The House of Representatives intends to amend the statutes of the Commission and the elections: decisions consistent with the demands of the demonstrators

Baghdad / Obelisk: The House of Representatives during a meeting with the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blaskhart on the existence of a parliamentary agreement to implement reforms and legislation and make constitutional and ministerial amendments.

The Information Office of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hassan al-Kaabi, in a statement received to the “obelisk”, “The House of Representatives continues to speed up the completion of a package of legislation and reform decisions that correspond to the demands of the true demonstrators,” pointing out that “there is insistence at the presidency and members of the House of Representatives The amendments to the package of important and long-awaited laws by the people over the past years, including the Elections and Elections Commission and the necessary constitutional and ministerial amendments, stressing that the reform package will include voting on service legislation that meets the needs of society.

He stressed “the need to maintain partnership with the United Nations in all that serves Iraq and cooperation in the development of laws to meet the aspirations of all spectrums of the Iraqi people.”


Where did you get this .. Promises await execution

BAGHDAD, Nov 13 (KUNA) – Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Wednesday that the cabinet is seeking to approve a law “where do you get this?” 

Al-Hadithi said in a press statement that: “The preparation of this project falls within the framework of the government’s efforts within the reform package launched recently, and it will include real estate senior officials in the state, during the previous period, and follow-up assets, and how they obtained.”

He added, “The draft will be prepared soon in the Council of Ministers by the Legal Department of the General Secretariat and the Shura Council, as it began work, and will be completed soon to be sent to the House of Representatives for legislation and implementation.”

Iraqis hope that Iraq will take public steps to fight corruption and seize the assets of corrupt criminals and politicians.

Similar steps have begun to follow the enactment of this law in Iraq, the House of Representatives during its meeting on Saturday, February 3, 2018, the first reading of the draft law on graft, where do you get this, as a gesture to help the government to fight corruption, which was gathered in order to introduce, Read More From 140 signatures.

Legal expert Tarek Harb said in an interview with the obelisk: The law of graft must be applied, and its application is essential and necessary.

He added: There is a law from where you have this also in the current Integrity Law No. 30 in Article 19 of 2011, but it is a minor, and the new law abolished all the twisting and ambiguity in the provisions of this law.

He explained: There are about 200 deputies did not do what is required by the law to provide financial approval, and for the new law, which imposes penalties for those who do not provide financial disclosure and penalties will serve as a deterrent to the deputy who fails to disclose, as well as any increase in property recorded in the name of the government employee be Illegal unless the civil servant proves that this increase came from a legitimate source, and otherwise is referred to the judiciary and sentenced to imprisonment and confiscation of excess funds.

He called for the legal expert to accelerate the adoption of this law before the end of the current parliamentary period because the importance of this law corresponds to several other laws passed by parliament.

The law shall consider any employee who received money exceeding his salary during his service without having any other legal source as an unlawful gain.

Deputies considered that the adoption of the law will give a great impetus to the accountability of violators on public money, as it will be the main tool to eliminate corruption, which branched in state institutions during the past years.

It is worth mentioning that the economists assert that the treasury of the Iraqi state has been theft of hundreds of billions of dollars over 50 years, since the Baath Party took power in Iraq in 1968 until now.

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The Presidency of the Parliament stops the vacations of deputies: We are in exceptional situations

Leave policy of

members of the Iraqi parliament

2019/11/13 07:27:45

The presidency of the Iraqi parliament decided to stop granting leave to members of parliament.

The Presidency decided in Wednesday’s session to suspend the leave of the members of the Council during the current legislative term of the exceptional conditions experienced by the country.

The Iraqi parliament held a session on Wednesday in the presence of 229 deputies, or the absence of 100 deputies. This has been the case in most sessions.

The text of Blaskhart speech in the House of Representatives and surprised the audience very frankly

Release date:: 2019/11/13 20:21

Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Hennes-Blachart, urged the House of Representatives and heads of parliamentary blocs on the need to listen to the demands of the demonstrators and make the required reforms.

