Al-Sadr’s bloc calls for dissolution of Iraqi parliament

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A political crisis that threatens more sectarian strife in Iraq took another twist Monday as the bloc loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for the dissolution of Parliament and early elections.

In an online statement, the head of the Sadrist parliamentary bloc Baha’a al-Araji said Iraq is facing a new era with problems that rob the nation of stability and sovereignty.

The Sadrist bloc serves as a key ally of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite.

Al-Maliki managed to forge a fragile coalition and secure a second term in office because of backing from followers of al-Sadr, the powerful leader of the notorious Mehdi Army that fought some of the fiercest battles against U.S. forces.

Al-Maliki’s tenuous support among Iraq’s Sunnis, who feel marginalized by a Shiite-dominated government, was further strained after he ordered the arrest last week of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi on charges that he ordered bombings and assassinations.

With the Sadrist statement Monday, al-Maliki’s hold on power appeared to be further eroding.

Al-Araji said he would submit the Sadrist proposal to the National Alliance, the dominant Shiite alliance that includes al-Maliki’s coalition.

He said the Sadrist bloc made its decision for the sake of Iraqi unity. The bloc blamed al-Maliki’s government for failing to find a solution to the current political turmoil.

A statement signed by al-Sadr said: “In my personal opinion, the creation of the kind of problems that we are seeing in this period will result in a situation that will harm the nation, its unity and its security.”

Al-Sadr said the crisis could tarnish the prime minister’s reputation and result in the consolidation of power with one-man rule.

He argued that it was the Iraqi people who were suffering the consequences of political squabbling and that such moves could also further isolate Iraq from its neighbors and the rest of the Arab world.

He ended the statement by saying that al-Hashimi’s trial should be under parliamentary supervision and free of political influence.

Al-Hashimi said al-Maliki’s charges against him are politically motivated and fled to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

His arrest warrant was issued just days after the Iraqiya bloc suspended its participation in Parliament amid claims it was being cut out of the political process. The cross-sectarian as well as Sunni-backed bloc castigated the al-Maliki government for shunning cooperation despite the power-sharing arrangement.

It said it is considering sending a request to parliamentary leaders to withdraw support for al-Maliki and come up with a new prime minister to form a post-occupation government.

“Believing that they not only won the elections of 2010 (which they marginally did), yet having been increasingly excluded from meaningful roles in Baghdad, Iraqiya is in an intolerable situation,” wrote Iraq expert Gareth Stansfield, an associate fellow at the London think tank Chatham House.

“The Kurdish front and Iraqiya have found common cause in opposing the attempts of the prime minister to consolidate his control over Iraq’s key institutions, and this struggle is now creating the setting for Iraq’s political development in 2012,” Stansfield wrote.

There have also been mounting calls for federalism from at least three predominantly Sunni provinces, which al-Maliki has called a recipe for the partitioning of Iraq.

“Federalism as an idea has been a grenade waiting to have the pin pulled from it ever since the Constitution of Iraq, passed in 2005, allowed for the formation of ‘regions….’ It is no understatement to say that the federalism question is one which will dominate political life, perhaps violently, in the months ahead,” Stansfield said.

The political crisis erupted just days after U.S. troops withdrew and as a fresh round of violence flared in Baghdad. It has given rise to fears that Iraq is in for more sectarian bloodshed, which ripped apart the country at the height of the Iraq war.

CNN

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12 responses to “Al-Sadr’s bloc calls for dissolution of Iraqi parliament”

  1. antar2011 Avatar

    iran wantig to take full control of affairs in parliament doesn’t she?!

    the racist sectarian pigs, they played their game well by laying in bed with their alleged american foe to get their present in Iraq.

    mouqawameh and moomana3a my a****se

    1. I hate when people attribute everything to Iran. Just because he is a shiite doesn’t mean Iran controls him. This is getting to be the most far used, and lame excuse people are throwing around.

      1. I am with you… It is like when people attribute everything to Israel and the U.S.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          A Despot is a Despot is a Despot. They replace each other.
          ‘The People’ are only pawns in the chess game.

      2. antar2011 Avatar

        it is not an excuse. it is no secret this f*** sadr similar to the other f*** nasriblis have been special agents to the khameni himself…

        also to deny that iran’s cooperation with Assad regime in creating chaos based on sectarian basis has nothing to do in iraq [ of course with the turning of the blind eye from american troops]  is like putting one head’s in the sand.

        the warnings from Assad regime and from khameni of chaos in the arab world should be thought of more deeply and taken seriously.

        khamenei has invested a lot of money in Hizbollah, Hamas while Assadi thugs are known to be living off pay from Assadi regime in Damascus….this money is not for nothing.

