Tags: Iraq's Parliamentary elections
Major Iraqi Parties Anxious over Possible Massive Ballot Fraud
Juan Cole’s ‘Informed Comment’ blog
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Iraqis go to the voting booth a week from today, on Sunday, March 7, to elect the second full-term parliament (4 years) since the fall of the one-party Baath regime in 2003. Given the turmoil surrounding last summer’s elections in Iran and Afghanistan, with massive vote fraud and stolen elections being alleged in both, many Iraqis are worried ballot and other irregularities in their polls, as well.
Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that the Sadr Movement is complaining bitterly about a rash of arrests by the government of Sadrist activists. The hard line Shiite movement asserted that these arrests were aimed at influencing the course of the election.
Al-Hayat writes in Arabic that the National Iraqi Alliance, a coalition of Shiite religious parties, has alleged that there are 800,000 imaginary voters’ names on the election rolls. Member of parliament for the National Iraqi Alliance, Qasim Da’ud, told al-Hayat that his coalition has already detected numerous instances of attempted fraud in the upcoming election. He said that there is evidence that the Independent High Electoral Commission has come under undue pressure in this regard.
Da’ud was speaking in a roundabout way about Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in making these charges. He went further, asserting that the sitting government had begun acting improperly given the closeness of the election date, with the prime minister misusing his position for electoral purposes. Da’ud said al-Maliki had distributed land and gifts to tribal sheikhs and citizens. He had also decided to purge some military officers and pardon others. Da’ud said that the most brazen such move was the addition of 800,000 imaginary names to the voting rolls just days before the election.(With regard to the purging and reinstatement of military officers, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late this week that 20,000 Saddam-era officers in the Baath army would be reinstated (most are at the rank of colonel or below). Critics maintain that al-Maliki is trying for the Sunni vote with this move.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s website for Friday carried the sermon of Sadrist preacher Shaykh Abd-al-Hadi al-Muhammadawi, who also complained about al-Maliki’s gifts in his Friday prayer sermon, referring to an account that al-Maliki gave out pistols to tribal sheikhs who visited him, to curry their favor (USG Open Source Center translation): “His Eminence wondered: Where from did the prime minister bring money to distribute pistols to some chieftains? These are the methods of the destroyer Saddam. Where are the state’s fund? What did Operation Knights Assault and the operations of the so-called Law Enforcement Plan achieve? What are the results of investigations on the crime of the Al-Ummah Bridge and the bloody Wednesday, Sunday, and Tuesday? What is the fate of the corrupt ones, particularly the ministers who have stolen the state’s funds? Where is the wronged people’s share from the ration card’s items?”
Back to the al-Hayat article: The Iraqi National List of former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi said it is worried about massive fraud in the election, given that, it alleged, the Independent High Electoral Commission had printed up an extra seven million ballots. The party dismissed the explanation that the Commission had had to print more ballots because the originals did not meet international criteria.
In al-Anbar Province, Ahmad Abu Risha is a leader of the ‘Awakening Councils’ or ‘Sons of Iraq’ movement, wherein Sunni Arabs took money from the US to fight radical Muslim extremists such as the ‘Islamic State of Iraq.’ He is now part of the Unity of Iraq coalition led by Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani. He said that the Committee of Justice and Accountability’s disqualification of some 500 candidates out of over 6000 was itself a reason to suspect that some political parties intend to commit ballot fraud.
The Independent High Electoral Commission issued a statement denying the validity of the charges and calling them “inexcusable” and “detached from reality.”
Meanwhile, The Eye Network dedicated to observing the elections has expressed its fears of ballot fraud in the votes cast by Iraqi expatriates. There are about a million Iraqis in Syria, and a couple hundred thousand in Jordan, with perhaps 50,000 each in Egypt and Lebanon, as well as about 40,000 in Sweden and a few thousands in other countries. (These figures are based on my own research and that of specialists who have presented at conferences I’ve attended; the numbers are much exaggerated in the press for both Jordan and Egypt). The Eye Network says it is precisely the unknown number of voters abroad and the lack of authenticated voter rolls that makes fraud so potentially easy in this regard.
