Gijane: The constitution allows ONE delay, and they took that on the 1st. Im waiting for Sistani to chime in, and remember, there's always the "special session"......
BigJohn: Ok, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. This is what we know;
Hakim has stated publicly and his actions have matched his words that the Coalition seeks an agreement with All parties, including the SOL, for the naming of the 3 presidencies.
Next, Najaifi announces he will step down to satisfy Maliki and the SOL that he remove his name for consideration for Speaker. Earlier, Maliki said publicly there was no way he would step down if Najaifi is considered for Speaker.
BigJohn Continues: Next, Najaifi and Maliki have an agreement overnite but the next morning, Maliki changes his mind. But, Najaifi has already announced he has removed his name for Speaker. This infuriates Najaifi and next he throws his hat back in the ring for Speaker.
This morning's postponement is a political move to put even more pressure on Maliki. The SOL, even though they don't have enough votes within the NA to put Maliki through as PM, next announces that they will "sue" because of the delay and in violation of the consitution.
Not one of us should get too excited. This is political wrangling at its finest.
Let's watch what the next 24 hours brings..
Highfive: The US has demanded that they seat the new government ASAP without delay. If this is another delay tactic by Maliki, I think the 2nd option will trigger, and Maliki will be dealt with "another way"
Highfive: next phase will see passing the names of candidates for the three presidencies in one basket [Print] [Save]
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the Ahrar parliamentary bloc, Hakem al-Zamli said "the crisis is still exist , on the grounds that all the political blocs fail to agree on the names of candidates for the three presidencies," pointing out that" the next phase will see passing the names of candidates for the three presidencies in one basket in the House of Representatives ,.
He in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / predicted to postpone tomorrow's meeting for the lack of agreement on the names of candidates. "
He added, " the demands of the political blocs are still high, the state of law is insist on nomination of Nuri al-Maliki, despite the fact that other political blocs refuse this nomination, and there are divisions within the Kurdish parties on the candidate for the post of President of the Republic, and other divisions within Sunni lists on the candidate of the Speaker House of Representatives. "
He pointed out that "the problems between the political blocs are still complex and there is no agreement on any paragraph of the candidates for the presidencies."/ end
Dr Gann: Great Post Big John -- Breaking News … Nijaifi re-nominates for Speaker's post
Monday, 07 July 2014 12:45 | PDF | Print | E-mail
Baghdad (AIN) –The head of Motahidoin Alliance, Osama al-Nijaifi, re-nominated for the Speaker's post after canceling his nomination on last Thursday.
Source within Motahidoin Alliance stated to AIN " Nijaifi re-nominated for the Speaker's post because the Sunni political blocs nominated Saleem al-Jobouri without consulting him." /End/
Breaking News … 3 more nominees compete with Jobouri to get Speaker's post
Monday, 07 July 2014 15:56 | PDF | Print | E-mail
Baghdad (AIN) –A source within the National Powers Union stated to AIN that the political sides within the NPU did not agree on Saleem al-Jobouri as their final and only nominee for the Speaker's post.
The source added to AIN "The former Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, rejected Jobouri's nomination for this post and therefore; he nominated for this post as well."
"The Deputy Premier, Salih al-Mutleg and the head of Humat al-Iraq, Ahmed al-Missari, also nominated for this post," the source concluded. /End/
BlueyesinLevis: Patience. We are not in control. Serenety Now.
BigJohn: Thank you Doc. As Blue says; Paitience. None of us want to end up like Thelma and Louise.
Mally: and there is another article today saying Najafi has pulled his name for the position. He's in then out back in and now out again?
Greg: One thing is for Sure, these idiots are Masters at the Iraqi Hokie Pokie!
Najafi, Put you name in for Parliament speaker candidate
Najafi, Pull you name Out for Parliment speaker candidate
Najafi, Put you name in for Parliment speaker candidate
And we all shake our heads all about...
Do the Iraqi Hokie Pokie and turn yourself around..
That's what they're all about!
Mike: Yep, political theatre at it's best. But, on the other hand, the SOL is right in this instance. The Kurd's and Sunni's have no consittutional right to withhold their nominees just because the NA hasn't publically stated who their nominee is.
