Iraqi PM Maliki, a dictator in the making

The most prominent candidate from the Iraqiya List, which competes with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s list, was killed few days ago in east Iraq. He died in a car explosion that also killed his son and two brothers. Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, who belongs to the same list, said that five provincial councils’ candidates from the list were killed. Assassination is not the only means to exclude rivals from the political scene in Iraq. Pursuing them is another means. Tarek al-Hashimi and Rafea al-Issawi are both being pursued by the security apparatuses of the premier who has become the semi-sole competitor in the political arena.

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates

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