ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: A number of officials and citizens in Anbar have expressed their support to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, while others rejected the move for its negative effect on the security and political situation in the country.
“A number of officials in Anbar government are against the plan to withdraw confidence from al-Maliki’s government, as the government is part of a national partnership project, then toppling al-Maliki would negatively affect the political process,” Muzher Hassan al-Mulla, a member of the Anbar council, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“Withdrawing confidence in these circumstances will affect the security and political situation, even the economic and service fields, which need stability not more chaos,” he added.
“Maliki work to support the national reconciliation and to provide provinces with services,” Sheikh Khamis al-Dulaimi, a tribal chieftain from Anbar, said.
“Iraq in no need for political chaos and security situation is so delicate and parliamentarians should give the premier a chance and do not jump into conclusions,” the sheikh added.
Saleem Fahd, a 34-year-old citizen, said al-Maliki did not give any services to his people, but worked to monopolize power and Iraq under his authority lived toughest circumstances.
“Iraq does not need to a new dictator and we support toppling him and we demand early elections for local councils and the parliament as they do not represent Iraqis,” the young man noted.
“We have to unseat the premier and the government and to dissolve the parliament, who did not work to serve the Iraqi people,” Fahd underlined.
“The move to withdraw confidence from al-Maliki by political blocs is a popular demand,” Samer al-Halbousi, 30, another citizen said, pointing out that protests in the past few years aimed to change him for a better future of Iraq.
A series of intertwined political crises began in Iraq with accusations that Iraq’s prime minister was consolidating power have escalated into calls to unseat him, and paralysed the country’s government.
The protracted drama has seen Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s deputy revert to decrying him as a ‘dictator’ and the leader of the autonomous Kurdish region call for him to go on one side, while the premier insists he has sufficient backing to stay on the other.
For his part, Maliki sought to sack Sunni Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak, an Iraqiya member who had labelled the premier “worse than Saddam Hussein.” That month, an arrest warrant was issued for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, also of Iraqiya, for allegedly running a death squad.
Al-Hashemi fled to the autonomous Kurdistan region in north Iraq, which declined to hand him over to Baghdad and then permitted him to leave on a regional tour that took him to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
He is now being tried in absentia in Iraq.
Kurdistan further entered the fray when its chief, Massoud Barzani, launched a series of attacks against Maliki.
In April, the region stopped oil exports, claiming Baghdad has allegedly withheld more than $1.5 billion (1.2 billion euros) that Kurdish officials say is owed to foreign oil companies working in the region.
And powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose parliamentary bloc is part of the national unity government along with Iraqiya and the Kurdish alliance, referred to the premier as a ‘dictator’ hungry for acclaim, and accused him of wanting to postpone or cancel elections.
But Maliki opponents have now moved from merely criticising the premier to talk of actually removing him from office.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, is 110 km west of Baghdad.