Abadi’s is close to making a historic decision with the call

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Iraqi sources said Saturday that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced his break-up with the Islamic Dawa Party because of disagreements with leaders and a second alliance with the Al-Nasr bloc and others led by Moqtada al-Sadr and other political forces.

The sources told «life», that «the religious authority in Najaf and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr has the same view on the candidate to the prime minister, and if the Dawa Party must be independent and outside the custody of his party».

She pointed out that «the match between the reference and the chest does not mean they agreed on this in practice, but a common orientation», stressing that «Abbadi is aware of this trend has not yet made his decision, but close to that waiting to deal with the implications of that with his party».

And revealed «differences on the position of the party from the alliance with others, led by Sadr, who ranked first in the parliamentary elections».

The sources said that «the axis of Vice President Nuri al-Maliki within the Dawa Party completely refuses to enter the list of victory in an alliance with others, because of Sadr’s position of the leader of the rule of law and the Secretary General of the party (ie al-Maliki).

According to leaks learned by «life», «a breakfast Ramadan included the last leaders of the invitation saw verbal arguments regarding the rejection of the requirement to remove the prime minister candidate from his party».

But the leader of the party Saad Almtalibi admitted in a press statement, that «the alliance of Sawson was the establishment of impossible conditions for dialogue with us, such as Maliki’s apology from the people of Mosul, because of the occupation of the organization of the terrorist calls their city. Therefore, there are no dialogues with others and this is their choice, they wanted to get away from us, and we are not who moved away ».

On the other hand, al-Maliki’s office denied in a statement in response to journalists’ questions addressed to him, regarding the information about his position on the appointment of the next prime minister, that «does not nominate anyone and does not object to the nomination of anyone to the position bar to come within the legal context».

At the same time, he objected to any candidate who would circumvent the election results and the legal context.




Iraqis await final statement from Federal Court

02/6/2018 12:00 am

The Presidency of the Republic clarifies its position on the special session of Parliament
Baghdad / follow-up morning

Once again, the eyes and the hearts of Iraqis towards the Federal Supreme Court to resolve the matter and launch the final statement on the extraordinary session of the House of Representatives called for the Electoral Commission to the counting and counting of the hands of 10 percent of the ballot boxes and the cancellation of elections abroad and displaced and the controversy raised on the elections and appeals, The Presidency of the Republic issued an explanation regarding its position regarding the announcement of the results of the elections and its approach to the Federal Court regarding the extraordinary session of the House of Representatives, noting the existence of “doubts” about the unconstitutionality of the session. Described as “wills” seeking to pass catastrophic errors in the electoral process, which was rejected by the Electoral Commission for elections, pointing to waiting for the opinion of the Federal Court.

Clarify the presidency
, said the presidency in a press statement received «morning»: The «President of theRepublic is the Head of State and the symbol of the nation ‘s unity and represents the sovereignty of the country and oversees the guarantees of adherence to the constitution and including arranges for the presidency of the Republic responsible for the follow – up and monitor all contrary to the principles of the Constitution and the laws in force and the process of construction Democratic state and institutions. ”
The Presidency explained that, “Based on this, the President has followed with interest what happened in the House of Representatives and the Council of Ministers, so the Presidency of the Republic opened the Federal Supreme Court as the judicial body responsible for interpreting the Constitution, and this was in respect of the authority of the judiciary and the obligation to be the key to the maintenance of law and its application, She added that «through the follow-up to what happened in the House of Representatives during the extraordinary session has generated doubts about the unconstitutionality of this meeting and its conduct and the decision taken in accordance with the text of Article (61) of the Constitution, as it is not the Council’s competence to cancel the election results in part or Totally y As stipulated by Article 49 of the Constitution. The IHEC Law No. 11 of 2007 also stipulated a way to challenge the results of the elections by relying on the judiciary. Therefore, the work of the Chamber of Deputies violated the principle of separation of powers and interfered with the jurisdiction and functions of the judiciary .
She pointed out that «the procedure of the House of Representatives to make its extraordinary meeting open contrary to the decisions of the Federal Supreme Court, which had already been separated in that, when it decided unconstitutional to keep the meeting open under its decisions numbered (55 federal / 2010) and (56 / Federal / 2010)» .
The Presidency of the Republic, «As for the decision of the Council of Ministers No. 198 of 2018 in its extraordinary session of 24/5/2018, and to form a higher committee to investigate the irregularities and breaches that took place in the electoral process, the President’s Office inquired at the Federal Court on the constitutionality This committee, which is believed to be contrary to the principles of separation of powers and the provisions of Article (80) of the Constitution, and the intervention of the Council of Ministers work outside his powers, and refer to this regard to Article (8 / IV) of the Independent Electoral Commission Law No. (11) The Council’s decisions may not be appealed Only before the judiciary of the elections).
The Presidency pointed out that «the President of the Republic to address many of the constitutional violations and challenged before the Federal Supreme Court unconstitutional many of the laws and decisions in all cases where the presidency was monitoring what is contrary to the Constitution or restricts freedoms», saying that «stands at one distance Of all and sponsors the democratic process and ensures the peaceful transfer of power does not support any block or a political body or a joint boycott of the elections ».
The President of the Republic supports the adoption of all legal methods and contexts followed by the Independent Electoral Commission for the elections and the judiciary to investigate and prosecute and hold accountable any party that is implicated in such manipulation in the electoral process, The Republic of the Electoral Commission to continue to take all legal procedures to ensure the integrity of the electoral process ».
The Presidency of the Republic, considered in a previous statement, the Parliament’s decision to cancel the results of the elections abroad and some provinces and re-counting and sorting as “contrary” to the Constitution, while the Federal Court asked to express its opinion in the resolution. Statement of Parliament

