6-10-2012 SWFloridaGuy: "The Seattle Times reported that the Iraq president says the PM critics didn't muster majority. Opponents of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have failed to muster enough support to bring him down in a vote of no confidence, Iraq's president said in a statement posted on his website Sunday.
Opponents of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have failed to muster enough support to bring him down in a vote of no confidence, Iraq's president said in a statement posted on his website Sunday.
Maliki, a Shiite, faces a growing challenge from Sunni and Kurdish parties as well as other Shiites within his unity government who accuse him of monopolizing power.
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But Maliki also has allies such as President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, whose office must affirm that a petition for a no confidence vote has enough signatures.
Talabani's refusal to ratify the no confidence campaign's letter is a setback for al-Maliki's opponents, although the constitution gives them other ways of trying for the vote.
The failure to obtain a no confidence vote averts an immediate political blowup, but perpetuates the sectarian-based deadlock that has been paralyzing the country.
Last week, the prime minister's opponents said they sent a letter to Talabani with pledges from 176 lawmakers in the 325-member parliament - or a dozen more than the 164 needed - that they would vote for the prime minister's recall.
However, Talabani said Sunday that the letter only has 160 valid signatures. He saidid Sunday that the letter only has 160 valid signatures.
He said 13 lawmakers informed him that they are withdrawing or suspending their signatures.
There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy between the 176 signatures cited by al-Maliki's opponents and the total of 173 referred to by Talabani. The president has urged al-Maliki and his coalition partners to try to iron out their differences."