Trump envoy in Baghdad to strengthen the fortunes of Haider Abadi in a second term

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – US President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to Iraq, Brett McGröck, began a new round of consultations with various political parties in Baghdad, hoping to garner support for Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s second term.

Negotiations between the various Iraqi parties are continuing under the pressure of the constitutional deadline announced by President Fuad Masum, setting the third of next month as the date of the elected parliament, which requires resolving the names of the candidates for the posts of Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister and President of the Republic.

Although the weights are in favor of the political team supporting Abadi, another axis supported by Iran, is trying in various ways to push a different candidate for the post of prime minister.

Two Shiite rivals are competing for the post of prime minister, the first includes Moqtada al-Sadr, Abbadi and Ammar al-Hakim, while the second includes Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri.

The representatives of each party say they are the closest to forming the largest bloc, which has the right to nominate the prime minister.

The political divide is not limited to the Shiite component on the candidate for prime minister, with the possibility of fragmentation in the sky of the Sunni component, whose representatives are divided between two candidates for the post of speaker of parliament. The first is Anbar governor Muhammad al-Halbusi and the second is Iraqi Vice President Osama Najafi. The sources are talking about a third candidate, former Education Minister Mohammad Tamim.

“The Sunni axis, which is formed after the general election of 53 deputies, is currently threatened to disintegrate due to internal differences over the candidate for the presidency of the parliament,” political sources said.

The sources pointed out that the Sunni divide, may turn into an opportunity for any of the two Shiite parties competing for the post of prime minister, explaining that the two Shiite groups have extensive contacts with parties in the Sunni axis in the hope of attracting.

The leader of the Fatah alliance, Hadi al-Ameri, backed by Iran, held a meeting with the leader of the Arab project and the prominent leader of the Sunni axis Khamis al-Khangar, supported by Turkey and Qatar, to discuss the chances of building a joint alliance.

The sources said that “the dagger does not mind the alliance with Amiri, but prefers to delay in announcing this matter now.”

Contrary to the sharp divisions in Shiite and Sunni political circles, the Kurdish position seemed united, and many attempts to play on the contradictions of its internal forces were unsuccessful.

The two main Kurdish parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), founded and headed by President Jalal Talabani for many years, formed a joint negotiating team for dialogue with Shiite and Sunni forces.

According to sources familiar with the scenes of the negotiations that the divisions that hit the Shiite and Sunni forces, prompted the Kurdish parties to raise the ceiling of their demands.

The Kurds are waiting for any of the rival Shiite factions to agree to their demands from the new government to declare their support.

The Kurds do not mind supporting Abbadi or his rival, Maliki, if either of them agrees to accept the demands.

The Kurds plan to reap wide gains during the negotiations, to reorganize the status of Kirkuk, which they lost control of in favor of Iraqi forces after the independence referendum, as well as ensure their share of the country’s public budget and obtain guarantees to allow them to export oil extracted from their regions independently.

Ebadi’s team believes there is not enough time to discuss all these demands, while al-Maliki leaks that all of them are ready to be approved.

Observers say that the Kurds will try to gain gains in the negotiations now facilitate the transition to a state later in response to their historic national dream, which puts the political parties Shiite and Sunni alike to the heavy responsibilities related to its intentions on the unity of the country.

Amid this sharp appeal, the Trump representative in Iraq is trying to persuade Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political forces to stand behind Abbadi to get a second term.

Brett McGurk began a new round of talks, Tuesday, meeting with Vice President Osama Najafi, where the parties discussed “important files related to political developments and the nature of ongoing discussions between the political blocs to form the largest bloc.”

According to the sources, the US envoy will meet all parties that could engage in the project to support Abadi in Baghdad and Erbil, noting “an urgent American desire to resolve the file of the candidate for prime minister quickly.”

Observers point out that the US-Iran settlement is not possible this time, and that the conflict between the two sides in Iraq is clearer than ever before, signaling the end of the agreement that has prevailed over the past years.

An Iraqi observer said in a statement to the “Arabs” that the competition for the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc is being conducted by an alliance supported by the US and other supported by Iran, which marks the beginning of a silent war, many expected to be Iraq.

The observer confirms that each party is throwing all its weight in order to control the fate of Iraq, not at the level of the next four years, but on the future of Iraq, adding that “if the coalition wins al-Maliki, Iraq will be Iranian forever, which is not consistent with the nature The stage in which the United States imposed severe sanctions on Iran.

He did not rule out that the United States offered a reward to Iran at a time when it must pay for its interventions in the region, first and foremost the intervention in Iraq.

He notes that if the parties to the political conflict inside Iraq are declared, there are parties who are still not convinced of the seriousness of the US-Iranian divorce on Iraq, and that these parties are waiting for US direct orders to resolve their position, which will reveal the trends of the American Pendulum movement.

