May 07 2012
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Iraqiya will consider withdrawing confidence from Maliki
Iraqiya spokesman Maisoun al-Damlouji said today: "There is a period of 15 days to achieve partnership and otherwise we will discuss other alternatives such as the withdrawal of confidence from Maliki's government.
"If the principle of partnership is not achieved according to what has been agreed upon during the last meeting of Erbil, then the political blocs must take responsibility and choose a new government to conduct work until the completion of the elections."
Maliki has been given two weeks to implement the demands raised in the meeting between five Iraqi and Kurdistan leaders in Erbil, on Saturday.
A week ago, Kurdistan President Massoud al-Barzani and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal al-Talabani met with Iraqiya List leaders Ayad al-Allawi, also a former prime minister, and Osama al-Nujaifi as well as Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Erbil.
The leaders discussed the challenges Iraq is facing and agreed on their demands in a letter which was handed to Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the head of the largest bloc, the National Alliance, on Friday.
The letter recommended the commitment to the enforcement of the unimplemented articles of the Erbil agreement within 15 days.
The Erbil agreement proposed by Barzani ended a nine-month dispute over who should run the government following the March 2010 elections. The deal, which was signed by all the major political party leaders in Erbil, reinstated Maliki for the second successive term.
Maliki's elections rival, Allawi, whose Iraqiya List won the elections, was promised a National Council for Strategic Policies in return for his concession over the PM post.
The council was never formed and the PM's State of Law Coalition and Iraqiya began to incriminate and accuse each the other of violating the Erbil pact.
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