Abdul-Mahdi points to the possibility of dissolving the Iraqi government and handing them within hours


Abdul-Mahdi points to the possibility of dissolving the Iraqi government and handing them within hours
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Direct: The Prime Minister of Iraq, Adel Abdul Mahdi, that the budget must be approved quickly 2020 to prevent the disruption of resources of the working sectors .

Adel Abdul Mahdi, in a speech on Tuesday, on his vision for options to meet the demands of the demonstrators, said that leaving the country without direct administration enters the country in a dangerous spiral, noting that there are mechanisms to dissolve the government and delivered within hours through the House of Representatives .

He hinted that there are demands to change the Constitution and the replacement of the Electoral Commission and this can not be without a government, and that going to the Constitution and legal contexts is better than going to the unknown .

“Many economic, political and social mistakes have not been properly and radically addressed,” he said.

He added, “The Council of Ministers submitted an amendment to the elections of provincial councils aimed at redressing the independents .”

He stressed the need to “go to achieve the legitimate demands politically, economically and service .”



Important statement to the Constitution Amendment Committee

Release date:: 2019/11/5 21:58 • 174 times read

BAGHDAD: The Interim Committee to make proposals for constitutional amendments, on Tuesday, to proceed with the completion of constitutional amendments on time, pointing to “open a website through which to receive the views of all segments of Iraqi society, including representatives of demonstrators about their vision in the constitutional amendments “.

The Committee said in a statement: “At a distinguished moment in the history of Iraq, and a new stage of democracy in the form of a popular and conscious will, and our belief in the need to respond to the real national demands of our people, Based on the resolution of the House of Representatives No. (221) on 3/11/2019, which provided for the formation of an interim committee of the House of Representatives; for the purpose of making proposals for constitutional amendments based on Article (142) of the Constitution; Its first meeting b Iash House Speaker Mohammed Halbusi First and MP Hassan al-Kaabi. ”

The statement added that the committee decided to “involve the committee of wise men, which invited the religious authority to form in the discussions of the committee; to provide ideas and proposals on constitutional amendments,” in addition to “the involvement of experts of constitutional law professors in Iraqi universities to prepare the necessary formulations; to make constitutional amendments.”

He pointed to the “call on civil society organizations and trade unions and competent unions; in order to provide the Committee with views, ideas and proposals on constitutional amendments,” announcing: “Open a website through which the views of all segments of Iraqi society, including representatives of protesters, on their vision of constitutional amendments.”

The statement stressed “the use of the expertise of the United Nations through its mission in Iraq,” and “call on the judicial and executive authorities to send their representatives to listen to their views on constitutional amendments”

The Committee also decided to “remain in continuous and continuous meetings; to complete the necessary constitutional amendments as soon as possible, and in line with the actual need for the foundations of state-building in accordance with constitutional frameworks.” 

Iraqis have taken to the streets since the beginning of last month, and the slogans raised by the demonstrators first reject corruption and demanding reform and job creation, but the ceiling of the demands of the demonstrators rose day by day until the extent of demand to overthrow the government.

In addition to the demands of the demonstrators, I highlighted in the media other topics that Iraqi parties have been working on for some time, including the amendment of the Iraqi constitution.

This committee is supposed to submit a report to the House of Representatives within a period not exceeding four months, including a recommendation of the necessary amendments to the Constitution. .is over


Expanded statement of the meeting of the presidencies of the region with Saleh .. And a strong Kurdish message in the amendment of the Constitution

Date: 2019/11/5 21:52

The statement of the expanded meeting held by the three presidencies in the Kurdistan region and the President of the Republic and political parties, on Tuesday, in Erbil, that “any amendment to the Iraqi constitution must preserve the federal system and the rights and freedoms of all components of Iraq and the rights and privacy of the Kurdistan region And its constitutional entity. ”

The Presidency of the Kurdistan region in a statement that “in the presence of Barham Saleh, President of the Federal Republic of Iraq, and Nechirvan Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, and delighted Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and Rawaz Faeq, speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, In the Kurdistan region, and at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Region in Erbil, to discuss the situation of Iraq and the possibilities and developments and their impact on the political process in Iraq in general and in the Kurdistan region in particular.

The statement added that “all participants in the meeting look with interest to the events in Iraq and believe that what is happening today on the Iraqi political and administrative arena is the result of the shortcomings accumulated over years of governance and non-implementation of the Constitution, so the meeting assessed these conditions with concern, at the same time stressed Freedom of expression and the freedom of citizens to claim their rights, in addition to expressing concern and distress about the occurrence of victims between demonstrators and security forces.

