lawyer, who has experience release a lot of killers," calling the Legal Committee to "address these paragraphs before putting it to a vote by the House of Representatives."
The amnesty law was scheduled to be voted on in yesterday's session, but the council postponed a vote on the bill until further notice.
335 Inmates released from Ministry of Justice prisons
Baghdad (NINA) – Chairman f the Ministerial Committee charged with the protestors' demands, Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, announced the release of 335 detainees from prisons of the Ministry of Justice.
In a press conference held on Monday, Jan. 14, shahristani said that the Committee ratified the release of 335 prison detainees, after they have finished serving their sentences and some found innocent from the crimes they are charged with.
Shahristani added that the Committee instructed the Ministry of Interior to provide investigation officers to study the cases of detainees whose files have not been determined yet.
Earlier, the Ministry of Justice said that it will release tens of detainees in Risafa Tasfeerat prison.
The Ministry's Spokesman, Hayder al-Saadi, said that releasing detainees will take place in response to instructions of the Ministerial Committee formed by the Cabinet.
Ali Shubber reveals large movements of the Supreme Council to address the current crisis.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the citizen parliamentary bloc, Ali Shubber revealed a large-scale movements conducted by the Islamic Supreme Council in order to find appropriate climates to deal with the crisis in Iraq.
His press office quoted him in a statement as saying that "The Supreme Council is conducting wide movements in all different directions in order to find the right climate to address the crisis that took place recently in demonstrations noting that the implementation of some of the demands need the involvement of all the constitutional branches in political process in the country." .
"The Supreme Council attempts to calm the political situation and address the public in order to find solutions for the demands of the demonstrators that have occurred recently in the western regions.". He added.
He explained that "The implementation of some of the demands of the demonstrators do not fall on a specific branch, but the executive and legislative authorities and other institutions must be participated," noting that "meeting some of the demands need to amendments by the House of Representatives."
Anbar province and a number of provinces are witnessing demonstrations and sit-ins demanding the release of detainees who have not been convicted, in addition to the fight against corruption and the corruptors and approve the amnesty law and canceling Article 4 / terror.
Samarayi urges Maliki to attend parliament to clarify his response to demonstrators' demands
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 09:44 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ayad al-Samarayi, of the Iraqiya Slate urged the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to attend the parliament sessions to clarify the reasons behind his refusal for accomplishing the demonstrators' demands.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "If Maliki is convinced that he is not ready to implement the demonstrators' demands, he must clarify the reasons before the parliament."
He denied intention to investigate Maliki by the parliament currently.
"The political blocs agreed upon investigating Maliki but they postponed it," he assured, stressing that "The only solution for the demonstrations crisis is to respond to their demands by Maliki."
Mohsen al-Saadoun denies that Kurdistan Alliance has been informed about file to question the prime minister.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee of the Kurdistan Alliance MP, Mohsen Saadoun denied that the committee and the Kurdistan Alliance briefed on the file to question the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in parliament.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The questioning in Parliament is a constitutional procedure, and the Constitution allowed the parliament to question the prime minister and the ministers and government officials all.
He explained: "The interrogation files are determined by the blocs or the House of Representatives after collecting required signatures for this process," pointing out that "the Iraqiya bloc adopted to question the prime minister in parliament."
He noted that "The questioning in the parliament has private mechanics before the it is conducted," adding: "The Kurdistan Alliance will decide his position after listening to the answers of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on files that will be in the interrogation, and see whether the answers of al-Maliki are enough or not to take a firm stance towards that. "
The Office of House Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi announced earlier that he received a request from a number of MPs to question Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki,.
Timimi: SLC objects General Amnesty draft that allows releasing criminals
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:55 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mansour al-Timimi, of the State of Law Coalition announced "The SLC is against the General Amnesty law in case it is amended to allow releasing the criminals and the murderers."
Speaking to All Iraqi News Agency (AIN), he said "The SLC is not against the General Amnesty law but it is against amending it to allow releasing the criminals and murderers in addition to those who steel the general funds."
"In the current draft, there are lacunas that can be exploited by any professional lawyer to release the killers," he added, calling "The Parliamentary Legal Committee to deal with these lacunas."
Sadrist movement: All blocs unanimously agreed to release the innocents, not criminals.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Ahrar bloc, Jawad al-Jubouri said that his bloc that adopted the draft of the general amnesty, and would not agree to release any convicted criminal.
Jubouri said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The postponement of adoption the law, does not mean completely rejection by the political blocs, but to give a chance to modify some of its paragraphs to suit what everyone wants in accordance with the law and the Constitution."
He added: "All the political blocs, through their statements, unanimously not to release any criminal committed crimes against Iraqis, and consensus was to release the innocent detainees."
The amnesty law was scheduled to be voted on in a session of the House of Representatives yesterday, but the council postponed a vote on the bill until further notice.