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Baghdad: Talks on New Government Remain Inconclusive

By Rudaw 6/9/2014
Iraqi parliament. Photo: AFP
Iraqi parliament. Photo: AFP


BAGHDAD—As Iraqi leaders draw negotiations on forming a new government to a close, caretaker Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Saturday that the talks are “sectarian and Iraq’s interests are sidelined.”

“Negotiations for forming a government are not positive,” Maliki said in a statement. “They are sectarian, personal and partisan and Iraq’s interests have been sidelined.”

Maliki denounced some of the candidates for ministerial posts, saying, “Some names have been nominated for important posts who are accused of corruption and known as bad in the psyche of the Iraqi people.”

Maliki who was forced by the president to resign last month, said in his statement that the moderate and “loyal voices” have been weakened in the negotiations.

The Sunni-majority Wataniyah bloc lead by Ayad Allawi said that ministerial and political posts have been commercialized in the negotiation process, threatening to “reveal the names of those who merchandize the ministerial posts of the new government.”

Hamid Mutlag, Sunni MP and member of Wataniyah said in a press conference that his bloc fights for human rights and the will of the sect [Sunnis] who have become a target of repression.”

Iraq’ Sunni parliamentary speaker, Salim al-Jibouri, echoed Mutlag’s concerns, saying, “meeting the demands of the Sunni population is their precondition for supporting Abadi’s government.”

Haider al-Abadi, a senior member of the Dawa Party has been asked to form a new cabinet and Iraq’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish groups have been in talks for several weeks in Baghdad.

Jibouri said that the Shiite alliance has not heeded the Sunni demands in the negotiations, but he urged all parties to speed up the process and reach an agreement.

Also on Saturday, Kurdish MP in Baghdad, Muthana Amin said that all talks had ended without any conclusive results.

“We as Kurds will not participate in a government that has no room for Kurdish demands,” Amin told Rudaw.

Amin said that with regards to some Kurdish demands prime minister-designate Abadi is less flexible than Maliki.

“On some issues Maliki was more lenient than Abadi,” said Amin. 


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NH | 6/9/2014
We don't have to be in Baghdad negotiating with Shiite and Sunni terrorists and rapist. Get the hell out and fly back to Hewler. Living with Arab Iraqis whether Shiite or Sunni is impossible. The US must stop forcing the Kurds to remain in this abusive marriage. I am getting sick and tired of hearing the name Iraq, Arab and Islam.
Bruce | 6/9/2014
plus ca change c'est plus la meme chose
Jamas | 6/9/2014
This is the the exact same recipe the shia's have followed the past 10 years 1. Be honest at first and just tell the sunni's and kurds they have no business being in power, this is a shia country and shia's are in majority, let them know they should actually be grateful for anything they get 2. If the traitor Kurds and sunni's still insist on getting their share make outrages counter demands. 3. If that doesn't work try to drive a wedge between them (should be easy) and even with in each group, buy some of them off by "giving" them symbolic positions and some cash, don't forget to promise them anything they want(don't worry it's only words). 4. If that also fails and you can't come to power "make" the concessions but don't worry, once you're in power and leading the government you start to reverse everything. First don't implement anything you agreed to, instated drag it out as long as you can, at the same time start to consolidate power and slowly start to sideline them one by one, start with the sunni's, and remember go easy at first.
KIM | 6/9/2014
Waste of Time. Iraq will be partioned eventually.
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/9/2014
For how long can last this ridiculous pseudo political process in the dead state, finally divided into incompatible parts. This is the demonstration of the complete irresponsibility of political parties. The President is obliged to ask officially the Parliament to admit legally that the procedure of the separation of Iraq is the only way to achieve peace and good relations, cooperation and security on the territory of the former country. Today it is necessary to establish a transitional tripartite body to let the parties reach an agreement on demarcation of their sovereign borders and conclude a peace treaty on long-term friendship. This should be done as soon as possible in favor of and for all peoples and communities of the former Iraqi state. The political issue is to be considered as the subject of internal affairs of the three share-holding parties of the former Iraqi state: Arab-Shiites, Arab-Sunnis and Kurds. The President of Iraq has the historical chance to stop the war and bring the peace for ever. He can inform also the US, the EU and the UN in advance just now. Do it Mr. President of the dead Iraq and you will become a great politician and patriot..
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