Author: An-Nahar (Lebanon) Posted June 16, 2012
Many Iraqis and Arabs thought that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was on the verge of being removed from power. Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani, Iraqi List leader Ayad Allawi and Mahdi Army leader Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr had agreed to withdraw confidence from him in the House of Representatives after having collected the signatures of more than 164 MPs, the constitutional number needed to overthrow the government and its president.
However, those who thought Maliki would be subject to a no-confidence vote were disappointed, even though some leaders continue to push for such an outcome.
Is this disappointment irreversible? In other words, have those seeking to oust Maliki failed, and have they helped him to stabilize his position after being deemed shaky by the entirety of the Iraqi people — for reasons beyond his failure to address concerns like water, electricity, the implementation of vital projects, corruption and unemployment?
Any Iraqi closely following the developments in Iraq, as well as anybody who may be in any way invested in the outcome of what happens there, would respond “yes” to those questions. In the view of these Iraqis, disappointment is indeed irreversible, at least for now and the foreseeable future. This does not mean, however, that Maliki’s rule will be "eternal," as was the case with that of Saddam Hussein, although many are finding similarities between the two. It means that the current internal and external political conditions are not favorable for another attempt to vote him out, unless of course further developments changed the conditions that enable him to stay in power, and his local and regional protectors were convinced of giving up on him.
However, the most important question arising now is: Who are the authorities that have foiled the efforts to discredit Maliki, and why have they insisted on doing so? Several reasons emerge:
In the end, Iraqis say, it is unfortunate that Muqtada al-Sadr, who was Barzani's partner in leading the campaign to oust Maliki, has now backed down and retreated to Iran, despite his widespread popularity in Iraq. The answer to this question will remain unknown until new developments enter the equation.
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