Barzani to the Shiite parties: Support us in the presidency of the Republic support you in the prime minister


BAGHDAD – The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Massoud Barzani, is working hard to ensure that his candidate for the post of President of the Republic of Iraq has sufficient support in the Shiite political circles, while the uncertainty continues about the candidate for prime minister in the new cab.

Barzani, the son of his brother, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Najran Barzani, was sent to Baghdad and then Najaf to meet religious and political leaders, hoping to gain support for Fadhil Mirrani, candidate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party for the post of president.

Barzani met in Baghdad with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the leader of the coalition of state law Nuri al-Maliki and the leader of the National List, Iyad Allawi and the leader of the wisdom movement Ammar al-Hakim and the leader of the Fatah alliance Hadi al-Amiri, before going to Najaf, to meet with the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr.

It was not clear whether Barzani achieved his goals of this tour, in light of the great enthusiasm shown by the Shiite political circles to nominate Barham Saleh for the post of President of the Republic, contrary to the desire of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

Saleh returned to the ranks of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which was founded and headed for years by the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, after a split due to differences over the alliance with the Barzani party.

Talabani’s party stipulated Barham Saleh, the withdrawal from the coalition of democracy and justice, which he heads in the city of Sulaymaniyah, and return to the National Union for his candidacy for the post of President of the Republic, replacing Fuad Masum.

But the Barzani Party says that the presidency is within the entitlement to elections in this session, after what remained during the last three sessions of the National Union, which denies the latter.

Najibran Barzani’s visit to Baghdad did not interest Talabani’s party, which he described as a breach of the political agreement between the two parties and an attempt to build individual understandings that would weaken the Kurds’ position in Baghdad. The Patriotic Union confirmed that it is continuing to complete the legal procedures for the nomination of Saleh to the post of President of the Republic, pursuant to the agreement signed years ago with Barzani party.

Barzani began his visit to Baghdad, hours after he received in Erbil, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Halbusi. Al-Halbusi arrived at his position through a deal that Barzani himself participated in during the second session of the elected Iraqi parliament.

According to informed political sources in Baghdad for the “Arabs”, “Halbusi confirmed in Erbil, his commitment to support Barzani candidate for the post of President of the Republic, at the expense of Barham Saleh.”

Barzani is trying to postpone the vote on the President of the Republic beyond the 30th of this month, where the date of the provincial parliament elections, which the Kurdistan Democratic Party hopes to win the majority of seats, to modify his negotiating with other Kurdish forces, especially the Talabani party.

Observers say that the Shiite political forces take the issue of choosing a president, seriously, although it is the share of the Kurds, according to the formula of sharing positions in Iraq, because of the role that plays in naming the new prime minister.

According to the constitution, the elected President of the Republic, the candidate of the largest bloc to form a government. Kurdish consensus can play a role in swaying one Shiite candidate over another for the post of new prime minister. Sources say “Arabs”, Barzani links the support of the Shiite candidate for the presidency, and support the Kurds to the new prime minister.

It seems that the Kurdish position will not be sufficient to move the Shiite negotiations to choose the prime minister, as there appear to be considerable differences on this post.

Last week, Muqtada al-Sadr, the leading Shi’ite cleric, adopted the nomination of Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister, but close associates denied it.

The Dawa Party has tried to exploit internal Shiite differences over the candidate to form a government, starting from plans to settle the major differences between his secretary-general Nuri al-Maliki and his political bureau chief Haider al-Abadi.

Observers say that “internal Shiite differences over the post of prime minister are still so large that the Dawa party or other Shiite parties can not benefit from it.”

The sources say that “the deep Shiite differences on the position linked to the concerns of the parties themselves, which fears that it is used to liquidate its influence,” explaining that “this situation allows external parties to intervene, especially Iran, as a sponsor of Shiite political agreements.”

So far, the United States has not tried to influence this issue, while Shi’ite politicians believe that Washington is monitoring the developments of the negotiations, and will not hesitate to intervene in the event of the link of nomination to an Iraqi figure subject to Tehran.

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World Bank and Iraq launch social development project

Water scarcity cuts grain production by half

Sep 24, 2018

BAGHDAD – The World Bank and the Iraqi government on Sunday launched a project for the country’s Social Fund for Development, with an initial capital of $ 300 million.

“The project will be implemented in three phases, the first of which will include the provinces of Muthanna (south), Salahuddin (north) and Dahuk (north),” the ministry said in a statement.

The project aims to “improve living conditions and opportunities for the poor and the disadvantaged by improving their access to services and jobs.”

In the second phase, the project will include three other governorates (unspecified) and Phase III will include all remaining provinces of Iraq. The Ministry has indicated that the project, which will last for five years, will come from a concessional loan from the World Bank.

