U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis to talk Islamic State, Syria in Middle East



On his first trip as U.S defense secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump’s policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.

His trip may give clarity to adversaries and allies alike about the Trump administration’s tactics in the fight against Islamic State militants and its willingness to use military power more liberally than former President Barack Obama did.

One of the main questions from allies about Syria is whether Washington has formulated a strategy to prevent areas seized from militants from collapsing into ethnic and sectarian feuds or succumbing to a new generation of extremism, as parts of Iraq and Afghanistan have done since the U.S. invaded them.

U.S.-backed forces are fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and questions remain about what will happen after that and what role other allies such as Saudi Arabia, can play. There are signs that Trump has given the U.S. military more latitude to use force, including ordering a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base and cheering the unprecedented use of a monster bomb against an Islamic State target in Afghanistan last week.Administration officials said the U.S. strategy in Syria — to defeat Islamic State while still calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — is unchanged, a message Mattis is expected to reinforce.

Arriving in the region on Tuesday, his stops include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and Israel.

“Particularly with the Saudis and the Israelis, part of the discussion will be clarifying for them what our strategy is towards Syria in light of the strike,” said Christine Wormuth, a former number three at the Pentagon.

Islamic State has lost most of the territory it has held in Iraq since 2014, controlling about 6.8 percent of the nation.


The United States also is considering deepening its role in Yemen’s conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies that are battling Houthi rebels who have some Iranian support, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support.

“The Saudi concern is strategically Iran… The near-term Saudi concern is how they send a message to the Iranians in Yemen, and they would like full-throated American support,” said Jon Alterman, head of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington.

The review of possible new U.S. assistance, which includes intelligence support, would come amid evidence that Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to the Houthis.

Congressional sources say the Trump administration is on the verge of notifying Congress of the proposed sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia. Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern about civilian casualties in Riyadh’s campaign in Yemen.

Experts say Egyptian officials are likely to seek more support from Mattis, a retired Marine general, for fighting militants in the country’s Sinai peninsula.

Islamic State has waged a low-level war against soldiers and police in the Sinai for years, but increasingly is targeting Christians and broadening its reach to Egypt’s heart.

“They would also like more American support in fighting terrorism in the Sinai peninsula and they like more American confidence that they are doing it the right way,” said Alterman.

Mattis also will be visiting a U.S. military base in Djibouti, at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, where operations in Yemen and Somalia are staged, and just miles from a new Chinese installation.

The White House recently granted the U.S. military broader authority to carry out strikes against al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

Last week the Pentagon announced that a few dozen U.S. troops had been deployed to Somalia to train members of the Somali National Army.

(Editing by John Walcott and Alistair Bell)



Emirates Abadi , an eagerness to invest in Iraq


Emirates Abadi, an eagerness to invest in Iraq
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Twilight News / met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Baghdad, Hassan Ahmed Al Shehhi.

The Iraqi government said in a statement that Abadi, Iraq’s desire to develop bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields and follow-up between him and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during a meeting in Amman during the Arab summit conference last month.

The statement said that the UAE ambassador thanked Abadi for the opportunity to meet with him and deliberating on issues of common interest, including in particular keenness on developing relations in the political and economic fields and stimulate investment movement in Iraq.




World Bank expects the Iraqi economy shrink by 3% this year



The World Bank predicted on Monday, a contraction in the Iraqi economy as a result of reducing its oil production up to 180 thousand barrels per day, stressing that it is expected that oil production and exports back to levels in 2016 during 2018 and 2019.

The World Bank said in a report seen by the “Economy News”,  that “GDP will shrink by 3% in 2017 due to an expected drop of 6% in oil production as a result of the agreement of OPEC members in November 2016 cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day” stressing that ” the decline in oil production could lead to a decline in volume of exports by 5% in 2017″.

He added that “it is expected that oil production and exports back to levels in 2016 during 2018 and 2019,” stressing that “it is expected to reach the Iraqi oil export prices on average 47.4 in the current year.”


