The political groups leveling the accusations of dictatorship in fact comprise 80% of the cabinet, and about 60% of the seats in parliament. Thus they are not only capable of passing the missing legislation, but of implementing it as well.
The recent demonstrations in Anbar are widely considered to be directed at Maliki personally, and various groups are attempting to promote it in this light. Yet the true definition of the nature of these demonstrations is that they are directed towards the shortcomings of the political process, and towards the Iraqi politicians who bear a shared responsibility for these flaws.
In dealing with the recent demonstrations, the executive authority, with Maliki at its helm, has shown its detemination to remain in power and has warned against targeting it, as happened in the assassination of Sunni leader Aifan al-Issawi near the demonstrations in Anbar.
Much has been said about the nonpartisan committees’ proposals that would meet the demands of the demonstrators, and which the executive powers could implement. Yet after more than a month since the demonstrations started, the Iraqi parliament has not succeed in passing any suspended or pending law that would hint that a breakthrough is near.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices. He has written many books, including Humanitarian Concerns, which was selected in 2000 by the European Union as the best book written by a refugee.