July 20, 2010

THE KINGMAKER AND HIS COURTERS:

Rivals unite to stop al Maliki staying as PM (Phil Sands, July 20. 2010, The National)

Mr Allawi, the leader of the Iraqiyya bloc that narrowly won Iraq’s March elections, and Mr al Sadr, the head of the powerful grassroots Sadr movement agreed to a broad set of principles as a result of their discussions, according to Ahmed al Dulaimi, an Iraqiyya official.

Perhaps most critically, they united in refusing to allow Iraq’s current prime minister, Nouri al Maliki, to stay in office for another term, Mr al Dulaimi said.

“They [Mr Allawi and Mr al Sadr] agreed there must be a peaceful hand-over of power and that authority would be divided up in a way that respected the election results,” he said yesterday. “They also agreed to speed up efforts in forming a new government and that there must be no renewal for Nouri al Maliki as prime minister.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2010 4:52 PM
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