This blog post was published on September 30 2009. §
The opposition’s strategy to crash Maliki’s government
Maliki’s chances for a second term are shrinking, and what left for the “State of Law” is the gamble on the party’s previous experience in the provincial elections when the party managed to defeat the ISCI, the Sadrists and the “Accordance Front”.
Sadrists officially announced their rejection for Maliki’s second term, and for sure the Sadrsists also warned [the ISCI] against the South-Federation plan (Awan noticed the disappearance of the “Federalism” from the election campaign) .
This doesn’t mean the end of the negotiation with Maliki’s “State of Law”, according to Kuwaiti Al-Watan: Early results of the negotiations between Maliki’s “Sate of Law and ISCI are more promising than before”, but…
Three conditions put by Maliki to join INA coalition
- To be Iraq’s prime minister for a second term.
- Three key ministries to be his party’s share (Interior Ministry, Electricity Ministry +1 most likely Oil Ministry).
- Decision-making in the leadership of the United Iraqi Alliance (55% of the seats).
No chance that these conditions will accepted, Maliki already started to talk about a “conspiracy” against him by other “coalitions”, Dawa Party already issued instructions to its members and sub-organizations to be careful and cautious about what it called “highly sensitive challenges”, including armed attacks against citizens and the state’s interests creating instability and insecurity in the country forcing the party to join the National Alliance.
In this context, sources revealed that the opposition forces gave instructions to its media, (including satellite channels and newspapers belonging to religious parties) to launch a smear campaign ahead of the election against the government and Maliki using archives, images and movies, to target the recent security and the return of normal life from the religious perspective, comparing it to pre-occupation era.
Imams in the mosques, in their ceremonies instructed to condemn the unlimited number of nightclubs, bars and Alcohol stores in some cities, to be presented as “condemning the ruling of Islam” by Dawa Pary.