Entries in Nouri Maliki (3)


Iraqi Lawmakers Hint at No Confidence Vote Against Prime Minister

Iraqi Prime Minister office via Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- Iraq's tenuous political environment became shakier Thursday as some members of parliament said they would renew efforts to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Since U.S. forces were withdrawn last December, the Shiite leader's opponents have accused him of consolidating power in an effort to marginalize the Sunni and Kurd minorities.

Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi says he and others want the prime minister to come before parliament to answer their question about his methods of achieving national unity in the midst of their lack of faith in his regime.

Al-Nujaifi says if al-Maliki doesn't convince opponents that he has the best interests of all Iraqis in mind then they'll call for a no confidence vote in an attempt to replace him.

Getting the prime minister to sit for questions is probably easier said than done with little likelihood of him appearing before lawmakers.

However, al-Maliki could be convinced to respond if Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani and powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who have turned against his rule, apply added pressure on the prime minister.

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Iraq Wants Obama to Stop Kurd Oil Deal with ExxonMobil

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- Iraq is asking the U.S. for help again but it has nothing to do with providing military assistance.

Instead, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants President Obama to step in and block a deal between ExxonMobil and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The Iraqi leader maintains that such an arrangement violates the law since all oil contracts are supposed to go through Baghdad first.

What has got Baghdad upset is that the deal gives ExxonMobil exploration rights in six areas, including two in regions that are claimed by both the central government and the Kurds.

A spokesman for al-Maliki said this agreement represents "a very dangerous initiative that may lead to the outbreak of wars," which could spoil any chance at achieving national unity.

As a result, the prime minister "sent a message to American President Barak Obama last week urging him to intervene to prevent ExxonMobil from going in this direction."

The White House so far has not publicly responded to al-Maliki's request.

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Iraq Prime Minister Will Not Seek Third Term

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that he will not pursue a third term in office when his tenure ends in 2014.

The prime minister, in an interview with AFP, said that although the present constitution does not have a law preventing a prime minister from running for a third term, he has chosen not to seek an extension. Al-Maliki said that he supports having a clause added to the constitution that would limit Iraqi prime ministers to two terms in office.

Al-Maliki’s second term in office began in 2010, and was followed by nine months of squabble over his re-election, before a unified government was formed. His announcement that he would be stepping down comes as heated protests take place in Egypt, with that country’s residents calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

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