Suron calls on the Cabinet to review the budget next year and include “reasonable appointments”


07:22 – 28/10/2018

Baghdad – Mawazine News
On Sunday, the alliance called on Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to review the general budget for next year in the council, while calling for the inclusion of “reasonable appointments.”
MP Majid al-Waeli said in a statement received by Mawazine News that “after deliberating in the media that the Prime Minister refers the financial budget for 2019 to the House of Representatives, we call on the Prime Minister to present the budget on the new ministerial cab for more time , As it is clear that the new ministers did not have time to see the budget prepared by the previous government, according to preliminary data – so that each ministry can approve its program with the budget allocated to it or modify the budget in line with its plans.
He added: “We emphasize here the need to include the budget to the functional grades a reasonable number and the installation of contracts and daily procedures and lecturers volunteers in all departments, with the need to allocate funds to complete all sewerage projects to complete the stations and sewage networks and avoid pollution of rivers in all governorates and other important assignments such as strengthening vocabulary Ration card and social security, as well as allocate a percentage of oil revenues to be disbursed as fixed currency for every citizen who has no financial resource. “,15700022,15700124,15700149,15700186,15700191,15700201,15700214,15700230&usg=ALkJrhiabmH9vtWG9Q-aRPRdxQwaJqX9PQ


Deputy reveals the date of completion of the ministerial cabin


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MP revealed the coalition of construction Fadel Jaber, on Sunday, the date of completion of the cabinet cab of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, while likely to grant Faleh Fayadh Interior Ministry. 
Jaber said in a statement to the “Information” / that “the next parliament session will be through the discussion of the names of candidates to take over the ministries vacant within the cabinet cabin provided by Abdul Mahdi on October 25,” pointing out that “the selection of security ministers will be during the meeting to be identified In the sixth session of November next. ” 
He added that “Abdul Mahdi is keen to complete the ministerial cabin and not to take the ministries by proxy,” likely “grant Faleh Fayadh Ministry of Interior being the most likely to get the job and the nomination of a third person to take over the Ministry of Defense.”
The MP for the Badr bloc Haneen al-Qaddu has confirmed, on Saturday, the adherence of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi as a candidate for the Ministry of the Interior, referring to the intention of Abdul-Mahdi re-put some candidates to fill the ministries in the next meeting. 
The MP for the Fatah alliance Mahdi Emreli has confirmed, on Saturday, that the meeting of the House of Representatives next will see the introduction of new names of the ministries vacant after the failure of the names provided by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, to obtain the confidence of Parliament during the previous meeting.


The Washington Post: This is the great opportunity for America to prune Iran’s influence in Iraq

28-10-2018 06:54 PM

The researcher at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Bilal Wahab that the United States to take advantage of the opportunity to form a new Iraqi government to modernize its policies in Iraq to be more realistic, which will contribute to reducing the Iranian influence in this country.

“After 15 years of US military involvement in Iraq, the feelings of idealism that characterized this American intervention have faded away,” the researcher said in an article in the Washington Post. “Instead of dreaming of a model democratic Iraq, Washington’s goals are more modest and realistic, the most important of which is to prevent the return of a terrorist organization and to balance Iran’s influence in Iraq.

The researcher finds it ironic that the United States has so far used a value-based approach to its policies in the Middle East and hopes to see a democratic breakthrough in Iraq.

He stressed that the choice of Adel Abdul-Mahdi to head the government and agree on the selection of Barham Saleh President of the Republic, and Mohammed Halbusi President of the Parliament. According to Wahab opinion ‘the three are more pragmatic than sectarian,’ pointing out that ‘this shift reflects the Iraqi policy of change and driven by pressure from the inside’ .

“Despite the military success of the previous government by defeating the terrorist organization that took over a third of the country in 2014-2017, Iraqi voters who went to the polls were angry at the poor services and corruption that hit the country,” Wahhab said.

In his article, the researcher lists the size of the large corruption in Iraq, noting that “there is 700 billion dollars is the total revenues of Iraqi oil since 2005, yet Iraq is ranked among the worst places in the world.” “The city of Basra, which is considered the biggest producer of Iraqi oil, lacks drinking water and electricity, making its summer an intolerable hell.”

“Can the new Adel Abdul Mahdi government succeed in implementing the reform agendas?” Asked Wahab.

The researcher goes on to say that ‘the problems are many and the challenges are arduous, they are rooted in the institutions and personalities that participate in the political process over the past 15 years,’ noting that ‘the previous government was based on the principle of ethnic and sectarian representation rather than good governance’.

