Iraq Prime Minister Pressed to Quit as Protests Clog Streets


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BAGHDAD — Under pressure from a growing number of protesters, Iraq’s prime minister appeared likely Wednesday to step down in the coming days, although exactly when is the subject of negotiations between two powerful Shiite Muslim leaders.

In a letter to one of the men, the cleric Moktada al-Sadr, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said he would be willing to resign and call early elections. But Mr. Mahdi insisted that it be done according to the procedures in the Constitution.

“It is not enough for the prime minister to go to Parliament to announce early elections,” Mr. Mahdi wrote on Tuesday, saying that there were constitutional requirements “that the prime minister must abide by.”

The prime minister did suggest another path, saying, “If the goal of the elections is to change the government, there is a shorter way to do it.” He encouraged Mr. al-Sadr, who controls the largest bloc in Parliament, to work out an agreement with the man who controls the second-largest bloc, Hadi al-Amiri.


Sadr: not to resign Abdul Mahdi will not inject blood and will not join alliances after today

Release date:: 2019/10/30 12:37


Sadr’s leader, Mr. Moqtada al-Sadr, said that the failure of the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, “will not inject blood.”

Sadr said in a statement received by the agency [where] a copy, “Attention .. It is just a warning and not intimidation, you people are higher than fear for those who did not pay attention, I try to alert him or [warning] Syria and then Yemen and now ?! Iraq, yesterday Bashar [Assad- Syrian President] then [Mansour] Abd Rabbo [Yemeni President] and now Adel Abdul Mahdi. ”

He added, “O rebel people came back what we said yesterday: The resignation of Adel Abdul-Mahdi will deepen the crisis, I say: not resignation will not inject blood and not resignation will make Iraq Syria and Yemen.”

“I will not engage in alliances with you anymore,” he said.

Deputy: tomorrow’s session is likely to see the resignation of the government


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Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) MP Diyar Berwari said on Wednesday that Thursday’s session is likely to see the resignation of the government.

Barwari said in a statement to “tomorrow Press” that “the House of Representatives will hold a meeting on Thursday to complete the reading of laws,” indicating that “the session is likely to see the offer to accept the resignation of the government because there are negotiations from the conquest of Fatah and others.” 

He added that “public pressure on the government stresses the need to submit its resignation and this is subject to the ongoing negotiations in the political corridors,” pointing out that “the blocs of Fatah and others are negotiating represented by its leaders on the fate of the government.”

He stressed “the need for the government to acquiesce to the demands of the people,” pointing out that “some of the demands of the masses is not applicable according to constitutional mechanisms and it is assumed that the political forces are to adopt the demands of the demonstrators with a constitutional and legal framework.”

He continued that “the resignation of the government or sacked these mechanisms of duty to work, either from the President of the Republic or the House of Representatives or the cabal itself,” calling “political blocs to be conscious so as not to go to a government vacuum.”

Berwari called on “the demonstrators to have a real interface and organization and real demands can be implemented through constitutional mechanisms,” explaining that “practical solutions to be a real delegation by the demonstrators and must be within the political framework in order to accommodate the negotiations in addition to the opposition political forces that “We embrace the real reform project or change the government, so we go for a clear vision that is in the interest of the country.”

Sairon announces the collection of parliamentary signatures to interrogate and dismiss Abdul Mahdi

BAGHDAD / … MP Sairon parliamentary bloc Badr al-Ziadi, on Wednesday, the collection of parliamentary signatures to question Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi “in preparation for his dismissal.”

Al-Ziyadi said in a brief statement received by “Eye of Iraq News”, that the mass “Siron collected signatures to question Adel Abdul-Mahdi in preparation for his dismissal.”

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, warned on Wednesday that the failure of the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi “will make Iraq Syria and Yemen,” stressing that he will not participate in alliances after today.

The capital Baghdad and nine other provinces since last Friday (October 25), large-scale protests to demand the dismissal of the government and bring the killers of demonstrators to justice and work for early elections under international supervision, and resulted in the killing and wounding of hundreds of demonstrators and security forces as a result of brutal repression The demonstrators were subjected to it.

