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State of Law and National Alliance meet to form alliance.

Summary: Al-Iraqia list lambasts meeting of both Shiite lists held in Tehran.

The winning Kurdish lists negotiate the Kurdish stance concerning the formation of any new alliance in the near future.The Iraqi Independent Higher Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced Iraq's election results on March 26. Iyad Allawi's al-Iraqia list won with 91 parliamentary seats, two seats more than Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law list. The winning Iraqi lists are now trying to form alliances with each other, and negotiations are under way. The State of Law Alliance and Iraqi National Alliance, both Shiite, plan to form a new list together. According to the Supreme Court, the biggest parliamentary list can form the new government. "The State of Law and Iraqi National Alliance will unite in the coming week. The biggest bloc can form the new government--and take the responsibility of the position of Prime Minister--as they will become the biggest parliamentary bloc," said Haidar A'bbadi, State of Law list member. Khalid al-Assadi in the State of Law announced that his list and the National Alliance have agreed to nominate someone for Prime Minister. "We will find the mechanism to decide whether the State of Law or National Alliance take it. We will respect the decision the mechanism meets." But Sheikh Humam Hamudi, Iraqi National Alliance member, reported that the National Alliance has experienced people to be nominated to take the aforementioned highest-ranking Iraqi governmental position. "We don't give consent to someone outside the National Alliance to take the post of Prime Minister in the future Iraqi government." Meanwhile, Karim Yaccobi, member in the same list, explained that the next Iraqi Prime Minister will be according to agreements between his list and State of Law. During the past few days, the two Shiite lists, the State of Law Alliance and Ammar Al-Hakim's Iraqi National Alliance, visited Iran where they held meetings concerning forming a new unified list for the new Council of Representatives, and news sources report disagreement over the issue. The head of al-Iraqia list, Iyad Allawi, warned of the country's security destabilization due to Iran's interference in Iraq's internal affairs. "Iraq's two big Shiite lists had negotiations in Iran's capital city of Tehran, which is presided over by the Iranian government." Allawi explained that Iran is not allowed to decide on Iraq's future, and that this is a matter for the Iraqi people. "Iran interferes in Iraq's internal affairs, and we reject such interference. This has historically been rejected by the Iraqi people who stand against such interference." Maysoon al-Damlouji, spokesperson of al-Iraqia list, described meetings by political blocs in Tehran as an attempt to undermine the national project. "The conduct of political blocs meeting in Tehran is an attempt to undermine the Iraqi lists' national project. Therefore, we have reservations about those meetings. No Iraqi would accept that the government be formed in Tehran. The Iraqia is the largest bloc, and we are the ones who are supposed to form the government," reported al-Damlouji to Aswat al-Iraq News Agency.According to British Newspaper "Independent," although Allawi won 91 seats in the elections and was at the top of the winners' list, he is unable to form a new government. The paper reported that Allawi's rivals are very strong--especially al-Maliki and al-Hakim, who are supported by foreign sides. Allawi's Sunni supporters within his list are weak and don't exceed 20 percent of Iraq's population.Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki said that forming the alliance plays a very crucial role in the new government. "There is no time to waste, and we have to accelerate the mechanism of forming the new Iraqi government. We don't want to impose our policy and ideologies on the other sides," said al-Maliki in a press conference held in Baghdad. He also noted that no foreign side is allowed to decide on the future of Iraqis, and it is every Iraqi's right to decide on her or his future inside Iraq. "We have to work according to the interests of Iraqi people. Demands for recounting and sorting out the votes are not for the sake of taking the power, but it is for the sake of Iraqi people to be sure of their votes?"The stance of the winning Kurdish lists concerning alliances for the next government is still unclear. The Kurdistan Alliance list won 43 seats; Change (Gorran) list won eight seats, the Kurdistan Islamic Union four seats, and the Islamic Group two seats. Kurds need to unite their stances for the coming Parliament in order to achieve Kurdish rights that Kurdish history has struggled for throughout the past decades. One of the conditions of the Kurdistan Alliance list to form alliance with other Iraqi lists is that they should follow the Constitution, especially Article 140. The Iraqi Parliament member from Kurdistan Islamic Union, Sami Atroushi, reported that both al-Iraqia and State of Law have publicly and privately showed their disagreement on implementing Article 140 and resolving the pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad. "The Kurdish lists should explain the steps to other Iraqi lists that will result in implementation of the article, normalization of Kirkuk's situation, and the holding of a referendum," said Atroushi. Concerning Kurdish alliance-making with other Iraqi lists, Atroushi suggested that Kurds make an alliance with the State of Law and National Alliance due to Kurds' past experience with the two, and there are some sides within these two lists who are friends to Kurds, especially the Islamic Supreme Council. The head of Kurdistan Presidency media office, Faisal Dabagh, reported to the "Globe" that Kurdistan Region President Masud Barzani will hold a meeting with winning Kurdish lists in the near future. The meeting will come before Kurds build alliances with any other Iraqi lists, and it "aims to discuss the stances of Kurdish lists concerning Kurdish issues and unite all the views," stated Dabagh.According to Hama Tofiq Rahim, the spokesperson for the Change list, they are aware of the meeting but not the date it will be held. "The Change list is ready to meet with any side before Kurds form alliances with any list. Concerning the issues, the Change list shares the same view with all other Kurdish lists."

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Date:Apr 3, 2010
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