A close source: Abadi will visit Trump on September 13 to convince him of an emergency government

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Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

A source close to Prime Minister Haider Abadi said Saturday that he would visit Trump on September 13 to convince him of an emergency government.

“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit America on September 13 to meet with US President Donald Trump in an attempt to convince him of an emergency government in Iraq,” the source told The Guardian.

It is noteworthy that the House of Representatives held an extraordinary session, earlier Saturday, on the conditions of the province of Basra in the presence of Prime Minister Haider Abadi and a number of ministers concerned on the crisis.

While the coalition called Sason, Abadi and his cabinet to resign, because of what happened in the province of Basra, the burning of many of the headquarters of the parties and places of the state, which coincided with demonstrations in protest against the deterioration of service conditions in the province, and the fall of many demonstrators between the dead and wounded.



Iraq imposes new curfew in Basra amid violent protests


Iraq suffers from acute financial crisis due to dropped oil prices and anti-terrorism expenses [File photo]

Basra (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities imposed on Saturday a curfew in Basra governorate amid large protests against corruption and lack of basic services.

A security source told Baghdad Today website that the curfew imposed by Basra Operation Command in the governorate will be effective “as of 4:00 pm (local time).”

Meanwhile, the source noted that a security campaign will be launched soon in the governorate to arrest rioters involved in burning of building and state institutions.

Earlier in the day, spokesperson for the Iraq Security Media Center Yahia Rasoul said that Commander of Basra Operations Gamil al-Shamri was replaced by Rasheed Feleih as violence rages amid popular protests decrying poor services.

Rasoul blamed “severe damage to several facilities in the province” for the replacement decision.

Protests have recently caused the province’s government office and the Iranian consulate to catch fire.

Also, Rasoul revealed that four mortar missiles were fired on Basra Airport, but pointed that all of them fell near the airport’s outer fence.

Rasoul assured that aviation at the airport was not affected by the incident.

Demonstrators have voiced anger over water contamination and poor public services in the province, renewing earlier protests in July that followed the parliament polls held in May.


