The House of Representatives ends the debate on the amendment of the retirement law and refers a deputy to the Committee of Parliamentary Conduct

09-11-2019 03:19 PM

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A parliamentary source said on Saturday that the House of Representatives has finished discussing the amendment of three laws, while referring MP Ahmed al-Jubouri to the Committee of Parliamentary Conduct.

The source, told the ‘orbit’, ‘The House of Representatives finished the report and discussion of the draft law to amend the unified retirement law No. (9) for 2014’.

  He added, ‘The House of Representatives voted to refer MP Ahmed al-Jubouri to the Committee on Parliamentary Conduct’, pointing out that ‘the House of Representatives votes to add the first reading of the proposed law to amend the law of provincial elections and districts on the agenda’.

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President of the Kurdistan Region arrives in the UAE on an official visit

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2019/11/09 12:54:03

The head of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, arrived Saturday evening in the emirate of “Abu Dhabi” in the United Arab Emirates for an official visit.

Barzani is due to meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and a number of UAE officials on Sunday.

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Sistani denies his relationship with Sadr, Hakim and Soleimani agreement to end the demonstrations by force

 

09-11-2019 09:04 PM

 

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An official source in the office of the religious authority Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, “on Saturday, denying the participation of the reference in the” alleged agreement on the survival of the current government and end the ongoing protests. “
According to a circular statement read by Al-Akhbariya, the source stressed that the position of the religious authority towards popular protests and dealing with them and responding to the demands of the protesters is what was clearly stated in Friday sermons, and I informed him to all who contacted her in this regard. All that is attributed to it otherwise is for the purpose of political exploitation by some parties and parties and has no basis of health. ”
The text of the rolling statement adds: “With regard to the recent observation that Sistani was carried by some security elements and uploaded in some public places, Sistani is not satisfied with this as explained more than once. Please let his fans stop. ”
State television broadcast this evening scenes, which he said to the security forces and the Popular Mobilization in a state of show and cheering, while some of them carrying pictures of Sistani, as the title of state television paragraph as “the response of the security forces and the Popular Mobilization to the sermon reference.
The main political parties, including others and al-Hikma, have agreed to stay in power, headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and end protests, after meeting Qassem Soleimani in Muqtada al-Sadr and Mohammed Reza al-Sistati, AFP news agency reported on Saturday.
“The parties concerned, including others and the wisdom, have agreed that the current authority, headed by Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, will remain,” the agency said in a report.
The report added, “This came after a meeting with Qasim Soleimani Muqtada al-Sadr and Mohammed Reza al-Sistati (son of Ali al-Sistani), which resulted in the agreement to remain Abdul Mahdi in office and end the demonstrations, even if forced to use force.”
The news agency AFP sources that “a meeting between the leader of the Iranian Qods Force Qasim Soleimani and Iraqi political forces led to the maintenance of the current authority.”

 

Sadr spokesman: The massacres against demonstrators in Baghdad and Basra is a major crime

 

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2019-11-09 | 13:30
Sadr spokesman: The massacres against demonstrators in Baghdad and Basra is a major crime

Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, spokesman for the leader of the Sadr movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, on Saturday, described the “massacres” against demonstrators in Baghdad and Basra as a “major crime.”

Obeidi said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “What is going on massacres against demonstrators in Baghdad and Basra yesterday, a humanitarian crime as a land .”
He added, “It is a challenge to the recommendations that came from the reference and international institutions not to suffer the lives of demonstrators by the government.”
Asked about reports that Sadr had met with Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, Obeidi denied the reports.
Baghdad and other provinces have been witnessing since Friday (October 25, 2019), several demonstrations to demand better services and employment opportunities as well as demand for reform, escalated, killing and injuring hundreds of demonstrators, as well as security forces.

Iraqi military spokesman: There is no truth in the use of bullets to disperse demonstrators in central Baghdad

 

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Abdul Karim Khalaf, the military spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, said that there is no intention to break up the demonstrations by force in Tahrir Square or other demonstration and sit-ins in the country.

Baghdad – Sputnik . Khalaf denied that the Iraqi security forces had used teargas shells of Iranian origin to disperse the demonstrations.

“There is no intention to break up demonstrations by force in Tahrir Square or other demonstration and sit-in squares,” he told Sputnik news agency. There is no firearm near the demonstrations except for vital installations. “

Khalaf continued: “There is no truth to the information about the use of security forces tear gas projectiles of Iranian origin.”

