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VP Would Support No-Confidence Vote in PM
Islamic Party Denies that Hashemi Discussed No-Confidence Vote with Cheney
07/09/2007 8:14 PM ET
Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi in March 2007.
Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP.
Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi in March 2007.

Baghdad, Jul 9, (VOI) - Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said, on Monday, that he would back a motion to withdraw confidence in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, if it was presented by other political blocs; and considers that the PM's persistence in his present approach to mid-July will not work in his favor.

A statement issued by Hashemi's office and received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI), said al-Hashimi’s comments came in an interview with the CNN on Monday afternoon, and will be aired at 8:00 pm Baghdad Local Time.

The statement quoted al-Hashimi as saying, "the prime minister should be for all Iraqis, and not for a single party or particular sect, and that he has the full capability to deal with the situation in Iraq if he wanted to do so."

"Al-Maliki’s Persistence on his present approach till the 15th of this month is not in his favor; and that he (al-Hashimi) would back a vote of no confidence if it was presented by a political bloc other than Tawafuq Front," the statement quoted Hashemi as saying.

The Vice President, who heads the Sunni Arab Islamic Party, one of the main components of the Tawafuq Front, said that the Presidential Council has no saying in the taking of crucial and active decisions and exercising its constitutional jurisdictions.

The statement said that the meeting held by the Presidential Council on Sunday has decided for the first time that there would be periodical meetings between the council and the Prime Minister for the purpose of activating real participation in governance; pointing out that it was agreed that the premier would apply decisions taken in these meetings.

In a statement issued on Sunday the Iraqi Islamic Party denied a CBS report that Hashemi discussed of a vote of no confidence when he met U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The statement said that dialogue was continuing with Iraqi government.

CBS had reported that Maliki faces what it described as the most serious challenge since his selection as PM, and talked of efforts by Tawafuq to take a vote of no confidence in his government in parliament, on the 15th of July, through a project called "The Iraq project", demanding the formation of a technocrat government. But the network added the advocates of this project admit that this thing has not been tested in parliament and the U.S. administration is still holding to Maliki, at least in public.

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