Maliki Seeks 'Majority Government' In Iraq

The question being raised amid all these controversies is: how can a majority government be formed in a religiously and ethnically divided country such as Iraq?

The Iraqi constitution says that the Iraqi president is elected by a two-thirds parliamentary majority, or 216 out of 325 votes, and the president appoints a prime minister on condition that the latter is supported by 163 deputies. So Maliki forming a majority government seems beyond even the most optimistic readings.

Previous elections have revealed the people’s choices and Maliki obtaining a political majority requires three things:

One, Maliki should reduce the size rival Shiite parties, such as those headed by Muqtada al-Sadr and Ammar al-Hakim, and then persuade them to join his cabinet after they have given large concessions.

Two, Maliki needs to either win over the Sunnis and get them to vote for him, or persuade Sunni forces that win 40 seats in the next elections to join his cabinet.

Three, Maliki needs to either persuade the Kurds to join his Cabinet or split the Kurds and win over at least 25 Kurdish deputies.

In politics, there are no absolutes. It is possible that Maliki would achieve the above requirements. But if that happens, it will be no more than a reproduction of the “political partnership” government — about which Maliki now complains — with the exception that it would exclude the forces and figures deemed disruptive for the government. Those forces and figures are today represented by the Arbil-Najaf alliance, Sadr, and Kurdish and Sunni leaders.

3 Responses to Maliki Seeks 'Majority Government' In Iraq

  1. Kickabuck 13th April 2013 at 01:06 #

    Maliki signed the Erbil agreement and proceeded to stab those who aligned his majority election in the back. Even if his phony government can rig elections, there will be a war with the Kurds/Saad/Sunni's, or a complete iraqi arab spring arrival before the dominant parties oust maliki...it's already obvious the kurds are ready for war if that's the path Baghdad wants to take with oil. Iraq wants a unified democracy, it's a shame corruption among the leaders is so rampant.

  2. Cristiano Ronaldo 13th April 2013 at 08:52 #

    Unhold promises, intimidation, nepotism and corruption are the main trademarks of Dawa represented by Mr Nouri al-Maliki.

    You iraqui citizn, will you buy a car from this guy?

  3. Mohammad 18th April 2013 at 06:33 #

    Democracy in 3rd world countries is quite different than in West.
    When there is no majority in these countries the only slogan these leaders commit to is separation for their own benefit. In this situation Army keep budging in to avoid the breakup. Iraq sitting at the dawn of democracy needs a strong leader who is capable of dealing with the fractions whose only interest is the breakup for their own good. With Malaki I see a leader who is holding tough in face of conspiracies and foreign interference to keep the country together. I give him thumbs up on job well done; his third term will make the country strong especially in face of West still trying to push new democracy to the wall.