He also stressed that “the government calls on the demonstrators to stay in their places to put pressure on the state system and facilitate the implementation of the reforms proposed by the Prime Minister.”

Since early October, Iraq has witnessed widespread protests demanding better living conditions, fighting corruption, dismissing the government, dissolving parliament, and holding early elections.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his intention to adopt a schedule to cut the salaries of senior officials by half, and to make an important reshuffle, based on the demands of the protesters.

Abdul Mahdi said in a statement: “We consider the peaceful demonstrations of our people of the most important events that passed the country after 2003, and the government will do its utmost to the success of the demands of the demonstrators.” Anyone found guilty of criminal offenses and from any party. “

A large influx of Tahrir Square in central Baghdad and the operations of fleeing near Khalani Square

 

 2019/11/09 10:21:29
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Witnesses said Saturday that people began to flock to the Tahrir Square in central Baghdad after reports that security authorities were determined to end protests in the country.

Witnesses said that the number of people began to increase significantly in Tahrir Square, especially from eastern areas of Baghdad and Sadr City.

Witnesses said that there were ongoing operations between protesters and security forces in al-Khalani Square, adjacent to al-Senak bridge in central Baghdad, in an attempt to disperse the demonstrations there and pushing the protesters towards Tahrir square and confining them there.

Wounded protesters were wounded in Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, after an attempt by security forces to break up a protest in the bridges of Al-Senak and Al-Jumhuriya near the liberation hour overlooking the Green Zone.

The spokesman for the commander-in-chief of the armed forces denied that the authorities were seeking to break up the sit-ins by force.

 

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Sistani’s office denies it was part of the reported agreement between political blocs to keep the current government and end the protests. It reaffirms support for protester demands. #IraqProtests #Iraq
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Sistani’s office issues clarification on his agreement to keep Abdul Mahdi and resolve the protests

 

 2019/11/09 09:15:49

An official source in the religious authority, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, denied in Najaf on Saturday that the authority is part of the alleged agreement on the survival of the current government and end the ongoing protests.

The source said that “the position of the religious authority towards the popular protests and dealing with them and responding to the demands of the protesters is what was clearly stated in Friday sermons, and I informed him to all who contacted them in this regard. His health. ”

With regard to the recent observation of the carrying of pictures of Sistani by some security elements and lifted in some public places, the source said: Sistani is not satisfied with this as previously explained more than once. Please let his fans stop.

The agency “Agence France Presse” has said that Iraqi forces began to disperse the demonstrators demanding to “topple the regime”, after reaching a political agreement aimed at maintaining the current authority even if it was forced to use force to end the protests.

After being in a critical position, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is now the subject of consensus among political parties and politicians. Those who were demanding his departure have renounced their calls, especially because of political pressure from Iran and its allies in Baghdad.

But in the political scene, the majority of forces continued to meet in recent days, according to AFP press cadres from one of the parties that participated in the meetings.

One of these sources pointed out that “political parties agreed during a meeting that included the majority of the leaders of the large blocs to adhere to Adel Abdul Mahdi and adhere to power in exchange for reforms in the files of anti-corruption and constitutional amendments.”

The parties also agreed to “support the government in ending the protests by all available means,” he added.

There seems to be a renewed old tendency to restore the Shiite house as a national alliance, according to the same sources.

Political sources pointed out that the agreement between the parties concerned, “including others and the wisdom” came after “the meeting of General Qasim Soleimani Muqtada al-Sadr and Mohammed Reza al-Sisiati (son of Ali al-Sistani), which resulted in the agreement to remain Abdul Mahdi in office.”

The sources confirmed that the only party that rejected the agreement is the “victory” coalition led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who believes that the only solution to the crisis is the departure of Abdul Mahdi.

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Iraq Forces Clear Protest Sites As Leaders Reach Deal To End Rallies

 

Iraqi forces fired live ammunition Saturday as they pushed towards Baghdad’s main anti-government protest camp, after political leaders agreed to stand by the cabinet by any means — including force.

Gunfire and steady booms of stun grenades and tear gas rang out as security units approached Tahrir (Liberation) Square, ground zero for the month-long movement demanding regime change.

On Saturday afternoon, AFP correspondents saw people shot in the chest collapse to the pavement before being carried away by tuk-tuks.

Iraqi security forces have battled to prevent the protesters camped out in east Baghdad from overrunning the bridges across the Tigris river that
give access to government offices and foreign embassies on the west bankIraqi security forces have battled to prevent the protesters camped out in east Baghdad from overrunning the bridges across the Tigris river that give access to government offices and foreign embassies on the west bank Photo: AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

“The security forces are getting closer to us, but the protesters are trying to hold them off by burning tires,” a doctor in Tahrir told AFP.