Thre are also fears of undue religious interference. Last week the Pakistani Shiite grand ayatollah in Najaf, Bashir al-Najafi, implicitly denounced several of al-Maliki’s cabinet members, some of them running on his State of Law ticket for corruption and incompetence (criticizing the provision of services such as electricity and water).
Apparently as a reaction to this intervention, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who outranks al-Najafi, reaffirmed the neutrality of the great Shiite clerics in this election. Sistani also announced that he would not meet with any further candidates in the week before the election.
The USG Open Source Center translated the second Friday prayer sermon of Sistani representative Abd al-Mahdi Karbala’i:
‘ 26 February 2010, His Eminence Shaykh Abd-al-Mahdi al-Karbala’i, representative of the Higher Religious Authority, said: “Higher Religious Authority His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, may God maintain his shadow, has warned of the refusal to participate in the coming elections. He said that this is because the citizen’s refusal to participate in the elections will give a chance to others who reject the democratic way of transferring power and running the country’s affairs and who take violence and illegitimate ways as a means to change the situation, to assume power, and impose their policy on the others. He said that this would involve the country in a whirlpool of chaos and continuous instability.
“He pointed out: So as to foil the plans of these sides and in order to prevent them from taking Iraq back to square one, everyone should participate in the elections. All this is in order to consolidate and entrench the democratic way of the rotation of power and to take the country far from the ghost of violence and military coups. If the citizens refuse to participate in the elections, a day will come when they will regret this strongly, but after it is too late.” ‘
Tags: US Crimes in Iraq
Nothing But Shit Strewn Everywhere
Tags: War criminal Blair
Depressed Tony Blair told Gordon Brown he would quit after Iraq war
• Book reveals extent of PM’s despair in aftermath of war
• Brown’s fury at broken promise over leadership succession
Toby Helm, political editor
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 27 February 2010 21.56 GMT
The End of the Party
by Andrew Rawnsley
Tony Blair descended into such a deep depression after the Iraq war that he told Gordon Brown and John Prescott he would quit No 10 the following summer – only to renege on the pledge within months, a new book by the Observer‘s Andrew Rawnsley reveals.
The former prime minister’s physical and mental decline was so profound that he confided to friends that he “spaced out” several times during Prime Minister’s Questions and often woke up in the middle of the night with sweat trickling down the back of his neck.
Rawnsley’s explosive account is in The End of the Party, which is published on Monday , extracts from which appear in tomorrow’s Observer. It lays bare, for the first time, how Blair was haunted and tormented by the deepening chaos and bloodshed in Iraq at the same time as being worn down by the constant psychological warfare being waged by Brown, his next-door neighbour in Downing Street, who was increasingly desperate to take his job.
While Blair’s gift for presentation helped him hide his depression from the public and most of his staff, his private turmoil was so severe that he decided there was nothing for it but to hand over to Brown midway through his second term.
Rawnsley is the first journalist to detail how Blair, in those darkest days, made clear at a dinner with both Brown and Prescott in November 2003, and later in a telephone call to Prescott in spring 2004, that he would step down.
Sally Morgan, Blair’s director of government relations, told Rawnsley: “Iraq was a quicksand swallowing him up. The atrocities. Those terrible photos [of Abu Ghraib]. And he started losing people who had supported him throughout. He was stuck in this long dark tunnel and could see no way out of it.”
The book relates how Blair’s special envoy in Iraq, the former UN ambassador, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, came to No 10 at the end of his service in Baghdad to brief the prime minister. Greenstock knew that his “very gloomy assessment” had made him highly unpopular in the building. Some at No 10 tried to keep him away, fearing the impact on Blair’s collapsing morale. In Blair’s den Greenstock warned him that the situation looked “unbelievably bad” and would get more desperate in the months to come. “What can we do?” pleaded Blair. “We have told them [the Americans] again and again what we think is necessary. If it doesn’t happen, what can we do?” Greenstock was left with the image of the prime minister “tearing his hair” over Iraq and “throwing his hands in the air”.