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President of the Shura of Virtue: The largest bloc will be resolved before the parliament session next Monday


Release date: 2018/8/28 22:30 
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) Revealed the head of the Shura Council of Islamic Virtue Party and former Secretary-General Hashim al-Hashemi, resolving the formation of the largest bloc will be before the parliament session next Monday.
Al-Hashemi said in an interview with the program «Calus} broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel on Tuesday evening, that” there has not been any withdrawal from the coalition victory to any party so far and rumors is a disgrace for health and there is no withdrawal, “noting that” what is rumored is just to dictate means Social communication is intriguing and not real. ” 
He added that “Abadi is the only candidate for victory for the presidency of the next government and virtue support all the decisions of the coalition, including the nomination of Abbadi for a second term,” explaining that “the Virtue Party was not consulted in the formation of the largest bloc did not reach the meeting Hotel Babylon, and we did not recommend this decision despite our invitation to attend the meeting “He said. 
And al-Hashemi that “the nucleus of the formation of the largest bloc was an urgent step did not receive an answer from the Prime Minister towards the adoption of this decision,” returned him “
He added that “the initiative to choose the prime minister focused on 8 points,” stressing that “the lack of circulation of power between parties, but between people because of the electoral law, which does not allow the existence of peaceful circulation of power and returned the political map itself and this is wrong in the administration of the state.” 
Hashemi said, “We asked to choose an election commission by academics and experts, not a committee of the House of Representatives because it will be subject to quotas 
and electoral law, and the Electoral Commission if it remains the same will continue the current political forms in the next election cycle,
He added that “Virtue Party is not a party of power and in 2006 did not participate in the government, either alliances with political parties do not aim to participate in the government, and did not require Abbadi to get a government in the next government, or the benefits related to the election results and the nomination of Abbadi for a second term is the outcome of There is agreement on the formation of a coalition victory on the basis of the nomination of Abbadi for a second term, which is normal. ” 
“We have no insistence on the Ministry of Justice, and we have previously asked for health, education or higher education,” he said, recalling that “historical leaders fell in the elections and we are not surprised that ministers did not win because of the change in the people. Fighting corruption and what officials have presented in their various addresses to citizens. “
He added that “the next government is supposed to be a service government as demanded by the people and the reference, but it is premature to resolve this and if the deals and quotas will be repeated scenario of past governments, the basis in the formation of the next government to be a majority of national government. 
He explained Hashemi that “part of the political blocs form the government and the other goes to the opposition and this is the best option for the political system and the transfer of the political process, which must evolve, but the objective circumstance and we mean the situation of the country of financial crisis and the consequences of the war on the regional situation and do you allow this circumstance to go to form a government majority National is a good thing. “
He pointed out that “if this is not achieved, we will go to form a partnership government and this means staying in the current situation, which is an alternative to the government of the national majority,” adding that “the option of partnership and the national majority are two Iraqi national options and what determines the two options is our circumstance in the country and the majority of political forces, The current does not help the option of forming the government of the national majority and polled the views of these forces, a subject of research and deliberation and believe that the current situation does not help form a national majority. 
Hashemi said that “the US side has a set of visions for Iraq so as to maintain the sustainability and future relations between the two countries did not submit specific requests in the formation of the next government,” noting that “the formation of the largest bloc will be resolved before the parliamentary session scheduled for September 3 next.”
He stressed at the end of his speech (laclos) that “the next prime minister will be from the Shiite forces as having the largest number of parliamentary seats,” noting that “has not been resolved so far the candidate for prime minister, except Abadi, the official candidate for the position of the coalition of victory, and there is no candidate Determined for any position of the presidencies. “

the national axis to decide the date of joining the “largest” and determine his position on the “American pressure”

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A spokesman for the national axis, Laith Dulaimi, said Tuesday that during the next two days, leaders of the axis will decide their decision to join one of the coalitions seeking to form the “largest bloc.”

“Today we have a meeting between the leaders of the axis, and there is a new mechanism to manage the new phase,” Dulaimi said. “We believe that the next two days will witness intensive meetings in order to announce our orientation on Thursday or Friday.”

On the US pressure to support the alliance of Abadi or support him personally for a second term, Dulaimi said that “the axis will not bow to any pressure on joining any alliance or support any candidate.”


Source: McGurk will press on the national axis tomorrow to support Abadi second term


Source: McGurk will press on the national axis tomorrow to support Abadi second term

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Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
A senior political source said Tuesday that the US envoy to the International Alliance, Brett McGuck, will press the National Axis Alliance tomorrow to support Abbadi in a second term.

The source told Al-Ghad Press that “on Wednesday, he will meet with MacGorek, the Sunni National Axis Alliance, to pressure them to support Abbadi for a second term.”

