BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Al-Iraqiya al-Hurra bloc called on lawmakers from Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Diala to join those who sign the statement to reject the withdrawal of confidence of al-Maliki's government, according to a statement.
"The national interest underlines the importance of rejecting the withdrawal of confidence and forming an alliance able to solve all problems and favor Iraq's interests," said the statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Some of Maliki's opponents, including Barzani and Sadr, have accused him of becoming a dictator and several of his critics say he deliberately sidelines Sunnis and Kurds.
Iraq has been gripped by a political crisis since December 2011 after charges pressed against
Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a prominent member of al-Iraqiya, of involvement in “terrorism and murder” in addition to a decision by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to withdraw confidence from his deputy Mutlaq, also a member of al-Iraqiya, over statements in which Mutlaq termed the Iraqi premier as a “dictator”.
Adding to the crisis were the repercussions of a decision by the Salah al-Din and Diala provincial councils to turn the two provinces into independent regions.
Tension marked failure to reach an agreement on the appointment of two ministers of interior and defense as Maliki is running the two portfolios.
Moreover, the government failed to adopt the strategic policy council, whose presidency should have been received by al-Iraqiya bloc in line with the Arbil Accord.
All those problems led al-Iraqiya to boycott parliament sessions and cabinet meetings on December 17, 2011 before it decided to return once again to parliament on January 29, 2012 and later cabinet meetings on February 6, 2012.
Further snowballing the Iraqi troubles, Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani lashed out during a speech marking the Nowruz Day on March 20, 2012 at the Iraqi government and its premier, terming the government as “failure” and accusing Maliki of “seeking to impose hegemony over all powers in the state with disregard to partnership”.
Barzani said Iraq “is dashing towards the abyss due to the policies of some parties,” warning if the state of affairs continued like this, there will definitely be recourse to the people to take its decision, in reference to the right of self-determination and proclamation of a Kurdish state.
Al-Iraqiya, for its part, had threatened on March 19 to boycott cabinet meetings anew and avoid participation in the national conference if its key demands – the full implementation of the Arbil Accord, abolition of the accountability & justice law and accelerated enacting of the pardon law – have not been met.
Led by former premier Iyad Allawi, al-Iraqiya had proposed solutions to find a way out of the country’s incessant crisis, including the replacement of the current head of government.