Formally submitted, but not publically announced yet........
PUK Formally Submits Candidate for Iraqi Presidency By RÛDAW 4 hours ago
Fuad Massoum is a long-time associate of Jalal Talabani. Photo: knwe.net
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) has officially submitted its candidate for Iraq’s presidency, as politicians desperately struggle to put together a government in the middle of a Sunni rebellion and militant control of a third of Iraq.
Sources told Rudaw that the PUK has chosen Fuad Massoum, who is from Halabja, as a compromise candidate. But that was not immediately confirmed. Massoum is a long-time associate of Jalal Talabani, the PUK leader and Iraqi president who has been in Germany since a stroke in December 2012.
There were other reports that the PUK has chosen former speaker of the Kurdish parliament, Adnan Mufti.
Mala Bakhtiar, a senior official of the PUK, formally presented the name Thursday to Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani. Sources told Rudaw the nominee was chosen to avoid further factionalism within the troubled party.
Under the Iraqi constitution the president is Kurdish, the prime minister a Shiite and the parliament speaker a Sunni. The presidency is traditionally given to the PUK.
This week MPs in Baghdad finally elected Salim al-Jabouri as parliament speaker, coming a stop closer to forming a government, as Iraq suffers a crisis that threatens to splinter the country.
Even if a president is chosen, the issue of the Shiite prime minister still would remain unresolved: The Sunnis and Kurds have absolutely rejected a third term for Nouri al-Maliki, who has continued to insist he will remain prime minister.
Meanwhile the PUK’s Najmaldin Karim, the powerful Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, has reportedly caused a stir inside his party by submitting his name for the presidency, without the party’s consent.
That move raised the ire of other PUK leaders, including Mala Bakhtiar and Kosrat Rasul, who rejected any candidate that is not approved by the party leadership.
Iraq’s former deputy premier, Barham Salih, had been considered one of the strongest PUK candidates for the post, but his name was reportedly rejected by the Talabani family due to past history between them.
Unlike Karim, Saleh would be a national consensus candidate, due to his close ties with Iraqi leaders and his moderate views.
While the Iraqi presidency is largely a ceremonial post, before his illness Talabani had used his charisma and political weight to give the position greater importance and act as mediator to resolve political disputes.
Tman- (Tman is From another Forum) There is no firming up the POR position, that position is settled and has been for 18 months…Maliki internally has agreed to resign his position as a nominee for PM, the SOL is not waffling…
As of now the steps being taken are to stabilze the military before announcements and the upcoming transition…The second focus is on the corruption of Iraqi politics…
It is said that political corruption causes a corrupt military, these 2 events political and military are being stabilized…NO DELAYS…it is a process.
Please understand that those are not my thoughts…simply what I was told… And it comes from the direction that told me Jabouri selected to be speaker…and 18 months ago that Barham Saleh was definite POR…and that Shahristani was setting up for PM…Way before the news articles.
From the outside looking in it appears that the POR nominee will be known this coming Sunday....
Then come the following Wednesday, 23rd Parliment will convene and elect Barham Saleh.....
Barham Saleh will the direct the largest party to begin forming the government which is announce your PM nominee.....
The SOL being the largest group will announce Shahristani as their nominee which I believe may take place on the 27th......
Thus the 28th a Monday we will know who is who....and between the 28th and 30th we will have the new PM nominee elected......
Shahristani, chairman of the Council of Ministers instead of Tarek Najm
BAGHDAD / Source News / .. source revealed Tuesday that there is a consensus among the National Alliance to choose the MP Hussein al-Shahristani, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the next government. The source told / Source News /, “Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki decided to change his mind at the last minute after the selection of Hussain al-Shahristani instead Tarek Najm.” ”The National Alliance unanimously approved the al-Shahristani, presided over the Presidency of the Council of Ministers for the next government.” Finished / faceiraq.com
Sharistani is HATED by the Kurds.. he is as crooked as dogs hind leg. This is a perplexing move.. not one I would describe as good for the future of Iraq. With this wolf hanging around the hen house.. the Iraqi people better beware.