Parliament decides to continue the sessions until next Saturday


Editorial Date: 2018/9/8 17:47 
(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The House of Representatives decided at the end of its special session to discuss the conditions of Basra, headed by MP Mohammed Ali Zinni, the President of the age and the presence of 180 deputies and Prime Minister Haider Abadi and a number of ministers concerned, to continue meetings to Saturday.
A statement to the Information Office of the House of Representatives, received the agency {Euphrates News} copy of it today, “At the outset of the meeting, welcomed the head of the elderly Haidar Abadi, Prime Minister and the ministers concerned, noting that Basra has been subjected to injustice in various covenants and currently suffers from neglect and water scarcity , Criticizing the exposure of demonstrators live bullets and prevent demonstrations, and called on the Prime Minister to clarify what is taking place and take the necessary measures to address the situation.
For his part, Abadi stressed that the Basra is full of its citizens despite the challenges we face part of the political, stressing that the demands of the people of the maintenance of services right, calling for the isolation of the political side of security and service and warned of turning the dispute into a gunman.
Abadi said that the peaceful demonstrators condemn acts of vandalism and assert that they are outside the province, pointing to holding a series of meetings, the most recent of which is the cabinet meeting today, which was devoted to discussing the security and service situation in Basra and included decisions to compensate the civilian and military victims and to send a ministerial team until completion of tasks and release of funds allocated under the administration The team as well as assigning the security forces to enforce the law to protect public and private property and emphasize the right to peaceful demonstration and support the initiative of civil society in the campaigns of reconstruction and cleaning.
In their interventions during the meeting, Qassim al-Araji, Minister of Interior, said that the ministry issued clear orders to protect the demonstrators since the beginning of last July, pointing to the issuance of penalties for all those who assaulted the demonstrators and left their positions to protect the government institutions, announcing the intention of the ministry to make a change in some security leaders in order to give An opportunity to accommodate the situation, stressing the need to protect Arab and international embassies and consulates. 
Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hayali explained that the armed forces are not authorized to fire at any citizen because the army and all the supporters of the popular crowd and the Peshmerga forces are people of the people and defended it and made sacrifices.
The Minister of Water Resources, Hassan al-Janabi, said that there is a shortage of services accumulated over the years in Basra, explaining that the ministry is responsible for providing people with raw water while the treatment is subject to other institutions, pointing out the state of pollution did not occur in the system of raw water but water distribution networks, In response to this situation, the Government has taken several measures, including an increase in releases in some areas due to increased demands. 
For its part, noted that Nafie Minister of Municipalities and Construction that Basra suffers from water scarcity and salinity since the eighties of the last century, noting that the existence of an important project funded by the Iraqi government and Japan began to be established in 2014 will be accelerated completion in accordance with the time limits set for him at the end of this year in the event of stability of the security situation, Stressing that the ministry has solutions to the crisis by linking the station in the sports city with the water network of the center of Basra.
The Minister of Health, Adila Hamoud, said that the ministry has decided to send an integrated team after the recording of intestinal infections in the health department of Basra above the normal rates to know the reasons, pointing out that the tests proved the presence of high rates of salt in the waters of the basin that provides citizens water from the Shatt al-Arab, The absence of toxic substances in the water, pointing out that the ministry has used the World Health Organization and UNICEF for the need to conduct other tests of drinking water and proved the tests to the existence of bacterial infections causing diarrhea and accounted for 9% of the cases diagnosed injuries, especially that most of the origin A total of 6918 infections were caused by high salt content in the water.
For his part, Assaad al-Eidani, governor of Basra, said the central government gave the local government in Basra powers to implement the government’s decisions and address the problems, noting that Basra has not received from the funds allocated only 6 billion dinars, while allocated more than 3 trillion dinars, stressing the existence of a large lag in the implementation Projects. 
The Governor of Basra expressed his readiness to take full responsibility in the implementation of projects, especially with regard to water projects. MP Faleh al-Khazali said that the solutions to most of the problems of Basra province falls on the federal government, especially with the lack of financial allocations for the projects of the province, adding to the province of Basra, the worst environmental city in the world to the existence of large areas containing remnants of war, accusing the US Consulate to support some of those who contributed to incitement On the events of Basra.
In statements to deputies, MP Hassan al-Akoli stressed the importance of not exchanging accusations on the situation in Basra, since everyone is responsible for what the governorate has reached, calling for realistic solutions that are now feasible.

MP Osama Najafi stressed that Basra is a fundamental pillar of Iraq, which requires the removal of the political conflict, pointing to the existence of internal conflicts and foreign agendas applied in Basra, which requires attention to him, calling for the transformation of all the possibilities of the State led by the Prime Minister to Basra to follow the work on the ground and Normal.
For his part, MP Kazem al-Shammari pointed out that the crises unite efforts to solve them, especially the need to preserve the province of Basra and away from the problems, urging the Council of Ministers to implement the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers immediately and with the support of the deputies of Basra. 
MP Sabri expressed her support for the right to demonstrate peacefully and reject any acts of sabotage and burning of state institutions and consulates. 
MP Ahmad al-Asadi said that the current crisis solutions to the central and local governments by providing the necessary funds allocated to the budget in 2018 in addition to taking advantage of the financial abundance due to oil prices. 
MP Faleh al-Sari called on the Council of Ministers to set clear time-frames for submission to the House of Representatives, proposing to form a parliamentary committee to follow up the decisions of the Council of Ministers including the deputies of Basra.
For his part, MP Ammar al-Tohme to unite efforts to address the crisis in Basra and the transfer of ministers concerned to the province of Basra as well as increase water releases by unifying the diplomatic efforts of the three presidencies to neighboring countries. MP Khalid al-Mafraji called for all government capabilities to be directed to Basra for the purpose of solving the problems.
MP Adnan al-Zarfi said that the problem is focused on the work of the State Departments and the mechanisms of implementation, stressing the existence of a large reluctance in the implementation of projects by the Ministry of Municipalities and Works. 
MP Sabah al-Saadi pointed out that the solutions must be within specific time limits committed by the central and local government. MP Muzaffar al-Waeli called for the immediate dismissal of the head of Basra operations, calling on the Ministry of Water Resources to increase water releases from the emergency water reservoirs. MP Safa al-Ghanim stressed the need for the government to take firm and quick measures to maintain security and stabilize stability in the province of Basra.