Erbil, Baghdad locked in tussle over vacant ministerial posts


By Rudaw 12 hours ago

Erbil, Baghdad locked in tussle over vacant ministerial posts
AP file photo of a meeting of the previous Iraqi government cabinet.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region  — Nearly 1.5 years after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi started to reshuffle his embattled cabinet, dozens of top positions in his administration still remain vacant including 23 posts earmarked for officials from the Kurdistan Region, according to Kurdish lawmakers in Baghdad.
High Kurdish positions within the Iraqi ministry of finances including the minister and his deputy, the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff, Deputy of the interior ministry and Director of the Iraqi Intelligence which were previously held by Kurdish officials are still vacant, some since August 2015.

But by far the most important Kurdish position in Abadi’s cabinet is the ministry of finances previously held by Hoshyar Zebari from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) who was removed from office after a controversial vote of no-confidence in the Iraqi parliament last September.
The KDP has been reluctant to name a candidate to replace Zebari in the finance ministry despite pressure from Abadi who struggles to restore trust in his cabinet amid ongoing popular protests in Baghdad demanding his resignation along with the resignation of the parliament and the presidency.

“I don’t think Abadi will wait for ever. If the KDP chooses not to name a candidate, then the prime minister will fill the vacant posts by himself,” said Arez Abdulla a lawmaker from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Iraq has been governed by consensus governments since 2003 in which nearly all political parties in the country are granted cabinet positions in agreement with a quota system.
The Kurdistan Region’s five main parties are entitled to 17 percent of all high offices in the Iraqi capital apart from the posts of the country’s president and deputy of the parliament speaker.

According to KDP lawmaker Shakhawan Abdulla, Abadi has recently asked Kurdish President Masoud Barzani to name a candidate for the post of the finance ministry.
“President Barzani has not responded to the call yet and the KDP has no candidate to offer for the position,” Abdulla told Rudaw.

The young Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, with considerable influence both in the parliament and among his underprivileged Shiite supporters in the streets, has called on Abadi to carry out “fundamental reforms.”

Sadr has warned that he would “intervene” if reforms fail to bring about change and has already staged several violent sit-in protests inside the fortified Green Zone where most government offices are located.

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq, And Kuwait Holding Out For $60 Barrel


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OPEC officials told The Wall Street Journal last week that the bloc’s biggest members are hoping for a $60 barrel from their oil supply rebalancing efforts that are currently underway.

The anonymous sources said that Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait would support an extension of the cartel’s existing 1.2-million-barrel per day production cut during the summit in Vienna next month.

$60 barrel prices would allow for additional investment in the international energy sector, without allowing the United States’ shale producers too much additional financial leverage to undo the effects of the output cuts.

“Iraq wants prices to rise to $60. This our aim,” Iraq’s oil minister Jabbar al-Luaibi told WSJ in an interview. Other sources corroborated Saudi Arabia and Kuwait’s support of Iraq’s stated goal, which will barely generate enough revenues to sustain Baghdad’s ongoing war with the Islamic State in Mosul.

The countries that are a part of OPEC control 40 percent of the world’s oil exports, meaning that their actions hold large sway in the direction of the oil price. Still, major disturbances in Chinese oil demand, Russian output, or other aspects of geopolitics can overpower the effects of the bloc’s efforts.

Kuwait needs the price hike to fill a $26 billion hole in its national budget. For Saudi Arabia, a $60 barrel would serve as a healthy price for the much-awaited initial public offering of Saudi Aramco in 2018.

Some of the recent attempts at valuing Aramco have placed the company’s total worth at somewhere between US$400 billion and US$1 trillion, according to various assumptions about the tax rate, the cost of capital, ability to generate cash flow, oil price projections, and potential political sensitivity for future investors.