He added that “a number of candidates for the victors join the alliance of the nucleus, which was formed by Ssron and the stream of national wisdom, and others will go to the rule of law and the coalition of conquest.”

The head of the Sadikun bloc, the winning candidate, Hassan Salem, on Tuesday, that America threatens and force the Iraqi candidates to join a certain axis to form the largest bloc, calling the winning candidates not to bow to it.
A political source informed earlier in the day that the Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, held a meeting in Arbil in order to finalize the paper of Kurdish demands to form the next government.
During a meeting with US President George W. Bush’s envoy to the International Coalition, Brigadier General Osama bin Abdul Aziz al-Nujaifi, the US ambassador to Iraq said Tuesday that the national axis stands at one distance from all blocs. 

The Council of Ministers commits resources to the share of Basra and prepares all decisions of the Commission invalid [expanded]

Release date: 2018/8/28 20:09

[Ayn-Baghdad] The

Council of Ministers in its meeting held on Tuesday, headed by Haider al-Abbadi, head of the Council and the Ministry of Water Resources to deliver the water quota of the province of Basra, while counting all the decisions of the Commission issued by them is invalid.

A statement by the Prime Minister ‘s Office, the agency received all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today, that ” the Council of Ministers extensively discussed the measures taken to address water pollution in the province of Basra, was presented report of the Intergovernmental Committee , which went to Basra , was taken a series of decisions: –

a – the commitment of the Ministry of water resources to deliver the water quota for the province of Basra , the rate of 75 cubic meters / sec to the borders of Basra and the removal of excesses on the river. (

b ) follow – up to the percentage of chlorine in the water produced in the filter stations on the clock and the days of holidays including water projects that are managed from the private sector and the follow – up grant vacations fundamentalism to them. (

c ) promote Basrah Health Department with medicines and laboratory supplies and commitment to carry out laboratory tests and check water from the filtration stations

D – Launch the implementation of the project to address the sewage of Basra, which has been suspended since 2015.

(E) The province of Basra shall repair the fractures in the distribution networks and allocate the necessary amounts of the petrodollars.

The Ministry of Municipalities was instructed to investigate the reasons for the decrease of chlorine in drinking water in Basrah governorate and provide results within a week.

“The meeting also witnessed the vote on the implementation of the demands of the demonstrators in Karbala, Basra, Dhi Qar and Najaf, and the allocation of a piece of residential land for young athletes who have a gold or silver or bronze medal.”

“The vote was also on the draft law of the first amendment to the law of the Ministry of Education No. 22 of 2011, and the protection of the product of metal pipes, and the non-galvanized, in addition to the vote on the establishment of the National Investment Commission to grant investment license for the project to establish Kirkuk refinery investment.

He added that “the Council of Ministers voted to grant permission to establish a civil university in the name of [American University / Iraq Baghdad] in the province of Baghdad, and sell the plot No. [19/15 / Seven Abkar] of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals to its occupants, 15 dunums on part of the plot numbered [7/101 / district of Marhaba Baldrooz], as well as 40 dunums of the plot numbered [2/6/3 Bargha province and iron] to the teachers’ union / Diyala branch without public bidding and real allowance for distribution to teachers in Diyala. ”

The statement said that “the Council of Ministers also voted on the decisions and guidance of the Conference on the development of the Iraqi economy.”

He pointed out that “based on the provisions of Article 4 of the Third Amendment Law of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Law No. 45 of 2013, the Council of Ministers decided to implement the provisions of the said law, which provided for the suspension of the work of members of the Independent High Electoral Commission until the completion of the investigation of fraud crimes referred to The decision of the Council of Ministers, and prepare all decisions issued by them void. ”

War: There is no such thing as registration of the largest bloc and the statement of the Commission is unconstitutional

08:24 – 28/08/2018

Private – Mawazin News

The legal expert Tariq Harb, on Tuesday, that there is nothing in the law named registration of the largest parliamentary bloc that is forming the next government, while he pointed out that the statement of the Electoral Commission on the registration of political alliances is far from the Constitution and the law.

“There is nothing in the law called registration of the largest bloc, whether in the commission or the parliament, but it is announced after a request to the elected parliament speaker that they are the largest bloc that is scheduled to form the next government,” Harb said in an interview with Mawazine News.

“The arrival of the largest bloc needs political consensus, because the number of Shiite deputies does not qualify them to declare the largest bloc without agreement with the Sunnis and Kurds to choose the three presidencies,” adding that “the process of announcing the largest bloc is not as simple as some news analysts.”

