Iraqi protesters use “bulldozers” to demolish the homes of officials


The features of the worsening crisis in Iraq brought about by the popular demonstrations against the government and its political forces indicate that the procrastination by the power forces and their parties is fueling the factors of loss of confidence that already exist between the movement groups on the one hand, and the parties and armed factions holding on to power and who are adhering to the survival of the regime and being satisfied with formative changes, On the other hand.
And it became clear during the past few days, and through the names of the many personalities proposed by the authority to occupy the post of prime minister to succeed the resigned president under the pressure of the popular protests, Adel Abdul Mahdi, that the potential area of ​​understanding between the two sides, the movement and the powers of power, does not exist on the ground. The Harak movement, with every new candidate nominated by the authorities, quickly rejected it. Perhaps the songs that the Tahrir Square demonstrators (Friday evening) against the President of the Republic Barham Salih and Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi were among the strongest indications of the growing distrust between the two sides, and after the protesters turned a blind eye to the high officials during the last period and focused on Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi Before announcing his resignation, they came back and chanted the song (Barham and Halbousi … Jake the Secret), meaning that the role has come to overthrow you.
In continuation of the state of tension and mistrust between the authority and its security apparatus and the protesters in all governorates, (Friday) again, the security situation in the city of Nasiriyah, the southern city of Dhi Qar Governorate, erupted again, against the background of the assassination operation that targeted the activist Ali Muhammad Maktoof Al-Asmi. The city’s governorate witnessed yesterday, a high level of tension, which reflected on life in the city and led to the paralysis of the movement in it after the closure of all bridges linking both parts of it.
For the first time, the Nazareths used “bulldozers” to demolish the home of the former head of the security committee, Jabbar al-Musawi, after they had burned the headquarters of parties and officials. Activists confirmed that the demonstrators brought more than 5 bulldozers to the sit-in areas in preparation for the subsequent demolition operations that they will carry out against the party headquarters and the homes of the officials. The activist, Haider Al-Nashi, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the demonstrators in Nasiriyah had burned again “the headquarters of the Dawa Party and Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Dawa, as well as demolishing the Jabbar Al-Mousawi house with shovels (bulldozers).”

Al-Nashi says: “Jabbar Al-Musawi, the wanted man in Nasiriyah, was previously issued with a warrant issued against him on the grounds of accusing him, his protection personnel, and one of his sons of being involved in the killing of demonstrators.” He asserts that “the protesters announced and informed all the armed parties and factions that any new assassination that took place in the city will be followed by a massive campaign to demolish the homes of officials and parties, as they announced that they will target all the interests of the parties and financial militias in the province, such as markets (malls) and large investment projects.”
Al-Nashi expected, “The factions and armed militias will refrain from carrying out similar assassinations in the coming days, given the scale of the mass anger in Nasiriyah, which could lead to revenge on those factions, even outside the city of Nasiriyah.”
Returning to Baghdad, in a step and a new reaction from the movement groups to the procrastination by the government and its forces regarding the issue of the next prime minister and the overall reform path demanded by the protesters, the day before yesterday was issued a statement representing the views of a wide range of protesters, and put the number sequence (1) ) To indicate in reference to that spectrum and the broad direction of the movement groups.
The protesters opened their statement by saying: “While the Iraqi people awaits the political class as it maneuvers the protest movement over its true demands, we clearly point out that what is happening in these corridors of the class is never consistent with what the people and their protesting people have gone through for a decent life, and what has happened so far It clearly affirms the arbitrariness and non-seriousness of this class. The protesters announced in their statement that they “do not adopt any candidate for the position of interim or interim prime minister and everything that is circulated (by the government and its parties) so far is rejected and unacceptable from the sit-in squares.”

The protesters demanded the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, “an independent nomination for the position of interim prime minister to proceed with a mini transitional government that works for a maximum period of one year to secure fair and fair elections in accordance with the election law and a new commission.” The statement threatened “escalatory steps” in the event that the blocs insist on adopting a political figure for the prime minister, “his biography does not apply to the specifications of the rising street.”
While the statement did not reveal the nature of the escalatory steps that protesters will take in the coming days in the event of failure to respond to their demands, activist Mohammed Al-Rubaie confirms that “the movement in Baghdad is seriously considering, and in the event that the authorities and parties continue to stall, to form special teams (to combat permanence) and force official institutions To disrupt the movement of the government, as was done by the protesters in the governorates of Wasit and Dhi Qar. “It is confirmed day after day that the authorities and their parties will not respond to any demand except through intense pressure. They are maneuvering in all security and political directions in the hope that the storm of protests that threaten their existence will pass,” he said. He continues: “The gangs of the Palestinian Authority and their militias have not stopped hurting the demonstrators and seeking to intimidate them. On Friday night, they detonated an explosive device in the nation’s garden to terrorize the protestors.”

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Source: Political agreement to reject any candidate for the double-national prime ministerial office


2019-12-21 | 17:10


Alsumaria news

A political source revealed, on Sunday, an agreement to reject any candidate for the dual national prime minister.

The source said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “The political blocs agreed to reject any candidate for prime minister with dual nationality.”

Al-Sadr sends a message to Al-Benaa and the coalition’s candidate for prime minister


12/21/2019 11:06:45

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Shafak News / Sadr movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr hinted on Saturday of his refusal to take over as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the caretaker government, to succeed resigner Adel Abdul Mahdi, calling on the construction coalition to “inject blood.”

Al-Sadr tweeted from the social networking platform “Twitter”, saying: Brothers in the building block, Brother Qusay al-Suhail, inject Iraqi blood, respect the orders of the authority, and respect the will of the people, and preserve your dignity is news for us, for you and for Iraq as a whole.

