Day: October 3, 2019
Iraqi Prime Minister to the demonstrators: your demands for reform and our link
October 3, 2019
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said early on Friday that Iraqis are “facing the choices of the state and the state.”
“We have had great experiences until we have reached a democratic march … We want to serve and work sincerely,” Abdul Mahdi said in a televised address to the Iraqi people.
The Iraqi Prime Minister called on the demonstrators not to pay attention to “the advocates of despair and calls to return back,” pointing out that “some slogans raised revealed attempts to ride the demonstrations and waste,” and that the escalation of the demonstration “is now leading to losses and injuries.”
Abdul-Mahdi vowed that his government will not promise “empty promises or offer solutions,” stressing the need to restore life to the provinces and respect for the rule of law, and pointed out that “security options such as curfews are indispensable as bitter medicine.”
Abdul-Mahdi called on the House of Representatives to “make ministerial amendments away from political quotas,” and said “we agreed with the Council of the judiciary to release detainees who did not commit criminal acts,” and expressed regret for the success of some in “derailing the demonstrations on the peaceful path.”
Speech of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi
“Your demands for reform and the fight against corruption are our link,” he told the demonstrators. “Hold us accountable for everything we can do in the immediate term and there are no magic solutions.”
He added that unemployment “did not make it and the destroyed infrastructure we inherited,” and that the interests of the government began to distribute land to the deserving segments of the people.
“Those who think that they are far from being held accountable are wrong and we are sticking to the constitution,” he said.
Today the bloodiest
Thursday was the deadliest since the start of Tuesday’s protests, which killed at least 30 people during unprecedented violent clashes between protesters and security forces.
From Baghdad, demonstrations demanding the departure of “corrupt” and job opportunities for young people extended to most southern cities.
Special forces armored vehicles in Baghdad intervened to repel the crowds, while security forces on the ground fired live bullets that bounced back at demonstrators.
“We are continuing until the overthrow of the regime,” said protester Ali, a 22-year-old unemployed graduate.
“I am out of work. I want to get married. I have only 250 dinars (less than a quarter of a dollar) in my pocket, and state officials have millions,” he said, in a country that ranks 12 on the world’s most corrupt list, according to Transparency International.
Abu Jaafar, a retired al-Shaib, whose head was conquered, said: “I support young people. Why are the police shooting Iraqis like them? They are like us oppressed. They have to help us and protect us.”
To date, this movement seems to be spontaneous. No political or religious party or leader has declared its support, in what is considered a precedent in Iraq.
With 30 people killed, including two policemen, 18 of them in the southern province of Dhi Qar alone, the movement turned Thursday into a battle in Baghdad on several axes leading to Tahrir Square, the symbolic central gathering point of the demonstrators.
The demonstrators arrived in Baghdad on trucks, carrying the flags of Iraq and religious ones with the names of the infallible Shiite imams, and the demonstrators chanted several slogans, including “in the spirit of blood we redeem you, Iraq.”
In the face of them, riot police and the army formed human rings around the ministries, especially the Ministry of Oil.
In al-Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, demonstrators pounded two military vehicles and set them on fire, according to AFP.
On Thursday, security forces again fired live ammunition to disperse demonstrators despite a curfew that came into effect at dawn.
Friday will be an important political test for the prime minister, with the sermon expected to be delivered by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, whose opinion is crucial on a wide range of Iraqi political issues.
As the movement seems to be spontaneous, Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr decided to put his weight on the balance of the protests, calling on his supporters, who paralyzed the country’s joints in 2016 with protests in the capital, to organize “peaceful sit-ins” and “general strike”, raising fears of increased mobilization in the street .
Elsewhere in the capital and in several cities, protesters continue to block roads or light tires in front of official buildings in Najaf or Nasiriyah in the south.
The government, which accused “aggressors” and “mendes” of “deliberately causing casualties among demonstrators”, appears to have made a firm choice.
In a statement, Amnesty International called on Baghdad to “immediately order the security forces to cease the use of force, including lethal excessive force,” and restore contacts.
There was a massive Internet outage in Iraq, which reached about 75 percent on Thursday, according to a specialized organization.
Protesters in Baghdad sought to head to Tahrir Square, which is separated from the Green Zone by Jumhuriya Bridge, where security forces have been tightened since Tuesday.
The protests hit several provinces in the south of the country, such as the oil city of Basra, which witnessed last year bloody protests.
However, the movements did not extend to the western and northern provinces, especially the Sunni areas devastated by the war against ISIS and the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq.
War-weary Iraq has suffered chronic power cuts and drinking water for years.
Official reports indicate that since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, about $ 450 billion of public funds have disappeared, four times the state budget, and more than double Iraq’s GDP.
Security forces reopen the Baghdad-Samarra road after ISIS closure
Baghdad Samarra road
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The security media cell announced the reopening of the Baghdad-Samarra road after cutting through ISIS.
