There are two news sources in Iraq. The press trying to find out what the truth is and report it is one.
Then there is the mouth organs of the SOL leadership ( State of Law) and Maliki who try to sway public opinion by lying on a consistant basis fabricating a position of strength..
Articles that say Maliki is going to be asked by Masum to form the next government or Maliki will be the next VP are authored by the SOL or Maliki.
Any article that attempts to put Maliki in a good lite, you can best count on them as being put out by Maliki or the SOL. Just ignore the crap coming from these guys and unless you hear it from Hakim, al-jubouri or Masum, it is most likely a lie.
It is not hard to distinguish the crap from the truth if you look at it that way.
The SOL has been marginalized but there are a few in their leadership (probably the biggest crooks) that continue to fight for the guy that can protect them from prosecution and they continue to put this kind of crap out. Other than the humor in these kinds of articles, they have no validity. tlar
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HUSAIN: World’s grand ayatollahs rally behind Sistani
In an unprecedented move, six of the world’s top grand ayatollahs have voiced public support for Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Sistani and his handling of the ongoing crisis in Iraq.
For any grand ayatollah to comment on the activities of another is rare, and for six of them to publicly support the specific activities of any one grand ayatollah is history in the making. Specifically, the grand ayatollahs have insisted that Ayatollah Sistani be followed in all political matters, indirectly referencing the latter’s calls for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to either step down or be voted out of his position.
The six Shiite grand ayatollahs are Sheikh Vaheed Khorasani, Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim, Sheikh Basheer al-Najafi, Sheikh Ishaq Fayyadh, Sheikh Safi Golpaygani, and Sheikh Nassir Makarim Shirazi.
The title “Sayyid” implies ancestry tracing back to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, whereas “Sheikh” indicates a “normal” lineage.
In Shiite practice, all religious scholars are referred to by either title, and “Grand Ayatollah” is a partial translation of the phrase “Marja e Taqleed” (literally: source of emulation). All Shiites are obliged to follow a grand ayatollah for religious matters.
The level of public backing indicates not only widespread support for Ayatollah Sistani, but just as importantly, immense dissatisfaction with the prime minister.
In the Shiite world, Mr. al-Maliki is believed to have largely contributed to the current crisis, and the rise of the “Islamic State.”
Expressing the Shia community’s irritation with the sectarian policies of the Iraqi leader (who is also a Shiite), the grand ayatollahs have turned to Sistani to have the politician removed from office, albeit through the rule of law, rather than any sort of uprising.
Ayatollah Sistani popularly called for Iraq to function as a democracy wherein each citizen was entitled to a vote, famously rejecting alternative styles of government. He also had a hand in influencing the country’s constitution, favoring an inclusive government.
That Mr. al-Maliki is believed to have pursued a sectarian agenda, despite publicly supporting Ayatollah Sistani, has greatly disappointed the grand ayatollah, according to reports.
Acting in response, Sistani issued a statement calling for politicians to “not cling to power,” taking the wind out of Mr. al-Maliki’s attempts for a third term as prime minister.
Earlier this month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met with Ayatollah Sistani, marking the first high level meeting between the Shiite leader and any Western group.
To date, Sistani has not met with any other leaders from the United States or Europe, despite holding immense sway over the fate of Iraq since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The U.N. chief issued off the cuff remarks iterating his strong approval of the Grand Ayatollah, as well as expressing his personal respect for Sistani.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi went so far as to release his statement on his official website, saying, “In my opinion, they [politicians] need to refer back to the opinion of the respected religious authority of Iraq, his Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sistani, to end their conflicts and seek the help of his highness to resolve their problems.”
Similarly, Sheikh Golpaygani called on Muslims to follow the guidance of Sistani “to reach noble Islamic goals.”
Rumors had swirled that Grand Ayatollah Khorasani, a widely popular figure, had thrown his support behind Mr. al-Maliki, prompting an immediate response from the religious leader, as told to Khabar News, “Any news of his Eminence’s support to any politician in Iraq is incorrect, and his Eminence’s opinion is that the people and the government of Iraq must follow the vision and the advices of the religious authority in city of Najaf .”
