HOT!!! Talabani assured the parties FROM Germany THAT THERE WOULD likely BE Compromises!!!

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Just exciting to see great news like this breaking on a Friday – which normally is a slow news day for Iraq.

– Mr. IQD

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Date: Saturday 08/25/2012 10:08 am

MP Fares Sunguri,  the Iraqi List – Expected THE emergence of A new crises in the absence of good faith by the political PARTIES to resolve the current political crisis, he noted that: “THE credibility of all the political PARTIES On the paper reforms and implementation of previous agreements WOULD HAPPEN immediately after the holiday.

What HAS OCCURED IS the same LEVEL OF  crisis AND IT will continue until the end THIS parliament.

President Jalal Talabani HAD a meeting last Thursday WITH the head of the PARLIAMENT, Iyad Samarrai. THEIR meetings and consultations IN Germany SPECIFIED the prospects OF ACHIEVING A breakthrough in the crisis BY reaching compromised solutions.

Talabani WAS QUOTED AS SAYING he said WOULD continue HIS efforts to bring the Continue reading

Kurdistan Presidency: Maliki must put Article 140 into Action

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Okay, so why is this article of interest to us?

Well, simply Barzani and the Kurds don’t want Maliki’s “slight of hand” trick to work and make the Kurdish people think that he’s not a “bad” guy!

Maliki made this move in Kirkuk to try to appease the Iraqi people and try to use it to stop the clock for the No Confidence Vote!

So basically they are telling Maliki – nice try bozo! Announce the 140 and the Power Sharing agreement – NOT just small portions of it!!!

~ Mr. IQD


May 9th, 2012 01:54 pm · ERBIL, May 9 (AKnews) – If the Iraqi Prime Minister wants to solve the issue of disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad, he must implement Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution, said the office of the Presidency of Kurdistan Region.

The presidency’s comment comes after Iraqi Prime Minsiter Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the city of Kirkuk, which is one of the most prominent areas of conflict between the regional and federal governments.

Maliki did not reveal his true intentions regarding Article 140 of the constitution during his visit to Kirkuk yesterday. He did not mention and ignored any reference to article.

The presidency alleged on their website that Maliki had intentionally selected the city of Kirkuk, in a maneuver to win over some chauvinists’ heart.

If Maliki wants to solve the problem of the disputed areas, he should allow the people to choose through self-determination.

Maliki arrived in Kirkuk yesterday early morning to meet with army officials.

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

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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)