MP Uday Awad inquired about the reasons for the non-disbursement of funds allocated to the province of Basra, pointing out that the commander of the province’s operations to maintain security. 
In turn, MP Jamal Mohammedawi proposed opening a bank account in the name of the Development Fund of Basra, which is financed monthly from half of the imports of border crossings. MP Hamed al-Hamdi pointed out that the program of sabotage and burning exposed to social networking sites at night under the eyes of the central and local government without moving any occupants. The MP urged the Halafi revolution politicians in Iraq to realize that the situation is no longer as it was in the past after the patience of the people. For his part, stressed the head of age that the adoption of Iraq as a whole on Basra demonstrates the profitability of the economy, which requires the development of plans and strategies to build the Iraqi economy by relying on a productive economy and revitalize the private sector, which suffers from neglect.

MP Khalaf Abdul Samad reviewed the legal violations by the government against Basra, including turning the petrodollar from $ 5 to 5%, which is contrary to Law 21, which was legislated by the House of Representatives and not to launch career grades, calling on the federal government to transfer its work to Basra to resolve the crisis. 
MP Adnan al-Faihan said that the security chaos in Basra was the result of a clear negligence by the security forces, demanding an immediate investigation with those who failed to protect public and private property, calling on the government to stop the US consular interventions in the affairs of Basra.
MP Mohammad Tamim considered the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers as good, stressing the need to remove Basra from political conflicts. 
He urged MP Ahmed al-Jubouri not to involve the military and security forces in the crisis in Basra, and called for meetings of the Council of Ministers in Basra on an ongoing basis.
In his response to the interventions, he thanked the positions of the ladies and gentlemen on Basra in support of the removal of political differences on the service files, explaining that the Council of Ministers implements the recommendations of the Council of Ministers to a team of the Council of Ministers, calling for the formation of an expanded team of the House of Representatives to follow up the implementation of the recommendations of the Council of Ministers, Expressed his surprise at the presence of the governor of Basra, who heads the security committee in Baghdad and left the province in light of the current crisis. 
For his part, the province of Basra that his presence in Baghdad came to attend a meeting of the advisers to resolve the crisis of the province and review plans, noting that the water carrier lines worn out and large pumps need maintenance, indicating the development of a plan of action to resolve the crisis. 
He called on Mohamed Ali Zinni to form a parliamentary committee to follow up the implementation of the recommendations of the Council of Ministers, after which it was decided to continue the meeting until Saturday, 15 \ 9 \ 2018. End

The House of Representatives fails to find solutions to Basra and sets the date for the election of its president and two deputies


05:06 – 08/09/2018

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s upper 
house of parliament, Ali al-Zini, was slated to sit on Saturday after failing to find solutions to the problems in Basra, 
A parliamentary source said in an interview with the “Mawazine News” that “Zinni set on Saturday next mid-month is a date for the election of the new speaker of the House of Representatives and his deputies.” 
He pointed out that “the Council failed to find solutions to the problems experienced by the province of Basra and the session was dominated by tension and mutual accusations between Prime Minister Haider Abadi and the governor of default.”