The nearly 84-year-old Ayatollah Sistani, who resides in Najaf, is often colloquially referred to as “the religious authority of Najaf” or sometimes simply “Najaf,” indicating his high-ranking stature.
Al-Hakim, al-Najafi, and Fayyadh also reside in the city, and are well known for their long-standing support of the grand ayatollah.
According to analysts, the support for Ayatollah Sistani and his political work is not in reference to any sort of religious government, nor is it a call for a “wilayatul faqih” (Guardianship of the Jurist) government similar to that of Iran.
Instead, it is a call for ordinary Shiites to follow the guidance of Grand Ayatollah Sistani when exercising civic matters, such as voting for candidates to replace Mr. al-Maliki.
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Liberal's (et al): Maliki will withdraw his candidacy, and the insistence of his coalition "media"
2/8/2014 -Brother - and Sam Mulla
Ahrar parliamentary bloc confirmed The leader of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki will withdraw his candidacy because everyone dismissive of the third term, noting that "the insistence of the coalescing media, and try to get political gain."
-The MP from the bloc Riad al-Saadi said in a statement singled out by the Agency correspondent for News News (et) that "the insistence of state law, Maliki took the third term media only fact that al-Maliki would withdraw his candidacy because everyone shows him, calling for" the rule of law to be more realistic and offer candidates acceptable, warning "at the same time" if it did not provide an alternative to going prime minister of the state of law to the National Coalition. "
-He said al-Saadi said that "there are several names nominated within the National Alliance, including Tarek Najm But there is refusal of the leaders within the rule of law Kalshhurstana and writer and Ameri prompting Maliki to nominate a close Kalshhurstana and writer," adding, "that there are splits began to appear in state law for refusing the third term Badr bloc and independent. "
-The Liberal MP for the "National Alliance is determined to provide a candidate acceptable to all political parties."
-For her part, the parliamentary bloc citizen and there are several replacements for al-Maliki for prime minister, calling for the submission of candidate regaining acceptance of national
-And the MP for the mass citizen parliamentary Hashim al-Moussawi said in a statement singled out by the Agency correspondent for News News (et) "The third mandate impossible strayed existing data and there are several replacements for al-Maliki for prime minister," explaining that "the names mentioned as substitutes for al-Maliki, many being the talk inside National Alliance. "
-He said al-Moussawi said "the National Coalition takes into consideration the seats in each block and by numerical calculations we have the desire to be a candidate, Prime Minister from within the rule of law," calling "state law to provide a substitute for Maliki regaining the admissibility at the blocks of national and under the conditions set by reference and is capable of forming government acceptable to everyone. "
-The State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki has stressed that "the commissioning Maliki almost be just around the corner during the period remaining constitutional."
-And the MP for the rule of law Mohammed Chihod in a statement singled out by the reporter and the Agency for News News (et) "The coming days and before the end of the constitutional period will cost Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a government," adding "he is released from the names of the candidates for prime minister There is no truth to them. "
-He added Chihod that "there are joints that important first is assigned to the biggest bloc to form a government that does not require a vote of the House and the detailed second phase of the government's offer to parliament for approval and this stage have not gotten it yet, pointing out" that we are going to the stage of commissioning the biggest bloc, and the constitutional rule of law This is the biggest and as interpreted by the Federal Court and the President of the Republic cost the candidate the biggest bloc, and this constitutional article. "
-As he emphasized the Kurdistan Alliance leader Hamid Buffy the former President Jalal Talabani would not support Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to head the next government.
-Said Buffy in a press statement, seen by the Agency for News News (et) that the unacceptability of al-Maliki of all the forces that make the third term is difficult, and can not be the head of the next government, because of what he described as his policy wrong, which led the country into a dark tunnel. According to the source
-He added that the acceptance of Buffy the state's third owners means dividing Iraq into three regions, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd, indicating that the political blocs all but Maliki's bloc rejects the state's third generation, and that Talabani will not be supported for the third term because it has become impossible.
-He called on the President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim politicians to take positions treasured by generations to come, not the positions of tenacious.
-He said al-Hakim in his personal social networking site (Facebook) "Today we stand on the threshold of history in order to record a stand Stzl future generations," stressing saying,
"Let us see to be the attitude of pride, and that pride is not the position of the stubbornness and tenacity."