BGG News Highlights & Comments 6-15-18
BGG ~ Charles Bright – NAILED IT!!
Iraq’s Former PM Nouri Al Maliki ‘Not Welcome’ In New Government
Nationalist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr and Iran-backed militia leader Hadi Al Amiri have found common ground in excluding the former leader
There is no place for former Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki in the coalition to form Iraq’s next government, a spokesman for the recent election’s largest political bloc has said.
“Nouri Al Maliki is not welcome to join the coalition,” Dhiaa Al Assadi, a close aide to Shiite Cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, told The National.
Last month’s parliamentary elections saw electoral lists led by nationalist Mr Al Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi Al Amiri win the largest number of seats. The two leaders announced their intention to form an alliance of their political blocs on Wednesday.
State law: Maliki Agreed To Join The Alliance Of The Sadr Government To Form A “Patriarchal” Government!They called on other political groups to join them in a coalition. Notably absent from that invitation was Mr Al Maliki.
It appears a decisive set back for Mr Al Maliki, who in the past managed to cling to power despite rising unpopularity.
Mr Al Maliki took power in 2006 with the blessing of both the United States and Iran. But he rapidly alienated the country’s Sunni and Kurdish minorities by shutting them out of key security positions and undermining power-sharing agreements.
During the 2010 elections, a secular bloc headed by vice president Ayad Allawi won the most seats in parliament. But Tehran backed Mr Al Maliki to remain in power, who was able to form a “national unity” government with the help of Mr Al Sadr.
Mr Al Maliki was finally forced to step down in 2014 following the collapse of a third of Iraq’s military and police units in the face of an ISIS offensive which overran a third of the country. He immediately assumed the largely ceremonial role for vice president. He was replaced as premier by fellow Dawa Party member Haider Al Abadi.
As general secretary of the Dawa party, Mr Maliki has retained political influence, though his State of Law coalition performed bellow expectations in the recent elections, winning just 26 seats.
The blocs controlled by Mr Al Sadr and Mr Amiri control 101 seats, short of the 165 required to form a majority.
Mr Al Sadr’s Sairoun alliance, which also includes the Communist Party and secular candidates, won 54 seats, while Mr Amiri’s Fatah coalition of Shiite paramilitaries won 47 seats.
Incumbent Prime Minister Abadi’s Victory alliance took 42 seats.
“His Eminence [Mr Al Sadr] has always welcomed Dr Al Abadi to join his coalition,” Mr Al Assadi said.
The Shiite cleric has previously vowed that he would not allow Mr Maliki another term as prime minister.
Even his former backers in Tehran may have given up on him. “Nouri Al Maliki was Iran’s best person but they accept that he’s not part of the next government because of the instability caused” during his time in power, Renad Mansour, senior research fellow at London’s Chatham House, told The National.
“Al Sadr’s stance has been to side-line Nouri Al Maliki,” he added.
Mr Al Sadr’s strong election performance marked the culmination of years of speaking out against corruption and government mismanagement.
He first built his name outside of mainstream politics, as the head of the Mehdi Army militia which fought against the US occupation using sophisticated bombs likely supplied by the Iranians. But he has remained a staunch nationalist, critical of Iranian interference in Iraq.
For his proposed coalition to succeed, Mr Al Sadr will need to overcome grievances from members of his own bloc who insist Tehran should not be permitted to interfere in Iraq’s affairs.
Iran backs Mr Al Amiri, a militia leader who spent two decades fighting former dictator Saddam Hussein from Iran. He is also close to General Qassem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who has great influence in Iraq.
BGG~ Charles Bright – NAILED IT!!
The Euphrates – A source in the coalition of state law, said on Wednesday that the leader of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, the alliance with the “Saroon”, supported by the leader of the Sadrist movement, and “Fath” led by Secretary General of the Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri, indicating that he will meet Amri this evening.
The source revealed that “the head of the Fatah alliance Hadi al-Ameri will visit the head of a coalition of law Nuri al-Maliki, this evening, to study the alliance between the conquest and the rest, considering Maliki is a key part.”
He added that “the meeting will discuss the moistening of the atmosphere between Nuri al-Maliki and the leader of the alliance of Sadr’s followers,” stressing that “Maliki agrees to enter the alliance and the conquest of the conquest and will be announced soon.” Yesterday, Sadr announced the accession of the Fath Alliance to move to form the largest bloc.
Article Credit: Alforat.info http://www.alforat.info/index.php?page=article&id=57879
BGG ~ This is how I read this…
Nowhere does it say Sadr is OK with Maliki in the group. That is a title and is based on the word of some SLC “source”. In fact, the timeline is that Ameri has started conversations with Sadr, Ameri will now meet with Maliki as he “is a part” of the Iranian axis of influence, and it sounds like to me – they are trying to “boot-strap” Maliki into the deal with Ameri after it has pretty much been done.
I don’t see this as some deep, meaningful alliance with Maliki. In fact, Abadi may well be wishing he had sent stronger signals earlier if this keeps on… OR – it could be the leverage Sadr needs to get Abadi off the “can” – so to speak.
Ty Walker – The pic looks photo shopped ..this maliki propaganda…he is despatate..fake news maliki..maybe you could get a job with CNN!!
BGG ~ That DOES look photo-shopped… I didn’t get that until you mentioned it. Pretty fishy.
Iraq’s parliament speaker calls for election rerun, after fire hits ballot boxes warehouse
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Sunday that the burning of a storage site in Baghdad where ballot boxes were kept was part of a plot to harm Iraq’s democratic process, the first government indication the incident was deliberate.
Burning election warehouses … is a plot to harm the nation and its democracy. We will take all necessary measures and strike with an iron fist all who undermine the security of the nation and its citizens,” Abadi said in a statement…
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BGG ~ Why would this be Sadr?? He loves his position and has nothing to fear from a recount… especially if these accusations about the IHEC (or HEC – whatever they are calling it this week) are true and we get an unbiased panel of 9 judges instead.