The work allocates 2000 outlets to distribute emergency grant among the unemployed

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Economy News _ Baghdad

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has allocated 2,000 ATM outlets nationwide to distribute the emergency grant among the unemployed in the form of nine consecutive meals, indicating its readiness to open an emergency outlet in any area without a switch from the Iraq Gate Company (Switch).
Al-Sabah newspaper quoted Labor Minister Bassem Abdul Zaman as saying that his ministry “through its contract with the company mentioned that has 2000 ATM outlets spread in Baghdad and all provinces of the country, has published their addresses through its website.”
Abdul-Zaman stressed, “Preparing to open an emergency outlet in any area without a center belonging to the mentioned company so that the beneficiaries can receive the grant easily.” The process of distributing the grant in a short period and accommodating the numbers of applicants included in the ministry’s website after applying electronically on the electronic emergency grant form without any momentum.
He continued, “The ministry will distribute the grant in the form of consecutive meals through the names are published on the website of the ministry,” noting that “there are nine meals for the grant will be published in two or three days to accommodate the number of unemployed covered by the grant without any problem in the process They will be handed over because each meal will include 100,000 beneficiaries. ”
Abdul-Zaman called on beneficiaries who received text messages to “keep them until another message after a period containing the secret code through which they can receive the amount of the grant, explaining that these grants are one of the amounts allocated to the ministry and is an immediate solution to meet the demands of the demonstrators.”
In another regard, the Minister of Labor said that his ministry “directed its departments in Baghdad and the provinces to quickly complete the transactions of citizens and facilitate the procedures of each service to citizens,” calling on the ministry employees to “adhere to the official working hours in order to maintain the smooth work and not to delay the completion of citizens’ transactions and facilitate the procedures.” .

Parliamentary Finance: The new pension law will provide 210 thousand jobs

Release date:: 2019/10/30 11:57

BAGHDAD: The Finance Committee revealed on Wednesday, the most prominent amendments to the unified retirement law.

The committee said in a statement that it “hosted the President of the National Pension Agency to discuss the amendment of the pension law.”

“The new amendment reduces the retirement age to 60,” she said. “The new law will provide 210,000 jobs,” she said

Photos .. UN representative meets demonstrators in Tahrir Square

Date: 2019/10/30 14:14

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blachart, visited Tahrir Square in the center of Baghdad where popular demonstrations are taking place.

The UN envoy met protesters and listened to their demands.

This visit was preceded by a meeting of the three presidencies and leaders of the political blocs.

The UN envoy is expected to brief the UN Security Council on developments in Iraq.

In a statement in the strongest possible terms, Plasskhart condemned the high number of deaths and injuries during the demonstrations in many parts of Iraq.

“The most worrying are recent developments in many parts of Iraq, especially in Karbala last night, as witness reports point to the use of live bullets against demonstrators,” Blaskhart said in a statement. In large numbers of injuries. ”

“Violence is never the solution,” she said. “Protecting lives is a must.”

“There is an urgent need for a national dialogue to find rapid and effective responses and this vicious cycle of violence must end,” she said.

“The United Nations stands with the Iraqi people and is ready to assist in this dialogue,” she said.

Fateh member: Abdul Mahdi’s replacement will be resolved within two days

 Politics    2019/10/30 10:36  1716    Editor: hr      

Baghdad Today – Baghdad

Al-Fateh MP Mehdi Amerli said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi’s replacement will be resolved within the next two days.

Amerli said in an interview to (Baghdad today), that “cooperation” between the leader of the Sadr movement Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Amiri “will be in order to get out of the crisis that the country is going through, many solutions.”

He stressed that “within the next two days will be decided the choice of alternative Adel Abdul Mahdi.”

He continued: “We need a successful and strong person to lead the country and get out of the obstacles experienced by the country and a full program of work.”

This comes at a time when the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr, and a number of political forces, the Prime Minister to resign from office, and hold early elections.

On Tuesday (29 October 2019), the Prime Minister sent a letter to Sadr, to respond to his call for early elections, but Abdul Mahdi called on Sadr in the letter to agree with the head of the Fatah alliance Hadi al-Amiri, to form an alternative government, in order to resign his government.

This comes at a time when demonstrations continue in the provinces of central and southern Iraq, to denounce the reality experienced by the country for 16 years, and the spread of corruption, and the lack of job opportunities.