Rawnsley then charts how Blair – urged by his wife, Cherie, and closest political friends to pull back from the brink and deny Brown his chance – gradually recovered his self-belief and decided to fight on. The volte-face caused Brown’s frustration to turn to rage.
On one occasion Brown went round to No 10 to get an answer. One of Blair’s inner circle who witnessed this says: “Gordon was just losing it. He was behaving like a belligerent teenager. Just standing in the office shouting: ‘When are you going to fucking go?’ ”
Blair’s dark period throughout late 2003 and early 2004 was compounded by his heart complaint and anxiety that his young children were suffering at school because of the unpopular war their father had championed in Iraq. His friend and cabinet colleague Tessa Jowell says: “He was very low, he was very lonely and he was very tired.”
In November 2003, Prescott, who was acting as “referee” between the prime minister and chancellor, hosted a dinner to discuss their differences and address the succession question. Next morning a visibly excited Brown told his key aides, Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Spencer Livermore and Sue Nye, that Blair had assured him he was going in the summer. The four were sceptical, having heard about similar promises from Blair before. But by the spring Blair was to telephone Prescott and tell him he had settled on June as his departure date.
Behind the scenes, Blair’s allies feared he was wobbling and were hatching a strategy to boost his morale. Jowell went to his study and told him: “You’re going to get through this.” Blair replied without conviction: “I’m fine, darling. Don’t worry about me. I’m fine.” Blair’s friends noticed that women were better at bolstering him than men.
Peter Mandelson told him: “Come on. Buck up. Buck up. Think of what you’ve got to achieve. You’re the best politician in this country by a mile.”
After the June local elections of 2004, which were bad for Labour but not disastrous, Blair’s zest for the job returned and he decided to stay to fight the 2005 election, which Labour won, though with a substantially reduced majority.
In autumn 2004, Blair declared he would fight the election but not lead Labour into a fourth one. But the statement led to relentless speculation about his departure date. Rawnsley reveals how, in the summer of 2006, Prescott was so frustrated with Blair’s refusal to name a handover date that he threatened to resign as deputy prime minister unless he did so.
Tags: Criminal Economic sanctions on Iraq, Embargo on Iraq
February 27, 2010
By Layla Anwar
Blog: Arab Woman Blues
Listen folks, it’s well past 8 am here and am still sitting behind this bloody pc reporting crimes – Your crimes on Iraq…
Not that am expecting you to give me a medal for it or anything like that — but seeing the SILENCE around the biggest crime of the 20th/21st century, staying up without sleep is well worth it…
Not that you really care, God forbid…and surely I don’t wish to wake you up in any way…but just in case you happen to wake up from your 20 years of snoozing — allow me to tell you that the sanctions on Iraq have been lifted today but only partially so…
Yes you heard me, read me right, if you read me at all…
Yesterday the “Iraqi” Foreign Minister Hoshar Zebari, ever so proudly stated that “clause 7 of the UN ” will be lifted… meaning that it is not lifted yet…
Clause 7 of the UN – that body that supposedly represents human rights and the Geneva conventions will be lifting soon, maybe, perhaps — the embargo on Iraq…
Shameless Al Jazeera in an article titled ” Iraq still paying the price for Saddam Hussein ” confirms that the (not so) respectable UN security council is “taking a step towards ending economic sanctions towards Iraq that go back over 2 decades…”
Listen, it’s true am sleepy and dead tired, but am I reading right here ?…. Yes I sure am…
The inhumane, brutal, barbaric, embargo on Iraq has not been totally lifted yet, not since 1990. A reminder – we are today in 2010, and I hope I did not wake you up with this revelation…
The sanctions years were golden years compared to today…Hans Von Sponeck and Dennis Halliday the only two decent humans that worked for the UN presented their resignations in protest —after what they witnessed during the sanctions years…
The sanctions years, where over 1.5 million Iraqis died, out of which 500’000 Iraqi babes and the price was well worth as per Madeleine Allbright from the Democratic party under the Bill Monika Cigar Clinton administration.
