Coup almost toppled Malki’s cabinet - MP
Baghdad, Oct 1, (VOI) – A coup almost toppled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malki’s government over the last two days, the Iraqi legislator Baha’ al-A’raji said on Sunday.
“Al-Malki’s government has survived a coup planned by Saddamists and Islamic extremists who wanted to send a clear message to the Iraqi government of their presence in Iraq,” Parliamentarian Baha’ al-A’raji, of Unified Iraqi Coalition, told reporters.
The legislator said : “a confidence crisis is spanning among the Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki and his deputy Salam al-Zwba’i and a vice-president, whom not specified by A’raji.”
“The Iraqi government is living a real crisis and it needs reshuffle, otherwise the situation in Iraq will continue worsening,” A’raji added.
The parliamentarian threatened to submit his resignation if a government reshuffle was not made.
“The reshuffle should include among others a ministry within the Unified Iraqi Coalition quota. That ministry was partly a cause of a deteriorated situation in Iraq due to a shortage of petrol and else,” A’raji said indirectly referring to the Oil ministry.
The legislator A’raji also accused the Iraqi government of being behind the deteriorated situation in Iraq.
“What has led to a deteriorated Iraq is the national unity, democratic and national reconciliation government brought about by the Americans and which included among its members some Islamic extremists,” A’raji added.
Only recently, A’raji pointed out, explosives were found in a well known law maker’s house , explosives that were used to make car bombs and charges.
“These accusations were confirmed with clear evidence, which I do not have but surely the government would have, including CDs , photos and trigger devices,” A’raji said.
The U.S. army arrested a suspect working as a body guard with Legislator Adnan al-Duleimi, head of the Sunni Iraqi Accordance Front.
The U.S. army said in a statement the arrest was based on reliable intelligence the suspect was planning along with sevens others to blow up a car bomb inside the green zone in Baghdad.
The U.S army statement also accused the arrested body guard of association with Qaeda in Iraq armed group.