“I thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be among you today and to exchange views after my opening speech on what I think we all agree is a crucial stage for the people of Iraq.

But before I continue, I would like to continue,” she said. I invite you to join me in a minute of silence, to mourn those who have died and to respect those who have been injured, so I would like you to join me in expressing our appreciation for them and to stand a minute of silence.Thank

you very much. I would like to express my sincere condolences to those families o Whether they are peaceful demonstrators or members of the security forces, our hearts are with you.

And now as we commemorate their loss – their values and demands remain the same. Over the past six weeks, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis – peaceful Iraqis – have demonstrated with real, legitimate and clear demands.

These demands cover many issues: an end to corruption, economic growth, employment, reliable public services, good and fair governance, fair elections – and broader reform of the political system including constitutional amendment.

But above all, I think we all agree that many, many Iraqis are demanding a brighter future – and that the country realize its full potential for the benefit of all Iraqi citizens.

But in the meantime, Iraqis have paid an unimaginable price to make their voices heard. Since the beginning of the demonstrations on 1 October, at least 319 people have been killed and some 15,000 peaceful demonstrators and members of the security forces have been injured.

To date, the UN has published two special reports on human rights issues. Despite many promises, the harsh reality is that we continue to receive daily reports of new killings, kidnappings, indiscriminate arrests, beatings and threats. I have said many times – and I will say it again: violence only generates violence. It should end and end now.

“We lost our brothers, our friends, our children. But we had no time to cry. We will not forget. He lives with dignity, freedom or no life. We have started peacefully and determined to continue peacefully,” peaceful protesters told me on Monday. So they said.

Now, with all this in mind, I would like to reiterate, in your presence, the importance of ensuring fundamental rights: above all the right to life, but also the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. I would like to emphasize once again the importance of achieving full accountability and justice at the right levels.

Respect for these fundamental and fundamental rights and principles is, in a sense, a prerequisite for any meaningful form of dialogue or mediation.

True legitimate demands deserve serious responses and effective communication – within this parliament and on the street.

Mr. Chairman referred to the paper that we published a few days ago. Since the protests began, UNAMI has actively engaged with a wide range of Iraqi parties and authorities – including the three presidencies, the Supreme Judicial Council, peaceful demonstrators, members of parliament and union representatives. Based on these discussions, and with full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, we have proposed a number of concrete steps as a start – as a step towards confidence-building and reform.

The most important thing to stress is that now is the time to act, otherwise we will lose momentum – we will lose it as many Iraqis demand tangible results.

As a former member of parliament, I think I can say that your role – in your position as members of parliament – elected by the people and also held accountable before them – is very important.

You are important in communicating with people, communicating their voices, and moving forward with fundamental reforms.

We all know that what is most damaging to public trust is over-promises and under-implementation. Nothing is more harmful than to say (a) and do (b). Nothing is more devastating than the climate of anger and fear.

It must also be understood that everyday life has moved to the Internet. The interruption or even complete closure of the Internet and / or social media – in recent weeks – has not only been unfit for Iraq’s potential as a free and democratic society, but has also disrupted the way people practice their lives, perform their work and express their opinion. In other words, unrestricted access to the Internet is a fundamental right in today’s electronic world. I am happy to note that since yesterday evening I have been able to access the Internet so I would like to emphasize that we welcome the return of Internet service throughout Iraq, and we hope that the service will continue and soon will be followed by free access to social media.

Another issue that has received considerable attention in recent weeks is the Iraqi electoral processes.

Indeed, the call for complete change in Iraq’s electoral processes is a fundamental requirement for many. It is a call for an independent and impartial electoral administration.

Thus, with the technical assistance of the United Nations, much work has been done to reach a unified electoral legal framework. Now, without prejudging parliamentary legal procedures, and without going into details now, I would like to emphasize the urgent need for that unified legal framework, which brings together all relevant laws and brings voters closer to candidates.