I've read articles about passing everyone in one basket, but that's not how Parliaments work. Iraq is rudderless right now, they have MP's who must work together in a process to get to the PM.
The Sunni's are guilty of dragging their feet on the Speaker nomination, the Kurd's are guilty because they won't put up a President. The President is the only one who can call on the largest bloc (the NA) to put forth their nominee, after the Speaker and President are elected.
This all a big waste of time with debates and meetings about the PM, there's more wood to chop before they can get to that position and vote on it.
Why the delay from the Sunni's and Kurd's? Can you imagine how Sadr and Hakim must feel right now?
They're fighting the NA everyday against Maliki's nomination, in hopes that the Sunni's and Kurd's will unite with them to form a unified government but the guys they're counting on are unable to get their act together. How long will Hakim and Sadr hold out for a unified government?
My biggest concern right now is that the coalition has been bluffing the entire time and that they don't have the 210 MP's support like they said they had.
That would explain why they're trying to do an end run on Maliki within the NA, that way there is no up and down vote in Parliament regarding the PM position.
I don't think that's going to work though, the SOL are the majority in the NA and there's no way now they're going to back another PM, they don't have to yet. I guess time will tell.......
BlueyesinLevis: Good analysis, Mike, Thanks.
Fredl: The thing that needs to happen in Iraq is the same thing needed in the US; a top to bottom change in leadership. Pockets full of money and too much power leaves no sense of urgency. The people are at the mercy of a bunch of fat cats constantly beating the drum about the need for change but without the real motivation for it.
Nwa: Beastmaster I think your living in a cave. Several experts on Iraq know exactly what is going on and have stated so. I guess so many do not want to listen
BeastMaster: Not having the votes is a real possibility. and if they think they might have the votes they can't really trust they'll get the vote when it's time..
BeastMaster: not a cave... a hole in the ground... Sorry nwa - not even you and your naysayers know whats going on. while you might have be right thus far - it's easy to take you're side. one day you will be wrong - no one, not even you know when that day will be.
Ralph: ladenov calls on the political powers to reach an agreement on the election of the Speaker of the Parliament as soon as possible
07/07/2014 20:12:00 BAGHDAD / NINA / Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Nikolay Mladenov called on political powers, to reach an agreement on the election of the Speaker of the Parliament as soon as possible.
A statement by the Mission / UNAMI / that over the past few days, Mladenov held discussions with a number of Iraqi political leaders and encouraged everyone to stay within the framework of constitutional political process so as the House of Representatives meet immediately.
It added that Mladenov received assurances about the desire of political leaders to reach an agreement and to find solutions to the current crisis in the constitutional framework.
Mladenov outlined that the blocs in the parliament must set the days of the final negotiations, and work within the timetables constitutionally for the necessary nominations, through the first step which is to elected the speaker of the House of Representatives, which must happen without unnecessary delay, according to the statement. / End
Mike: Maladinov gets it, hopefully they'll listen and get the ball rolling pronto.
RandyT00: In reality if you read their constitution they do not have to tell the other blocks who their nominees are before they gather in parliament and put their nominees up for vote. However, they know how they behave when they gather in parliament.
To prevent what happened the first time they met al-Sistini even ventured into the fray and told them to pick their candidates and pass them around to the other blocs before the meeting. He actually suggested they do this before the first meeting of parliament but he made it an order they do so before the next meeting of parliament.
I am not sure if we all understand the power sharing agreement that the US left Iraq with. There are 3 presidencies, the Speaker of Parliament, the President of Iraq and the Prime Minister.
Each has two vice presidents. The Speaker of Parliament is given to the Sunnis, but he has a Shi'ite and a Kurdish Vice President. The President is given to the Kurds, with a Sunni and Shi'ite Vice President.
The Prime Minister is given to the Shi'ites with a Sunni and a Kurdish Deputy Prime Minister.
Clever those Americans. But a nightmare to negotiate. Since the Prime Minister is last up to be voted upon you can see why everyone is very nervous about even letting Maliki in the room when the vote happens. Their afraid of a last minute substitute. That is what all this talk about one basket is all about.
Hakim is prepared for that, but Maliki has been out there bribing people and all the MPs know that and have been reading articles saying how many more ministers Maliki has swayed. They are very nervous.