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[quote:calin:MV8xNzI0NTM4XzI4NzE4NzA5XzU0Rjg4QjE1] Posted Today, 10:55 AM Premier Maliki LashesOut At His Political Rivals In The Iraqi National Movement 21/12/2011 16:18 By Joel Wing* After travelling to Washington D.C. to meet with PresidentBarak Obama to mark the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, Prime MinisterNouri al-Maliki promptly returned home to take on his main rivals in the IraqiNational Movement led by Iyad Allawi. First, he asked parliament to have a noconfidence vote against Deputy Premier Saleh al-Mutlaq, and then charged VicePresident Tariq Hashemi’s bodyguards, and then the man himself, withinvolvement in terrorist attacks. This came just after Allawi said he was readyto reconcile with the prime minister. From what’s known now, some of Maliki’smoves are purely political payback, while others may have legal standing. While Maliki was in the United States, and upon his return,members of the National Movement launched a series of attacks and challenges tohim. First, Deputy Premier Saleh al-Mutlaq gave an interview with CNN where hecalled Maliki the worst dictator in Iraqi history. He accused Maliki of runninga one party state, and consolidating power in his hands. That was followed byNational Movement leaders meeting at the residence of Vice President Tariqal-Hashemi in Baghdad’s Green Zone. They emerged declaring that the list wouldboycott parliament until Maliki included them in decision-making, implementedthe power sharing promises he made after the 2010 election, and stoppedcarrying out arbitrary arrests. These have been common accusations against theprime minister, although saying that Maliki was the worst autocrat in Iraq,ignoring Saddam Hussein, was obviously hyperbole. Even before the 2010elections, many critics claimed Maliki was attempting to dominate the stateapparatus, and was mistrustful of others. Those trends have continued since hegained his second term at the expense of the INM. The difference this time wasthat most of the leaders of the National Movement were finally agreeing upon acommon stance. Before, it was mostly Allawi acting unilaterally, complainingabout Maliki’s centralizing of power in his own hands. Now, the whole list wasjoining in. Premier Maliki was quick to retaliate. First he askedparliament to hold a no confidence vote against Deputy Premier Mutlaq. Two dayslater, he issued orders to bar Mutlaq from entering the parliament building.The prime minister first made the proposal at a meeting of the NationalAlliance on December 15, but the rest of the list rejected the idea. Thatdidn’t stop Maliki. Then it was leaked to the press that there was an arrestwarrant pending against Vice President Hashemi. At the beginning of December,the police received a tip that one of the vice president’s bodyguards wasbuilding a car bomb in his home. The residence was raided, explosives werefound, and the guard was taken away. According to sources, he confessed, whichled to another arrest. Three more bodyguards, along with the manager ofHashemi’s office were all later detained. The Baghdad Operations Command wassupposed to hold a press conference explaining the arrests, and the charges againstHashemi, but Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court said that nothing should be aireduntil the investigation was completed. On December 19, parts of the guards’confessions were released to the press, implicating their role in attacks for the last two years, with Hashemifunding and directing them. Finally, Army units were placed outside of theresidences of Hashemi, Mutlaq, and Finance Minister Rafi Issawi, and Allawiclaimed that several members of his staff were arrested as well. The next day,a source close to Maliki claimed that he had given Hashemi two days to provehis innocence against the terrorism charges; otherwise he would be arrested aswell. This came after more leaks to the press about the Vice President’sbodyguards taking part in terrorist attacks. Some implied that they were behinda November 2011 bombing outside of the parliament building, which Malikiclaimed targeted him. That same day, Hashemi, Mutlaq, and Issawi attempted tofly to Sulaymaniya to meet with Kurdistan Regional Government President MassoudBarzani, when the security forces held their plane. This was due to Malikiissuing a order that Hashemi could not fly. The National Movement delegationwas eventually allowed to depart. In retaliation for all the charges againstit, the INM said it would pull its ministers from cabinet meetings, and theyall threatened to resign. The move against Mutlaq was obviously politicalpayback by Maliki for the deputy premier’s comments to CNN. There’s littlechance that parliament would pass the no confidence vote, so it was all justfor show. The charges against Vice President Hashemi are much more serious. TheIraqi justice system is based upon confessions, and with members of hissecurity detail allegedly talking to the police, a serious case could be madeagainst him. Parliament would need to strip him of his immunity before he couldbe brought to court. Since Iraq’s political class likes to protect its ownprivileges that may not happen. There have been several members of parliamentand the cabinet, both past and present that have been connected to militias andcrimes, and little was done about them. Since the blow up between Maliki and the Iraqi NationalMovement, the other major parties and the United States have attempted to stepin and mediate between the two sides. First, America’s Ambassador to Iraq JamesJeffrey was said to be talking to both parties. Kurdistan Regional PresidentMassoud Barzani called for a national conference to resolve the disputesbetween all of the country’s lists. Even Maliki’s Shiite allies the Sadristsand the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council said that they would try to their hand attalking to all sides. Tensions within Iraq’s national coalition governmentappear to be at the breaking point. Maliki seems intent on taking on the INM,even if he has to do it alone. The question is whether this is just the latestexample of political brinkmanship within the country, or is Maliki willing tofollow through on his threats against INM leaders. It’s yet to be seen how far this latest crisis amongstIraq’s ruling parties will go. In the past, Maliki used carrots and sticks withthe National Movement. He often carried out a war of words with Allawi, whileisolating him from the rest of his party by offering them top slots in the government.Now all the members of Allawi’s list appear to be unified in their condemnationof Maliki. That includes not only boycotting parliament, but also threateningto resign from the cabinet. The question is whether the National Movement canmaintain its unity, and whether Maliki can rule without them. The primeminister may be able to offer concessions that could end this falling out or hemay decide that he has enough support amongst the other parties to go onwithout the National Movement. Those issues are what need to be closely watchedin the coming days to see how all this plays out. http://www.aknews.co...knews/8/279636/ Read more: http://dinarvets.com/forums/index.php?/topic/96390-premier-maliki-lashes-out-at-his-political-rivals-in-the-iraqi-national-movement/#ixzz1hBo8Tago [/quote]
Iraq is rapidly becoming a force in world economics due to its oil reserves. What do you think the effects will be on the world economic stage. sk
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