UNAMI, the United Nations, has also been asked to provide technical support in the ongoing processes of constitutional review and amendment, which ultimately must be accepted by all Iraqis.

What I have seen on the streets in the past few days is the accumulation of frustrations about the lack of progress in the last 16 years. The desire for an Iraqi identity is clear. Young people on the streets are hoping for a better future out of love for their homeland.

Better days for all Iraqis: away from corruption and quotas away from unemployment and lack of basic services. Now these high hopes call for future thinking. The pursuit of private or partisan interests may be strategic, but it is not the right strategy at all.

Please do not get me wrong: drawing a bleak picture is not an end in itself. As I always say, the present situation cannot be judged without putting it in the context of Iraq’s past. But I want to say that the time has come to capitalize on today’s hopes – it is time to prioritize the country’s interest above all else.

Young people demand no more than a better future. I am convinced that you will be part of the solution. The government cannot do this alone. It is a rather collective responsibility, the responsibility of the entire political class.

And yes, I am fully aware of the fact that Iraq’s enormous challenges did not emerge overnight, not just as a result of Iraqi actions. So it won’t be solved “that simple”, right? But this must be possible through determination and decisive action. It must be possible to live up to the challenges and meet the aspirations of young people.

Again, with full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty again, the United Nations is ready or will continue to engage with all parties to facilitate a constructive dialogue. We will continue to partner with all Iraqis.

In conclusion, I would like to stress my hope that your choices, actions and statements will allay Iraqi fears – and that your choices will restore hope for a brighter future.

A new US position on violence against demonstrators and the Internet in Iraq

Release date:: 2019/11/13 15:56

The US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller, commented on the ongoing violence of the government against demonstrators and the cutting off of Internet services.

The US ambassador said during a meeting with the head of the Salvation and Development Front Osama al-Nujaifi on Wednesday, according to a statement by the latter’s office, that “his country adopts the central keys: calling for the non-use of violence against demonstrators, and not to muzzle, and deprive the people of their right to access Internet services, or prosecution The press is cracking down on diverse media, values that conform to international and American standards. ”

He also stressed “the pursuit of peaceful means, and the resolution remains in any case an Iraqi decision, we support the sovereignty of Iraq, and the right of its people in its choices.”

The two sides discussed the political situation and the developments of the popular movement, and an assessment of the situation in general, where Nujaifi presented the vision of the Salvation Front and Development in support of the demands of the demonstrators and stressed the importance of change by peaceful means consistent with the Constitution.

Nujaifi pointed to the “map of the solution provided by the front, including the resignation of the government, and the formation of a government of independent personalities that do not participate in the upcoming elections, and the preparation of a new election law that takes into account the demands of the demonstrators and ensures real representation of the people through a new and independent electoral commission, then the new political class can modify some The provisions of the Constitution are consistent with the nature of the changes expressed by the people in their movement. ”

He also pointed to “the meeting of the front yesterday and the adoption of the option of the opposition, and work to support the questioning of the Prime Minister, also offered an agreement with the Chairman of the victory coalition, Haider al-Abadi on cooperation and coordination in support of the questioning to the dismissal of the government.”

He addressed Nujaifi at the meeting , which was this day with Iyad Allawi , head of the National Coalition and reached to confirm the opposition option and joint action between the FIS and the National Development Coalition and the coalition victory as forces opposed to questioning the Prime Minister and leading to the dismissal of the government. ”

Najafi stressed that” the real object This activity is to support the demonstrations and their just demands after the failure of the government, and the lack of hope in the possibility of carrying out the required reforms, and blocking the horizon of the political process, while emphasizing the peacefulness of change and its dependence on constitutional standards.

Sources talk about the formation of the first Iraqi government without parties

BAGHDAD, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is about to announce a cabinet reshuffle for his entire cabinet, sources said on Wednesday, and all new faces do not belong to any party.

The Obelisk could not verify the information from its official sources.

