Al Mada notes that 176 signatures have been collected to call for a vote of no-confidence. State of Law continues to insist that the White House won't allow Nouri to be removed from his post and that US Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting soon.
That a visit from Joe Biden is seen as the saving grace for Nouri goes to how estranged the White House is from the longterm US allies in the KRG. Nouri al-Maliki used to hate Senator Joe. Couldn't stand him. Because Joe was among those telling the truth publicly that Nouri was nothing but a petty thug.
Now the KRG feels they can't trust the White House (they're right) and Thug Nouri feels he can. You have to wonder what and who the administration won't sell out before Barack leaves the White House?
Paula Mejia (The Majalla) writes about the political crisis in a manner that suggests she's unaware of what she's writing about:
The government of Nouri Al-Maliki lacks substantial support, and there
has been talk by critics of seeking a no-confidence vote. Unfortunately,
Iraq's political tensions often have sectarian implications. According
to a recent analysis by Reuters, a number of Sunni and Kurdish leaders
have accused Maliki of “shoring up Shi’ite power by sidelining them from
agreements.” Meanwhile, Maliki’s supporters have accused their
opposition of obstructing the government as a means of winning
Sectarian implications? "Sunni and Kurdish leaders accusations" of being sidelined from agreements? What are they talking about? Mejia either has no clue or is being dishonest. Those are the choices. For eight months Iraq was a political stalemate. This as the US and United Nations (and others) attempted to get the sides to talk. What was the reason for the stalemate? Nouri al-Maliki wanted a second term as prime minister.
But to get first crack at prime minister, he needed to win, as he proclaimed he would, in the March 2010 elecitons. That did not happen. His State of Law came in second to Iraqiya. He refused to allow the process to move forward. The US finally came up with an agreement everyone could live with. Nouri gets a second term as prime minister and, in exchange, Nouri makes concessions to the various political blocs. This is the Erbil Agreement. Nouri signed off on it and took his second term and then trashed the agreement. Refused to honor it, refused to give the blocs what he promised.
If you don't understand that, please stop writing about Iraq.
The reality is that Iraq will either embrace a national identity or split into three separate areas. What the people want -- as reflected in the voting of 2009 and 2010 -- is national unity.
Liars and idiots destroy national unity when they repeatedly and wrongly refer to Iraqiya as sectarian.
Iraqiya is open to all Iraqis and headed by Ayad Allawi. He is not a Sunni. He is a Shi'ite. Their highest ranking government official is Tareq al-Hashemi who is a Vice President of Iraq. Tareq is a Sunni. Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq is also a Sunni.
Stop calling Iraqiya sectarian. It is dishonest and wrong. Stop implying it. It's also cute how Shi'ites (such as Moqtada), Kurds (such as KRG President Massoud Barzani) and Iraqiya line up on one side and Nouri on the other and the false claim is that the sects are all against one another.
A mixture of all Iraqis are facing off against Nouri. That's the reality.
Sectarianism is Nouri. Al Mada reports
that the Sadr bloc states that they are under intense pressure from
Iran's Shi'ite government to back down in the call for a no confidence
vote against Nouri (Shi'ite).
You don't have to ignore sectarian conflict and you shouldn't. The truth is the truth. But you also shouldn't mischaracterize to pimp the lie of sectarian conflict among government officisls. There is unity in the government against Nouir.
Alsumaria notes that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani went ahead and forwarded the signatures forthe no-confidence vote and that Talabani is insisting that he didn't sign on himself.
If Nouri wanted to stop a vote, all he would have to do -- Moqtada has stated this publicly -- is implement the Erbil Agreement he agreed to in November 2010. He's refused to. All this time. And he's harmed Iraq in the process. There are no heads of the security ministries because Nouri's refused to nominate any. Grasp that. Grasp there is no Minister of Defense. Because of Nouri. Violence is up in Iraq and this comes and that hasn't forced Nouri to nominate. His 'antics' have hurt Iraq in the international business community as well. Daniel J. Graeber (OilPrice.com) observed last night:
On Monday, a suicide bomber in Iraq detonated
his car bomb outside the Baghdad offices of a government-backed Shiite
group, leaving at least 190 people wounded and 26 people dead. The
attack was said to bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida, suggesting sectarian
warfare is far from over in Iraq. The attack comes as Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces enduring challenges to his
administration. That's hardly the investment climate envisioned for a
post-Saddam Iraq. As if to emphasize that point, international oil
companies showed little interest in Iraq's latest oil and natural gas
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