Is that not the same Democratic party that most you danced for, swinging for its “house negro” Obama…, dancing for a “change is gonna come “? yep it sure is… And you tell me that Americans care huh ?! Fuck you worthless people – blacks and Arab Americans wankers included..( thought I’d put that in, just in case you missed my “profanities” in the past 24 hours)
And this is what Dennis Halliday had to say, one of the VERY few decent ones left :
“ Many people are surprised to learn the sanctions still exist, including Denis Halliday, who quit his job as the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq over the devastating impact sanctions had on Iraq’s civilian population while Saddam Hussein was still in power.
The sanctions were widely credited for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children, who no longer had access to enough food or clean water.
“Sanctions are a form of war,” says Halliday. “To see them go on so long is extraordinary.” (source here)
Oh but wait, don’t rejoice too fast and applaud your fucking democracy and freedom after 20 years of sanctions, because :
” Iraq will first have to prove to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it is in compliance with various treaties barring the development of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.The council’s action does not cancel Iraq’s obligation to pay 5 percent of its oil revenues to Kuwait for reparations from the war.”
What an extraordinary garbage people you are.
Posted by Layla Anwar at 27.2.10
AVRUPA : HOCALİ ŞEHİTLERİ İÇİN YÜRÜDÜLER / 27-02-2010
Ermenilerin 1992 yılında Hocalı’da yaptıkları katliamın yıldönümü nedeniyele AB’nin başkenti Brüksel’de bir protesto yürüyüşü yapıldı.
Tags: Irak Türkmen Cephesi, Kerkuk, Kurdish expansionism in northern Iraq
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Tags: Khojali demonstration
Hocalı kurbanları için gösteri yaptılar..
Belçika´nın başkenti Brüksel´de bir araya gelen Azerbaycan dernek temsilcileri, Hocalı kurbanları için bayrak açıp Ermenistan´ı protesto ettiler.
Azerbaycan Belçika Dostluk Cemiyeti ile Dünya Azerbaycanlılar Birliği´nin ortaklaşa düzenlediği protesto gösterisine Azerbaycan Hollanda Kültür Derneği, Odlar Yurdu, Türkeli ve Anadolu Kartalları dernekleri ile üyeleri katıldılar.
Avrupa Birliği kurum ve kuruluşlarının bulunduğu Place Schuman´da bir araya gelen temsilciler,Azerbaycan ve Türk bayrakları taşıyarak, Hocalı´da ki vahşete dikkat çektiler..
Protesto gösterisi ile ilgili olarak Azerbaycan Belçika Dostluk Cemiyeti Başkanı Ayhan Demirci;´ Bu yılda Hocalı´da soykırıma uğrayan kardeşlerimiz için buradayız. Maalesef uluslar arası kurum ve kuruluşlar Hocalı´da ve Karabağ´da olanlara kayıtsız! Bugün Avrupa Birliği başkentinde bu vahşete dikkat çekmek için buluştuk..Hocalı´da şehit edilen kardeşlerimizin hatıralarını yaşattık ve arkasız kalmadıklarını gösterdik´ dedi..
Dünya Azerbaycanlılar Birliği Başkanı Adalet Guliyev;´ Hocalı´da bu yüzyılın en büyük vahşetlerinden biri gerçekleştirildi! Ermeni çetelerinin yaptıkları yanlarına kar kaldı. Kardeşlerimizin acısını unutmadık. Azerbaycan´ın haklı sesi olmak için burada gösteri yapma kararı aldık. Sembolük te olsa AB kurum ve kuruluşları önünde sesimizi yükselttik ve Azerbaycanlı hemvetenlerin sesi olduk. Ayrıca Ermenistan Büyükelçiliği´ne bir kınama mektubu verdik´ diyerek Azerbaycan´nın Avrupa´da haklı sesi olmaya devam edeceklerini söyledi.
