Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Maliki calls for majority government instead of unity government

(Voices of Iraq) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki criticized some political parties participating in the Iraqi government, saying that their role does not cope with the concept of the national unity government. He urged the parliament and the government to review the concept of forming the national unity government and forming a majority government instead of it.
The premier's statements came during his word delivered before the Iraqi parliament. Al-Maliki refused to allow reporters to attend the session and allowed only to the state-run al-Iraqiya satellite television to air the parliament's session. He blamed continued objections made by some participating parties in the government for the failure of the national unity government. "The national unity government's main focus should be the constitution and the signed agreements," he affirmed.
The withdrawal of a number of political blocs: the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front (IAF), the secular Iraqi National List (INL) and the Shiite Sadrists, from Maliki's cabinet caused a big dilemma to the entire political process. "We should establish a partnership government instead of a national unity government which does not abide by rules of the national unity," the premier also said.
Speaking about the quintuple deal singed a few weeks ago by the parties to the four-way agreement plus the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party, he described it as a "second step on the road to effectuating the political process and refreshing state institutions' performance in different fields."
He admitted that a stagnant situation faced the political process after the withdrawal of some political blocs.
Maliki attended Monday's session upon an invitation extended by parliament last weekMaliki was supposed to hold his weekly news briefing on Monday but it was cancelled due to his scheduled appearance before parliament today.

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