‘Turkey, Qatar, S Arabia meddle in Iraq’

The White Iraqiya bloc charged the trio with impinging on Premier Maliki’s work by asking Iraqi lawmakers to sign a letter demanding a no-confidence vote against Maliki.

Secretary General of White Iraqiya bloc Jamal al-Bateekh said in a statement that the signatures were collected not in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, but in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the Aswat al-Iraq website reported.

The statement added that the signatures are not entitled to withdraw confidence from Maliki’s government.

He called on Iraqi lawmakers to disallow foreign countries from interfering in the domestic affairs of their country. White Iraqiya, which has 11 sits in the parliament, split from the opposition al-Iraqiya bloc.

Political uncertainty in Iraq reached a new phase when President Jalal Talabani received on Sunday a letter from lawmakers, requesting the no-confidence vote against Maliki.

On Tuesday, a committee was formed to check the authenticity of the signatures in order to avoid any future doubts and to guarantee the constitutional process in the country. Maliki also separately asked Talabani to check the validity of the signatures officially.

Some Iraqi political groups have warned that collecting signatures for withdrawing confidence from Maliki is a move to challenge the political process in Iraq.


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