According to the information, the new cabinet includes many young graduates and three women. Abdul-Mahdi plans to submit the names to parliament in three stages, the last of which will end in early December.

According to analyzes, Abdul-Mahdi is trying to exploit popular pressure to get rid of quotas, and put parties and parliament in direct confrontation with the people, where the expected ministerial change will remove positions from parties and distributed on the basis of sectarian or national or party, which began to arouse the pressure of some parliamentary blocs The ministerial seat was considered a magnet for generating huge interests and funding for its parties.

In the same context, described a member of the House of Representatives, the coalition of Sairon peace Shammari, the government’s move to announce a reshuffle of several ministries as delayed, ruling out their impact on reducing the momentum of the demonstrations.

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SOMO signs a contract with Iraqi oil tankers to achieve $ 700 million annually

Side of the contract signing.


Economy News – Baghdad

SOMO and the Iraqi oil tankers signed a contract to transport black oil on Wednesday.

This contract, according to a statement from the Ministry of Oil, will save $ 700 million annually for state imports.

The signing ceremony was attended by Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban.

He added, “The contract provides for the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) to conclude contracts for the marketing of black oil from southern refineries (surplus), and the operations of the Iraqi oil tankers to transport, storage, loading and provision of tankers, the implementation of obligations towards contracts concluded by (SOMO) with International companies in accordance with government instructions, and to achieve the highest financial revenues. ”

Ghadhban stressed that “the expected additional revenues of more than 700 million dollars annually,” and expected “the quantities of black oil produced from refineries of the south next year to more than (20) thousand tons per day.”

For his part, said the Director General of the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) Alaa Al-Yasiri, “This contract represents an important step to achieve additional revenues for the federal treasury, in accordance with contracts and mechanisms established with international companies.”

Ministry spokesman Asim Jihad revealed that the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) to conclude new contracts soon for the transportation of petroleum products with both the shipping company and the land transport company, a form of the Ministry of Transport.

Kurdish blocs meet in the presence of Barham and supports constitutional amendments to the stability of Iraq



Constitutional amendments


2019/11/13 04:29:21

The Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi Council of Representatives on Wednesday a meeting in the presence of President Barham Saleh.

The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc, Vian Sabri, told reporters after the meeting held at the Peace Palace in Baghdad that “the blocs held a meeting in the presence of the President of the Republic was discussed on two important topics, namely the protests in Iraq and the amendment of the permanent constitution,” noting that the meeting also discussed the formation of an alliance For the Kurdish blocs because of this matter in the unification of the row and position of the Kurds.

She explained that the issue of stabilizing the situation in Iraq is very important for the Kurdistan region, and constitutional amendments to pour in this framework is normal and we support.

Presidential statement reveals details of Saleh-Barzani meeting


Nechirvan Barzani

Barham Salih

2019/11/13 04:51:45

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The President of the Republic Barham Saleh, on Wednesday 13-11-2019, in the Palace of Peace in Baghdad, President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and his delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed the security and political situation, the relationship between the federal government and the region, as well as the importance of enhancing stability in the country and achieving a free and decent life for the people.

Barzani and his deputies arrived in Baghdad this morning and proceeded upon arrival with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, followed by a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi and

this is the second visit by Nechirvan Barzani to Baghdad since taking office as president of the Kurdistan region.

On the content of the visit, the Vice-President of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Bashir Haddad said on Wednesday that the visit of the President of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, to Baghdad aimed at delivering a message that the region is interested in the situation of Iraq under the background of protests.

Haddad, who attended the president’s meetings with the three presidencies, said Barzani’s visit to Baghdad at this sensitive time is very important and necessary.

He added that Barzani intended Baghdad to deliver a message that the Kurdistan region is responsible for the situation in Iraq, and is ready to provide any kind of assistance to Iraq out of the current crisis.

Haddad said that any undesirable situation may occur in Iraq will be reflected on the Kurdistan region, noting that the Kurdistan region does not mind any amendment to the Constitution to serve the people of Iraq.