Maliki Seeks 'Majority Government' In Iraq

On the ground, it is unlikely that the Sadr bloc will be defeated in the next elections. It is popularly stable in the Shiite cities and holds 40 parliamentary seats. It is also difficult to break the Sunni bloc that for months has been supporting the demonstrations opposing Maliki’s policies. That bloc is represented today by the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi and the Iraqi List bloc headed by Ayad Allawi. After accounting for those who withdrew from that bloc, its size now stands at 70 seats. It would also be very difficult for Maliki to beat Kurdistan region leader Massoud Barzani or break his alliance with other Kurdish parties.

Trying to form a “majority government” is normally acceptable. In the end, that is the point of holding elections. But it is unwise to talk about forming a “majority government” while ignoring the divisions caused by ten years of political disarray and the presence of a vague constitution, delayed and disputed laws, sectarian polarization, and regional divisions that may lead to civil war.

Iraq is still stuck in a long transitional phase. It will not end by forming a “majority government” but rather by reaching a broad social and political agreement that clarifies the mechanism of governance, the state’s identity, how wealth is distributed, the prerogatives of those in power and the rights of the citizens.

A “majority government” is not just an electoral slogan by Maliki. It is a political approach that causes more internal divisions, and those divisions will determine Iraq’s struggle in the coming months.

Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. An author and journalist who has worked in the media for 15 years, he holds a degree in political science from Baghdad University. Besides writing studies and articles that covered Iraqi crises and publishing in the local, regional and foreign media, Abbas has worked since 2003 in the Iraqi media sector and co-founded media companies. He also produced a number of documentaries for different media and has managed Al-Hayat’s office in Iraq since 2005.

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.