Friday, 03 July 2009 07:19 Administrator
Baghdad \ follow-up news
Iraqi politicians said that the referendum on the security agreement is the next major step in the gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is likely to be postponed.
The referendum was scheduled before the end of July, according to an agreement reached in the Iraqi parliament last year eased the Sunni Arab groups opposed to the US-Iraqi security agreement and within the support, according to a report carried by Reuters news agency, the referendum would be the next step towards the full U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011 after partial withdrawal on Tuesday U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities.
In the case of the Iraqis refused to agree to a popular referendum will be 130 thousand U.S. troops in Iraq Aizaloa for more than six years after the invasion, which occurred in 2003 on a one-year limit to leave Iraq.
The government pays the direction of the referendum be postponed to January, January 2010, when Iraq holds its parliamentary elections. The government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the two together would be to hold that would provide money.
According to the electoral authorities and the House of Representatives at this time that he could not hold a referendum in one month. Celalettin The small head of the parliamentary bloc of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic largest Shiite political parties that the first time the problem did not reach a draft bill of the Government to Parliament.
He added that even if the draft is now on its way to the parliament, the latest need-to-month for approval, and he believes that it will be a referendum in conjunction with the parliamentary elections.
Estimated the Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq, the referendum cost a hundred million dollars and said the parliament it needs two months to organize a referendum.
Omar said a spokesman for al-Mashhadani, the parliament speaker said Iyad Samarrai, some politicians fear that the turnout was very low if the referendum is held separately, it was logical to have with the general election.
He added that the Government's realistic and logical, but the final decision remains in the hands of parliament. It recognizes, even the strongest supporters of the referendum that it is not likely to be by the end of July.
Moussawi said the names that belong to the movement loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric opposed to the United States, Moqtada al-Sadr said her group would insist on holding the referendum separately.
She said that in the case of the work of the parliament and the Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq hard, the Government provided all the requirements, it is possible that the referendum would be held in September.
Is one of the reasons that some politicians say why they want more time is that they want to see if the U.S. forces will adhere to the conditions established in the security agreement. Bear many Iraqis doubt the intentions of the United States after six years of occupation.
Sagheer said that this is a sensitive and that the turnout may vary for several reasons, said that many politicians, including himself in the referendum favored giving more time to identify the true intentions of America.