But Saudi officials maintain that the company should be valued at roughly $2 trillion, which if true, would make it the largest IPO in recent history.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com



The end of Daesh and the future of Iraq



As the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group loses the last of its territory in Iraq, an existential danger is subsiding — but an equally urgent task looms ahead. To consolidate battle field victories, Iraq needs military prowess and deft crisis management in tandem with forward-looking political leadership that will improve the governance practices and, by extension, the lives of ordinary citizens. Standing in the way is an entrenched culture of political dysfunction, in which many leaders appear focused on enriching their party and battling their rivals at the expense of working toward a more functional government. As Iraqi citizens have shown, in protest after protest, they want to flip this broken paradigm on its head. The upcoming challenges demand no less.

Countering extremism Even though IS militants are losing terrain, they are also adapting. In Diyala and Salahaddin provinces especially, IS cells have begun re-embracing many of the brutal guerrilla tactics previously utilized by al-Qaida in Iraq. The threat of a new insurgency means that Iraq, now more than ever, needs well trained and professional security forces supported by the local populations they are protecting. One key factor will be the extent to which security forces populate their ranks with members of the communities where they are deployed. That, in turn, depends on a larger question of the structure of Iraq’s military.

The future of the al-Hashid al-Shabi program Many politicians have optimistically suggested that the Hashid program can evolve into a kind of National Guard. Indeed, in many areas of Iraq, it has provided a useful structure through which the government has armed and organized fighters to combat the IS group. But there is also a danger, in that some Hashid elements appear to be more loyal to a particular party than to the Iraqi state. As elections approach, political leaders face the temptation of exploiting the popularity of the Hashid to gain electoral clout, and to wield the groups as their personal paramilitaries. If the Hashid program can be assimilated into Iraq’s security apparatus, it could conceivably benefit from the ongoing efforts to train and reform Iraq’s army and police forces. If, however, the Hashid program becomes entrenched as a competing security apparatus with politicized chains of command, it could erode trust in the state — especially among Iraqis who find themselves outside the political majority.

Reversing the resource curse In areas formerly occupied by IS, lasting security depends on reconstruction. If residents have direct incentives to support their local and national governments — if they feel a direct stake in Iraq’s success — they will be more inclined to give crucial support to police, and help root out extremists. But building an economy filled with opportunity is no easy project. For years, Iraq has depended overwhelmingly on oil — an industry that generates large revenues for the state but few jobs for its citizens. As a result, the easiest route to financial security is joining the government’s bloated payroll. This economic dysfunction is a major driver of political dysfunction. Elected officials face pressure to funnel the wealth of the state toward their constituents, rather than use it to build a foundation — consisting of security, infrastructure, and rule of law — that can support a thriving and diverse private sector. Going forward, one bellwetherof Iraq’s future will be the status of infrastructure in areas liberated from IS. Wherever displaced residents have been able to resettle, they have shown a determination to rebuild. If the government does its part to stimulate the commerce needed for reconstruction — by investing in roads, electricity, and services, while also maintaining security — then there is hope of capitalizing on this Iraqi ingenuity and resilience. Another key indicator will be the government’s investment outside of the oil sector. In 2016, just 5 percent of the government’s spending went toward non-oil investments. As the country recovers its financial footing, there will be an opportunity to diversify and modernize the economy.

The prospect of an independent Kurdistan Leaders in Kurdistan have made no secret of their desire to declare an independent state. These ambitions add even greater urgency to the vexing issue of how to draw Kurdistan’s southern border. Each side would like to see billions of barrels of oil end up on their side of the line. So far, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has employed a strategic silence as the Kurdistan government has taken control of oil resources that used to be operated by the federal North Oil Company in Kirkuk province. The clear priority was to foster high-level political and military cooperation that would be necessary to defeat Daesh. The question ahead is whether Iraqi leaders can build on this spirit of cooperation, even without the motivation of a common foe.

