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April 25, 2005

Iraq new cabinet on hold

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

The Iraqi people had an election, they risked their lives and went in droves to vote, and then the elected politicians let them down. The long drawn-out process of forming a government has allowed the insurgency to gain a foothold denied them on the battlefield, and if the Iraqi politicians don't stop this confounded bickering and negotiation the war will go on and on until terrorism rules the day and the region. It's time that Allawi's crowd took a hike, they lost the election, the Sunnis didn't show up when they had a chance, and the indecision is killing the country and chance for the country to survive terrorism and the insurgency.

BAGHDAD - The unveiling of Iraq's new government was again delayed Monday because of last-minute negotiations between political factions, a senior Shiite politician said.

"In principle we were to have announced the new government today, but last minutes details are preventing this," said Jawad Maliki, the number two in Shiite Dawa party led by prime minister-designate Ibrahim Jaafari.

"Maybe the government will be announced tomorrow," he told reporters.

Senior officials had earlier suggested Jaafari could unveil a cabinet based on a broad coalition of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Negotiations on achieving a broad-based coalition have been going on for 12 weeks since the January 30 general elections won by the majority Shiites and the Kurds.

Senior officials have suggested Jaafari has given up on attempting to include supporters of outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi party in the new cabinet.

"I don't think they are likely to be included," Maliki had earlier said.

Twelve weeks is too long. Allawi's Iraqiya party's list took only 40 of the 275 seats in parliament in the elections on January 30. The Shiite-led United Iraqi Alliance took 146 seats, and the main Kurdish bloc took 77. In other words, Allawi lost the election, and to hold up the formation of a government in the heart of a terrorism crisis is unconscionable. Allawi's pride and creed are killing Iraqi's, Americans, and other coalition forces, and it's long past time for him to participate in the process by agreeing to what has already been offered, and gracefully join the government. There is always another election on another day in another year. To wait longer may cause none ot this to be true or to even matter.

Posted by Hyscience at April 25, 2005 9:40 AM

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