Jun 03 2012
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178 MPs signed to withdraw confidence from Maliki's government, MP
He expected that the request will be presented to President Talabani by this week.
Gailani added that "great pressures are made on President Talabani to not refer the matter to the parliament or to postpone it till 14 June, the day of parliamentary session, for further discussions".
Iraqiya spokeswoman Maysoon al-Damalouji informed Aswat al-Iraq on Thursday that its bloc succeeded in collecting more than 163 signatures, after one day of Talabani's demand to have 164 signatures.
On Saturday last, the time limit given to the National Alliance by Najaf meeting will end, which demanded a replacement for Maliki.
Parliament speaker Usama Nujaifi said that Najaf meeting gave a one week notice to the National Alliance to replace Maliki; otherwise the confidence will be withdrawn from his government.
Iraqiya bloc, in coordination with Ahrar bloc, affiliate to the Sadrist Trend, are threatening to withdraw confidence, while the Kurdish stand is still not clear, despite continued criticism made by Kurdish region president Masoud Barzani.
Barzani accused Maliki of "unilaterally controlling power" and described his government as "a loser" and threatened that the Kurdish people will demand self-determination and the proclamation of the Kurdish state.
Premier Maliki hinted on possibility of dissolving the parliament and holding early elections.
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