ERBIL— Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and the current Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jobouri had a secret agreement which benefited both officials but the latter “betrayed” the agreement, according to a lawmaker.
Abdulrahman Luyizi, a Sunni MP from Nineveh province with close ties with Maliki, stated in an interview with an Iraqi television that under to the agreement, Maliki closed a 250-page dossier of “terrorism” charges against Jobouri.
Maliki acquiesced to the agreement in return for Jobouri’s support for Maliki to take office for the third term.
However, when the Sunni parties met to assign a candidate for parliament speaker position, their major condition was that the candidate should oppose Maliki for running his position for the third term and in this way Joboui who was elected to the post “betrayed” the agreement and Maliki, Luyizi stated.
Maliki, who is currently the Iraqi vice president, stated recently that he does not intend to candidate himself for the PM position anymore. He added the day he left the Council of Ministers after two terms of office, he had made his mind not to return to premier post for good.