“Guys, quit worrying”the NA will not allow through vote, for Maliki to be named the nominee.
MP: Iraqi Premier Vote on the Horizon
By Omar al-Mansuri 2 hours ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s Parliament remains at a stalemate over who should become the country’s next prime minister but may have a candidate in the coming days, Jinan Abdul-Jabbar, a Basra MP with the Civic Alliance, told Rudaw.
She said Parliament is expected to choose a candidate for the premiership but won’t have time to send a delegation to negotiate with Kurdistan Region officials in the north. She said the Kurdistan Alliance in Baghdad would back the Shiite National Alliance’s candidate, who has not yet been chosen.
MPs also told Rudaw that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is still the State of Law coalition’s candidate, despite reports to the contrary. He is unlikely to win enough votes without the support of the powerful National Alliance and other blocs including the Kurds, however, and is unlikely to win over his adversaries even though they don’t have a nominee.
Abdul-Jabbar said the National Alliance has yet to agree on an alternative candidate to Maliki but won’t back the embattled incumbent, who is seeking his third term despite massive opposition to his candidacy.
“Other blocs share the view as well, including the Kurdistan Alliance and United for Reform Coalition,” she said, in reference to the Kurdish and largely Sunni blocs. “The National Alliance is the biggest bloc but there still isn’t an agreement on a candidate for the prime minister’s post.”
Maliki’s critics say he has sidelined Kurds, Sunnis and some of his fellow Shiites and has failed to protect the country against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists who have seized major cities and towns in Iraq.
Abdul-Jabbar said the National Alliance has enough votes to nominate a new premier but is searching for a candidate that will win broad support from other political blocs. Abdul-Jabbar noted that newly elected President Fuad Massoum and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi both received support from across Iraq’s political spectrum.
Zainab Sahlani, an MP for the Liberal bloc, which is affiliated with the National Alliance, said her bloc also won’t back Maliki. Sahlani said constitutionally, there is only one week to choose a new prime minister. If MPs do not elect a new premier, Maliki will remain in power.
“The State of Law coalition’s insistence on re-electing Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister is making it difficult for the National Alliance to nominate its candidate,” Sahlani said. “Discussions are continuing between the blocs within the (National Alliance) to reject Maliki’s third term, while the State of Law is refusing the National Alliance’s candidate.”
Maliki claims he has the right to serve a third time as prime minister because his Shiite-dominated State of Law coalition won the most votes in the April parliamentary election. The National Alliance maintains it holds the most votes in Parliament based on the pan-Shiite alliance of MPs it created after the election.
After MPs choose the prime minister the premier will then form the new cabinet, which Maliki said will not include rival Kurds or Sunni Arabs.
Sahlani said the argument over who has the right to the post is futile because Maliki “failed miserably administering Iraq and made the National Alliance (a former Maliki ally) look bad. It’s important to our bloc that we regain the public’s trust.”
In addition to facing strong opposition from rival political blocs, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iran and even Maliki’s own State of Law coalition have hinted that he should step aside, according to multiple news reports.
However, Alia Nassif, a State of Law MP, said, “The State of Law coalition is standing by its only candidate for the prime minister’s position. The election gives the State of Law the right (to choose the prime minister) because we’re the biggest bloc.”
The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Shiite politicians have discussed nominating Maliki’s chief of staff, Tariq Najim, who was named the likely candidate, as well as Foreign Minister Hussain al-Shahristani and Basra Governor Khalaf Abdul-Samad.
But, they're not the biggest. Yeesh!
These type's of articles will continue until the NA announce their candidate, it's part of the political theatre. Maliki knows he's out but as long as these kinds of articles come out at least he can hope for a shot a third term.
I just don't see the people flooding the streets in support of a third term like they did for Morsi in Egypt. So, we sit and wait for the constitutional time lines to be enforced and watch the fireworks until times up. I'm pretty sure we're going to continue to get more conflicting articles until the dust settles.
Agreed mike, behind the scenes so many things are being prepared, budget, HCL, amnesty, PM, cabinet, COM, tariff system, banks and stock exchanges, security plans to secure borders and wipe out ISIS, SFA, etc. It makes me think much of this is going to go public pretty close together with the monetary change but in the meantime - smoke.
I hear you loud and clear KJ. Ego-driven delusional lame gurus are what they are. Let's not give them more time than they deserve. The burning focus should be on Turki.
What the heck is going to make him feel safe enough to pull the rv trigger? It better dam well be as soon as they announce a new PM! The country is burning and they are broke. But he's comfortably sitting in the air conditioned green zone stuffing his face with cheeseburgers. It may be a while longer.
Guys, the NA will not allow through vote, for Maliki to be named the nominee.
So quit worrying.
The coalition will have their candidate and the SOL will have their candidate and then the NA will have their vote.
The winner of that vote, either Chalabi or Mahdi will be the NA nominee they will take to the floor of parliament as the Shia nominee for PM.
The coalition has decided on their candidate and I believe the SOL has decided on their canditdate, Sharistani.
The NA will vote in the next two days, maybe even tomorrow.
The Shia nominee either Chalabi or Mahdi will be ready the same day he is brought to parliament to announce his government having chosen the minsters in advance.
This should be over next week as to the government being formed.
I am sure of that.
By the way I guess Randy concurs.
He must have some knowledge other than the articles. tlar
Thanks AA and tlar.
Did the ISX go live in July?
Beastmaster, according to Tony Breitling (not TNT Tony) they have NOT yet.
Ralph: BeastMaster- The ISX is live (internally in iraq), they are on Holiday. The ESX (Erbil) is slated to "go live" on August 3rd, if memory serves... i believe the ISX will commence back on the 3rd..