Turkish FM blames Maliki for Iraq crisis

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said al-Maliki’s insistence on running for a third time as Prime Minister was dividing Iraq.

Turkish FM blames Maliki for Iraq crisis

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s insistence on not leaving office for causing the current political crisis, adding that Maliki was attempting a coup on Iraqi President Fuad Masum.

Speaking on Monday morning, Davutoglu said: “Unfortunately since an assignment is a constitutional obligation and since no conciliation could be reached among the Shi'ite parties concerning the prime minister, we have been passing through an intense political crisis in the last two days with al-Maliki’s insistence on the prime ministry and not giving up his position.”

“With the presidential palace having been surrounded, frankly, a coup attempt was encountered. This is not an acceptable situation. Today, in Iraq, there is a functioning Parliament and a president who is resolved to use his authorities,” Davutoglu added, citing conflicting reports of a coup attempt, which Masum and his aides later denied.

As Shi'ite militias and security forces personally loyal to Maliki deployed across the capital, the prime minister made a defiant late-night address saying he would pursue Masum in court for violating the constitution by missing a deadline to ask the leader of the biggest party to form a new government.

However, the deputy speaker of parliament, Haider al-Abadi from Maliki's own Dawa party, tweeted that the broader State of Law bloc was close to nominating a new premier. Abadi has himself been cited as a possible alternative.

Serving in a caretaker capacity since the inconclusive election on April 30, Maliki has defied calls by Sunnis, Kurds, some fellow Shi'ites, regional power broker Iran and Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric to step aside for a less polarising figure.

Critics accuse Maliki of pursuing a sectarian agenda that has sidelined minority Sunni Muslims and prompted some of them to support ISIL militants, whose latest sweep through northern Iraq has alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies, prompting U.S. air strikes in recent days.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2014, 14:53