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Thursday, March 2, 2006
Jaafari Out?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:34 am

Via the NYT: Iraqi Parties Want Jaafari Out of Prime Minister Race

In a move that could redraw Iraq’s political map, leaders of Iraq’s Kurdish, Sunni and secular parties are considering a plan to ask the country’s largest Shiite bloc to withdraw Ibrahim Jaafari as its candidate for prime minister in the new government.

[…]

If the plan to oppose retaining Mr. Jaafari as prime minister is carried through, it will be the first step toward forming a grand alliance in Parliament that would present a serious challenge to the power of the Shiites, who took over the country’s leadership after sweeping national elections last January. The parties that seek the withdrawal of Mr. Jaafari, who has served as prime minister in the transitional government formed last year, say that his record has been poor and that they think he is not the right man for the job.

If removing Jaafari accelerates the movement for a grand coalition, then it would be a positive step. However, if his removal substantially upsets the Shiites, I am not sure how that would further coalitional talks. All of this is quite interesting (and helpful, since we are talking about coaltion and cabinet formation in my Comparative Government class), but my word they do take their time with these things in Iraq, don’t they?

4 Comments »

  1. Typical tone-deaf NYT-at least the headline-writer. Doesn’t anyone at that paper take Comparative Government? There is no “race” for PM. The Iraqi constitution is very clear: The presidency (once elected by the parliamentary majority) must appoint the candidate proposed by the largest bloc in parliament. That candidate must obtain a confidence vote, or else the appointment process starts all over. But there is never a race, as in a field of candidates competing. It is a serial process, and the largest bloc is given the first-mover advantage (as is typical in parliamentary systems).

    Comment by Matthew — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 9:33 am

  2. The suspected role of Sadr’s Mahdi Army in stoking last week’s bloodshed has been widely reported, so, as he and his political opponents head for another showdown over who becomes Iraq’s new prime minister we should be under no illusion about the risk of further violence. (more…)

    Comment by Paul Woodward — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  3. Matthew,

    I often wonder if the reporters at the NYT have taken any polisci whatsoever, to be honest..

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, March 2, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

  4. […] cated already snarled negotiations on a new Iraqi government. This dovetails with a story I noted on Thursday.

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