Allawi: Demonstrations Won’t Stop Unless Maliki Resigns

By Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraqiya List leader and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said that the protests in the Iraq provinces that are home to a Sunni majority won’t stop unless Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government resigns, thus paving a way for a reduced government to be formed to organize early general elections in which its members cannot participate.

During a meeting with a number of Iraqi journalists at his house in the upscale neighborhood of Harthiya in Baghdad, Allawi said, “Maliki did not listen to our advice concerning the need to heed the demands of the demonstrators and attempt to implement as many as possible.” He pointed out that Maliki “went in the opposite direction and described the protesters as terrorists and Baathists.”

Allawi, a secular politician of Shiite roots, heads a list led by mostly Sunni politicians. In 2004, he served as head of the government in the framework of an agreement sponsored by the United States.

“Maliki told us that he has to listen to and contain demonstrators, but instead he described them as terrorists and Baathists, and he even attacked the demonstration squares with arms,” Allawi said.

Allawi believes that the demonstrations will not stop “as long as Maliki is in power.” He said, "The government should resign in order to form a reduced government that can oversee early elections without allowing its members to participate in these elections,” adding, “The second track of the solution may be the return to the Erbil Agreement and the achievement of a prompt partnership."

One Response to Allawi: Demonstrations Won’t Stop Unless Maliki Resigns

  1. Lorenzo 14th May 2013 at 19:42 #

    There is no smoke without a fire.

    The Sunnis are obviously discriminated and obviously have a dream of getting things better for them, perhaps coming back to good old days, or?

    Why no trying a federal state approach like the KRG is doing for El-Anbar and Ninewa?

    In principle any major region could become a self ruling region if fair engagement rules were created between the central and the regional governments. If it is working in so many other countries like Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Is democracy in Iraq so difficult to accept?

    Unfortunately, Iraq is the Ali Baba country with so many thieves but there is no reason why things should continue the way they are. Changes no matter in which name, the Iraqi spring or the other spring are major challenges for all rulers of Iraq but the citizens have a voice and should stop thinking that it is useless, there is no hope unless we become a part of the theft to other less fortunate Iraqis citizens.

    All is about your family, children, grandchildren and what you want to leave after you to them. An Ali-Baba thieve society or something better than you ever had? Is it worth a try?