Thursday, 12 May 2011
Al-Maliki deliberating whether or not to ask US troops to remain in Iraq
Al-Maliki added: “Let us hear the voice of the citizen, the politicians, civil society organizations and probably even the governors' opinion…After having the agreement of the majority, we will submit it to the parliament.”
The prime minister was keen to point out that the decision would depend on “everyone”, a majority, rather than a select few. He also refused to voice his “personal opinion” on whether or not he wanted the US to remain in Iraq. Al-Maliki was somewhat vague about what he considered to be a “majority”, saying: “When the consensus reaches 70, 80 or 90 percent, then I call this consensus.”
Noting the opposition from anti-US Shi'a cleric, Moqtada Al-Sadr, Al-Maliki said that if a majority voted to extend the stay of the US troops, he would expect opponents to go along with the decision.
Sources: Washington Post, The New York Times, Reuters
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