“Experiences have proven that they are governments that have not done anything, since every party in the government is running the ministry as a fiefdom of its own and its community, not as a public service institution, while sectarian militias are still exerting considerable influence on the Iraqi arena,” he said.

According to Wahab, ‘Iraqis wish the success of the new government’, which he describes as ‘a success depends on the nature of what the government will undertake reforms’.

“But US support remains important as well, so the United States should make it clear that it is working to support the new government to achieve what the Iraqis are looking for,” he said.

Wahab also believes that “the presence of suitable people in power is not enough to achieve the desired reform. There are a number of arduous tasks to be done, including reforming the economy, improving services and providing security, although the organization is not yet finished and turned into a rebellion whose cells spread in many cities.”

So, says the researcher in his article, it is important that there be US assistance, stressing that ‘Washington must support Iraq in its war on corruption by providing the necessary technology and information; to enhance transparency, especially with regard to oil revenues’.

He continued: ‘Because the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil is still in a state of tension, there is an urgent need for US intervention because of its standing, it can play the role of honest broker’.

The author concludes that ‘America’s modernization of its policies in Iraq, and the provision of aid to the new government will be more effective to stop the Iranian intervention in Iraq’.

Tehran, he says, ‘exploits the absence of law and weak institutions. Unlike the United States, Iran has little to offer the Iraqis during this period, which is a great opportunity for Washington to seize.,15700022,15700124,15700126,15700149,15700186,15700191,15700201,15700214&usg=ALkJrhinuNZ73dNhoNNlyWCO_CHscD_uAA

Iraq refuses to provide Iranian visitors with dollars and dinars to avoid Washington’s discontent

Economie 2018/10/28 20:32 236 Editor: mst

Baghdad today _ follow-up

The Central Bank of Iraq refused to cooperate financially with Iran in providing the necessary funds from the US dollar to the Iraqi dinar to cover the expenses of the Iranian participants at the 40th ceremony, according to officials.

A report by the Central Bank of Iran published on its official website that “Iraq rejected the proposal of the Iranian authority on the extradition of foreign currencies and national (Iraqi dinar) for reasons related to US sanctions on Iran and other security.”

“Iran had asked the Iraqi central to open 250 Iranian ports to transfer and disburse funds in the provinces of Najaf and Karbala and border crossings with Iran, but their request was rejected by the Iraqi authorities to avoid US economic sanctions against Iran,” said Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh, executive director of the Central Bank of Iran. “He said.

“Iraq also refused to transfer 200 billion Iraqi dinars, equivalent to 166 million US dollars to Iran to cover all expenses of Iranian visitors.”

In this context, the Director of the Branch of the Iraqi Bank for Trade, Ahmed Ali Srakh, during a press statement, “support for the steps of the Central Bank of Iraq,” reference to avoid “the risks of US economic sanctions against Iran.”

“In terms of economics, the Iranian financial market is suffering from a severe recession, which means that the financial swap procedures themselves at this time with Iran do not serve the interest of the Iraqi economy and do not deserve that risk,” he said.

For his part, said Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics at the University of Karbala, Amir al-Musawi, “The collapse of the exchange rate of the Iranian riyal against the US dollar, which was lost in value to the Iraqi dinar, made the Iranian currency for the Iraqis are not considered,” noting that “even on The level of popularity, the sale and purchase of goods with the Iranians do not add anything to retailers, nor do they serve the product of the national economy. ”

The Central Bank of Iran in the previous seasons of the fortieth, and according to the approval of the Iraqi Center, was providing ATMs to support financial transfers and exchange of money in many places between the provinces of Najaf and Karbala and the Iraqi border.

Abdulmahdi’s policy refers to what happened a few days ago, “Iraq deprived him for decades”

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[Asharq Al-Awsat] Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi met with Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta and her accompanying delegation.

Trenta stressed Italy’s support for the Iraqi government in confronting the challenges and responsibilities it faces.

“Italy is interested in the war against Da’ash because it represents a threat to Iraq first and to the Europeans and the world.” She expressed her country’s concern about the continuation of terrorist financing networks and the culture of extremism, while insisting on supporting Iraq, especially in the training of armed and security forces. Iraq and the whole world. ”

In turn, Abdul Mahdi stressed that democracy in Iraq is growing, developing and matured, and called for the peaceful transfer of power that the country has been denied for decades.

