Parliament agenda: vote in today’s session on the completion of the government of Abdul Mahdi


Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:
The Iraqi Council of Representatives, Tuesday, that its agenda includes the vote today to complete the cabinet line of the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi.
“The agenda includes a general discussion on the formation of a commission to investigate the privatization of energy distribution,” a statement from parliament said.

The statement added that the session includes “the vote on the completion of the ministerial lineup,” noting that the meeting begins at 12 noon.

Barzani deposed Kubic: made efforts in the hardest times of Iraq


Barzani deposed Kubic: efforts have been made in the most difficult times of Iraq
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The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (NK), Nechirvan Barzani, hailed the efforts made by Iraqi special envoy Jan Kubic on Monday to bring Iraqi parties closer together, stability and reconciliation in the most difficult times in Iraq.

In a statement to the presidency of the Kurdistan Regional Government, a response to the twilight News, Barzani received on Monday Kubic on the occasion of the end of his duties in Iraq and to bid farewell to Barzani.

The statement pointed out that Kubic presented a brief about his work and activities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and thanked Barzani, the government and the regional institutions for the cooperation and facilities provided to him, and wished the progress in the region.

Kubic explained that he made good friendships in Iraq and the Kurdistan region in particular, praising the participation of the region in the new Iraqi government.

For his part, Barzani thanked Kubic for his efforts in the difficult times in Iraq and his work to bring Iraqi forces and parties closer together with stability and reconciliation, and wished him success in his future tasks.

Barzani pointed out that the Kurdistan Region is always his second home, stressing the continued support and support of the people and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Iraqi economy offers assurances to Arab companies and investors

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[Asharq Al-Awsat] Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohamed Halboussi received on Monday Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and his accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of developing them, as well as enhancing the horizons of joint cooperation in several magazines.

The meeting also discussed the appropriate mechanisms to activate a number of trade and investment agreements as well as support parliamentary legislation for trade and investment portfolios to serve both sides.

Al-Halbusi stressed the need to activate friendship committees and strengthen and improve the level of investment relations between the two countries, explaining that Iraq is fertile ground for investment and includes enormous operational potential, and the House of Representatives is working to support Arab companies in the field of investment because of its great potential.


Iraqi PM to Present Remaining Ministers Except Defense, Interior

Iraqi PM to Present Remaining Ministers Except Defense, Interior

ERBIL – Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi is expected to present on Tuesday six new ministers, while the ministries of defense and interior will remain vacant, an Iraqi lawmaker said.

“There are still disagreements among the political parties on the ministries of defense and interior,” Fazil Fatlawi, an MP of al-Bina Coalition, said in a statement.

He asserted that the parliament will vote on the new ministers in Tuesday’s session.

Fatlawi further noted that the al-Bina Coalition and the Alliance of Reform and Building, which consists of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sa’eroun, Haider Abadi’s Victory and 16 other political groups, are making efforts to negotiate on the two remaining ministries.

Sadr’s policy correspondent Abdul Mahdi: You have six months to a year to prove your success


Al-Sadr communicates Abdul-Mahdi: You have six months to a year to prove your success
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The leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, called on Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to proceed with the completion of his government and the selection of non-partisan ministers, especially for the posts of defense and interior. 
“You know that proving your chance of success has been determined by six months to a year, and success will not be your ally if your government and ministers are partisan and in accordance with abhorrent sectarian expectations,” Sadr said in a statement to Abdulmahdi.

Oil rises 5% after Qatar withdraws from OPEC


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Economy News _ Baghdad

Oil prices rose in early trade on Monday by 5 percent after Qatar withdrew from OPEC.

Brent crude for the day rose $ 2.89, or 4.9 percent, to $ 62.35 a barrel from the last closing price. Texas crude also rose $ 2.48, or 4.9 percent, to $ 53.41 a barrel.

Brent crude was down 80 cents and 1.3 percent at the end of last Friday’s trading session, reaching $ 58.71 a barrel, while US crude fell 52 cents, or 1 percent, to $ 50.93 per barrel. .