On the other hand, the House of Representatives said in a statement received by «morning»: «At a time when the House of Representatives and according to the Constitution to defend the course of the political process and correct the errors that marred the electoral process to achieve the right and protect the will of the people, he hoped that the institutions of the state to support this trend And correct errors and abuses in the recent elections, as these institutions are concerned to ensure the application of the Constitution and protect the democratic process and refrain from supporting any attempt to address the constitutional and legal procedures ».
The Council added that “the fraud operations that took place in the elections are damaging to Iraq and the entire political process if they are tolerated and passed.” He pointed out that «the House of Representatives and full constitutional powers to the date of June 30, is continuing to enact laws and take decisions from Which will protect the democratic process and in cooperation with the state’s sovereign and executive institutions. ”
The council called on “the presidency and judiciary authorities to activate their constitutional mission and assume their historic responsibility in a way that protects justice and democracy and cut off the political will that seeks to pass the mistakes that have marred
the electoral process.”
The House of Representatives, completed last Wednesday, the first reading of the proposed amendment to the Third Law of the elections of the House of Representatives No. 45 of 2013, which will require the Electoral Commission for elections, if approved, to re-counting and manual sorting of all polling stations in Iraq, Which is expected to witness the second reading of the bill. UNHCR Conference For its part, the Independent High Electoral Commission rejected the decision of the House of Representatives to cancel part of the results of the legislative elections and the manual counting of some funds.


Iraq awaits judgment: Two scenarios prove the election results


Iraq awaits judgment: Two scenarios prove the election results
Baghdad Mohammed Ali, Zaid Salem
2 June 2018

The Iraqi street is waiting for the next 48 hours, two major events, namely the response of the Supreme Federal Court of Iraq (the highest judicial authority in the country) on the integrity of the elections and the extraordinary session of the Iraqi parliament scheduled Saturday morning, under an atmosphere of escalation by the Electoral Commission, which refused to respond to the decisions Parliament, and the threat of the recent dismissal of all members of the Commission, in accordance with Article 20 of the Iraqi Constitution in force in the country.

According to Iraqi officials and politicians in Baghdad, Najaf and Erbil talked to them “the new Arab,” the decision of the Federal Court of Iraq is expected to be issued within the next 48 hours of today, and carries the formula of constitutional interpretation and not the wording of the decision, in view of the absence of a complaint against the Presidency of Parliament or Electoral Commission as a second party.

 “The resolution of this controversy would signal the beginning of the declaration of political alliances between the blocs 

“Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi supports the position of Iraqi President Fuad Masum in accepting the results of the current elections and the danger of canceling them and returning to square one because of the specific link to the security situation in Iraq as a whole,” said an Iraqi minister in Baghdad. “He said, adding that” Abadi in his position is similar to the position of Moqtada al-Sadr (the alliance of Saron) and Massoud Barzani(KDP), not to cancel the results and acceptance of the best options available, but at the same time does not mind and others to review the electoral appeals and the cancellation of doubtful votes , As well as taking a sample Hoaiah from polling stations to re-sorting and counting them manually to ensure the safety of the general election fraud. “The minister pointed out that the coalition of “State of Law” led by Nuri al-Maliki , and “the conquest” led by Hadi al-Amiri, “a prominent supporters of the decisions of parliament, because they did not get what they were aspiring to him from the seats in the elections,” revealing that ” Which would signal the beginning of the declaration of political alliances between the blocks.