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A security expert: Daesh ended military Mosul Ayman

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} said security expert Jassim Hanoun on Monday that Daesh terrorist gangs ended militarily in the right side of the city of Mosul.
He said Hanoun, told {Euphrates News}, that ” the priority today go towards the liberation of citizens and get them out of the theater of military operations, as it has taken Daesh measures in the West Coast {right} contrary to the coast left where they take from the government buildings, mosques, schools and the headquarters of her, but in the Sahel It is right to take the homes of citizens and residents headquarters shields a human. ”
He stressed that “Daesh ended militarily in those places, and is now based in the densely populated and landmarks of symbolic areas.”
He predicted the security expert, said that future operations will be after the liberation of Ayman Mosul, a “one operation in the south – west of Kirkuk , in Hawija, and Salah yen in the district Sharqat, as well as existing and curse Rawa areas, and will be one process.”
He noted that “Daesh can not open more than one front in that one” .anthy

British minister: US hackers thwart missile test in North Korea

Baghdad – Agencies

Former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind expressed his view that a group of American hackers had foiled a missile test in North Korea.

Rifkind said the launch of a ballistic missile failed not only for technical reasons, but “there is a firm conviction that the United States intervened by launching cyber attacks several times on such tests and foiled them.”

However, the former British minister believes that North Korea is a developed country in the nuclear field and has conducted many successful tests, according to the BBC.

In this context, Pyongyang tried in 2017/04/16 to test a new ballistic missile, but the rocket exploded as soon as it was launched.



Parliament ends questioning the Commission and vote on conviction or not the answers next week {expanded}


