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    Iraq crisis: Parliament moves session after criticism

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    Post by Rocky Tue 08 Jul 2014, 5:08 pm

    Iraq crisis: Parliament moves session after criticism



    8 July 2014




    Iraq's new parliament says it will hold its next session on 13 July, nearly a month earlier than previously agreed.

    Iraqi MPs had postponed the sitting on Monday until 12 August, but brought the date forward after criticism.

    The US said the "dire situation" facing Iraq made forming an inclusive government all the more urgent.

    The country's politicians have been urged to unite to defeat a Sunni insurgency led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).

    The new parliament is yet to agree on the three key posts of prime minister, president and parliamentary speaker.

    Its first meeting last week had been due to elect a speaker, but ended without agreement after Kurdish and Sunni Arab MPs walked out.

    As the leader of the bloc that won the most votes in elections in April, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has demanded the right to attempt to form a governing coalition.

    But he has faced calls from his Sunni, Kurdish and Shia opponents to step down because of his handling of the current security crisis.


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    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki attends the funeral ceremony a senior army commander in Baghdad - 7 July 2014 Prime Minister Nouri Maliki shows no signs of being prepared to give up power despite pressure

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    Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against Sunni militants, in Baghdad - 8 July 2014 Volunteers have been signing up to join the Iraqi army amid fears that Isis could attack Baghdad
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    Iraq's constitutional timetable

    According to Iraq's constitution, the Council of Representatives must elect a new speaker during its opening session
    It must choose a president within 30 days of electing a speaker
    Within 15 days of the president's election, the largest bloc must nominate a new prime minister
    Under a de facto power sharing agreement, the speaker is a Sunni Arab, the prime minister a Shia Arab, and the president a Kurd
    After the 2010 elections, it took nine months to form a new government
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    Mahdi al-Hafez, the acting speaker of parliament, said that MPs had moved its next session forward "for the sake of the public interest" and "preserving the continuity of building democracy."

    "Any delay in this could jeopardise the security of Iraq and its democratic course and increase the suffering of the Iraqi people," he added.

    The central government in Baghdad has lost control of vast swathes of further territory over the past month, and last month Isis declared the establishment of a "caliphate" covering the land it holds in Iraq and Syria.

    General killed

    Despite receiving equipment and intelligence from the US, Russia and Iran, Iraq's efforts to defeat Isis were a dealt a blow on Monday after a senior general was killed.

    Maj Gen Sudani was killed in clashes west of Baghdad, where government troops have been fighting Sunni militants who seized the towns of Falluja and Ramadi in January.

    The United Nations has said at least 2,417 Iraqis, including 1,531 civilians, were killed in "acts of violence and terrorism" in June.

    The figure does not include fatalities in the western province of Anbar, where the Iraqi authorities say 244 civilians die


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    Post by GWT54 Tue 08 Jul 2014, 6:29 pm

    I for one will be surprised if it happens on the 13th. Just judging by their track record. They walk all over their constitution just like Obama does. To them it's just a piece of paper. JMO
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    Post by notazbad2000 Tue 08 Jul 2014, 7:10 pm

    Iraqi parliament to meet early next week

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    Members of Shi'ite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq carry coffins of fighters from their group who were killed during clashes with militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during a funeral in Najaf July 7, 2014. Iraq's new parliament put off its next session for five weeks on Monday, extending the country's political paralysis amid a Sunni Islamist insurgency which claimed the life of an army general near Baghdad. Citing the politicians' failure to reach "understanding and agreement" on nominations for the top three posts in government, the office of acting speaker Mehdi al-Hafidh said parliament would not meet again until August 12. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS OBITUARY)
       
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament Tuesday officially rescheduled its next session for early next week after criticism over initial plans for a five-week break, amid pressure for political leaders to agree on a new government that can confront militants who have overrun much of the country's north and west.


    Acting parliament speaker Mahdi al-Hafidh said in a statement that after considering the "national interests," the next session will be on Sunday instead of Aug. 12.

    He warned that any delay in forming a new government "will jeopardize Iraq's security and democracy and will increase the suffering of Iraqis." He also called on all political rivals to "shoulder their responsibilities and set aside their differences to fight terrorism to put Iraq back on the path of democracy."
    Al-Hafidh's statement made official what he had said late Monday was a "preliminary agreement" among political leaders to skip the long break and move the next session up to Sunday.
    Lawmakers are under pressure to quickly form a new government that can unite the country and roll back the insurgents. The legislature held its first session since April elections last week, but failed to agree on a new speaker, president and prime minister.
    Despite the decision to meet Sunday instead of next month, it still appears unlikely that political leaders will be able to bridge their differences in time to settle on names for the top leadership posts — particularly the prime minister, with incumbent Nouri al-Maliki resisting a campaign to replace him.
    Al-Maliki's State of Law bloc won the largest share of seats in April's election, securing 92 out of parliament's 328 seats. But he is far short of the majority needed to govern, which means he needs allies to cobble together a coalition government.
    His opponents — and many former allies — want him removed, accusing him of monopolizing power during his eight years in office and contributing to the current crisis by failing to promote reconciliation with Sunnis. But he has vowed he will not abandon his bid for a third consecutive term.
    The militant offensive that has plunged Iraq into its worst crisis since the last U.S. troops left in 2011 is being spearheaded by the Islamic State extremist group, which has also seized control of a huge chunk of land in neighboring Syria and essentially erased the border between the two countries.


    Speaking to reporters in Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the parliament's move "a positive step forward."

    "We certainly welcome the announcement. But it won't stop there. It will require prompt agreement on a new parliamentary speaker and, following that, candidates for president and prime minister in order to have a successful creation or formation of a government."
    Iraq informed the United Nations that the Islamic State has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.
    Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that "terrorist" groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment from the protection force guarding the facility.
    He singled out the capture of bunkers 13 and 41 in the sprawling complex, which according to a 2004 U.N. report also contained the toxic agent sodium cyanide, which is a precursor for the chemical warfare agent tabun, and artillery shells contaminated with mustard gas.
    Also Tuesday, an airstrike targeted the mayoral building in the militant-held town of Qaim on the Iraqi side of the frontier, killing two people and wounding three others, according to Karim al-Dulaimi, a doctor at the town hospital. He said another air raid hit a few minutes later, but there was no word yet on casualties from that strike.
    It was not immediately clear whether the airstrikes were carried out by the Iraqi or Syrian military. Officials say Syria has struck militant positions near the border inside Iraq at least once before.
    The militant offensive has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes, many of whom have fled to the largely autonomous Kurdish region in the north.
    Thousands of people, most of them ethnic Turkmens from the now militant-held town of Tal Afar, entered the self-rule Kurdish region through the Khazer crossing Tuesday. Some of them said that had been waiting for five days to get permission to enter.
    "The terrorists came to us and they had weapons and everything. We couldn't face them. They were sectarian," said one woman who gave her name as Zainadeen.
    Many of them said they plan on traveling to the Kurdish region's capital, Irbil, and from there by plane to the cities of Najaf and Karbala south of Baghdad.
    The United Nations estimates that some 8,000 families have fled Tal Afar.
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    Associated Press writers Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and Maeva Bambuck contributed to this report.
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