In the meantime, the Presidency of the Iraqi Parliament, represented by President Salim al-Jubouri, and his first deputy Hammam Hamoudi, and his second deputy, Aram Sheikh Mohammed, and the three lost in this election, to hold a third extraordinary session on Saturday, to discuss the lack of response by the Electoral Commission to its decisions.

In this context, the deputy in the Iraqi parliament, Abdul Karim Abtan, the “new Arab”, the parliament session “will go away by its decisions against the Electoral Commission after the latter refused to recognize the fraud and manipulation of elections,” noting that “the parliamentary session is open and the validity of the Constitutional Parliament is still Window on everyone, and no one has the right to veto its decisions. “

Abtan said that “the quorum is complete and more than half of the members of Parliament are present to attend the meeting,” adding that “there is a law will be read in Parliament concerning the Commission itself, and there is a project to sue the Commission, the Parliament itself to the judiciary.”

In addition, sources from within the Iraqi parliament, the “New Arab”, the existence of cases of disobedience by a large number of deputies on the decisions of their blocs , most prominent Sunni deputies and Kurds and others belonging to the ruling National Alliance, where they were asked not to attend the meetings, but refused to do so They insisted on participating. “

According to the same sources, the parliamentary session “will see the introduction of a draft amendment to the election law, and vote on a resolution obliging the Commission, to re-counting and sorting manually at all polling stations in Iraq and by 100 per cent The project also includes the supervision of a number of judges on the work of the Commission and the Council of Commissioners, The counting and sorting by hand, and if proven fraud, even if a small percentage, will go to the House of Representatives to withdraw confidence from the current Commission.

 Parliament session will go away by its decisions against the Electoral Commission

For his part, questioned the leadership of the alliance, “conquest”, Razzaq al-Haidari, in the meeting because of the lack of attendance of MPs benefiting from the results of the elections that took place, as well as the pressure on a number of them. Al-Haidari said in an interview with “the new Arab” that “the expected meeting, may not achieve a quorum, because in the last session was difficult to achieve this,” noting that “the decisions taken at the last meeting on the elections, enough to take UNHCR issue of manual counting and sorting seriously. “The parliament was aimed during the previous sessions to discuss the results of the elections, to correct the democratic process, because it was proved that there are real problems during the elections, such as the use of force, and the adoption of illegal roads in some polling stations,” pointing out that ” To a full parliamentary presence and political consensus, to be amended, and this will not be achieved during the final days of the life of the current parliament. “

Look forward to the decision of the Federal Court

In the meantime, scenarios are being presented to the federal court; both do not include canceling the results of the Iraqi elections and forcing the commission to return the ballot. “The court will deal with the case through its Supreme Council of Judges, consisting of eight judges with the rank of adviser, and authorized to interpret and clarify the articles of the constitution ,” said Justice Hassan Farhan al-Rubaie, noting that “there is a high probability that the court will issue A decision to invalidate the first resolution of the parliament is the abolition of the votes of voters of the displaced and displaced, in contradiction to Article 3 of the Iraqi Constitution, which states that each Iraqi right to vote, and not the right to confiscate this right or repeal, but may support the decision of the Second Parliament is the re-counting and sorting manually by 10 percent. As a matter within the powers of parliament as a legislative authority. “

 Both will appear before the court and both will not include the cancellation of the election results

Al-Rubaie added that “the second option is to go to the court to consider the issue of the power of the judiciary, not the legislative, and calls the affected or have evidence of fraud, to file a lawsuit and thus freeze the process of ratification of the election results,” explaining that ” Will not come out of them confirms the position of the parliament fully or support calls for the abolition of elections, unless the judicial investigations proved the corruption of the voting mechanism in full, and this after the submission of complaints to them, and this process takes time is not simple.

In turn, the Iraqi legal expert, Tariq Harb, the “new Arab”, that the opinion of the Federal Supreme Court “binding on all parties can not be opposed,” noting that “the decision of parliament to cancel the elections abroad needs to legislate a law and not by a resolution passed by Parliament, Last week, and the judiciary can punish the forgery and invalidate the results, as the Parliament can not turn into a court, and the issuance of sentences to cancel the results, “pointing out that” the subject of the decision of Parliament by counting and counting manual, because the scrutiny and inspection and confirmation,

He explained that “the Parliament has the right to verify the validity of the proceedings as long as the subject does not reach the cancellation of the results If the cases of fraud, the complaint is the Commission and the appeal to the judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of the law of the Commission, , According to him.