The participants in the meeting supported “the legitimate demands of the people of Iraq and support the Iraqi government to take the necessary measures to reform and meet the legitimate demands.”

The meeting considered “the need to protect the stability of Iraq and the constitutional and legal institutions, taking into account the situation of the region and the possibilities and risks of the return of terrorism and extremist forces in Iraq, especially its impact on the Kurdish areas (disputed) outside the administration of the Kurdistan region.”

Another focus of the meeting was to unify the positions of the political parties in the Kurdistan region “in order to participate actively in solving the problems of Iraq in general and to defend the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan region and all components.”

In this regard, it was stressed that the political parties in Kurdistan seek to help Iraq overcome the crises and achieve good governance and achieve reforms and taking into account the rights of all components.

The meeting also focused on the call to amend the Iraqi constitution and was an important focus of the meeting.

The participants stressed that any amendment to the Constitution must preserve the federal system and the rights and freedoms of all components of Iraq and the rights and peculiarities of the Kurdistan region and its constitutional entity.

The participants in the meeting stressed that the priority of the Kurdistan region and its institutions and parties lies in protecting the stability, gains and interests of the Kurdistan region and Iraq and confronting terrorism and the continuation of the reform process, and that they support reforms in Iraq, Kurdistan Region

The New York Times: Iraq is rising against the hateful Iranian occupation

05-11-2019 11:19 AM

Baghdad / News

The New York Times for the first time described the large-scale Iraqi demonstrations as being against the “obnoxious Iranian occupation.” To dominate the joints of the Iraqi state. She revealed that the Iraqi army rejects a request to storm the building of the Turkish restaurant for fear of bloodshed.

In detail, the paper says the protests began quietly a month or so ago with sporadic protests. It expanded steadily until last week as more than 200,000 Iraqis marched in Baghdad in the largest demonstration in Iraq’s modern history, protesting against the Iraqi government and a foreign occupier – this time Iran, not America.

The protesters have directed their anger against Iran, which they now see as having considerable influence inside their country, and are screaming against Iraqi parties linked to Iran. They shout slogans “Free Baghdad, Free Iran by Land”. This scream spread in the streets and in the squares of the Iraqi capital, in the city of Karbala and in the back alleys and university corridors. These protests have turned into a struggle over who will shape the future of the country.

Iraq, along with Lebanon, is a country dominated by Iran and is part of a growing revolt against Iran that is trying to demonstrate its power throughout the Middle East.

“The revolution is not anti-American, it is anti-Iran, anti-religious – anti-politics,” says Saad Iskandar, the former head of Iraq’s national archives.

He adds that the protesters are tired of corruption and militias linked to Iran, some of which have developed into a huge mafia, “This is more than that .. Revolution has a social dimension.”

A conflict between generations

While Iran is the direct target of protesters’ anger, the battle is even greater. It is a conflict between Iraqi youth and an older and more cautious generation, and between a political elite and a rising regiment that refuses to lead them.

It is, above all, a conflict between those who have benefited immensely since the US invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, and those who struggle to get crumbs and angrily monitor the distribution of political parties with ties to Iran, positions, jobs and rewards to those close to them.

The system, which was implemented after the 2003 invasion, despite being drafted by Iraqis and empowered by Americans, has devoted a system to dividing political power along religious and ethnic lines. Iran has taken advantage of that framework, using it to reflect it in Iraqi politics.

As the United States withdrew from Iraq after 2009, Iranian-linked parties expanded their networks within the government. In 2014, Iran took advantage of the war on ISIS, helped form militias to fight ISIS, and by 2018 it became so powerful that Iran’s political parties became dominant in the government.

It was Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, who brokered the deal that created the current government, the paper said.

At the same time, at the grassroots level and among the country’s youth, there was a growing feeling that Iran was benefiting and expanding at the expense of Iraq, becoming part of the political background of the protests.

“All our budget goes to Iran to support the IRGC,” said Ali Jassim, a construction worker. “All ministries and civilian facilities in Iraq run by Iran. We want to get rid of this government. We want the return of our country.

“Our parents were telling us to shut up, the walls have ears,” said Mohammed al-Amin, a second-year medical student who worked at a first aid center.

“But now we have the Internet, we have traveled, we can see what the world looks like, we want a different life, we want to be like other countries, we want our rights.”


