Maliki fuels violence to gain votes from Shiite community: Tariq al-Hashemi

2013-12-30 01:18:50 | Al Muslim News
Maliki fuels violence to gain votes from Shiite community: Tariq al-Hashemi


Former Vice President of Iraq Tariq al-Hashemi accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of aiming to gain votes from the Shia community by killing of Sunni Muslims. "(He wants) to gain the Shiites' votes by shedding Sunni blood,” Hashemi told Al Arabiya News Channel following the detention of leading Sunni MP Ahmad al-Awani. There's no justification for what happened today (to) Alwani as he (the MP) had already announced a clear stance regarding terrorism and violence, former Vice President said. Alwani, a well-known supporter of Sunni anti-government protesters, was arrested on terrorism charges after security forces raided his house in the Ramadi district in Anbar. His brother and five bodyguards were killed during the raid that ignited clashes. Following Awani's arrest, clans in the Anbar province gave Maliki a 12-hour ultimatum to free him. Hashimi further accused the premier of igniting violence for the purpose of making electoral gains. Maliki is pushing towards violence and towards the unknown. He wants to market himself in front of the Shiites," he said. "Maliki is in trouble because it's clear that he has Shiite rivals who have better agendas for improving governance and establishing a government that represents everyone. He cannot meet the demands of the Shiites, so he's altered the path of a political competition and turned it into a sectarian competition," Hashimi added..

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