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    iran wantig to take full control of affairs in parliament doesn’t she?!

    the racist sectarian pigs, they played their game well by laying in bed with their alleged american foe to get their present i Iraq

    1.  Avatar

      I hate when people attribute everything to Iran. Just because he is a shiite doesn’t mean Iran controls him. This is getting to be the most far used, and lame excuse people are throwing around.

      1. I am with you… It is like when people attribute everything to Israel and the U.S.

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          A Despot is a Despot is a Despot. They replace each other.
          ‘The People’ are only pawns in the chess game.

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        it is not an excuse. it is no secret this f*** sadr similar to the other f*** nasriblis have been special agents to the khameni himself…

        also to deny that iran’s cooperation with Assad regime in creating chaos based on sectarian basis has nothing to do in iraq [ of course with the turning of the blind eye from american troops]  is like putting one head’s in the sand.

        the warnings from Assad regime and from khameni of chaos in the arab world should be thought of more deeply and taken seriously.

        khamenei has invested a lot of money in Hizbollah, Hamas while Assadi thugs are known to be living off pay from Assadi regime in Damascus….this money is not for nothing.

  3. This is the indication that USA were in Iraq to help Iran. They do have a word of war for the last 30 years but both of them feel confident being each others allies. Who benefited the most in Iraq war? Its Iran. The Bodor brigade , Mahdi army Iranian ALQuds force and Sadr never fought the US army , they killed the Sunnis instead and helped America in the invasion. The same thing in Afghanistan , the Shia northern alliance are also helping USA and the puppet government is a pro Iranian shia. But the news paper headline portrays a Iran USA conflict which can start at any time but look very carefully that Iran were never attacked!! USA built the Irans nuke plant in Bushar. Well they say its politics.They pretend they are each others enemy. Well america is bankrupted and wont be able to give much support like before so Iran has to take charge now. 

    Iran’s ex vice president Muhammad Ali Abtahi said: “This was Iran’s first major effort to help the United States to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan and AlQaeda, this would have been impossible without Iran’s help ” Iranian Ex President Muhammad Khatami said: “The Taliban was our enemy , America thought Taliban was their enemy too! If they toppled the Taliban it would serve the interest of Iran” Then the alliance targets Iraq !!This time Iranian Ex president Muhammad Khatami said, ” I told him, Lets repeat Afghanistan experience in Iraq!”  

    Now they are repeating the experience in Libya too…..

    Iran “discreetly” provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying. “We were in touch with many of the rebel groups in Libya before the fall of (Moamer) Kadhafi, and discreetly dispatched three or four food and medical consignments to Benghazi,” Salehi told the daily. “The head of the National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, sent a letter of thanks to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for having been on their side and helping,” he added. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi spoke with N.T.C. Chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil over the phone on Tuesday, congratulating the rebels on their “victory over dictatorship.” He also invited Abdul-Jalil to Teheran on a state visit in order to “deepen bilateral ties.” 

    Its just to recall so we know how the politics differ from the daily newspaper headline. 

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    This is the indication that USA were in Iraq to help Iran. They do have a word of war for the last 30 years but both of them feel confident being each others allies. Who benefited the most in Iraq war? Its Iran. The Bodor brigade , Mahdi army Iranian ALQuds force and Sadr never fought the US army , they killed the Sunnis instead and helped America in the invasion. The same thing in Afghanistan , the Shia northern alliance are also helping USA and the puppet government is a pro Iranian shia. But the news paper headline portrays a Iran USA conflict which can start at any time but look very carefully that Iran were never attacked!! USA built the Irans nuke plant in Bushar. Well they say its politics.They pretend they are each others enemy. Well america is bankrupted and wont be able to give much support like before so Iran has to take charge now. 

    Iran’s ex vice president Muhammad Ali Abtahi said: “This was Iran’s first major effort to help the United States to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan and AlQaeda, this would have been impossible without Iran’s help ” Iranian Ex President Muhammad Khatami said: “The Taliban was our enemy , America thought Taliban was their enemy too! If they toppled the Taliban it would serve the interest of Iran” Then the alliance targets Iraq !!This time Iranian Ex president Muhammad Khatami said, ” I told him, Lets repeat Afghanistan experience in Iraq!”  

    Now they are repeating the experience in Libya too…..

    Iran “discreetly” provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying. “We were in touch with many of the rebel groups in Libya before the fall of (Moamer) Kadhafi, and discreetly dispatched three or four food and medical consignments to Benghazi,” Salehi told the daily. “The head of the National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, sent a letter of thanks to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for having been on their side and helping,” he added. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi spoke with N.T.C. Chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil over the phone on Tuesday, congratulating the rebels on their “victory over dictatorship.” He also invited Abdul-Jalil to Teheran on a state visit in order to “deepen bilateral ties.” 

    Its just to recall so we know how the politics differ from the daily newspaper headline. 

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