“The country has achieved great victories in its war against al-Qaeda, but it is still fighting a fierce war against the remnants of cancerous terrorism,” he said, calling on friendly countries to support Iraq in its fight against terrorism and to support its economy because “it not only defends the security of its citizens, “He stressed that this war remains a priority of the Iraqi government and can not be isolated from the priorities of development and democracy and the rights of citizens

He praised the” historical role played by the fatwa of reference in mobilizing the people to support the armed forces, “adding that” the support received by the armed forces of the crowd Popular and Peshmerga Other popular forces that enabled our armed forces to get the opportunity to rebuild and restructuring and mobilization in the war against Daesh and that all Iraqi forces are under the command of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. ”


Iraq on the control of a preacher on the areas of Syria near its borders: we will target him


03:55 – 28/10/2018

Special – balances News 
suspended Joint Special Operations Command, on Thursday, the control of the terrorist organization Daesh on Syria border areas with Iraq, while confirming its intention to target the criminal organization within the country and abroad. 
“Operations have sections along the border and their task of securing the border is in full swing,” Joint Operations spokesman Brigadier General Yehia Rasool told Mawazine News. “There are fortifications, including even technology, to secure the border and to detect the movements of a criminal organization. “He said. 
Rasul added that “the issue of securing the border and safety is very important, especially the Syrian-Iraqi borders, especially the areas that lie east of the Euphrates River, to which there is an advocate.” He pointed out that “the intelligence services follow up and closely monitor every movement is encouraged and we have all the powers to respond strongly.”
On the coordination with Syria to target elements in Iraq and within the Syrian border, Rasul said that “the Quartet on intelligence information, which includes (Iraq – Syria – Russia – Iran) continues to follow the movements of a supporter.” 
“If we are sure that there are intentions to tamper with the safety of the security of Iraqi areas, we will target them if they are within the Iraqi border or in the border areas of Syria,” he said. 
It is noteworthy that the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, held earlier today, a meeting of security and military leaders at the headquarters of joint operations, during which he heard a detailed presentation on security plans to visit the shrine of Imam Hussein peace be upon him, And securing the Iraqi-Syrian border.
“The heroic actions of the armed forces in their war against the terrorist gangs of Dahab represent large and systematic lessons that will be studied in military academies and we are proud of what you have achieved,” he said. 
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces stressed the importance of continued efforts, caution and perseverance to keep track of the terrorist cells and secure the border, considering that the arena of terrorism with Syria is common to the enemy and we must secure our borders fully.

With the approach of the Baghdad International Fair .. Minister Hashim in an inspection tour


Local Affairs Sunday 28 October 2018 at 16:22 PM (19 views)

Baghdad / Sky Press

During the inspection pavilions Baghdad and international exhibition to see the nature of preparations that continue to make the events of the session successful. Minister of Commerce Dr. Mohammad Hashim stressed today the importance of mobilizing all capacities and capabilities to ensure the success of the 45th session of the Baghdad International Fair which starts on the tenth of next month with local, Arab and international participation.

Hashem said in a press statement that “the session of the Baghdad International Fair is of great importance, as it is a major economic event that contributes to contain and attract countries and international companies to invest in Iraq and enter into partnership projects with Iraqi companies, as well as being a meeting point between the Iraqi private sector and its counterparts in other countries of the world To exchange experiences in trade, industrial and economic disciplines. “

“The presence of a program and a plan aimed at developing the work of the Iraqi Exhibitions Company both in the establishment of specialized exhibitions and the establishment of exhibitions to countries to display their products in all sectors to contribute to meet the Iraqi needs and the signing of joint agreements in light of Iraq’s desire to open up to the beautiful countries of the world and diversify the sources of economy.,15700022,15700124,15700149,15700186,15700191,15700201,15700214,15700230&usg=ALkJrhjWXDH3j4eJPCRY6ZGFgHycJXXlNQ

Iraq opens the door to investment in the gas sector


Economy News _ Baghdad

The Director-General of the Gas Filling Company of the Ministry of Oil Ali Abdul Karim al-Musawi, on Sunday, the opening of the door to investment for international companies in the gas sector, pointing out that Iraq has reached the stage of sufficiency and export.

“We have a lot of work related to the gas sector and gas services, including the extension of the networks of residential, commercial and industrial communities using LPG,” he said in an interview with Al-Rai newspaper. Degree of sufficiency and export “.

