Allawi mulls international role in Iraq government formation

Iraq's Allawi called for the creation of an internationally monitored caretaker government.

Allawi mulls international role in Iraq government formation

A Sunni-backed bloc that came out ahead in Iraq's election but whose slim lead is threatened by efforts to disqualify candidates called on Wednesday for the creation of an internationally monitored caretaker government.

The Iraqiya list of ex-premier Iyad Allawi said parliament should be reconvened to supervise the Shi'ite-led authorities until the results of the March 7 election are ratified, and to prevent the "theft" of the election and a spike in violence.

"We will not stay silent in the face of what is happening in the Iraqi political arena with attempts to marginalize and exclude the Iraqiya list," Allawi told al-Sharqiya television station from outside Iraq. He was in Egypt on Tuesday.

Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition won two seats fewer than Allawi's Iraqiya in the next 325-seat parliament, and it successfully sought a recount of votes in Baghdad that could overturn Iraqiya's lead.

A review panel on Monday discarded the votes of 52 candidates.

That was the first of at least two expected rulings that could potentially cost Iraqiya some seats and enrage minority Sunnis who backed it and regard its success as a vindication of their claim to have a greater say in the post-Saddam government.

Iraqiya said in a statement it had examined its options for defending its electoral lead and concluded that the U.N. Security Council, the European Union, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League should establish a caretaker Iraqi government and hold new elections.

It said it would also ask Iraq's presidency council to reconvene parliament to monitor the executive branch and prevent any violations in the constitutional order.

Allawi's election partner, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, summoned a meeting of the presidency council, of which he is a member.


Agencies

Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2010, 16:44
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