Demonstrators’ demands – to get rid of corruption, put an end to political parties, and create a presidential rather than a parliamentary system – seem reasonable at the same time and almost impossible to achieve; at least, not without bloodshed.

This is also difficult to achieve because protesters are increasingly demanding immediate results, as if they wanted to see lawmakers and ministers packing up their bags, getting rid of their characteristic villas in the Green Zone and completely disappearing.

Those politicians who want to work with the protesters realize that the fundamental changes they are demanding, such as new election laws and an eventual new constitution – cannot be achieved overnight. Yet the political class style frustrates protesters who are impatient to see the changes begin now.

Iraqi President Barham Saleh is trying to take steps in this direction by introducing legislation that would eliminate the current system of party lists and allow voters to vote for individual candidates. But in essence, it asks parliament to adopt a system that costs many of its members seats.

“There is the political level, the street and the security establishment,” says Maria Fantabi, senior Iraq analyst at the International Crisis Group.

Protesters, for example, celebrate a sense of freedom and feel empowered through the momentum they created. “It’s not just young males, but for the first time young females and other factions in society,” she said.

She added that the protesters “do not look at what may be the ultimate goal they celebrate that they created this huge protest movement.”

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has been criticized for allowing security forces to try to suppress protests by force. During the first week of October, about 150 protesters were killed, most of them shot, and about 5,500 people were injured, including more than 1,000 members of the security forces, according to a government investigation.

This error attracted tens of thousands of people to the protests. Rallies in the range of 20,000 to 25,000 have exploded across the country to nearly 200,000 in the capital. Violence erupted again on Monday, when security forces opened fire on demonstrators as they sought to cross the Al-Ahrar bridge in Baghdad, killing at least five people.

Steps swallowed by corruption

The prime minister, despite much criticism, has taken steps to improve the lives of Iraqis, expand and supply electricity, improve relations with Iraqi Kurds and remove the walls that have divided Baghdad. But he is still a weak leader who owes his position to a political agreement drafted by Iran.

So, while Mahdi was able to appoint technocrats in the ministries of electricity and oil, Iran’s affiliated parties control at least five key ministries, including the ministries of interior, communications, labor, and social affairs. .

Corruption is now endemic, and it exists even in those ministries that are seen as well-managed.

“I graduated in engineering, but when I applied for a job at the Oil Ministry, they asked for $ 7,500,” said 30-year-old Mohammed Fadel.

The security forces are divided between lower-ranking and senior officers and between the Ministry of Defense and those in the Interior Ministry, which has brigades close to Iran.

These divisions have led to disagreements among security entities over how to confront the demonstrators, who seized a building looming over the Republic Bridge. The army refused to approve a plan to cleanse the building (Turkish restaurant), where army officers feared more bloodshed that would provoke greater protests.

“There is no need to create this big problem,” said a senior military official, speaking of the proposed plan to storm the building.

Suddenly, Iraqi news channels announced at midnight on Monday that the government had shut down the Internet. There was no explanation, but officials also closed it in early October, when they thought the protests were spiraling out of control.

Although the government has gradually restored Internet service, social media services including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have been banned for the duration of the protests.

It remains unclear when the demonstrators will remain on the streets.

For those who go every day with flags around their necks, such as Abu Jamal, 40, a baker, the answer is: “I can pretend for a day, two days, a week, a year or 500 years.”


Barzani announces support for the Kurdistan region of Iraq out of the “ordeal”


2019/11/05 05:58:06

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President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, said on Tuesday that the region is making efforts to get Iraq out of the current crisis experienced by the protests in Baghdad and the central and southern provinces of the country.

This came in a press conference held today after a meeting with the President of the Republic Barham Saleh, the President of the Parliament of the region, Rawaz Faeq and the Prime Minister of the region Masroor Barzani and leaders of political parties and forces in Kurdistan.

“We held an important meeting on the situation in Iraq, and we all agree to support the legitimate rights demanded by the demonstrators in terms of services and transparency,” Barzani said during the conference.

He added that it is important for the Kurdistan region to have a unified position on the situation in Iraq to support all political forces in Iraq under these circumstances, we are all responsible for the situation of Iraq and each according to its location, “The reform steps initiated by the Iraqi government and we call for their speedy implementation.”


