Thursday, 1 December 2011
Iraq: Al-Maliki at a low ebb as regional autonomy demands grow
Rather it amounted to a quick fix that brought all sides together at the lowest common denominator in the interests of getting an agreement.
To make matters worse, calls from a number of governorates for the formation of autonomous regions are growing, placing additional pressures on the already beleaguered PM. Al- Maliki is desperately trying to hold things together, as Iraq's national unity is being seriously challenged for the first time.
Yet the premier knows that things are about to get a lot worse. The withdrawal of US troops at the end of the year will leave the country even more vulnerable to violence and to meddling by other regional powers. Iraqis are bracing themselves for what they believe will be a very rough ride.
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