Brüksel´in Place Schuman meydanın da toplanan göstericiler, ´ Hocalıyı unutma! Hocalıya adalet! Soykırımcılar Lahey´e! Katiller bulunsun ve yargılansın!´ sloganları atarak Ermenistan Büyükelçiliği´nin bulunduğu Rue Montoyer´e kadar yürüyerek,bir süre elçilik önünde gösteri yapıp,bir protesto mektubunu elçiliğe bıraktı..
Tags: Ayhan Demirci, Azer Hasret, Azerbaijani Diaspora
26 Fevral 2010 | Göndərən: Azər Həsrət
Bu gün 26 fevral Xocalı soyqırımının ildönümüdür. Azərbaycan-türk diaspor qurumları tərəfindən hadisənin ildönümü ilə bağlı müxtəlif ölkələrdə tədbirlərin keçirilir.
Belə tədbiri təşkil edən qurumlardan biri də son vaxtlar diaspor fəaliyyətində aktivliyilə seçilən Azərbaycan-Belçika Dostluq Cəmiyyətdir. Cəmiyyət bir aydan çoxdur ki, Xocalı faciəsinin il dönümünün yüksək səviyyədə keçirilməsinə hazırlaşır.
Həm tədbirlə bağlı, həm də içtimaiyyəti maraqlandıran başqa sualların cavabını almaq üçün fəal diasporçu Ayhan Dəmirçi GünAzTV Mətbuat Xidmətinə öz fikirlərini bildirib: “Artıq sizin də bildiyiniz kimi tədbirlə bağlı geniş təbliğat-infomasiya işləri aparılır kı, insanlarımız tədbirdə fəal iştirak etsinlər. Biz tədbirə güclü hazırlaşırıq və məqsədimiz odur ki, Avropa insanına ermənilərin necə vəhşiliklərə qadir olduğunu göstərək. Ayrıca onu qeyd edək ki, bir neçə gün bundan öncə Avropa Türklərinin kanalı olan Kanal Avropa televiziyasında cıxışımız oldu. Verilişdə hadisələrin törədilməsi haqqında geniş açıqlamalarımız oldu.
Tədbiri plana uyğun olaraq Avropa Parlamentinin qarşısında təşkil edirik ki, onlar bir daha bu məsələdən agah olsunlar və xüsusilə hadisələri özündə əks etdirən fotolarla diplomatların, siyasətçilərin diqqətini baş verən hadisələrə yönəltmək istəyirik. Beynelxalq insan hüquq təşkilatları dünyada sivil haqlardan danışırlarsa, mütləq Xocalı faciəsinə hüquqi-siyasi qiymət verməlidirilər. İnanırıq ki, gec-tez beynəlxalq təşkilatlar bu məsələyə ciddi yanaşacaqlar. Sabah belə məsələlər unudulub getsə, bu cür insanlığa sığmayan hadisələr dünyanın başqa yerlərində baş verəcəkdir. Bu, artıq bəşəri məsələ olduğuna görə qurumların buna ciddi yanaşacığına ümidliyik.”