Sadr and the positive transformations of Iraq


Milo Comerford

Date: 02 June 2018

The seismic change in Iraq’s recent elections reflects profound structural transformations in Iraqi society. Muqtada al-Sadr’s party won the largest number of seats in parliament, although it did not represent the majority. But his apparent transformation from an anti-Western and pro-Iranian cleric to a nationalist anti-Tehran and corruption is part of a broader picture of change in the country and across the region.

As Iraq recovers from a devastating conflict with a hawkish, giving a fresh idea of its status in the region, including a reevaluation of its relationship with increasingly shirked Iran, and the possible formation of a coalition between Sadr, the nationalist cleric and current Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi, does not seem appropriate. But there is great harmony in the priorities of Abadi and Sadr.

Any alliance among officials would be an important moment for Iraq, the Middle East and Western policies in the region. The rift in regional politics is moving away from abhorrent sectarianism and tends to choose between modernization and extremism. Sadr’s rise from the leader of a sectarian militia and opponent of the US occupation to a popular hero has been the main theme of the Iraqi elections.

Sadr, who comes from a religious family, represented a prominent Islamist scene and was persuasive in contrast to other sectarian Shiite militias such as the Mahdi Army. He has engaged in political transformations over Iraq’s alliances, culminating in high-level meetings with the Saudi leadership.

Sadr’s transformation is in itself an indication of a broader shift among Iraqi voters, away from the ideological vote based on identity towards pragmatism and the desire for effective governance.

Surveys conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies show that voters are increasingly abandoning the abhorrent sectarian identity and are instead turning to nationalism that seeks to shake off the shackles of external influences and international interests.

It seems that the rebellion of Dahesh, which destroyed northern and western Iraq for three and a half years, has had an impact on the collection of the Iraqi state, which suffered a severe siege, contrary to what many had expected.

But despite the success Iraq has achieved in the face of the scourge of sectarianism and militancy, the new leadership should not be based on its past glory unless the underlying motivations of Bada’sh and Shiite militias are addressed. The sectarian grievances, politicization of religion, All risking the re-emergence of the threat he represented as a preacher.

Despite the optimistic signs of the elections, the new government to be formed faces major challenges. Priority will be to tackle corruption and rebuild Iraq’s economy. The pledges of this campaign, and the message of “Iraq First”, mean that Sadr has managed to overcome sectarian divisions. Opinion polls have found that his biggest support was in mixed Shiite, Sunni, Kurdish and other communities.

Similarly, Sadr’s role on Iran’s infiltration into Iraq is of great importance, usually because he is aware that Tehran has a destabilizing influence in the country. When Sadr visited Saudi Arabia last summer, he told officials that the Shiites in Iraq would not be an extension of the Iranian revolution, and demanded in his visit that the Saudis and Arabs be more present in the Iraqi scene.

His recent meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is part of a wider reorganization in the Middle East, away from competing sectarian interests, towards modernization and reform on the one hand, and those who provoke sectarian division and extremist violence on the other. While Sadr is seen as anti-Western, the reality seems more complex.

He is believed to have favored the survival of US forces in Iraq because of their influence on Iraq’s stability. Given his clear preference for cooperation with Abadi, who was a crucial partner in fighting the international coalition against Saddam, he seems to be open to building bridges with the West.

Sadr also condemned the internationalization of Shiite militancy, saying in a recent interview that the US government was right to name the Iraqi-backed militia, which is fighting in Syria as a terrorist. The challenge for the West lies in determining Sadr’s position on Iraq, which must be a key force and decisive partner.

Sadr is likely to shape his relationship with Western powers, using Abadi as a cover, but he will clearly need Western support, not least to rebuild a country ravaged by extremist violence. A clean political record is a good starting point. Sadr has an honorable past as he embodies a changing Iraq.

* British strategic analyst



Baghdad ‘s economy agrees with the Kurdistan Region to erect gates to repel the electronic attacks at the crossing with Turkey


Baghdad agrees with the Kurdistan Region to erect gates to repel the electronic attacks at the crossing with Turkey
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The Ministry of Communications in the federal government in Baghdad on Friday agreed with the Kurdistan Regional Government to erect international access gates to the source of electronic attacks at the Ibrahim al-Khalil border crossing with Turkey.

