Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Iraq

PM Abadi, VP Maliki to run for Iraqi elections on different lists

By Rudaw 13/1/2018
Nouri al-Maliki (left) shakes hands with his successor, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in 2014. AP file photo.
Nouri al-Maliki (left) shakes hands with his successor, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, in 2014. AP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Vice President Nouri al-Maliki are to take part in the Iraqi general elections later this year on two different lists, their ruling Dawa Party decided following a meeting attended by the two influential leaders on Saturday.

The party said in a statement that their party members are free to run for the elections on separate lists for the elections.

“The party does not find it necessary to take part in the election under its name,” the statement on Saturday evening read.

PM Abadi is to form a coalition for the elections called Nasr, meaning Victory in Arabic, Haidar Hamada, Abadi’s media secretary stated on Thursday, adding that Abadi will have candidates in all “Iraqi provinces.”

He said that a great number of politicians from other Iraqi parties may join Abadi’s coalition including “those who fought against ISIS,” a reference to the powerful Iran-backed Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi.

Iraqi laws do not allow members of the armed forces, including the Hashd, to run for elections. But they can do so if they first quit their military role and disarm.

It is not clear whether Abadi will have candidates in the Kurdish provinces.

VP Maliki will head the State of Law Coalition, according to Afaq TV, a media linked to the Shiite politician.

Maliki is the head of Dawa Party, the backbone of the ruling Shiite National alliance that includes almost all prominent Iraqi Shiite parties.

In mid-December, Maliki said the party may have two different lists in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 12, but under the same supervision.

Abadi became the prime minister of Iraq in 2014 when about one third of the country was under control of ISIS including Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul. Supported by the US-led Global Coalition and the Kurdish Peshmerga, Abadi was able to finally defeat the extremist group in late 2017.

Maliki is largely blamed for the rise of the Sunni insurgency and then ISIS during his term in office from 2006-2014, a fact that later cost him the position of prime minister. But he remained influential, mainly because of his status on the parliamentary group of the State of Law Coalition.

Iraq’s Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni politician, in November praised the leadership of PM Abadi, but advised him to form an independent political party if he wants to establish a working partnership with the country’s Sunni and Kurdish populations.

Comments

 
re ed | 14/1/2018
can you please re-edit the seventh sentence? thank you!

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Iraniannationalist | 6/22/2018 12:17:50 AM
He's a Lak, just as we have soranis, kurmanjis, gorani etc, different Iranian languages. I hope he will not be called a "jash" by the true jashes...
Mihan | 6/22/2018 12:21:44 AM
He's the best, our pride. He will get contract from foreign club, mark my words. A true Kurdish Lak who loves his fatherland Iran, unlike couple of...
World Cup 2018: Who is Iran’s Kurdish goalkeeper?
| yesterday at 10:07 | (5)
Outsider | 6/21/2018 10:40:02 PM
Ok... then why did they agree with the Turks in the first place? So they lied to the Turks... well who then guaratees they will not do the same with...
We are staying in Manbij: US general
| yesterday at 07:03 | (1)
pete | 5/27/2018 5:27:58 AM
@ The Kurdish Voice - that kind of racism makes you no different to Erdogan. Manbij is part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, just like...
Robb Shuttlesworth | 6/21/2018 8:50:59 PM
Allowing the insurgent muslims to steal 2 Kurdish towns and hope to trade one town back for the other is not very wise logic.
Manbij: A battle between politicians and military brass
| 26/5/2018 | (3)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 6/21/2018 6:08:49 PM
The F-35 program is in enough long-term/design trouble as it is. LM is desperate to keep it going. ... If Genghis Khan had risen from the grave to...
Kurdo | 6/21/2018 8:05:06 PM
What I thought Nazi Trump loves Kurds. Where are all the Nazi Trump lovers. Dont trust Americans Democrats or Republicans all same controlled by...
Strong alliances focus of ceremony handing over first F-35 to Turkey
| yesterday at 07:58 | (3)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

YPG denies Turkey's timeline for Manbij withdrawal by July 4 3 hours ago |

YPG denies Turkey's timeline for Manbij withdrawal by July 4

"propaganda before upcoming presidential elections more
Stability, price stays most important for OPEC: Nigerian oil minister 6 hours ago |

Stability, price stays most important for OPEC: Nigerian oil minister

"even if it goes down a dollar or two dollars more
What about Mosul’s Jewish and Christian sites? yesterday at 05:24 |

What about Mosul’s Jewish and Christian sites?

"The tower is in danger to fall more
0.328 seconds