Iraqi PM accuses sides of derailing democratic process in Iraq 2009-12-11 04:06:14   Print

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday accused sides which he declined to name of "recruiting and financing people" to derail the democratic process in the country.

    During questioning in parliament, Maliki said "these actions will be ended as soon as the coming election ends," Haider al-Ebadi, a leading member in the State of Law Alliance headed by Maliki quoted the latter as saying. Ebadi was present at the parliamentary session on Thursday.

    During the session, Maliki also complained to the lawmakers that he was facing pressures from some political blocs to appoint people they favor as security officials, Samira al-Mussawi, a female leading member in the State of Law Alliance revealed in a press conference.

    "It is hard for us to appoint the chief of intelligence since each political bloc demands that this man should be from their blocs," Maliki was quoted by Mussawi as saying.

    Maliki said that recent crimes originated from political and sectarian differences and he urged all political blocs to work together to purify the security services, according to Mussawi.

    Maliki has been under criticism after Tuesday's bloody explosions that claimed the lives of 127 Iraqis and wounded some 448 others in the Iraqi capital. Angry lawmakers asked Maliki and some ministers in his government to face an inquiry on Thursday.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Maliki urged Iraqis to unite following Tuesday's bloody attacks.

    "I call on all Iraqis for patience, steadfastness and unity by which we altogether achieved major successes in the past years," Maliki told Iraqis in a televised address.

    Later on Wednesday, Maliki ordered a reshuffle in top officials in Baghdad's security command in an attempt to quell the anger and harsh criticism by some lawmakers over Tuesday's bloody attacks. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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