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri said on Monday that the parliament would be interested in a session on Tuesday {Tuesday} next week, determine the question of their belief in the President of the Electoral Commission with answers Serbest Mustafa, after the completion of questioning at today’s meeting.
According to a statement to the parliament, he received the agency {Euphrates News}, a copy of it, “it was an end to questioning the President of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral Commission process and the voice of the Federation of Iraqi parliamentarians law.”
He explained that “at the outset of the meeting postponed the Presidency Commission at the request of the competent committee to vote in principle to the proposal of the executive law and submitted to meet the requirements of the change in the system of government in Iraq , the Legal Committee and in line with the foundations of the constitution of the distribution of powers between the federal authorities and non – federal and meet the requirements of the formation of the government in accordance with the firm foundations based on the assigned Constitution , the executive authority of the exclusive and common view of what is likely taking its mandate from the authorities assigned to the governorates not organized in a region. ”
Council completed the “vote on the proposal of the Union of Parliamentarians Iraqis and submitted by the committees of civil and legal community and the affairs of the member and parliamentary development law in order to invest competencies and human capacities of the members of the Governing Council and members of the legislature and contribute to building legal formations consistent with the foundations of democracy and respect for the constitution and parliamentary development role for those in March parliamentary work in the provision of advice and participation in the upgrading of state institutions and in line with the spirit of the Constitution and the text. ”
The Presidency Commission decided to postpone the vote on a proposed law amending the Companies Act No. 21 of 1997 as amended and submitted by the Committees of Tourism and Antiquities, the economy and investment at the request of the House of Representatives.
This was followed by MP Abbas al – Bayati , a statement on behalf of the Foreign Relations Committee on offending religious and national symbols expressing its displeasure of abuse of adult references and leaders, national and Islamic , which took place in one of the Jordanian cities through the use of their images inappropriately, noting that such bad practices that offend the relationship with Jordan, calling on the Jordanian government to take appropriate measures for those who did this shameful act and not to repeat it in the future, praising the positive stewards by Jordan with President of the House of Representatives and the movements of the Foreign Ministry in this regard.
For his part, al – Jubouri , get in contact with the Jordanian side stressed their keenness to which the relationship with Iraq and the accounting of the shameful deeds, stressing Iraq ‘s desire to develop a relationship with Jordan.
In another matter threw MP Abdul Kahar Samarrai , a statement on behalf of the committees of Education Tourism and Antiquities on the weekly conference of the Forum of Samarra , held by the Faculty of Archeology in Samarra University, calling for the adoption of the recommendations of the conference, most notably the launch of the assignments required for the Comprehensive Cooperation between the Salah al – Din province and the UNESCO and the assignment of important strategic projects in the and contribute to the city with the local administration in providing Taamh with those of the world ‘s cities and the opening of the old city in order to contribute to the communion and national cohesion as well as the formation of a parliamentary delegation and collectors to visit the Berlin Institute of Archeology and encourage them to purify B in the world and interest in the Museum of Samarra and carry out a media campaign to promote religious tourism and the adoption of a draft declaration of Samarra , the capital of Islamic culture.
The Board questioned the Independent High Electoral Commission Chairman of Serbest Mustafa Rashid , based on the request submitted by MP Magda Tamimi.
President al – Jubouri , welcomed on behalf of the Council President of the Electoral Commission and his accompanying delegation , praising the role of the MP Magda Tamimi to use the powers control in the interrogation process , noting the constitutional mechanisms or mechanisms set by the rules of procedure of the Council of interrogation, calling for a move away from raising any political issues or personal skew questioning about than.
At the outset of the interrogation Chief Electoral Commission rudiments process of questioning before the House of Representatives, noting that the decisions issued by the Commission is not an individual but a collective, expressing his willingness to answer the questions.
For her part, MP Al – Tamimi on its right to exercise its supervisory role by resorting to interrogation to uncover reservoirs Alladarei and financial corruption, noting that the interrogation of the Commission as a whole and not to the Chairperson of the Commission , but the President of the Commission represented by stressing that the interrogation professionally and not politically.
Asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons behind the lack of UNHCR legal measures taken against the negligent loss of voter cards , as well as knowledge of the reasons for the closure of the investigation into the theft that took place cards for voters in the Green Zone and get disrupted UNHCR cameras while the investigation of the thefts that took place in Mosul area Rusafa , pointing out that the election commission after sending questions questioning introduced new official books were not present to address administrative mistakes.
In its response to the President of the Electoral Commission noted that the Commission has taken all the administrative and legal procedures and have dozens of decisions in this regard, pointing out that there are two types of the first electoral cards activated and the other is disabled and the cards concerned question was idle and is disabled as not proved any failure to the work of the National Office staff which was called the closure of the investigation.
Demanded MP Magda Tamimi to know the motives to allow non – Iraqis to participate in the House of Representatives election year 2014 confirmed the presence of foreigners, including Turks, Syrians are not dual nationals participated to vote despite continuing periodic updates allocated financial budgets, arguing that the voter register is Rezin which indicates the presence of obvious defect in the UNHCR ‘s work and management of the electoral process.
He Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission that the voter register final and can not be challenged after the end of the prescribed period, and the database at the Commission relied on the ration card database, which includes since the days of the former regime personnel of non – Iraqi, according to the Ministry of Commerce has been deleted many of the names, noting the commission gave the names of voters cards contained in the ration card data may be non – Iraqis , including the fact that the Ministry of Commerce did not send information in this regard and confirmation on the non – delivery of electronic voter cards only to Iraqis who prove Aracathm through the card know But several cases of non – Iraqis have received voting cards appeared, explaining that he was unable to non – Iraqis to vote even if their names in the voters ‘ records but their dual nationality can vote and the nomination and the Commission has not made any decision on whether to allow non – Iraqi election.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for calculating the results of hundreds of private stations elections to provincial councils in 2013, despite the existence of serious irregularities, indicating the existence of an insult to deal with hundreds of electoral forms with the electoral vote has an impact on the results, noting the dominance of one of the Commissioners on the issue of data entry for cases falsification of the results for Knit and write – off in the forms.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission to the Board of Commissioners of the owner of the exclusive power to consider complaints for the elections according to specific mechanisms and some of the forms contained may carry some mistakes were formed on the impact of this unit to check for error handling during data entry and if it is proved the existence of manipulation is canceled results, noting that 327 station election was canceled , as was presented in 1521 an appeal was replayed and were accepted three of them, denying the validity of one of the candidates forms after the revocation of the judiciary and there are procedures for write – off.
She called MP – Tamimi to know the motives of the Board of Commissioners to give bonus salary a month for the same equivalent to 8.414 million dinars after the Kurdistan region ‘s parliament, inquired about the extent of the legitimacy of the Board of Commissioners to submit a request to the Presidency of the Kurdistan region regardless of reward special for themselves that the amount of exchange was within the budget of the elections end 2014 is dedicated to the necessary cases and the reward is not among the necessary cases.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Board of Commissioners did not give himself a reward, but the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region to grant 436 UNHCR staff remuneration based on the Commission ‘s proposal was disbursed from the budget of the provincial government has not received the President of the Commission and three of its members remuneration , stressing that the budget law for the Kurdistan region is in force as the the reward is optional for the members of the Commission.
He inquired MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for non – use of the electronic seal in 2014 elections , contrary to the decision of the Board of Commissioners despite the provision of the Electoral Commission proposals several to address fraud, noting that the foreign company for the import of services was established in the orientation commission for the purchase of appliances were purchased devices at prices more than dozens weaken the real price.
In his reply Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission said that all organizational issues of the powers of the Board of Commissioners , noting that the number of electronic sealing devices of 10 thousands of machines and the number of polling stations for elections to the House of Representatives in excess of 52 thousand, prompting not to be used for the limited number of devices station, pointing out that electronic seal has proved successful elections in the Kurdistan region has not canceled any polling station where the use of electronic seal was part of a large strategic project being completed, indicating that the Commission addresses the companies through the government has not given us any book about the existence of a fictitious company.
She called MP Magda Tamimi to know not to allocate the proportion of the share of UNHCR staff appointments for the year 2016 from the families of the martyrs and campaign certificates, pointing out that the appointments file in the Commission expresses the extent of corruption painfully especially that the number of applicants for appointment reached an advanced 50 is not set any advanced of them while It has been appointed a number of employees on the basis of the suspicions of administrative corruption.
The head of the Electoral Commission not to give UNHCR any degree of functional elections in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 the most secure angel movement was set 39 degrees during the 2016 and the share of the martyrs of 10% , including 11 of the families of martyrs out of that number more than the allocated percentage, indicating that all grades It has been filled in accordance with the terms of the approved recruitment and priority for contractors and families of the martyrs.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi for the failure to take the Board of Commissioners legal action against the general director of operations for the added 50 voters for each polling station in the voting in the polling day election in 2014 without for approval by the Board of Commissioners contrary to the regulations and procedures, noting the absence of the movements of military cuts on election day and in the case of access is considered a major violation of the instructions, demanding to address the electoral office to disclose your book to add voters in the event of such a book , it is seen as a new issue.
In turn , head of the Electoral Commission stressed that the information is inaccurate as it does not function , Director General of Operations decisions without reference to the Board of Commissioners who issued instructions concerning the special voting adding that the preparation of the voter register your vote being final three months of polling day before as the military voters distribution in order to polling adjustments are made because of the security situation, especially in Anbar , it was transferred to the military in 1114 to the province mentioned from other provinces , forcing the electoral Commission to allow them to vote in their positions despite the difficult security conditions, a proposal to audit the official books in mPH And Dah elections.
She called MP Magda Tamimi to clarify the need for the Board of Commissioners request the amount of one billion dinars from the Prime Minister to buy cars for himself from the election budget in 2014 despite the allocation of 5 cars for each commissioner in addition to the receipt of the commissioners to Ojptin car gifts.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Commission bought cars for UNHCR and for general managers and not private cars only with members of the Commission without the omission of a shortage in the number of vehicles where the Commission based on the approval of the Prime Minister to buy 21 car model 2013 9 of which are members of the Board of Commissioners will be delivered to the institution as well as the UNHCR institutions buy less cars, pointing to a decline in auto maintenance allocations.
