Hundreds Vow to Stand Behind No-Confidence Vote for Maliki

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The Iraqi List announced that over 200 MPs have signed onto a letter calling for for the withdrawal of confidence from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. In response, the State of Law coalition may dissolve parliament, writes Oudai Hatem. Meanwhile, southern and central governorates are threatening to secede. 

The Iraqi List announced that Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, will hand a letter to Speaker Osama Najafi. The letter, which was originally submitted by President Jalal Talabani, calls for the withdrawal of confidence from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The political party stressed that "over 200 MPs have signed the document."

Simultaneously, local governments in the central and southern governorates, which are controlled by the State of Law Coalition led by Maliki, held a meeting in Basra. This was to prepare for their declaration as a unified province, should confidence be withdrawn from the prime minister.

Meanwhile, meetings were held to seemingly  accelerate the process of withdrawing confidence. MP Ahmad al-Masari, head of the Iraqi List, told Al-Hayat that "those meeting in Erbil today [May 31] received the signature of more than 200 MPs who have agreed on the withdrawing confidence from Maliki."

Masri said that "Barzani will hand over the withdrawal of confidence letter to Nujayfi that Talabani submitted. Talabani asked Barzani to keep it until the signatures of 163 MPs were collected. Today, Barzani received the signatures of 200 MPs.” This indicates that "those signatures are from lists such as the Sadrist Movement, the Iraqi List and the Kurdistan Alliance, via individual or collective e-mail."

Masari confirmed that "the confidence measures will proceed early next week."

Furthermore, Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr ruled out "the possibility of chaos in Iraq if confidence is withdrawn from Maliki."

In response to a question by one of his supporters, he disagreed with what "some State of Law Coalition MPs are saying about how chaos will prevail if confidence is withdrawn from Maliki." Sadr said. "The withdrawal of confidence cannot lead to chaos, especially since it is a constitutional matter. Or does democracy mean chaos?"

During the last couple of days, meetings were held in Erbil and at a resort in Dukan, Sulaymaniyah. These meetings involved President Jalal Talabani, Kurdistan leader Massoud Barzani, head of the "Iraqi List" Iyad Allawi, Speaker Osama Nujayfi, Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and leaders in the Sadrist Movement Sheikh Mustafa al-Yaaqubi and Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi.

The State of Law Coalition threatened to "resort" to the dissolution of parliament, in accordance with Article 64 of the Constitution, if the political blocs “insist on withdrawing confidence from [Maliki]." This move was interpreted by observers as "an attempt to influence the decision of the blocs to postpone the vote of no-confidence."


Found in: prime minister nuri al-maliki, iraqi national list, state of law coalition, muqtada al-sadr, massoud barzani, kurdistan region, kurdistan, iraqi list

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