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An interview with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki

Leila Fadel, from McClatchy, has recently interviewed Iraq’s prime minister. There are no surprises in it. Mostly, Maliki defends himself against growing political weakness, and attacks from within Iraq and also from the U.S. His main argument is that he tries to be non-partisan and that Iraq is a formal democracy so any threat of ousting him, especially from the U.S., is authoritarian and taking responsibility away from Iraqi citizens. These are arguments he’s made many times before.

The most interesting part of the interview is near the end, though again it’s nothing new. At that point, Maliki criticizes the political model he’s been given to work with, stating that the U.S., through Bremer, put in place a political system that’s sectarian and prone to division. On the point of divergent political blocs with dissimilar demands he says:

“The other mistake that helped support this phenomenon was that initially the government was based upon sectarian quota for which the civil governor that held office at that time (Bremer) is to blame. The idea existed and he can’t be blamed for suggesting it, but he should have rejected it altogether. Instead he accepted and encouraged the principle as a basis for our political system. We have then a malfunction in the political process and we are working to correct it through political methods. If we succeed in ridding the political process of the quotas — sectarian, parties or otherwise — we will have achieved national worthiness. Even the constitution, and I was one of the members of the committee who wrote the constitution, has errors. And all these errors whether in the political process or in the constitution must be corrected in time but within the democratic process itself and through democratic means and not by violence.”

The complete interview is at McClatchy’s site.

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