First Published: 2007-03-01

 
Allawi’s party threatens to quit Iraqi government
 

Ex-PM’s Iraqi National List accuses Maliki’s government of sectarian bias, narrow-mindedness.

 

Middle East Online

The List has five ministers and 25 members of parliament

BAGHDAD - The secular party led by former Iraqi interim prime minister Iyad Allawi threatened Thursday to quit the country's embattled government of national unity, accusing officials of sectarian bias.

Allawi's Iraqi National List is the only major political party in Iraq to include high ranking members from both the Sunni and Shiite community. It has five ministers and 25 members of parliament.

If Allawi's supporters were to quit Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition, it would strike a blow to attempts to portray the government as a moderate, non-sectarian force in an Iraq increasingly divided by violence and extremism.

The List says Maliki's Shiite-led government has failed to honour promises to allow more Sunnis into public service and of persecuting its enemies under the guise of fighting corruption and terrorism.

"We strongly fear that the government's announced security plan will suffer setbacks because of disagreements and clashes between senior officials," the List said, in a statement sent to reporters.

"In this context, the Iraqi List feels it will soon no longer be able to accept the responsibility of being in this government, because of its sectarian domination and narrow-mindedness," it warned.

"We wouldn't have joined government in the first place but for pressure on us to serve the national interest, but in the last few months the government has done the opposite, and committed despicable acts against many citizens."

The coalition that was formed in June last year, after Iraq's first election since the fall of Saddam Hussein, is a fractious collection of often feuding parties, many of them with links to militias engaged in sectarian violence.

Allawi was appointed as Iraq's interim premier in June 2004 when the US occupying authorities returned Iraq's sovereignty, but his secular party lost out to Shiite Islamists in the later elections.

The party did not set a deadline for its withdrawal, but party spokesman Ibrahim al-Janabi said that the day would soon be at hand.

"This is a final ultimatum to withdraw from the government. The decision has not been taken yet but it will be in the short run rather than the long run.

"We put forward a programme to build a national unity government without sectarian and party divides. Now we see that things are taking a completely different shape," he said.

 

Desperation hangs over Syria meeting in Paris

Turkey submits bill to expand powers of Erdogan

CIA concludes Russia worked to help Trump win election

OPEC seeks output cuts from non-members

Performance of American comic cancelled in Saudi Arabia

Tamurt info: Polisario leader ‘most wanted man in Spain’

HSF denounces Algeria’s migrant expulsion as “shame for Africa”

Suicide bomber hits military camp in Yemen

US-backed alliance announces 'phase two' of Raqa campaign

Kuwait PM forms new cabinet after elections

Pentagon expands US footprint in Syria

OPEC to push for non-member oil cuts

Recaptured IS Libya bastion riddled with mines

Civilians caught in middle of Aleppo maelstrom

US-led coalition air strike destroys 168 IS oil tankers

European rights body says Turkey violated own constitution

Turkey to submit bill expanding Erdogan powers Saturday

Morocco acquits gay teenage girls

Regime air strikes resume on east Aleppo after 'pause'

Erdogan urges Turks to step up efforts to boost lira

IS kills 49 Syrian army members near Palmyra

UN says hundreds of Aleppo escapees missing, rebels block others from leaving

Egyptian ‘world’s heaviest woman’ to have surgery in India

Israeli army admits Hezbollah map just ‘illustration’

Saudi soldier killed by landmine near Yemen border

Shadow of executed Shiite cleric looms in Saudi hometown

Russia vows no let-up in Aleppo assault while 'bandits' remain

US approves $7 billion in arms deals to Arab allies

400 migrants storm Spanish enclave border

IS claims Egypt cleric murders, threatens Sufis

Six killed in Egypt bomb blast

UN Syria envoy planning to meet Trump team

US says 50,000 IS jihadists killed in Iraq, Syria since 2014

Israel arrests alleged Hamas kidnap plotters

Greek court rejects extraditing last two Turkish 'coup' officers

Russian student faces jail after following IS lover to Syria

Yazidi leader calls on international community to help

UN reiterates fears for Aleppo children

Libya finds 266 IS bodies in former jihadist bastion Sirte

Turkey targets German diplomats at airports in revenge move

Aleppo White Helmets call for safe passage

Germany seeks to conclude training deal with Saudi

Egypt arrests son of former Islamist president

Israel joins forces with Greece, Cyprus to fight fire

Erdogan advisor says foreign TV chefs are spies