“Bu gün, ümümiyyətlə, Azərbaycan diasporu ümümmilli məsələlərdə birgə addım ata bilirmi?” sualına diasporçu Ayhan Dəmirçi belə cavab verdi ki, “hazırda dünyanın müxtəlif ölkələrində fəaliyyət göstərən diaspor qurumları müdafiə olunmaq taktikasından hücum strategiyasına keçməlidirlər. Biz Avropanın bir çox ölkələrində fəaliyyət göstərən diaspor qurumlarını milli məsələlərdə birgə addım atmağa dəvət edirik. Avropanın başqa ölkələrdə də fəaliyyətdə olan Azərbaycan diasporu güclü şəkildə işləməlidir. Mən erməni diasporunu misal gətirmək istəmirəm. Ancaq məcburam ki, onlardan deyim. Çünki bəzən bizim diasporu onların diasporu ilə müqayisə edirlər. Erməni diasporu milli məsələ gələndə birləşir və içtimaiyyətə təsir etmək üçün addımlar atırlar. Baxın, bu, erməni diasporunun gücünü artırır. Təbii ki, bizim diaspor hələ təzədir. Bunu qəbul edirik. Onların isə yüz ildir ki, diasporu sistemli şəkildə işləyir. Bizim də diasporda çox vətənpərvər insanlarımız var və onların ləyaqəti, intellektual bacarağı ilə diasporu gücləndirib istədiyimiz şəkilə çatdıra biləcəyik. Əsas da odur ki, Azərbaycan gəncləri indi çox fəaldırlar. Bu gənclərimizə sahib cıxmalıyıq, onları dəstəkləyək ki, gələcəkdə lobbimizin güclənməsində aktiv rol alsınlar. Güclü diasporun qurulmasında qarşıda duran əsas məsələlərdən biri də gənclərlə düzgün işləməkdir və onların enerjisiylə böyük nailiyyətlər əldə edə bilərik.
Tags: Anti-Americanism in Iraq, Iraq's Parliamentary elections, Iraqi National Alliance, Muqtada al Sadr
Anti-American bloc gains ground ahead of Iraq vote
BAGHDAD – The Associated Press
Friday, February 26, 2010
Iraq’s best known anti-American movement is confident of emerging from March’s elections with more parliamentary seats. A likelihood that means Iraq’s next prime minister would be openly hostile to the United States and an anathema to most Sunni Muslims
The political movement of Iraq’s best-known anti-American cleric has emerged as a major contender in next month’s national elections, raising the possibility that the next prime minister could be openly hostile to the U.S. and friendly toward Iran.
A prime minister loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr might push the U.S. military to speed up its withdrawal timetable and pose a threat to future military and economic cooperation between the United States and Iraq. Such a choice also could undermine efforts to reconcile Iraq’s religious groups, with memories still fresh of brutal sectarian warfare between al-Sadr’s Shiite militiamen and Sunni extremists.
The United States looks to the March 7 election as a key step to cement Iraq’s infant democracy. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s alliance, backed by the powers of incumbency, has been widely viewed as the bloc that would emerge with the largest number of seats. But al-Maliki’s standing has been hurt by a series of horrific bombings in central Baghdad that exposed the inadequacies of Iraq’s security forces. The lack of tangible improvement in basic services and allegations of corruption have further hurt his chances.
Al-Maliki’s coalition is facing a tough challenge from a rival Shiite bloc, the religiously oriented Iraqi National Alliance. The main partners in this bloc are the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, or SIIC, and the Sadrists. If the Iraqi National Alliance emerges as the largest bloc in the 325-seat parliament – and if the Sadrists win more seats than SIIC – that would likely place the fiery cleric in a strong position to pick the next prime minister.
SIIC officials are quietly acknowledging that the Sadrists are likely to emerge as the biggest winner in the bloc, thus robbing their own party of the chance to secure the prime minister’s job. They say Iran, which wields a great deal of influence within Iraq’s Shiite establishment, is throwing its weight behind the Sadrists in the hope that they would do its bidding in a new government.
A top SIIC leader, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said the party would try to prevent the Sadrists from gaining control by securing the support of smaller groups within the coalition. Officials at al-Maliki’s Shiite-led “State of Law” coalition also have acknowledged the Sadrists will fare well in the vote.
Salah al-Obeidi, al-Sadr’s chief spokesman, told The Associated Press that party projections indicate the National Alliance would win 70 to 80 seats in the new legislature. Of these, he said, the Sadrists would have at least 35 seats. While the forecast by the Sadrists could prove to be optimistic – there are no reliable polls – the movement has rebounded over the past year.