The project targets education and health, water and small economic infrastructure, market access and strengthening the capacity of MFIs to support the development of SMEs. The government’s planning minister, Salman al-Jumaili, said at the end of last year that the poverty rate had risen to 30 percent, up 6.5 percent from the previously announced rate in 2013. On the other hand, the Ministry of Planning announced a decline in the production of strategic grain crops, 45.3 percent, due to water scarcity. According to a report issued by the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Ministry, wheat production reached 2.178 million tons, down 26.8 percent from last year’s 2.97 million tons.

The area under wheat was 3.154 million dunums, down 25.2 percent from 2017. Barley production declined by 37.1 percent to 1.91 million tons, an area of 601,000 acres, down 26.7 percent from the previous season.

The report attributed the main reason for the decline in production, and the agricultural areas of grain crops, to «lack of rainfall and water scarcity, and low average yield of acres, because of rainfall in the off-season».

Iraq, along with wheat and barley, produces corn, long-grain rice, short beans, beans and beans, all of which fell by up to 60 percent.

The census did not include the provinces of Nineveh, Anbar, Salah al-Din and the province of Hawija in the province of Kirkuk, because of the security situation, in addition to not include the northern provinces of the country.

Iraq canceled last June the cultivation of rice, maize, maize, sesame, cotton and sunflowers from the summer plan because of the water crisis.

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The reform alliance ends its meeting with 12 points, most notably the partnership and the unification of the government program

11:28 – 23/09/2018

Baghdad Mawazine News

The Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction on the formation of a national government and emphasis on partnership in the resolutions, calling on the Kurdish parties to submit one candidate for the presidency.

Ahmed al-Sadr, one of the leaders of reform and reconstruction, who attended the meeting representative of the leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr said the coalition stressed the openness to the coalition of construction and Kurdish forces and the elimination of quotas.

In his statement, he called for a change in the process that has weakened the process of electing the Speaker of the House of Representatives

He also stressed the unity of the government program of the coalition forces in one framework reflected on the work of the coalition

He announced the agreement to hold monthly meetings of the leadership, stressing the partnership decision and the position and the consolidation of the national project and the emphasis on unity and patriotism and the rejection of quotas and commitment to the constitutional dates to form a government

He also stressed the need to work to reform the electoral law and address the phenomenon of the transfer of deputies from their lists to other lists.

He also stressed the naming of heads of parliamentary blocs and invited them to a joint conference

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URGENT Representative Sadr: We agreed to form a national government and to emphasize partnership in the decisions

Release date: 2018/9/23 22:41

(Baghdad: al-Furat News) The representative of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, agreed to form a national government during the meeting of Babylon, Sunday, in the presence of leaders of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction.

Ahmed al-Sadr told the {Euphrates News} today that “it was agreed at the meeting of Babylon this evening, the formation of a national government and the emphasis on partnership in the decisions.”

Leaders and leaders of political blocs attended the central conference of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction held at the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad.

The President of the National Alliance, the leader of the National Wisdom Movement, Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, the head of the National Coalition, Ayad Allawi, the leaders of the national coalition Saleh al-Mutlaq, Salim al-Jubouri, the leaders of al-Nasr, Khalid al-Ubaidi, Jabbar al-Luaibi and the head of the Turkmen Front, Arshad al-Salhi.

He also attended the representative of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Mr. Ahmed al-Sadr, and the leader of the alliance of the deputy MP Raed Fahmi, as well as Ahmed al-Masari and Mohammed Qasim al-Fahdawi and representatives of the national components of the Yazidi, Shabak and Turkmen.

Baghdad Today) published the axes discussed by the meeting of leaders of “reform and reconstruction” at the Babylon Hotel

Policy  2018/09/23 20:57  453  Editor: en

Baghdad today – Baghdad

The National Wisdom Movement (one of the blocks of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction) on Sunday revealed the topics discussed by the leaders of the Alliance of “Reform and Reconstruction” at the Babylon Hotel in central Baghdad.

“The most important points discussed by the central meeting of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction is to strengthen the internal front, to confirm the cohesion between its national affiliations and to strengthen its tracks to resolve the constitutional entitlements,” said the spokesman of the wisdom movement, Nouvel Aporghiv.

Earlier this Sunday (September 23, 2018), the Coalition for Reform and Reconstruction met at the Babel Hotel in the center of Baghdad, in the presence of most of its leaders, to discuss a number of issues related to the formation of the next government.

