AFP - Reuters
To deal with the political crisis in Iraq for six months, Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, has called early elections, says an official statement issued Wednesday, June 27 "While the other party refuses to sit at the table of dialogue and continues to cause successive political crises that seriously affect the supreme interests of the Iraqi people, the Prime Minister was forced to call early elections",
Iraq is experiencing a political crisis which broke out in December, upon withdrawal of American troops, under the leadership of Iraqiya bloc dominated by secular Sunnis, who accused Mr. Maliki of monopolizing power. Kurdish leaders and the power of Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr are then also clashed with Mr. Maliki, took office in 2006 and renewed after the 2010 parliamentary elections.
The mandate of this Parliament runs until 2014. Presidentopposite there nearly three weeks in a procedural bar to those who asked him to organize a vote of no confidence against the chief Shiite government, citing a lack of necessary support of members to a this approach. Parliament Speaker, Osama Al-Noujaifi, said last week that MPs anti-Maliki would soon demand a hearing of the Premier in another attempt to obtain a confidence vote.
The political crisis has paralyzed the government, and particularly the Parliament, where no significant legislation was passed with the exception of the budget, while other measures including a hydrocarbon law regulating the oil industry have been postponed.
A bomb attack against the home of a Shiite politician in Baghdad killed seven people and wounded 21 Wednesday and a similar attack at a government-backed militia has killed three people, police said. These attacks follow a series of bombings and car bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims and religious sites, which killed more than 140 deaths in June and renewed fears of new sectarian tensions in the country