TODAY!!! Nujaifi, Mutlaq, al-Issawi: Closed-door Meeting To Discuss Crisis!!!

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21/12/2012 18:08:00

Baghdad/ NINA /–The leading members for Iraqiya Slate ,Speaker Osama Nujaifi , Deputy PM, Salih Motlaq and Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi held behind closed -doors meeting this afternoon to discuss the latest serious degradation of the prevailing crisis in the country and to discuss the implications of the arrest of protection members of Issawi.

A well informed source said : “The prominent members of the IS , demanded an immediate release of the detainees.” / End


Mullah Haider: Najafi’s travel to India Contributed to Disrupt the Parliamentary Session!!!

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We love Mullah Haider – if you don’t know (or remember) who he is, well friends, he is Sadr’s mentor and basically the force behind Sadr.  Indeed a very powerful Mullah.  He also has very strong ties in Iran, but recently (back in May / June) had denounced Iran’s meddling in Iraq’s political affairs (i.e. their attempts to Vote Maliki out).
~ Mr. IQD

Mullah: Najafi travel to India contributed to disrupt the parliamentary session yesterday
Tuesday 18 k 1 2012 13:14 GMT

A spokesman for the Iraqi List Haider Mulla CREDIT: Alsumaria News

Considered a spokesman for the Iraqi List, Tuesday, that the travel of the President of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi to India contributed to disrupt the parliamentary session yesterday, stressing that the trips undertaken by Najafi and the House of Representatives have become part of the Council’s agenda.

Haider Mulla said in an interview for “Alsumaria News”, “The Travel House Speaker Osama Najafi to India accompanied by forty deputies shares in disable session of the House of Representatives for a day, Monday, due to lack of quorum.”

Al Mulla said that “trips undertaken by Nujaifi and a Continue reading

Najafi cut his Visit to India Because of the Health Status of Talabani

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Tuesday, January 18 1 / December 2012 19:20

Iraq’s House Speaker Osama Nujaifi

{Baghdad: Euphrates News} decided House Speaker Osama Nujaifi cut his official visit to India short to return to the country for the purpose of reassuring the health of President Jalal Talabani.

A statement by the Office of Najafi received and Continue reading

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)

‘King-maker’ of Iraqi politics in Kurdistan: Maliki awaits his removal

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Too good not to post!!!

First Published: 2012-04-28

Top Iraqi politicians, many of whom feel marginalised by Maliki’s style of governing, call in Arbil for greater democracy.

ARBIL (Iraq) – Top Iraqi politicians, many of whom feel marginalised by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s style of governing, called on Saturday in Arbil for greater democracy in running the country.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, Massud Barzani, the president of the autonomous Kurdistan region, Iyad Allawi, the head of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, and Sunni parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, held a meeting in Arbil, the capital of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.

Maliki, who was conspicuous by his absence, has been accused by various sides, including Barzani, Iraqiya and Sadr, of consolidating power and moving toward dictatorship in Continue reading