Sadr warns of “the beginning of the end of Iraq” if Abdul-Mahdi does not resign

He stressed that his current will not participate in any elections or government under the current political class

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Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa

The leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi and his government to resign immediately, an injection of blood, warning of “the beginning of the end of Iraq,” if the government does not resign.

“Unless the government resigns, it will be the end of Iraq,” Sadr said in a statement on Thursday. Regarding the charges against the Sadr movement for riding the wave of demonstrations, Sadr denied that he had ordered his followers to be thrown into the demonstrations, saying that «if he was to follow his followers for what remained a green or red», noting that today «between the charge of riding the wave of demonstrations and lying in our cloak».

Sadr pointed out that he distanced himself between «purely corrupt government and demonstrators who have not committed to peaceful yet despair of them». Sadr said he would no longer participate in any government or upcoming elections in light of the current political class. He expressed concern and grief over the future of Iraq. While Sadr advised what he called «the first party, the government to resign immediately», he advised «the second party, the demonstrators to adhere to public morality to demonstrate because their reputation is more important than anything».

In this context, Dr. Adnan Al-Sarraj, head of the Iraqi Center for Media Development, told Asharq Al-Awsat that «the call for the dismissal of the government has become a matter of deliberation and therefore what was issued by Sadr will strengthen such calls, but the question remains is in the alternative able to face the repercussions of the crisis».

Al-Sarraj added that «the situation in Iraq has become very complex in light of the continued lack of horizon to resolve by the political blocs, so it is at a time when the demand to dismiss the government part of the solutions to overcome the crisis, but it can enter us in another crisis unless the alternative is agreed upon the appropriate”.

In addition, the security media cell announced that it was decided to assign some military leaders to be members of the crisis cell in the provinces to assume command and control of all security and military services in the province. A statement by the cell on Thursday that «the importance of policing and law enforcement in the provinces and the protection of institutions and public and private interests and the protection of citizens has been formed crisis cells headed by the governors». The statement added: «As directed by the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, it was decided to assign some military leaders to be members of the crisis cell to assume command and control of all security and military services in the province and to help the governors in the performance of their tasks».

While parliament was expected to speed up legislation on the election law and the commission, as demanded by Shi’ite cleric Ali al-Sistani last week during Friday sermons, the widening of the protests, especially in the center and south, complicated the political landscape. The parliament postponed its scheduled meeting on Thursday to next week, and the reshuffle that was supposed to be voted on during yesterday’s session was also postponed.

For his part, the spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office Saad al-Hadithi said that the assignment of military commanders to certain tasks, does not mean the appointment of new governors or that their duties are like governors. Al-Hadithi said in a press statement: «There is no article in the Constitution refers to the appointment of any military governor as governor». He added: «There is nothing in the Constitution in the name of a military governor, there is a police chief, commander of operations, but as a governor there is no order to dismiss any governor or appoint a military commander as governor».

On the reforms introduced by the government and parliament, says MP of the National Approach Hazem al-Khalidi that «accelerate the issue of reforms is necessary through the legislation of the legislative elections of the House of Representatives and the Electoral Commission and find solutions to the crisis of housing and unemployment», pointing out that «the next step of this matter is to go to dissolve the Council MPs have signed a document to dissolve the Council ». He added that «dissolving the Council is a necessary step because this real solution is through the removal of the ruling political class as being rejected by the Iraqi people», pointing out that «the Prime Minister to stay away from the deadlines for reforms or ministerial amendments and to resign immediately because our experience with the ministerial amendments did not Going beyond the satisfaction of some political blocs ».

On the constitutional amendments, Dr. Naeem al-Aboudi, a member of the Iraqi parliament for the Fatah bloc and a member of the constitutional amendments committee, told Asharq Al-Awsat that «the committee of constitutional amendments has already started its work and developed a plan to act by listening to the views of the various parties on the articles to be amended from the Constitution» He pointed out that «there are extensive meetings with representatives of trade unions and various bodies in addition to seminars in this regard as well as discussing the report of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments prior to the fact that an effort has been made in this direction can not be exceeded».