Abadi criticizes US support for Abdul Mahdi’s government “despite the killings and violations”





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2019/11/05 05:44:59

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Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday criticized the US position in support of Adel Abdul Mahdi’s federal government, blaming it for killing protesters and human rights abuses that accompanied the protests.

“I am against the interference of any country in our affairs, whether Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or America,” Abadi said in an interview with CNN.

“We have to stand together and I think in the circumstances the country is going through, the Iraqis are shouting courageously and I think others should listen to them,” he said.

“The US position now is supportive of this government despite all this killing and human rights violations. Instead of telling us what to do, I think they should stand with Iraq and respect its sovereignty,” he said.


Barzani discloses the formation of an alliance of Kurdish blocs in Baghdad soon


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2019/11/05 06:08:14

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Kurdish political forces have agreed to form a coalition of Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi Council of Representatives soon.

“From now on, there will be serious efforts to improve the living conditions of all Iraqis,” Barzani told a news conference after a high-level meeting in Arbil.

He pointed out that “we are working seriously to form a coalition of Kurdish blocs in Baghdad and soon we will announce this alliance.”

Barzani noted that the Kurdistan Regional Government from the first day of its formation was one of its priorities to resolve the differences and outstanding issues with Baghdad, has gone on the Prime Minister of the region in serious steps towards that and Baghdad also wants to resolve those differences, stressing that the dialogues between Erbil and Baghdad will be resumed after exit Of this crisis.


The foreign minister and the UN representative discuss the government’s measures to meet the demands of the demonstrators


2019/11/05 02:19:19 PM



Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press:

Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim met on Monday with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s representative in Iraq, Jenin Blachart.


“The meeting reviewed the overall security, political, and UN support to Iraq and the government’s actions to meet the demands of the demonstrators,” the ministry said in a press release.

The Foreign Minister stressed, “the importance of the United Nations to play a role in supporting and assisting Iraq in various aspects: (humanitarian, security, political, and service),” and appreciated “the efforts made by the United Nations in the context of supporting Iraq, and to achieve stability in it.” “.


The protesters of Tahrir Square announce 4 demands, most notably the dismissal of the “government of snipers”

Tuesday 5 November 2019 11:03 AM

BAGHDAD / … Protesters in Tahrir Square on Tuesday announced four main demands, most notably the dismissal of the government of snipers, whose hands were stained with the blood of the demonstrators, according to the statement.

A statement by the protesters, seen by “Eye of Iraq News”, said that “O people of the Iraqi people, we started our protest on the first day of October by inviting #Nazel_Take_Hakki .. through social networking sites. The removal of this rock that has been raging for more than sixteen years, represented by a group of corrupt, murderers and thieves of our rights. ”

“Since we announced the peaceful sit-in on the 25th of last month to this day, we have been killed and suppressed with their bombs and bullets every hour,” the statement added. And their blood.

The statement continued, “Iraqi sisters .. Iraqi brothers .. Politicians are betting on our impatience and lack of peaceful sit – in as we continue, tearing popular solidarity with us, 
he must assure the Iraqi people that we continue Balaatsamat demonstrations and millions until the achievement of the just demands of demonstrators, represented by:

1. The dismissal of the government of snipers whose hands were stained with the blood of the demonstrators. 
2. Dissolve the parliament, which was formed by scandals of fraud, buying votes and burning funds.
3. Organize early elections under a new and fair law, under the supervision of the Iraqi judiciary and the United Nations.
4. Formation of an independent election commission not affiliated with political parties and quotas with a fixed time limit.

The statement concluded that “Otherwise, we will have greater escalation steps, and you have seen the signs in the previous two days, there is no return” to normal life only the return of the homeland that the martyrs wanted. 

The demonstrators across Iraq have called for days to carry out civil disobedience across the provinces to express their rejection of the continuation of the current government and Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi adhered to the position despite popular rejection of him and the continued repression of demonstrators and non-response to their demands.

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.  


Abdul Mahdi meets with Halbousi and senior leaders to discuss maintaining security and order

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2019/11/05 02:21:39

Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Adel Abdul-Mahdi held a meeting last night to discuss developments in the situation and procedures necessary to maintain security and order.

According to a statement issued by the Office of Abdul-Mahdi, the meeting was attended by the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi, and the Ministers of Defense and Interior and a number of security leaders.

During the meeting, both sides affirmed the support of the judicial and legislative authorities to the efforts of the government and security agencies to impose security and stability throughout the country, protect demonstrators, private and public property and economic establishments, and ensure the regularity of work and the smooth movement of citizens.