Iraq’s Election – Infographic gives simple explanation of Candidates

Happy Tuesday Dinarians,

Well we have less than 1 day to go to the Iraqi Elections, and I’m getting excited!

I saw this Iraqi Elections 2014 (by Aljazeera) posted on the IQD Team Connection’s website and had to share with you.  I hope it helps to clarify for you what in the heck is going on over there with tomorrow’s Election.



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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Leading Iraqi Lawmakers Threaten Vote of No Confidence


By Raheem Salman | Reuters – 6 hrs ago

Four of the most senior political leaders in Iraq’s fragile coalition have threatened to bring a vote of no confidence in the government unless “autocratic decision-making” stops, a letter published in a state newspaper on Saturday said.

Iraq’s Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurd coalition began to creak in December, after U.S. troops left, when the government tried to remove Sunni Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.

Those incidents intensified long-running tensions between the Sunni and Shi’ite blocs that have hampered the government’s ability to pass key legislation.

The Baghdad government and the autonomous Kurdish region are also engaged in a simmering row over oil exports.

The four senior lawmakers – Osama al-Nujaifi, Masoud Barzani, Iyad Allawi and Moqtada al-Sadr – sent the letter to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s bloc on Thursday, political sources told Reuters.

Some of Maliki’s opponents, including Barzani and Sadr, have accused him of becoming a dictator and several of his critics say he deliberately sidelines Sunnis and Kurds.

The letter outlines eight demands to be met by May 13 to ensure the four leaders’ support for Maliki’s administration.

“In case of a refusal to comply with the principles and frameworks of this agreement, practical steps will be taken, within a period of time not exceeding 15 days, to act upon a vote of no confidence against the government,” the letter says.

The letter is dated April 28, the last day of a three-day mini-summit held by the leaders during which they said they tried to find a solution to the political impasse.

Maliki did not attend the meeting, which was held in the Kurdish capital Arbil.

The letter called on the government to stop interfering with the security forces and with the work of parliament and contained a paragraph criticizing autocratic decision-making.

“Putting an end to any kind of one-man decision-making in the government pyramid and a tendency towards autocracy,” the sixth demand reads.

The letter also demanded that a two-term limit for the post of prime minister be retroactively introduced. Maliki is serving his second four-year term as prime minister.

“(This is necessary) in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power and to establish the foundations and principles of democracy and in order not to allow a climate of dictatorship,” it said.

The sole Shi’ite signatory of the letter, Sadr, has a history of acrimonious relations with Maliki.

Maliki’s bloc met on Thursday and pledged to hold a meeting of all of the coalition’s political blocs within a week to hammer out a solution to the crisis, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, chairman of the coalition, said in a statement on his website.

(Writing by Barry Malone; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Iraq: We will Agree on ANY Alternative from the National Alliance for al-Maliki for Prime Minister


Finally some more encouraging news is coming out!

From what we can gather here it looks like Maliki’s Political Party has had enough of his games and tactics and is willing to bring back al-Mutlaq who Maliki recently attacked with a Vote of no confidence!!! LOL!!!! It looks like it may have just blown up in Maliki’s face!!!

~ Mr. IQD

Saturday, 05 May / May 2012 19:30

[Baghdad – where]

The Iraqi List, has announced its acceptance of any alternative from the National Alliance for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister.

The spokesman said the official name of Maysoon al-Iraqi, told all of Iraq [where] that “the issue of a candidate for prime minister, is returning to the National Alliance itself, but we announced that we will agree on any alternative successor to al-Maliki for the job.”

On the issue of sacking of Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq said Damluji “The issue of al-Mutlaq is up to him and we believe that a dismissal basically was unconstitutional and illegal, has confirmed the decision was confirmed by al-Mutlaq dictatorship of Maliki is dealing with this issue very dictatorial and that there is no internal system of the Council of Ministers was behind not resolve the issue of al-Mutlaq, “accused of” al-Maliki of trying to account for all administrative and executive Salahat his hand so can not be anyone working with him under these circumstances. ”

It is said that the Iraqi List, the most prominent political blocs calling for early parliamentary elections as a solution to the political crisis, calling its leader, Iyad Allawi, in more than one occasion to hold early elections to end the political crisis and the practice of some of the parties what he called the alienated and marginalized, and exclusiveness decision against his list or the National Alliance to change candidate, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister.

The political scene recently a political dynamic growing began meeting quintet between President Jalal Talabani and the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi leader Iyad Allawi and President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, the head of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi, which was issued from this meeting a series of resolutions sent Moqtada al-Sadr, in a letter to the National Alliance and who discuss them during a meeting last Thursday, but no details about the message and the position of the National Alliance of which were not reflected in the final statement of the meeting.

The Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, accused in a press statement of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that he [does not build a dictator] This comes against the backdrop of the strained relationship between the Iraqi List, which belonged to al-Mutlaq, a coalition of state law, led by al-Maliki.

Maliki made ​​a request to parliament to withdraw confidence from his deputy and leader of the Iraqi List, Saleh al-Mutlaq, “for his incompetence, efficiency and integrity,” according to demand.

As a source in the Iraqi List, for large movements carried out by a coalition of state law to persuade the Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq to return to the practice of work and attend meetings of the Council of Ministers. Ended 2.