SLC MP: Four NA components support Maliki25/05/2012 11:40
BAGHDAD, May 25 (AKnews)- There are" positive positions" resulting from the current talks among the components of the National Alliance (NA) as some parties stress their support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an MP said.
The Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), the Badr Organization, the State of Law Coalition (SLC) and the Fadhila (Virtue) Party all support Maliki to continue running his post, said SLC member Salman al-Mousawi.
Mousawi said the NA meets tomorrow to issue its stance over the Najaf meeting letter.
The letter issued this week by four leaders including Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Sadr Current is a component in the NA, demanded the Shiite super bloc to replace Maliki within one week. The deadline ends tomorrow.
Others who signed the letter were Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani, Iraqiya List leader Ayad Allawi and speaker of the Iraqi parliament Osama al-Nujaifi.
The same leaders earlier met in Erbil on April 28 with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and they issued a two-week deadline for PM to end his "unilateral" ruling or else they will withdraw confidence from his government.
The deadline ended last week and
Sadr denied on Friday receiving any response from the NC to the letter.
The leaders who met in Najaf say PM Maliki did not announce his intention to implement the points in the Erbil meeting letter and this shows that he adopts a policy of procrastination in the implementation of the previous Erbil agreement.
The Erbil agreement proposed by Barzani ended a nine-month dispute over who should run the government following March 2010's 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, Ayad 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 not formed and the PM's SLC and Iraqiya began incriminating and accusing each other of violating the Erbil pact.
Maliki defended himself by saying that the Erbil agreement was fully implemented by him. He said the remaining part, the National Council for Strategic Policies, is the responsibility of the Council of Representatives, whose presidency is held by Iraqiya List.
By Raman Brusk