10-2-12 Yota691: "Revealed Iraqi National Accord Movement headed by Iyad Allawi, on Tuesday, announced that it would send a formal list of candidates for the defense and communications to Prime Minister Maliki during the next two days." If I'm not mistaken, Allawi is the one that selects the list of candidates for Defense Minister not Maliki. So yes, this is Great news!!
10-2-12 LoriC: Barazani appears to be on board with the National Meeting and today President Talabani is meeting with Jaafari and other leaders to gain a consensus on the date and the issues. The UNSC is still has to vote regarding Iraq's departure from Chapter 7. Defense Ministers may be announced in 2 days, the names have already been sent and were held up due to Allawi's travels.
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10-2-12 Mountainman: It's hard to trust articles from the State Law Coalition but we do hope that the National Meeting will be held in the middle of the month as reported. The only way this will happen however, is if a power-sharing government is implemented.
There is no possible way they will have a successful National Conference without Erbil (or parts of the agreement), put into effect.
That is why this meeting has been delayed all year long and unless that happens first they will continue to just talk about it. Let's hope with Talabani's return they have made progress in that area and possibly that's what today's meeting is about.
10-2-12 Alex38: I don't believe the National Meeting holds the key to this investment. IMO it's just another "thing" we look at with anticipation. There have been many "things" over the years. I think this thing will just POP when it will. When? Who the heck knows?