Al-Maliki To Face No Confidence Vote

I have to think this is a good thing -- particularly if they bring him down. He continues to coddle Iran and his thugbuddy Sadr. He's part of the problem, and it's time the Iraqis recognized that.

For four years, Iraqis have been waiting in lines at gas stations in Baghdad, waiting for their lives to get better. But, as CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan reports, the situation has gotten worse and their government is now in crisis.

That has led senior Iraqi leaders to demand drastic change....

Even those closest to the Iraqi prime minister, from his own party, admit the political situation is desperate.


Iraq's prime minister is facing his most serious challenge yet. The no-confidence vote will be requested by the largest block of Sunni politicians, who are part of a broad political alliance called the Iraq Project. What they want is a new government run by ministers who are appointed for their expertise, not their party loyalty.


Leaders of the Iraq Project claim they have the necessary votes to force al-Maliki to resign, but that has yet to be tested in parliament. For now, the U.S. is still standing by the Iraqi leader publicly at least.

Posted by: Ace at 01:50 PM


1 For now, the U.S. is still standing by the Iraqi leader publicly at least.

Yeah, because he's their elected leader RIGHT NOW. If they can his ass elect a new leader, we'll be standing by THAT leader at that future time when he's sworn in as Al-Maliki's replacement.

Posted by: Russ from Winterset at July 09, 2007 02:13 PM (dyz/7)

2 Personally, I think it would be great if they vote him out. They're still in the kiddie pool of democracy. Elections are fine, but the real test is when it comes time to give up power. If Al-Maliki can hand off to someone else, and neither of them gets shot, that's a real accomplishment for a new democracy.

And this Iraq Project movement sounds like a great development. Putting the good of the nation ahead of party loyalty -- think we could maybe import some of those guys to train Democrats in how to do that?

Posted by: Trimegistus at July 09, 2007 02:23 PM (I5SzJ)

3 Yeah, but those arab muslims have a funny way of getting rid of shitty people only to replace them with them shittier people.

Posted by: Will Smith at July 09, 2007 02:34 PM (UsvXF)

4 Part of democracy, the people choose their leaders. From where I sit, al`Maliki has been pretty hesitant to do what needs doing, but then I'm not in his position, either.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 09, 2007 03:32 PM (wmgz8)

5 Peaceful transfers of power is something very rare in the Muslim world. So far, only three Islamic countries have managed it, so they need all the good examples they can get.
Accountability for getting things done or failing to do so is a good lesson too.

Posted by: BattleofthePyramids at July 09, 2007 03:33 PM (AnfNC)

6 > Yeah, because he's their elected leader RIGHT NOW.

Curses, Russ. You stole my comment (before I could even make it!)

> broad political alliance called the Iraq Project. What they want is a new government run by ministers who are appointed for their expertise, not their party loyalty.

( I'd like to see that in more countries that just Iraq!)
It's nice to see the Iraqi politicians starting to catch on as to what works and what doesn't work when it comes to running a country.

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