“We need an appropriate investment environment in Iraq with legislation, especially as part of the investment is being disrupted by the concern of capital that needs guarantees and future insurance, all of which require legislation, sovereign guarantees and political stability,” he said.

Al-Musawi said that “Iraq opens the door to investment for good international companies, and of course Kuwait, especially since it has a strong economic and scientific minds, which encourages us more to cooperate with them, and indeed I have met a number of investors and touched them of great interest to enter the Iraqi market, But they had problems that they wished to solve until they came back again. ”

Baghdad community announces a comprehensive holiday except for two circles

Baghdad announces a comprehensive holiday except for two circles
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Shafaq News / The province of Baghdad announced the disruption of official time in its circles on the occasion of the visit to Karbala. 
A statement of the province said that the disruption of official working hours would be for Monday and Tuesday, 29-30 October 2018. 
It added that the decision includes all the government departments associated with it, including the education sector, excluding the health and service departments.

Muqtada Al-Sadr: Iraq’s premier political player



By Farhad Alaaldin 3 hours ago

Muqtada Al-Sadr: Iraq’s premier political player
Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr abandons an alliance in parliament with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in August 2018. File photo: Haidar Hamdani

Since the announcement of election results in May, Muqtada al-Sadr has emerged as the leading post-election player, taking over from Nuri al-Maliki who had always been at the head of post-election negotiations and political maneuvering.
Muqtada al-Sadr stamped his authority over the process of negotiations from the start and sustained it throughout.  He started with holding talks with all the major political parties in June and July, and then formed a new coalition (al-Eslah and al-Emaar).  He lead the coalition from the outset despite the fact that it included some of the biggest names in Iraqi politics, including Ammar al-Hakim, Haider al-Abadi, Ayad Allawi, and Osama al-Nujaifi, among others.

Perhaps the press conference that was held in Babylon Hotel on September 23 by Sadr’s young representative Ahmed al-Sadr who read a statement, with all the leading figures of the coalition standing behind him, was a clear illustration of Sadr’s authority over the other big guns and coalition partners.

Thereafter he moved on to make sure he is the one who appoints the prime minister.  Al-Eslah squabbled openly and privately with al-Binaa bloc (led by Hadi al-Ameri) for several weeks over who is the largest bloc. Both tried to win the smaller political parties; however, the race ended once Sadr and Ameri agreed on nominating the same person as PM designate, namely Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

This agreement came about after the Basra unrest and burning of the Iranian consulate. The political parties felt the urgency and gravity of the situation, they sensed that matters such as the largest bloc are petty compared to the overall danger they are facing collectively, and realized that if matters get out of hand in Basra and other provinces, they would lose more than just naming the PM.

Additionally Sadr and Ameri aligned because of a desire to stop the Islamic Dawa Party holding the Premiership for another term, their tight grip on that post has gone on for too long and this was their golden opportunity.

Sadr declared his victory in a tweet on October 26. Observers agree he is a completely different political player than what he used to be; he has emerged as a force to be reckoned with and has many more tools at his disposal to stamp his authority.

As examples:

— He used his popularity at the grass root level to put pressure on political parties. They all agreed that they could not ignore Sadr or form a new government without his participation,

— He used savvy maneuvering to make sure he is in the heart of the government formation, his representative, Sheikh Waleed al-Kremawi, was the leading negotiator in AAM’s team, calling most of the shots when it came to ministerial distribution.

— He used his parliamentary block inside the parliament to sway the voting and the proceedings during the voting session. They managed to effectively install Abdul-Mahdi as PM, and prevent opponents from taking their post in the interior minister. Sayirun first used the pretext of lack of information about candidates’ background, yet they were fully involved in the shortlisting process through their candidate in Abdul-Mahdi’s team.  They stopped the proceedings and asked for a 30 minute recess, only to comeback and distribute 14 of 22 ministries. This can only be regarded as a master stroke of parliamentary manipulation.

— He used Twitter to its maximum effect, portraying himself as the person who is calling the shots, and got what he wanted most of the time.  To this end, he prevented any current members of parliament to take ministerial positions or any previous ministers to be re-appointed in Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet

— He adopted a winning formula to form the new government, his party has no ministers in the cabinet, yet he is seen as the person behind the formation of this new government. If Abdul-Mahdi succeed in his mission, Sadr would take plenty of credit for it; however, if he runs into trouble, Sadr would walk away and become opposition.  Either way he can maneuver into a good position without losing political credit.

Farhad Alaaldin is an advisor to the Iraqi president.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rudaw.