5-17-2012 SWFloridaGuy: Well, time is up for Maliki and we're all anxiously anticipating what the next step is for Iraqi leaders. For Erbil to become law it has to be done publicly. It will be major news, we will know when it happens.
It won't be some "gurus" little secret. The power sharing will heavily strengthen Maliki's opposition and will make major headlines. There are also many provisions for the Iraqi people that are contained inside that 9-point ultimatum that was written by the Maliki critics who convened in Erbil.
The Erbil 5 demanded Maliki’s adherence to the contents of the letter within 15 days or a move to unseat him would be initiated in Parliament. Today is the 17th, time is up. So, if you believe they will stick to their guns what has to be done?
The 9 points include: Providing services to the Iraqi population, adherence to the constitution, maintaining democracy, adoption of Erbil, the MOU the Kurdistan Alliance presented, seating permanent ministers, (rather than ministries governed by deputies and acting ministers), and the role of the independent commissions and the importance of them staying independent. The 8th point is where we see the ultimatum, which says unless there is an adherence to these principles the Shia alliance will initiate a move to withdraw the confidence in the government and start a new one. That's pretty strong language and we will see just how strong very shortly.
Expect to see a flurry of reports coming out of Iraq over the next day or so, which should provide us with the answers we seek.