-Must be some type of compromise deal.. and hopefull he can be dumped later on.
-" Promise 'em anything.. just get 'em on the next bus to Tehran.. we'll take out the trash later".
"and that Shahristani was setting up for PM…" Sharistani as PM? Color me doubtful.
Blue, I could be wrong about this, but I seem to remember the Kurds' position, from a month or so ago, was anybody-but-Maliki.
While I agree with you on Sharistani, he does, at least, qualify as not-Maliki. Either way, he will be much weaker as PM than Maliki, and will have to play along, at least for a while, with the other parties, and I only care that he plays along long enough for Turki to pull the trigger, which I don't think will take more than a week after a new government is set.
Hope your bloody right revbo, sure we really don't want sharistani (i can never spell his name so always try not to have to say it) as pm but he will sure as heck do if it gives turki what he wants.
Man i feel sorry for iraq if this guy is pm, they better be smart and vote in the council first, the council that hopefully allawi isnt head of!
Sharistani is as much a thief as Maliki...
I agree mystic, It's been rumored he stole most of the money provided for the development of electricty in the country, Which they still don't have..... And when ever there was a hint that S. was about to be called o the carpet, Maliki would just move him to a better position.
Now he is at loggerheads with the Kurds, over their oil, and how they will ship it..... Blue's right the Kurds hate him almost as much as they do Maliki..
If he's been stealing dinars..... An RV might be to his liking
USD and dinars for himself and Maliki.
He stole 6 billion from the Electric Ministry budget through weriting phoney contracts even going so far as to create phoney companies witb phone numbers and rental space where he could send checks to Europe..
Parliament had him dead to rights and was in the process of bringing charges when maliki swooped in, stoped the proceedings and made him Oil Minister allowing him to continue his immunity until today.
Who knows how much he has stolen from the Oil Ministry. All of Iraq's income goes through his hands now. It's an even bigger slush fund than the Electric Ministry.
He has stolen tons from the Kurds by paying them for loww quality oil while the Kurds oil is high quality. He also has shaved the Kurds, keeping their percentage of the budget and not paying their vendors working in Kurdistan.
The Kurds asked Maliki to have someone else deal with them because frankly, they don't trust Shahristani. They will see his nomination as a slap in the face by a thief.
Shahristani met with Maliki yesterday and I feel comfortable a deal was made to protect Maliki by messing up any ijnvestigation either by stalling it or shutting it down while he was in office along with his own. tlar
I don't understand how having Shahristani as PM will do any good for Iraq. They might as well keep Maliki. I can't see the Kurds agreeing to him.
Tlar is 100% correct on Shahristani, and no he will not be the next PM! Not sure why they keep throwing his name in the hat but no way no how will he make it! I still say it will be Mahdi with an outside chance of Chalabi.
can't see Shahristani as PM. Sounds like B.S. to me. Although Joubouri seems intent on getting some laws passed quickly. If they get the Federation Council seated, the PM is severely neutered. I hope for the Iraqi's this doesn't happen.
I agree with you rocko. Tlar has nailed Shahristani's character. Actions do speak louder than words. When Barzani started building a pipeline to Ceylon Turkey that bypasses SOMO, Shahristani started beating the war drums and wanted to invade Kurdistan.
If you recall it was shortly after that that Maliki formed the Tigris command and marched it into Kirkut, Tikrit and areas around Kurdistan.
There is no way that I can see the Kurds voting for Shahristani. Given that "Unity" is one of the goals of the new government, I really don't see Hakim or Sadr voting for him either.
In this matter I think I agree with Rockstar. I would like to see Mahdi over Chalabi just because of Chalabi's checkerd history in dragging us into the Iraq war in the first place. Just my opinion though. - RandyT00 (~_~)