West won’t tolerate al-Maliki’s authoritarian strategy – expert

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has rejected calls for a national salvation government to help contain Sunni rebels, proposed both by politicians in Baghdad and the West. He described such calls as a coup and an attempt to backslide on democracy. But experts believe, the international community is unlikely to tolerate al-Maliki’s authoritarian state strategy for any longer.

During his weekly televised address, Maliki warned against creating a new government that would include all religious and ethnic groups.

According to him, it would run counter to the results of April’s parliamentary elections, which were won by Maliki’s State of Law alliance.

He pledged to start forming a new governing coalition by the 1st of July.

Kevin DeJesus, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at Johnson and Wales University, told Radio VR that the US and the European Union will closely monitor al-Maliki’s policy to put an end to the growing and long-standing ethno-sectarian grievances in the country. He also noted that al-Maliki’s approach is “considered across the table a key source of the rise of ISIL in Iraq and the violence that is being seen within the country, whether it be the suicide bombings that continue or the advance of ISIL across the border of Iraq.”

“Nouri al-Malik succeeded quite well in the last round of elections while he does not have a majority in parliament, the support of him was quite sound,” Kevin DeJesus told Radio VR.

He also suggested that al-Mailki is now falling on the propensity of his course towards Shia constituents in his country.

“He is a bit of authoritarian as well as has his own strong preference towards supporting Shia constituents in the country rather than a broader vision for the Iraq that works to a strong integrated pluralist state,” he said, adding that the West is not going to tolerate such a course any longer. 

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