Wisdom: Maliki’s rule years are “the worst” since 2003 and tried “national priority”

03:29 – 08/09/2018

The leader of the current wisdom Hossam Tamimi, Saturday, that the years that saw the former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister “is the worst since 2003.” 
“The years of Maliki’s rule were the worst after 2003, and his trial has become a national priority that requires standing,” al-Tamimi told Mawazine News. 
He added that “the explosive budgets and corruption that was prevalent in all sectors of the state is one of the most important reasons that require standing up,” noting that “the fall of two-thirds of Iraq and coincided with the massacre of Spyker and the collapse of the security and military system and the disappearance of the final accounts at the time, files must be opened legally and transmitted To the judiciary and the direct prosecution of those responsible. “
He pointed out that “the next prime minister will have the task of reforming the accumulations of the previous phase, which is al-Maliki is a major cause, and in addition to all that provided to provide the judiciary and trial.”


Council of Ministers issues 7 decisions on the situation of Basra

Release date: 2018/9/8 15:50


The Cabinet held an extraordinary session on Saturday, chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi to discuss the situation in the province of Basra.

“In implementation of the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers to address the needs of the province of Basra, the Council of Ministers decided to approve the exclusion of the paragraphs listed below of the instructions for the implementation of the general budget for the fiscal year 2018 and the instructions of implementation Government contracts No. 2 of 2014 decides the following:

1 – Support and support the people of Basra, especially the families of the victims of civilians and military

2 – Send a ministerial team according to the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 271 of 2018 and remain in Basra until the completion of the tasks [and authorized all necessary powers of the Council of Ministers ].

3. launch Alamua Allocated under the management team with extraordinary powers, according to previous decisions of the Council of Ministers.

4. assign the security forces and the armed forces to enforce the law and enable them to protect citizens and public and private property.

5. To affirm that the right to demonstrate is guaranteed peacefully according to the Constitution and the protection of this right.

6. Supporting civil society initiatives to participate in reconstruction and voluntary work campaigns.

7 – Communicate with the youth sector in the province of Basra and their participation in the reform projects.


Regional Government declares position of the Iranian bombing on Arbil


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The Kurdistan Regional Council on Saturday called on Iran not to repeat the bombing that targeted the headquarters of two opposition Kurdish parties in the Koya district of the province of Erbil, and respect the laws of the region and not make it a battlefield for conflicts.

He condemned the statement, which was received by Asharq Al-Awsat news agency, that it rejected “the use of the territory of the Kurdistan Region as a launching pad for attacks on neighboring countries, which is unacceptable and leads to the destruction of security and stability in the Kurdistan Region.”

The statement called for “not to repeat, and to respect the laws of the Kurdistan Region, and not to turn the territory into a yard to settle accounts.”

“We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and wish the wounded speedy recovery. We assure all parties that the Kurdistan Region will carry out its duty to assist the victims and that we have assigned relief and relief teams to do everything possible to help the affected people and civilians in the region.”



Kurds refrain from attending the extraordinary session of the parliament scheduled today

11:13 – 08/09/2018

Special – Mawazin News

MP of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Shirwan Agha, on Saturday, the reluctance of Kurdish deputies to attend the parliament session called by the head of the age, on the discussion of the situation in Basra.

Agha, told / Mawazin News /, “The Kurdish deputies will not attend the session of parliament called by the President of the age,” noting that “this meeting is unconstitutional.”

He called for a special session of the Council of Ministers in the province of Basra, and to take decisions to remove the governor and the Minister of Water Resources and the commander of operations of the province, as well as to freeze the work of the provincial council and bring the corrupt to the courts immediately because what is happening in Basra is very dangerous.

The MP of the party, “the existence of political blocs and leaders are trying to play on the feelings of the crisis in Basra,” stressing that “the central conflict of the largest bloc should not affect the violation of the Constitution and the law.”

The events in Basra called for a special session of the parliament later on Saturday, in the presence of Prime Minister Haider Abadi, to discuss the social and health crisis in the city, where 10 demonstrators have been killed since Monday, burned government buildings and political parties and closed the main port in Iraq.

The province of Basra witnessed mass popular protests, resulting in the burning of government and partisan headquarters, as well as the deaths of 5 demonstrators and wounding 50 demonstrators and security forces.