He explained that «there are articles can be easily modified while controversial articles will be working towards the amendment and will be submitted to the articles that were not agreed to the parliament for the purpose of voting by a majority and subject to a referendum». Aboudi explained that «the basic articles that need to be amended is the abolition of the provincial councils and Article 76 of the Constitution, which concerns the largest bloc, as well as other articles are very important».


Three agreements between the Center and the region and a Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad next week


2019-11-28 | 06:28

An informed source revealed that there are three agreements on the table between the federal government and the region, while noting that a meeting during the next week to complete the negotiations.

The source said that “three agreements are on the table between the federal government and the region,” noting that “it was agreed to choose one of them in principle during meetings and meetings held in the past days in Baghdad between officials of both parties.”

The source added that the first agreement is to deliver the region 250 thousand barrels of oil per day to the Iraqi oil export company ” Somo “, and then sell it through the world market and receive its revenues, while the second agreement to sell the region the same amount and hand over its revenues to Baghdad , and the third proposal that The region sells its oil and receives the proceeds of that sale and Baghdad deducts the proceeds of the quantity agreed and send the rest of the money from the share of the territory of the federal budget to the region.

This is what the KRG wants from Baghdad and the latter

The source pointed out that “the first option has been settled in principle,” stressing that “the agreement will be applied, if signed, on the first of next year.”


The source pointed out that “next week will witness the visit of a delegation from Kurdistan to Baghdad to complete the negotiations,” noting that “the meeting may be crucial to the agreement in the event of sending the budget for next year to the Iraqi parliament for approval.”


The oil minister said on April 25, 2019 that the provincial government has not yet recognized what was approved in the 2019 budget to deliver 250 thousand barrels per day to the Iraqi oil marketing company ” SOMO ” so that the latter to sell it and direct revenues to the federal budget.


The 2019 budget stated that the proportion of the Kurdistan region in the fiscal budget for 2019 amounted to 12.67%, indicating that the Kurdistan government will commit to pay 250 thousand barrels of oil per day for the share of the region.

Source: Halbousi intends to resign in the next parliament sessions

2019/11/28 23:15

Baghdad / Obelisk: An informed source revealed on Thursday, the intention of Parliament Speaker Mohammed Halbousi to resign in the House of Representatives next week.

The source said, according to Alsumaria News, “The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi intends to resign from his position during the sessions of parliament scheduled for next week.”

The governor of Dhi Qar, Adel al-Dakhili, announced late on Thursday, his resignation, saying in a statement: I sought to communicate your voices to the relevant authorities, but deaf ears.

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A new measure from Abdul Mahdi after the events of Najaf and Dhi Qar

Adel Abdul Mahdi


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protests Najaf

protests Dhi Qar

2019/11/28 14:00:12

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The security media cell announced on Thursday evening that the Iraqi Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi, directed the formation of an investigation committee headed by the military advisor to investigate Thursday’s events in the provinces of Dhi Qar and Najaf, “which was accompanied by violence and the fall the demonstrators and the security forces. this

comes after the death toll protests toll rose in Iraq, Thursday, 32 people were killed in Nasiriyah alone, as Najaf and Baghdad also witnessed bloody clashes that left dozens dead and injured in the day of the bloodiest days of the protests of Iraq, where he has not determined The total number of The death toll has risen from day to day due to fatal injuries and

three days of mourning for the victims of Nasiriyah have been announced

in Najaf, where four people were killed during a protest dispersal near the Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim shrine in the city.

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said in a statement that 25 people were killed and 250 injured in Dhi Qar province. The UNHCR pointed to a rise in the use of “excessive violence”, resulting in many deaths and injuries.

Urgent Halbousi announces a special session on Dhi Qar next Sunday

Date: Edit: 2019/11/28 21:50

BAGHDAD: The Presidency of the Council of Representatives, on Thursday, a special session on the security situation in the province of Dhi Qar next Sunday.

The Presidency of the Parliament in a statement, received (Euphrates News) a copy of it, deputies to attend “a special session on Sunday, 1 – December, dealing with developments in the situation in the province of Dhi Qar.”