And it asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for dispatching guard staff of the Electoral Commission building personal Khamaiat to members of the Board of Commissioners despite the allocation of protections for them, confirming the dispatch of 12 element of the protection of the building to guard the members of the Board of Commissioners , as well as the presence of an official letter proves the existence of a significant financial waste.
He said Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission that the Commission did not send at all UNHCR building guards, but were sent central protection team , which has a major role in providing protection for visiting delegations and offices and conferences did not commission violate the law in this regard, noting that he not taken to send all members of the protection of a member of the Board of Commissioners during the dispatch inside or outside the country.
It demanded MP Tamimi know the motives that lie behind the ratification of the form of the ballot paper before its design in the House of Representatives election in 2014 by the Commission noting that there is a bias in the electoral paper in favor of a particular party design views.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Board of Commissioners approved the ballot paper and technical specifications before the draw for the political entities , according to the mechanics of specific measures, adding that the approval of the technical specifications of the paper from the powers of the Board of Commissioners , where the assignment of the tender to a reputable foreign company within the legal controls at a price lower than the price offered by many foreign companies, indicating that the lottery that determines the distribution of political entities and can not be questioned in the paper distributed election.
She noted MP Magda Tamimi to the importance of knowing the reasons for printing the register of voters outside Iraq and referred to the company contrary to the instructions of the implementation of government contracts in the provincial elections in 2013 , especially that the Commission has introduced technical specifications prompted the companies to apologize while the provision of facilities for a certain company confirmed not having UNHCR accurate plan and manage court to hold elections , especially after it was leaked all the names of the voters of civilians and military personnel and sent to Britain to print the voter register was destroyed but the record and resort to printing the record again in the Commission within one day.
The president of the Electoral Commission that the Commission has printed the register of voters outside Iraq , a work by the Commission since its inception and has so far to ensure the technical specifications, adding that three international companies applied for the purpose of printing the voter register was tender to refer to one of the international companies to match the technical specifications and conditions approved and that all measures Commission within the law, stressing that the electoral register is included triple name of the voter without military rank.
She noted MP Magda Tamimi to the importance of clarifying the motives of non – receipt of source code from Andra company and the number of trainees from UNHCR staff who can deal with it.
In its answering Serbest Mustafa revealed the existence of types of source code vary from time to time have been trained 15 employees of the owners of jurisdiction for this code, alluding to the presence of several programs contracted concerning databases and card voter was conducted numerous updates at the request of the Commission to suit the nature of the work as well for the training of staff on the source code of the competent company that has set up a special center for the rehabilitation of the Baghdad account.
It asked MP Tamimi about the high numbers of delegates from the members of the Board of Commissioners to outside Iraq, causing great squandering public money and without a technical feasibility with her free of specialists, noting that the number of deputations of more than 300 dispatching in four years , according to the report of the Financial Control.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission stressed that most Alaivadat installed Oivadat specialized in various fields and at three levels, including the posts of international election observation and the signing of contracts and follow – up implementation of the strategic project on the verification and registration mail and most Alaivadat are financially covered by the authorities Her lawsuit, noting that the number Oivadat council members reached 86 Aivada over the past four years.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi for the appointment of one staff unlike the controls, instructions and the number of Aivadath and where he is now.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the person in question is considered a specialist in international contracts and incompetent their work, noting that the request has been submitted tenders section to appoint an interpreter after 9 days of the resignation of the head of the translation section to translate your biggest tender commission contract, was appointed as the person concerned for the purpose of translation after submitting a formal request UNHCR needed him where he was fielded for the purpose of translation, total Aivadath 13 Aivada, alluding to the employee concerned gave backing graduated from the University of Technology master ‘s degree and after approaching the university on the request of the health of the issuance of the certificate stated book not the health of their issuance , which led to a decision for his dismissal and return For amounts received after being revealed by the audit committees of UNHCR , which is now in it.
At the end of the interrogation MP Magda Tamimi made thanks to the Presidency and the House of Representatives and the President of the Commission Council and its members to attend the questioning session as a democratic state strengthen the oversight role of the Board.
As Serbest Mustafa presented Chairman of the Electoral Commission thanked the House of Representatives and the Deputy to the interviewer made available the opportunity to provide information concerning the interrogation quizzed.
Through Jubouri for ” the pride of the Council Bnaibh Magda Tamimi for their questions and documents, praising the presence of the head of the Electoral Commission , noting that the House of Representatives would be interested in a meeting on Tuesday , determine the question of their conviction with answers the questioner according to justice by saying, opinion and controls procedural.
Then decide to adjourn the meeting to on Tuesday of next week , 25/4 / 2017.anthy

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