Sadr: Maliki Is a Dictator
|February 28, 2012||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
ERBIL, (AKnews) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a “dictator” who is trying to monopolize all of government’s achievements, Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Sadr Movement, told London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
“[Maliki] is the dictator of this government,” said the influential radical Shiite clergy whose bloc has 40 seats in the House of Representatives.
His statements were made during a meeting with a group of supporters.
“Maliki is trying to monopolize all the achievements and if he can’t … then he’ll try to refuse the achievements of the ministers,” he added.
The Sadrists have five ministers in the current cabinet.
Sadr threw his weight behind Maliki in 2006 to ensure he became prime minister. In 2007 however six ministers loyal to Sadr quit the Iraqi government in protest at Maliki’s refusal to set a timetable for a US troop withdrawal. Maliki stated at the time that the withdrawal of these ministers had not weakened his government.
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