The ministry said in a statement today that a delegation visited the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Kurdistan Region, and the two sides held an “extensive” meeting to discuss finding effective solutions to the outstanding issues and stressing the need to develop bilateral relations. IGW of the Federal Ministry of Communications at Ibrahim al-Khalil border crossing.

The statement said that the delegation toured the site to inspect the site of the gates, which will be repulsed by electronic attacks and ensure that the fiber optic network of the Ministry of Communications and the elimination of the operations of illegal capacity through this important port linking Iraq to Europe.

The statement said that these gates allow the provisions of full control over all capacities received from Turkey to the communications networks in Baghdad, and therefore will be implemented under the control of cadres of the Ministry of Communications Federal, noting that this is an important achievement happening for the first time.

The statement added that this step has become the Ministry of Central Communications from the ministries of the early implementation of an agreement with the Kurdistan region in terms of the development of international access gates to the Internet outlet Ibrahim al-Khalil border.

For their part, officials of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the region expressed their full readiness to achieve constructive and joint cooperation in all areas for the benefit of the public.

Development and banking sector initiatives


Ministry of Planning spokesman Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi “Internet”
Abdul Zahra Mohammed al-Hindawi

Is it possible to say that the Iraqi banking sector is occupying an appropriate area commensurate with its financial and economic capabilities in achieving development in the country, or is it still looking behind the curtain of what is being planned and developed without being able to move its arms to be an appropriate partner in this field? I think the answer to both questions will be yes and not at the same time !! .. But how can two answers stand on opposite sides that meet under one roof? And let us stand by answering the first question, which will be answered, yes, and these blessings are derived through clear evidence witnessed by the Iraqi arena and specifically in the capital Baghdad, which has become the scene of important developmental and urban activities behind the institutions of banking effective government and private, Project “Baghdad” Which is adopted by the Association of Iraqi private banks, which includes a group of banks active actors and in cooperation and coordination with the Central Bank of Iraq and other government banks, with the participation of civil society organizations, led by the great musician Naseer Shamma, and includes the initiative to develop and rehabilitate the main squares in Baghdad, It is hoped that these squares will be achieved with a vision of art and aesthetic, which means that we will be in front of a new page will give Baghdad a great artistic and architectural beauty and before the end of this year, and such a wonderful initiative confirms beyond doubt that other important steps and initiatives will be for It has a clear impact on the overall development map of the country and will encourage those who are afraid to go into development. It is certain that any development will remain lame and unable to overcome the obstacles that we face if we do not have an active banking sector, because the process of financing development projects is very important, especially in the presence of a public sector is facing many problems in the forefront of how to provide salaries and wages of employees in state institutions .. The experience of the draft “Baghdad” has proved that in the case of the availability of funding required with a sincere intention to work, projects progress towards completion in a manner consistent with the timing of time and quantity, so the duration of the completion of this project is 200 days began at the beginning of this The percentage of achievement has now reached More than 50%, and ends before the end without adding any time periods for the completion of the project, with a high rate of implementation in many large squares in both sides of Rusafa and Karkh 
The most important of all is that we want to have an effective banking sector capable of changing the development paths clearly, and the features of such a role have begun to appear in the developmental horizon, through many Among the practices and events and serious steps may include the question of financial coverage and before the issue of the settlement of salaries of state employees and others, and such steps have pushed the institutions of Arab and international banks are considered prestigious and respect for our banking institutions, whether governmental or private, although many of these banking institutions stillIn addition to its role in the financing of development projects, in the sense that the work should be two tracks, the first track is the process of correction and development and automation of work and keep abreast of international banking systems in this field , And the second track.

Source: Al-Sabah newspaper


Iraq sells oil for more than $ 7.5 billion in May


Release date: 2018/6/1 16:14 • 33 times scheduled
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The Ministry of Oil announced the increase in the total quantities exported and revenues achieved for the month of May compared to the previous months of 2018, according to preliminary statistics from the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO).
The ministry spokesman Asim Jihad said in a statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, “the total quantities exported crude oil for the month of May from the oil fields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 108 million and 194 thousand and 920 barrels, revenues amounted to 7 billion 566 million and 294 one thousand dollars”.
“The statistics did not record exports from Kirkuk fields,” he said.
Jihad pointed out that “the daily rate of exports amounted to 3 million and 490 thousand barrels.”
He explained that “the average price per barrel amounted to {69,932} dollars.”
He pointed out that “the Ministry of Oil and through its belief in informing the people on the export operations and revenues from it took this monthly action.”