It also called on the Legal Committee to “continue to discuss the draft law of the Independent High Electoral Commission and the elections of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and complete all observations to be submitted to the vote.”

The Presidency of the parliament, that “next week will see a vote on the laws of the Independent High Electoral Commission and the elections for the Iraqi Council of Representatives.”

Trump’s surprise visit to Afghanistan

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US forces in Afghanistan

2019/11/28 14:26:36

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, where he met with its president, Ashraf Ghani.

The plane landed on Thursday evening at Bagram Air Force Base, carrying First Lady Melania Trump, his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, and a small group of White House aides, Secret Service agents, and journalists. A visit to Afghanistan since taking office in 2017.

And Trump held in Bagram talks with the Afghan president, during which they discussed the issue of reaching an agreement with the “Taliban” on the declaration of a ceasefire in the country.

Trump also met with the US military serving at Bagram, where he distributed Thanksgiving food. 

Trump, in a speech from the military base, that the United States is continuing negotiations with the “Taliban”, which he said “wants to reach a deal” on the ceasefire.

“We are meeting with them and telling them that a ceasefire must be declared. They did not want to do it but now, in my opinion, they want to reach it. I think it will work,” he said.

He also stressed that the United States is “gradually” reducing the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan.

This is the first visit by a US president to Afghanistan since 2014, when Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, visited the country.

Abdul – Mahdi summons “Shammari” after the killing of 32 demonstrators in Dhi Qar and wounding 225


Jamil al-Shammari

2019/11/28 11:54:09

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The commander of the armed forces, Adel Abdul Mahdi, summoned the head of the crisis cell in the province of Dhi Qar after dozens of dead and wounded demonstrators were shot dead by security forces.

“Based on the events of this day in Dhi Qar province, the Prime Minister directed the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to summon” Crisis Cell member Security Supervisor Lt. Gen. Jameel Al-Shammari to Baghdad, to explain the reasons that led to this. events. ”

in the meantime , told a security source twilight News, up the death toll in Dhi Qar to 32 injured and 225.

the authorities announced the formation of a ” cell crisis “of civilian and military personnel to quell the unrest and vowed the military commander to rally popular use of force to prevent any attack on the Shiite religious authorities.

The fire at the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Najaf has fueled violence in Iraq after weeks of mass protests aimed at toppling a government deemed corrupt and backed by Tehran.

A delegation from the region will visit Baghdad next week to sign the oil and budget agreement

Date: 2019/11/28 20:28 • 34 times read

A delegation from the Kurdistan region will visit Baghdad next week to sign a formal agreement with the federal government on oil and the budget.

MP Mayada al-Najjar said in a press statement on Thursday that “the dialogues between Erbil and Baghdad have reached their final stages,” indicating that “a delegation from the regional government will visit Baghdad next week to sign the agreement.”

Najjar added that “the return of the Kurdish government delegation to Baghdad comes in order to sign the agreement reached by the two sides during the talks between them during the last period.”

She explained that according to the information received, the provincial government is seeking to install the largest possible share of financial resources in favor of the region in the General Budget Law for the year 2020, “noting that” there is no talk about raising the share of the region from 12.67% to 17% of the Iraqi general budget. .

After killing and injuring dozens .. Abdul Mahdi withdraw the head of the crisis cell in Dhi Qar


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2019/11/28 07:00:47

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Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief has suspended Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi as head of the crisis cell in Dhi Qar province, which witnessed bloody incidents.

An informed source told Shafaq News that the commander of the armed forces decided to withdraw the hand of the head of the crisis cell in Dhi Qar province, Lieutenant General Jamil al-Shammari.

He added that Abdul-Mahdi is working to assign Lieutenant General Saad Harbiyeh commander of operations headquarters in the Kirkuk province to manage the crisis cell.

The governor of Dhi Qar, Adel al-Dakhil, accused General Jamil al-Shammari and military leaders that they were responsible for the decision to suppress the demonstrators in the province of southern Iraq, with live bullets, resulting in dozens of deaths.

More than 100 protesters were killed and injured during the dispersal of live protest in Dhi Qar, prompting clans to take up arms to defend their children.