Bayati dismisses "leaks" about a no-confidence vote in Maliki
Abbas al-Bayati, an MP for the UIA bloc, dismissed any "leaks" about preparations for a no-confidence vote in the Iraqi parliament that may bring down Maliki, according to statements he made today to the Al-Khaber News Agency (Arabic link).
Al-Bayati added that Maliki still enjoys the backing of the political blocs and that "his popularity in the Iraqi street is increasing." Al-Bayati asserted that Maliki will finish out his term.
It should be noted that al-Bayati, the Secretary General of the Islamic Union of Iraqi Turcomans, decided to throw in his lot with Maliki for the provincial elections in January; they are running on the same electoral slate (under the difficult-to-translate name of "State [Governed by] Law Alliance") that rivals that of the Hakim family. So in a sense, al-Bayati's political fortunes are tied to Maliki's.
Al-Bayati is an important component of the Islamist PR machine, so I understand this statement to be a sign that the Maliki camp is indeed very worried about a no-confidence vote.