Baghdad calls on Washington to cooperate in activating the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement

Date of release: 2018/12/3 14:34

Baghdad: Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim called on Washington to cooperate in activating the terms of the strategic framework agreement between Iraq and the United States.

“Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim met with US Ambassador to Baghdad Douglas Silliman and discussed means of enhancing strategic relations between the two countries and stressing the importance of achieving common interests in various fields of the two friendly peoples,” a foreign ministry statement said.

“The minister called on Washington to cooperate in activating the terms of the strategic framework agreement concluded with Baghdad to stimulate investment in Iraq and contribute to the reconstruction of cities liberated from the gangs of terrorist da’is.

“We look forward to working to support and strengthen Iraq-US relations, reflecting their specificity and strategy,” he said, stressing the importance of continuing to work for the common interests of the two countries in the coming stage.

He pointed out that “Iraq adopts the establishment of bilateral relations with the countries of the world, especially neighboring countries based on the fostering of common interests in different areas, and the common dangers.”

For his part, Douglas congratulated the wise minister on the occasion of assuming the post of foreign minister in the new Iraqi government, stressing his country’s interest in ways to advance the bilateral relations and permanent consultation on developments in the regional situation in the Middle East and a number of international issues of mutual concern.

Nechirvan Barzani to presidency, Masrour Barzani to prime ministry – KDP

By Rudaw 36 minutes ago

Masrour Barzani (left) and Nechirvan Barzani (middle) attend a party rally ahead of the election in September 2018 in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Photo: Rudaw TV

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) decided to nominate Nechirvan Barzani to become president of the Kurdistan Region and Masrour Barzani to be prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Party spokesperson Mahmoud Mohammed made the announcement to reporters in Erbil on Monday after a meeting of the leadership council.

“In the previous meeting of the politburo and today some recommendations were made and later approved. The recommendations consist of the candidacy of Nechirvan Barzani for the President of the Region,” said Mohammed.

Nechirvan Barzani is the incumbent prime minister of the KRG which is forming a new government following a parliamentary election on September 30.

The post of presidency of the Kurdistan Region has been suspended following former President Masoud Barzani’s end of term on November 1, 2017.

“This post has to be re-activated very well and a strong and experienced person shall take the responsibility so that he can keep the situation under control and so that it [the position] can be a place to bring together both the government and other institutions in order to face all possibilities and challenges facing Kurdistan,” said Mohammed.

Chiefly, the presidency commanded the Kurdistan Region’s security forces including the Peshmerga. The presidency’s powers, including security command, were delegated to the prime ministry by the previous parliament.

The KDP won the election with 45 seats, just 11 shy of an absolute majority. It would like to retain the prime ministry.

“For the position of the Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has been recommended. This subject was approved by the politburo and leadership council following discussions and consultancy. These recommendations were finalized in order to discuss this subject with other parties,” said Mohammed.

Masrour Barzani is currently the head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC).

Retaking its position as the second-largest party in the KRG, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) won 21 seats. It currently holds the post of deputy prime minster with Qubad Talabani, who won more votes than any other list leader in the election.

Talabani has not been sworn in as a member of parliament, leading many to believe he will seek another high position in government or the presidency.

The KDP spokesperson said that they have not discussed the structure of the government in their meetings.

Some smaller parties like the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and New Generation have said they will not participate in a KDP-PUK ruled government.

In today’s KDP leadership council. Unanimously nominated @PMBarzani for the Kurdistan Region Presidncy and @masrour_barzani for the KRG Prime Minister.

— Hemin Hawrami (@heminhawrami) December 3, 2018

For now, they have formed a negotiations committee which consists of senior KDP members, including: Azad Barwari, Hoshyar Zebari, Jaafar Iminiki, Hemin Hawrami, Firsat Sofi and Mahmoud Mohammed. It could change in the future.

“We will discuss both positions with other parties as one package,” said Mohammed of his cadre that includes Hawrami, the head of the KDP bloc in the Kurdistan Region parliament.

The KDP and PUK are historically the two largest and parties in the Kurdistan Region and their gains were solidified by the electorate.

Mohammed predicts the formation of the next cabinet to go smoothly.