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Iraq’s Al-Maliki Faces Revolt, Possible Ouster

From those masters of mayhem at the Associated Press:

Nouri al-Maliki, left, appears with outgoing prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at a news conference in this April 22, 2006 file photo in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Leader Faces Revolt Within Party

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Jaafari Said to Be Seeking to Oust Al-Maliki

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a revolt within his party by factions that want him out as Iraqi leader, according to officials in his office and the political party he leads.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, al-Maliki’s predecessor, leads the challenge and already has approached leaders of the country’s two main Kurdish parties, parliament’s two Sunni Arab blocs and lawmakers loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Al-Jaafari’s campaign, the officials said, was based on his concerns that al-Maliki’s policies had led Iraq into turmoil because the prime minister was doing too little to promote national reconciliation.

The former prime minister also has approached Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, proposing a “national salvation” government to replace the al-Maliki coalition. The Iranian-born al-Sistani refused to endorse the proposal, the officials said.

“Al-Jaafari is proposing a national and nonsectarian political plan to save the nation,” said Faleh al-Fayadh, a Dawa party lawmaker familiar with the former prime minister’s contacts.

Other officials, however, said al-Jaafari had only an outside chance of replacing or ousting al-Maliki. But they said the challenge could undermine al-Maliki and further entangle efforts at meeting important legislative benchmarks sought by Washington. They spoke of the sensitive political wrangling only on condition of anonymity…

Al-Jaafari’s bid to topple al-Maliki runs counter to ongoing negotiations to form what is being billed an “alliance of the moderates” that would include the country’s four largest Shiite and Kurdish parties and independent Shiites. It excludes hardline Shiites and Sunni Arabs…

This goes a long way to explaining the “why can’t the Iraqi government be more like the Iraqi soccer team” article via Reuters, from earlier today.

Apparently our watchdog media has gotten it into their heads that they need to topple Al-Maliki.

Other officials, however, said al-Jaafari had only an outside chance of replacing or ousting al-Maliki. But they said the challenge could undermine al-Maliki and further entangle efforts at meeting important legislative benchmarks sought by Washington.

Uh huh.

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