The meeting was attended by Haidar al-Abadi, Iyad Allawi, Ammar al-Hakim, Ahmed al-Sadr, Saleh al-Mutlaq, Salim al-Jubouri, Falah Zaidan, Raed Fahmi, Khalid al-Obeidi, Najib al-Salhi, Jamal al-Mahmudawi, Adnan al-Zarafi, Jabbar al-Luaibi, Taha al-Dodi, Abd al-Hussein Abtan, Hasan al-Masoudi, Khalid al-Mafraji, Qassem al-Fahdawi, Salman al-Jumaili, Al-Nashi Kazem Al-Shammari, Ahmed Al-Masari, Faisal Al-Issawi, Yousef Al-Kalabi, Hassan Karim and a number of other MPs.

The political scene in Iraq is a wide movement among the winning forces in the elections that took place on 12 May 2018 to form the largest bloc, in preparation for its mandate to form the next government, after the parliament ended the election of his presidency.

Legal reveals: This is the last date for the election of the new President of the Republic


Political situation

Sunday, September 23, 2018 06:44 PM

Baghdad / .. Revealed legal expert Tariq Harb, on Sunday, the last date for the election of the new President of the Republic.

“The last date for the election of the new president is on October 10 next, according to the constitutional timing,” said Harb, for “Iraq’s News”.

According to informed sources, the deputy chairman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (NDP) Nechirvan Barzani, asked the political parties in Baghdad during his visit yesterday, to postpone the election of the president until after the parliamentary elections of Kurdistan. Finished

The Union of Arab Banks holds the session of the International Financial Reporting Standard at the headquarters of the Association of Private Banks

Part of the opening of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS). “Economy News”

Economy News Baghdad

The Union of Arab Banks, in cooperation with the Central Bank of Iraq and the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, held a training course on the application of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) on Sunday.

The course aims to provide participants with skills related to accounting requirements for financial instruments, as well as measuring impairment losses or impairment of assets and financial instruments.

The director of administration and training in the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, Ahmad al-Hashemi, during the session, which was attended by “Economy News”, the Central Bank of Iraq and private banks participating in the session, noting that the Association of banks always seeks through courses organized, in cooperation with its strategic partners, By the banking sector in Iraq.

“This session comes at an opportune time, especially as the International Financial Reporting Standard has become applicable this year,” he added.

“The aim of the courses organized by the Union is to develop banking sectors in the Arab world and aspire to reach the best international standards,” said Raja Kamouni, the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks.

“We, as the Union of Arab banks, thank the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Ali Alaak, because he wants to cooperate with the Association of Iraqi private banks, to make the banking sector as it was before, strong and able to face all the challenges.

“We trust the banking sector in Iraq, and we trust those who work in it.”

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS ) are effective from financial periods beginning on or after 2018.

Barzani Party: We agreed with the National Union on the presidency of the Republic in exchange for the province of Kirkuk

Policy  2018/09/23 16:43  2483  Editor: aab

Baghdad today – follow-up

The leader of the Democratic Party and a member of the party’s negotiating delegation, Shuan Mohamed Taha, on Sunday, that his party agreed with the National Union, the exchange of positions of the presidency, the governor of Kirkuk, among his party will announce its candidate for the presidency of Iraq soon.

“So far, our candidate for president has not been agreed, and it will be announced soon,” Taha was quoted as saying by al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

He added that “ensuring the vote of alliances in Baghdad for our candidate is subject to negotiations and understandings, and the nature of the person himself,” revealing “previous agreements between the Patriotic Union and the Kurdistan Democratic Party to be the post of President of one of the two parties, while the other party takes the post of governor of Kirkuk.”

“The Iraqi constitution gives the right to all Iraqis to run for the post of president,” said Kurdish leader Sarwa Abdul Wahid.

And considered that “the multiplicity of candidates for the position is a correct step to get rid of partisan quotas,” but at the same time indicated the difficulty of getting rid of this quota because the two main parties in the Kurdistan region of Iraq have interests with the rest of the Shiite parties and Sunni in Baghdad, which paves the way for deals to pass Candidate of one of the two parties. ”

She stressed the importance of “the search for national figures that were not part of the project of separation, which focuses on the Iraqi national project, the choice of the candidate of the President depends on the will of Iraqi MPs, I hope they choose the best.”

“The parties that will be charged with forming the government will give their votes to the candidate of the strongest bloc, to ensure the passage of its candidate later for the post of prime minister.”

Tomorrow .. Halabusi goes to Najaf to meet Sadr

08:19 – 23/09/2018

Reuters) – Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi will visit Najaf province on Monday, an informed source said Sunday. 
The source said in an interview with “Mawazine News” that “Halabusi will go tomorrow to Najaf to meet with the leader of the alliance of Moqtada al-Sadr.” 
He added that “the two sides will discuss the formation of the next government and the election of the President of the Republic.”