Al-Sadr’s own political fortunes have been cyclical since he emerged as a power broker at the height of Iraq’s violence. He maintained a low profile after leaving for Iran in 2007 as the U.S. began its buildup of troops, who cracked down on his militia and Sunni insurgents. But he recently has appeared to be positioning himself as a politician, replacing his militia with a grass-roots social welfare network.
His movement made a respectable showing in last year’s provincial elections and has seen support grow in Baghdad and across the southern Shiite heartland. Much of its rise is tied to its social, health and education services and tireless calls for the withdrawal of the Americans, a stand that resonates with mostly poor Shiites who see the U.S. presence as the root of the country’s problems.
A Sadrist prime minister, or one under the movement’s influence, would likely call for a faster withdrawal of U.S. forces, who are currently scheduled to be gone by the end of next year. A Sadrist-led administration also could jeopardize progress toward national reconciliation after years of killings and kidnappings, mostly at the hands of al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia – which battled U.S. troops for years in Baghdad’s Shiite slums and in cities across the south.
It also would deal a blow to the U.S. aim of creating a model Western-style democracy in the region, as the Sadrists would likely favor a strict interpretation of Islamic teachings. Al-Sadr himself believes in the right to rule by the most learned cleric, the concept that underpins the rule of the clergy in neighboring Iran.
Al-Sadr’s supporters haven’t commented on whether they have a specific candidate for the prime minister’s post – and it’s highly unlikely that the fiery cleric would himself take the job himself. Al-Sadr, who has been studying in Iran for the last two years, prefers to speak from the pulpit and is known to be seeking an elevated position in the Shiite religious hierarchy.
But al-Sadr, whose followers fought U.S. forces for years before being routed in a series of offensives, would be able to handpick a candidate for the job or at least play kingmaker if his supporters win enough seats in the new parliament.
Sami al-Askari, a close al-Maliki aide, questioned the Sadrists’ ability to forge a postelection alliance with the country’s main Kurdish bloc – a necessity in Iraq’s fractured political scene since no single bloc is expected to win enough votes to claim an outright majority.
Iraq’s Kurdish and Sunni minorities are expected to emerge with enough seats to allow them to be key partners in a Shiite-led government. In a similar position is a secular alliance led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi. Another al-Maliki aide, Ali al-Adeeb, said the Sadrists would probably adopt a candidate from outside their ranks to ensure the support of other blocs. The two aides said an election victory for the SIIC-Sadrist alliance was far from guaranteed.
One-time Pentagon favorite Ahmad Chalabi and former prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari were among names mentioned by officials from SIIC and within the ranks of the Sadrists. Many Sunnis particularly loathe Chalabi for what they see as his campaign to weaken them through his leadership of a panel that has weeded out thousands from government and armed forces jobs for their alleged ties to Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Al-Jaafari’s tenure as prime minister in 2005 and 2006 saw some of Iraq’s worst sectarian violence, leading some to charge that he turned a blind eye to the slaughter of Sunnis. Both men are known to be close to Iran.
© 2009 Hurriyet Daily News
Tags: Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı
Büyük Türkmen şahsiyeti ve Değerli insan, Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı’yı kaybettik …..
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
،، يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ، ارْجِعِي إِلَى رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَّرْضِيَّةً، فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي، وَادْخُلِي جنتي ،،.
”Ey sükuna kavuşmuş benlik, Dön Rabbine razı etmiş ve edilmiş olarak, Gir kullarımın arasına, Gir cennetime.
(صدق الله العظيم)
Değerli insan, hemşehrimiz Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı’nın Hakk’ın rahmetine kavuşması nedeniyle; yaslı ailesine, öğrencilerine, sevenlerine ve Türkmen milletine Irak Türkmen Cephesi Avrupa Birliği Temsilciliği adına başsağlığı delerim. Bu büyük insanın ahiretteki yeri Cennet olsun ve nur içinde yatsın.
Dr. Hassan Aydınlı
ITC Avrupa Birliği Temsilcisi
Brüksel – Belçika