The motorcade of Iraq’s prime minister was pelted with stones on Sunday by fellow Shias in a Baghdad slum, when he paid respects to some of the 200 who died there last week in the deadliest attack since the US invasion.If this is how fragile Maliki's power is, even amongst his core constituency, then how long will it be until we see a vote of no confidence in the government? Perhaps the upcoming meeting between Bush and Maliki will be the straw:
The wreaking of vengeance unfolded while a powerful parliamentary bloc loyal to firebrand Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr threatened to boycott the government if Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki attends a meeting with President Bush scheduled for Wednesday in Jordan. The legislators said the American presence was the root cause of the spiraling violence in Iraq.Notice that it's an announced meeting, so it has to be outside the country of Iraq. Otherwise our guy might get blown-up.
If the Sadrists walk out, there goes 30-some votes for the Prime Minister. I don't know exactly how their parliment works, but couldn't that be used as a vote of no confidence itself?