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Maliki Calculates Early Elections

Controversy plagues Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government as he tries to deepen his control of internal changes, writes Mushreq Abbas.
Supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki shouts slogans during a demonstration in Basra , 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Atef Hassan  (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seeks to dissolve parliament while maintaining his government in order to oversee early elections. In response, Sunni Arab and Kurdish political forces in parliament, in addition to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s movement, intend to sack the government and prevent the dissolution of parliament or the formation of an interim government to oversee early elections.

Both options were passionately discussed at political gatherings and media roundtables, yet it seems there is no way to reach a political consensus as the conflict between the parties enters its critical stages.

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