“While our security forces are working to secure the demonstration areas in Baghdad. The provinces and the protection of state institutions, a group of ISIS terrorist gangs this evening managed to cut off the Baghdad Samarra road,” a statement said.
“Immediately, our security forces went and reopened the road after the destruction of the terrorist group, so we should pay attention and communicate. And tell the troops. The security of any situation. Suspicious.”
“Calming the situation” .. Abdul-Mahdi’s office outlines a way to communicate with the demonstrators
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Adel Abdul Mahdi
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The Prime Minister’s Information Office issued a statement on Thursday on the follow-up of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s ongoing contacts with representatives of peaceful demonstrators to consider legitimate requests.
Below is the text of the statement:
The Prime Minister follows up the continuous contacts with representatives of peaceful demonstrators to consider legitimate requests, in order to meet the aspirations of our people and youth, especially to calm the situation and return to normal life and prepare to meet with them.
State Department denies evacuation of staff from its embassy in Baghdad
the US Embassy in Baghdad
demonstrations in Iraq
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A US State Department official denied on Thursday reports that non-essential staff members had been evacuated from the US embassy in Baghdad.
Those reports were incorrect. According to the American free television
He pointed out that the US Embassy in Iraq issued a statement alerting Americans of the presence of demonstrations in several Iraqi cities, asking them to avoid them, comply with the instructions of the authorities, and monitor the local media for the latest developments. The embassy recalled its recommendation to US citizens issued in May 2019 not to travel to Iraq.
The embassy stopped receiving the reviewers because of the curfew imposed and asked them to reschedule their appointments.
US embassy calls on employees to leave Iraq immediately
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The US embassy in Baghdad on Thursday called on employees to leave the country immediately.
The embassy said it had instructed non-essential staff to leave Baghdad and Erbil immediately.
Thousands of people took to the streets in central Baghdad on Tuesday in protests demanding services, improving living conditions, providing jobs for the unemployed, eradicating widespread unemployment and financial and administrative corruption in state departments and institutions.
The federal government announced a curfew in Baghdad from 5 am on Thursday until further notice.
The governorates also witnessed several angry popular protests, including Wasit, Kirkuk, Diwaniya, Missan, Basra, Karbala and Dhi Qar, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
Three Presidencies in Iraq: Launching a Comprehensive National Dialogue
Last Updated: Thursday 03 October 2019 KSA 05:40 – GMT 02:40
Published Date: Wednesday 02 October 2019 KSA 20:35 – GMT 17:35
Mohammed Halbousi and Barham Saleh and Adel Abdul Mahdi
The three presidencies in Iraq (the state, parliament and government) announced the formation of an official committee to deal with the demands of the demonstrators, launch a comprehensive national dialogue, as well as initiate the implementation of the Social Security Law.
The statement of the meetings of the three presidencies and political blocs on the demonstrations in Iraq the need to form an official committee to deal with the demands of the demonstrators immediate and work to strengthen the will of reform and change.
The statement stressed the support of the government and the House of Representatives to achieve reforms and the immediate commencement of the adoption of the law of the Council of reconstruction and implementation of the law of social security.
The three presidencies also focused on the need for constructive and productive cooperation between the government, parliament and the judiciary to take direct action on cases and files of corruption and the elimination of unemployment by providing job opportunities for youth and employment in the government sector, in addition to launching a comprehensive national dialogue on reform and its requirements.
The statement also warned of those who called the trainees and engineers to divert the movement to target national security and higher interests.
The correspondent of “Arab”, Wednesday, that the three presidencies held an urgent meeting to discuss the protests that began Tuesday .
In addition, the Iraqi Defense Minister, Najah al-Shammari, the introduction of “all sectors warning to maintain the sovereignty of the state and government facilities and vital targets and embassies and diplomatic missions all,” according to the Iraqi News Agency.
But the minister called for “restraint.”
First popular exam
In the face of its first public exam since its formation a year ago, the Iraqi government accused “aggressors” and “mendes” of “deliberately causing casualties among demonstrators.”
On Wednesday, riot police again used live ammunition to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who demanded accountability for corrupt people and the fight against unemployment.
War-weary Iraq has suffered chronic power outages and drinking water for years and ranks 12th on the list of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International.
The disappearance of about half a trillion dollars
According to official reports, since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, about $ 450 billion in public funds have disappeared, four times the state budget, and more than double Iraq’s gross domestic product.
The Iraqi National Security Council held an emergency session under the chairmanship of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the prime minister, to discuss the events that he described as “unfortunate.”
The Council condemned the acts of sabotage that accompanied them, and stressed the Council to take appropriate measures to protect citizens and public and private property, as well as the identification of responsibility cutters for the security forces, and stresses the use of all government efforts to meet the legitimate requirements of the demonstrators, according to a statement issued by Abdul Mahdi.
The Council called on the media to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the security and stability of the country, through the government media, the Iraqi media network and the national media by highlighting the efforts and achievements of the government in all fields and to detect violations and any attack, burning or looting of public and private property and targeting the security forces. Performs its duty to protect demonstrators by various means. ”