“We can hear live fire now and there are so many wounded.”

Earlier, security forces wrested back control of three bridges over the River Tigris in the heart of Baghdad that had been partially occupied by protesters.

Protesters gather near Baghdad's Al-Jumhuriya (Republic) Bridge, which leads to the high-security Green Zone, where parliament and the British and US embassies are locatedProtesters gather near Baghdad’s Al-Jumhuriya (Republic) Bridge, which leads to the high-security Green Zone, where parliament and the British and US embassies are located Photo: AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

In Karbala, a revered Shiite holy city south of the capital, the tents of protesters were reduced to ashes when security forces fired searing hot tear gas canisters at them.

And in the southern city of Basra, security forces cleared a protest camp outside the provincial government headquarters.

Three people were killed and dozens wounded, according to medical sources, and security forces began rounding up demonstrators.

Iran's pointman for Iraq, Major General Qasem Soleimani, has been in regular contact with Iraqi leaders, including populist cleric Moqtada al-SadrIran’s pointman for Iraq, Major General Qasem Soleimani, has been in regular contact with Iraqi leaders, including populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Photo: KHAMENEI.IR / –

The crackdown came after political chiefs agreed to rally around embattled Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, whose government was threatened by the largest and deadliest grassroots protests in Iraq in decades.

Abdel Mahdi, 77, came to power last year through a shaky alliance between populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri, a leader of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network.

When the protests erupted, Sadr threw his weight behind them while the Hashed backed the government.

Taking vibrant spraypaint to Baghdad's grimy concrete walls, Iraqi artists protesting the government -- many of them young and female -- are sketching out their vision for a brighter future.Taking vibrant spraypaint to Baghdad’s grimy concrete walls, Iraqi artists protesting the government — many of them young and female — are sketching out their vision for a brighter future. Photo: AFPTV / STRINGER

 

But they closed rank around the premier this week after a series of meetings led by Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s foreign operations arm.

Soleimani, who often plays a mediating role during times of crisis in Iraq, met with Sadr and persuaded him to return to the fold, said a source present at the meetings.

“Those meetings resulted in an agreement that Abdel Mahdi would remain in office,” the source said.

Iraqi demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Iraqi forces in central Baghdad on November 9, 2019Iraqi demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Iraqi forces in central Baghdad on November 9, 2019 Photo: AFP / SABAH ARAR

Sadr has since gone silent amid reports he is in Iran.

Another source said political factions agreed this week to move forward on reforms and constitutional amendments if the premier and government stayed in place.

“They agreed to end the protests with any means possible and to reopen the bridges and shuttered streets,” said a senior member of one party represented at the gathering.

Abdel Mahdi met President Barham Saleh on Saturday for the first time in days. Government sources had told AFP ties between them had been cut after Saleh proposed the premier be replaced.

Parliament convened Saturday afternoon to discuss reform proposals, including hiring drives and increased welfare payouts.

Meanwhile, the streets around Tahrir were in chaos.

“The security forces told us the protests are over and everyone should go home,” one protester shouted.

“But we put up more barricades so they won’t enter Tahrir. Tomorrow, no one goes to work,” he vowed.

Protesters are now on the backfoot but still occupy part of Al-Jumhuriyah (Republic) Bridge, the southernmost of the capital’s bridges and the closest to Tahrir.

“Our situation as protesters is not good, but we’ll stay until we find a solution,” said another protester, his face wrapped in a black scarf with a white skull.

Public anger erupted last month over widespread corruption and a lack of jobs, then escalated into calls for the entire ruling system to be overturned.

Oil-rich Iraq is OPEC’s second biggest producer, but one in five people live in poverty and youth unemployment stands at 25 percent, according to the World Bank.

It is ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International.

An initial six-day wave of protests was met with brutal force that left at least 157 dead, according to an official probe, most of them protesters shot dead in Baghdad.

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Al-Hadithi: Any option other than reform will have serious consequences and the government aims for radical reform

 

 2019/11/09 08:45:50

Prime Minister Adel al-Mahdi’s spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said the Iraqi government was working on radical reform in the country.
“Any option other than reform in Iraq will have serious consequences,” Hadithi said.
“The popular movement has helped the government push forward reform of the front,” he said.
He said that “the government puts legislation for laws aimed at radical reform in Iraq.”

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