Iraq could confront chaos created throughout the country and rebuild good relations with its neighbours only if prime minister Nouri al-Maliki leaves office and moves abroad, Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of the Al Arabiya news channel says.

In an article published in the channel's website, he said that the 'stubborn' premier should move to Tehran or London to avoid be pursued for corruption and human rights abuses during his eight-year rule.

He said: "Agreeing over a new government , a new prime minister, a new president and a new speaker for the parliament will save Iraq from chaos and partition and will enable Iraqis to confront terrorist groups and reform relations with their neighbors.

"The only natural choice left for Maliki is to move to Tehran or London for a few years until the storm abates.

"After running out of tricks, he said that he agrees to step down but not at a cheap price. He stipulated 28 conditions; requesting immunity for himself and hundreds of his followers to save them from being held to account for corruption and crimes committed during the eight years of his iron-fist rule. The conditions also included compensatory posts, payments and real estate.

"He’s got nothing to bargain over, other than attaining some sort of immunity - and even that may not last long if more of his mismanagement is exposed. His bad legacy will make it difficult for him to attain any definite assurances from anyone.

"He spent billions of dollars on his presidential guards to protect himself at the expense of protecting Iraq and its people. He increased the number of presidential guards from 6,000 to 70,000 in the capital Baghdad and appointed his relatives to oversee them. He thus followed in the footsteps of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"No one wants the departing prime minister to be humiliated or subjected to revenge. This means the only safe option left for him after he leaves his palace will be to travel abroad, although few countries will welcome him."


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