The most senior Shiite religious leader in Iraq has called for the formation of an “effective government” to foster national unity and criticised "past mistakes" made by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's administration, in a departure from previous support for the embattled Iraqi leader.
Iraqi Shi’ite and Sunni political leaders made a joint call for national unity on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting called after a week of sectarian violence that saw Sunni militants seize northern cities.
The leaders, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi’ite, and Sunni Usama al-Nujaifi, the last speaker of parliament which dissolved this month, stood apart and listened as Maliki’s predecessor Ibrahim al-Jafaari called for “defending the state and protecting its sovereignty and dignity.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki broadcast a joint appeal for national unity on Tuesday with bitter Sunni critics of his Shi'ite-led government - a move that may help him win U.S. help against rampant Islamists threatening Baghdad.
Just hours after Maliki's Shi'ite allies had angrily vowed to boycott any cooperation with the biggest Sunni party and his government had accused Sunni neighbor Saudi Arabia of backing "genocide", the premier's visibly uncomfortable televised appearance may reflect U.S. impatience with its Baghdad protege.
Iraq's supreme court ratified the results of the April 30 parliamentary elections on Monday.
"The court has approved the results of the elections except for four candidates who have ongoing trials against them," Supreme Judicial Council spokesperson Abdul Sattar Bayraktar told Anadolu Agency.
The State of Law bloc led by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki won the the parliamentary elections, taking 92 of the 328 seats.
Predominantly Shia al-Muwatin ended up with 29 seats, while the Mutahidoun bloc of Sunni Muslims got 23 seats.
Anbar Provincial Council called the government to postpone holding the national conference called for by the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, till settling the crisis in Anbar.
The Chairman of Anbar PC, Sabah Karhout, stated in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com “We call the Federal Government to postpone holding the national conference over Anbar because we are about to settle its crisis.”
An official from the Kurdish zone Thursday said the regime would not set up polling stations in “Syrian Kurdistan.”
Ilham Ahmad, from the Democratic Society Movement, said Kurdish groups would deal only with “powers that recognize” their rights, according to the Kurdnet news site.
Ahmad, whose party is one of a half-dozen that rule the self-rule zone along the Turkish border, was asked about the poll, expected to be won by President Bashar Assad.
People of this region have been busy over the last few months voting in many elections — parliamentary, local, presidential and referenda. Yet, most of it seems predetermined with no surprises in results. Though elections in other parts of the world, especially in established democracies, are witnessing declining turnout of voters, people’s participation in elections in the region is on the rise. This is not only due to the region’s thirst for democracy, but is in part a by-product of the so-called Arab Spring witnessed more than three years ago.
Iraq's incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's apparent victory in parliamentary elections at the end of April has given him a leading role in forming the next government, but it will not necessarily secure him a third term in office.
On Monday, Iraq's electoral results were published in national newspapers. The tally was accompanied by a warning that only three days remain to lodge electoral disputes. The results will be considered final when the Iraqi High Electoral Commission, and the country's High Court, have addressed the accusations of impropriety.
Is Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani adopting a dual stance in dealing with Iraqi political issues? Does he have announced as well as unannounced views? What stand did he take vis-à-vis last month's Iraqi elections? Was he as neutral as the civil democracy (which he is still calling for) requires or has he taken the side of one party, contradicting his announced democratic principles?
La lista del primer ministro iraquí, Nuri al Maliki, fue la más votada en las elecciones legislativas del mes pasado, aunque queda lejos de la mayoría. El Estado de la Ley obtiene al menos 92 de los 328 escaños del Parlamento, según los resultados provisionales hechos públicos hoy lunes por la Comisión Electoral. Ese éxito supone un revés para los adversarios políticos de Al Maliki, tanto chiíes como suníes y kurdos, contrarios a que ejerza un tercer mandato. Para lograrlo necesita poner en pie una coalición que garantice la investidura de su nuevo Gobierno, algo que puede llevar meses.