December 21, 2010 |
Iraq's parliament finally ended a nine-month political vacuum Tuesday, confirming Prime Minister Nouri Maliki for a second term at the head of a sharply divided government whose workings will largely determine how democratic the country can become. The last of the U.S. force that led an invasion more than seven years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and end his Baath Party's 35-year dictatorship is scheduled to leave by the end of next year. But the post-Hussein period has been defined by a political battle for primacy between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and a civil war that nearly destroyed the nation.
February 1, 2009 |
A young Sunni man strolling along the Tigris River hesitated when asked whom he had voted for in provincial elections Saturday. Then he gave an answer that would have seemed unthinkable during the depths of Iraq's bloody civil war: "Our prime minister" -- the Shiite head of government, Nouri Maliki. Along Haifa Street, where high-rises once served as shooting galleries for Sunni gunmen battling U.S.
July 4, 2009 |
Vice President Joe Biden's mission to promote national reconciliation in Iraq was rebuffed Friday by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, who told him that the issue was a domestic Iraqi affair and that U.S involvement wouldn't be welcome. Biden was beginning a two-day visit to Iraq after President Obama appointed him this week as his special representative on dealings with the Persian Gulf nation.
March 22, 2010 |
Iraq's political process lurched toward crisis Sunday as the country's prime minister, president and interior minister threw their weight behind a ballot-by-ballot recount of the nation's parliamentary elections. In addition, Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whose election slate is locked in a tight race with that of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, invoked his military powers as Iraq's commander in chief to insist that the Independent High Electoral Commission respond to the recount demand issued by his political bloc and others.
October 3, 2010 |
A Shiite Muslim competitor accused Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Sunday of hoarding power and lacking a vision for Iraq, suggesting that the incumbent still was a long way from securing a new term. "It's a question of programs and policies," Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi told The Times, saying his group had rejected Maliki's policies in his first term. "Up till now, we haven't seen anything that would make us change our decision. " Abdul Mehdi's party, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, has long been regarded as one of the powerbrokers in the post- Saddam Hussein era. The party has refused to endorse Maliki, and Abdul Mehdi faulted the prime minister for what he termed "mobilization of power, bad governance, [and]
January 4, 2007
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said in a published report that he wished he could leave office before his four-year term was up and would not run again. "I didn't want to take this position," Maliki told the Wall Street Journal. "I only agreed because I thought it would serve the national interest, and I will not accept it again." Maliki became prime minister in May, and his time in office has been defined by a surge in sectarian violence and a lack of progress.
July 16, 2007 |
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki was misunderstood when he said Americans could leave "any time they want," an aide said Sunday. Maliki told reporters Saturday that the Iraqi army and police were capable of maintaining security when U.S. troops leave. "We say in full confidence that we are able, God willing, to take the responsibility completely in running the security file if the international forces withdraw at any time they want," Maliki said.
April 8, 2007 |
Iran refused to allow the Iraqi prime minister to fly across its airspace as he was traveling to Tokyo, members of the delegation traveling with Nouri Maliki said early today. Two delegation members said Maliki's plane was diverted Saturday night to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he stayed in the airport for more than three hours while his government aircraft was refueled and a new flight plan was filed. The delegation members spoke about the incident by telephone from Dubai.
April 5, 2008 |
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Friday declared a halt to raids on armed Shiite Muslim gangs in Baghdad and southern Iraq, just a day after announcing his intent to carry out operations in districts of the capital that are under de facto control of a key Shiite cleric's militia. The new statement, released by Maliki's office, left unanswered whether the prime minister was retreating or taking a break from his pledge to take on lawless elements often associated by U.S.
August 22, 2007 |
President Bush and his top envoy in Baghdad offered tepid endorsements of Iraq's prime minister Tuesday, in comments suggesting a new distancing from the beleaguered Shiite Muslim political leader. Bush, speaking at a summit meeting in Canada, said Nouri Maliki's future was in the hands of the Iraqi people.