He pointed out that “the parliamentary blocs do not need to register with the Commission, because the law of parties stipulated the registration of parties and not the parliamentary blocs and because the Constitution did not require the alliance between the parties to achieve the largest bloc, but stipulated the bloc between the parliamentary blocs to form a parliamentary bloc, To register alliances away from the Constitution and the law. ”

Kurdish parties decide to send a joint delegation to Baghdad next Friday

07:30 – 28/08/2018

Baghdad – Mawazine News
The two Kurdish Democratic parties and the National Union decided on Tuesday to send a joint delegation to the capital Baghdad on Friday to discuss the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc, which will form the formation of the new government.
This came after a meeting of a delegation from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, this afternoon, in the province of Erbil.
The spokesman for the Political Bureau of the National Union, Saadi Ahmed Bireh, after the meeting to reporters, including the correspondent / Mawazin News /: “It was decided during the meeting with the delegation of the Democratic visit of a joint delegation from the parties to Baghdad on Friday.”
“The PUK,” the National Union and the Democratic did not coalition or form any Kurdish bloc with the Iraqi blocs, and that the National Union did not support any Iraqi bloc. “
And on the parliamentary elections in the Kurdistan region, said Bireh: “There has been no change so far on the date of the elections of the Kurdistan Parliament and will be held on schedule.”
“There are attempts to restore the situation in Kirkuk to normal so that all components live in a normal joint in the city.”
For his part, said the spokesman of the Democratic, Mahmoud Mohammed, during the joint press conference: “was with the delegation of the National Union discussed the formation of the new Iraqi government and we decided to visit Baghdad on Friday with a joint delegation.”,15700023,15700124,15700149,15700186,15700190,15700201,15700213&usg=ALkJrhglaCLeMEoNIuVKWmeHZ1iE-l-VUw

Member of the wisdom reveals a visit by the Kurdish delegation to Baghdad to complete the formation of the largest bloc

28-08-2018 07:23 PM

A member of the delegation of the wisdom movement Abdullah al-Zaidi on Tuesday unveiled a visit by the delegation of the two main Kurdish parties to Baghdad early next week to discuss the formation of the largest bloc.

Al-Zaidi said in an interview with the Tigris channel that “there are positive messages received by us during contacts with the Kurdish side to see their position from the vision that was raised by the delegation of the nucleus of the largest bloc that visited Arbil a few days ago,” explaining that ‘ The Kurdish side is very satisfied with what was presented from the vision of the government program and the guarantees that were submitted to achieve the constitutional demands and avoid the mistakes made by the political forces during the formation of previous governments ‘.

“The Zaidi that ‘there is a positive impression obtained by the Kurdish political forces after it was submitted from the explanation of Wafi about our project, and the institution that we want to form within the National Majority Alliance through the establishment of a leadership body and a political body and a public body and special committees to follow up the program to be agreed, That ‘to complement what was discussed about the meeting in Erbil, a delegation from the two main parties in the region will visit Baghdad early next week to meet with political forces.,15700023,15700124,15700149,15700186,15700190,15700201,15700213&usg=ALkJrhgVbR51EFg6uLNq3nCKJiOgUGjc7w

Asroun shows the fact that Abadi is nominated for prime minister for a second term



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Between the alliance of Sawson, which has the support of the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, on Tuesday, the fact that the nomination of the current Prime Minister Haider Abadi for a second term by the political blocs belonging to the nucleus of the largest bloc.

A member of the coalition, Ayman al-Shammari said in a statement to / information / that “the words of the coalition victory over the nomination of Abbadi to assume the post of prime minister for the second term represents only their political opinion,” pointing out that “the nucleus of the largest blocs did not name anyone to become prime minister until now “He said.

He added that “the nucleus of the largest bloc will choose a person meets the conditions set by the ad hoc committees to choose the next prime minister,” noting that “the post of prime minister will be subject to the application of conditions without going to consensus on a certain person.”

He added that “the choice of prime minister will be announced during the first session of the new Council of Representatives scheduled to be held on the third of next September,” explaining that “the rest of the wisdom and victory and patriotism reached a great understanding with the Kurdish blocs in the formation of the largest bloc.”

The Shammari that “the delegation formed from the nucleus of the largest bloc, which met with the two ruling parties yesterday in Erbil reached a great understanding and may join the Kurdish parties within the formation of the largest bloc and the next government,” noting that “the condition of the return of Peshmerga of disputed areas will be left to the Federal Court to consider.” End 25 T

Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad during the next two days



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Revealed leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Giyath al-Surji, on Tuesday, the visit of a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad during the next two days of understanding with the political blocs on the largest bloc.

“The consultations between the two Kurdish parties are continuing until the moment, especially since the consultations entered the serious phase in the Kurdish house,” al-Surji told al-Maalouma.

He added that “a Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad from the two Kurdish parties and the recent understanding with the winning blocs for the form of the next government.”

“The exchange visits are very important and healthy, especially in light of the political stalemate that has taken place in the past months,” he said.

And still winning political blocs continue consultations to form the largest parliamentary bloc, which will fall in line with the formation of the government. Ending / 15