An appendix to al-Sadr is published with the hashtag, “The people are the largest bloc.”

The Construction Alliance announced earlier today that it will present its candidate for the position of new Prime Minister to the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to succeed resigner Adel Abdul Mahdi.

And news circulated by the media representing the parties of the alliance stating that Al-Bana nominated the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the caretaker government Qusay Al-Suhail for the post of head of the next federal government.

Al-Suhail does not have the support of the “Saeron” coalition, which is supported by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, nor of the demonstrators in the protest arenas who refuse, in whole or in detail, any figure from the political parties and powers to assume this position.

“We have met to confirm the reference directives to expedite the formation of the government and the approval of the election law,” said the leader of the Badr bloc, which is part of the Al-Fatah coalition, in a joint press conference with members representing the rest of the alliance blocs.

He added, “We call on the President of the Republic to adhere to the constitutional timing and to present the candidate of the largest bloc,” adding that “we have submitted the name of our candidate for the position of Prime Minister to the President of the Republic.”

On the legislative elections bill, Al-Ghabban said, “The debate regarding the electoral districts will be decided today and will be voted on in the elections at the parliament session on Monday.”

The President of the Republic postponed submitting the name of a candidate for the position of Prime Minister to the new federal government until Sunday.

It is noteworthy that the Iraqi parliament failed last week to pass the legislative elections law due to disputes over some of the articles, most notably the delineation of electoral districts in the country’s provinces

Al-Kaabi announces the end of the time of the “largest bloc” .. Shiite forces massacre the rights of the largest component on the threshold of differences and interests

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 Baghdad / Obelisk: In a response to him about (the largest bloc) that is being debated … The first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi, said: No return to the larger bloc, its issue was settled in the first session, and after that the resigned government was formed, and the president The Republic is now naming a new candidate to form the new government.

He added: The time of the biggest bloc is over.

And it seems that Al-Kaabi, who represents the rest of the movement and the Sadrist movement in parliament, announces the “death” of the largest bloc, which was expected due to the differences between the Shiite blocs on influence and positions, which made its influence blown by the winds of local and regional political influences.

Expected end

 The Shiite political parties, again, place themselves in a dangerous “constitutional impasse”, the confidence of which “the largest component” is lost, even more, after it has neglected the right before, although it is not forced to do so.

Contrary to the constitution, the powerful spend on the guidance of compromise “once again” on a candidate for prime minister, without specifying the “largest bloc”, which they are obligated to, “fixed” and not acceptable to any party, to bury them.

The first: principled and ethical, in front of the “largest component”, which you represent to produce the candidate for prime minister from the womb of the “largest bloc”.

Second: The constitution, which binds everyone, the legal mechanism for choosing the prime minister.

The forces whose popularity has eroded a lot seem not keen on the principle of “fair” partnership first, before “consensual” second, and at the same time, they have also fought over the name of “the larger bloc”, when the courage to accept facts and figures is absent.   

The solution cannot be bypassing the constitutional text, which says that the President of the Republic assigns the candidate for the largest bloc to head the government, and that not to do so, by not naming the “largest bloc”, will make the appointment of a specific person by the President of the Republic even through agreement and understanding between multiple blocs. Void, constitutionally.

The people are waiting for you, you “strong”, idiomatic, and “weak” popular, and it is your chance to wash the dust of the people’s uprising off your faces.

O leaders …

“And do not quarrel, and fail, and your wind will be gone.”

Time is buzzing, and the people are watching. Hold your order, stop making free “offerings,” and remember that we move the “largest bloc” on the threshold of interests, in the formation of the previous government, as was the blood and humiliation.


The protesters are withdrawing from Al-Wathba, Al-Ahrar and life is gradually returning to normal


Political | 03:19 – 21/12/2019


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, A local source said, on Saturday, that the protesters will withdraw from Al Wathba Square and Al-Ahrar Bridge to Al-Tahrir Square.
“The demonstrators withdrew from the Al-Ahrar Bridge and Al-Wathba Square, and Hafiz Al-Qadi was heading towards Tahrir Square, after an agreement with the security forces,” the source told Mawazine News.
He added, “This comes in line with the return of normal life to the Shorja market and Al-Rashid Street,” noting that “life is gradually returning to normal.” Ended 29 / h

The Sadr Alliance bloc responds to the construction around the largest bloc

12/21/2019 06:31:46

Shafaq News / Leader of the “Saeron” coalition bloc, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan al-Kaabi, responded on Saturday to the controversy surrounding the largest bloc that results in the nomination of a new prime minister instead of resigning Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Al-Kaabi said in a written statement today that “there is no return to the largest bloc, as its issue was decided in the first session, and after that the resigned government was formed.”

 He added, “The President of the Republic must now nominate a new candidate to form the new government.

The construction alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri, and Nuri al-Maliki held a meeting earlier in the day announcing that the alliance is the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.

The construction alliance is scheduled to address the President of the Federal Court and the President of the Republic in order to determine the largest bloc.

This comes at a time when the capital, Baghdad, and the ruling Shiite majority areas and cities are witnessing protests calling for an end to the era of parties that manage power in the country after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime and heading to early elections within a fair law that enables the rise of independents

Oil Minister: Expectations to add new quantities to the size of the oil and gas reserves and reserves

Editing Date: 12/21/2019 15:50

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Deputy Prime Minister for Energy and Oil Minister Thamer Abbas Al-Ghadban expected, on Saturday, to add new quantities of hydrocarbon wealth {oil, gas} to Iraq’s stock and reserves during the coming period.

This came during his presidency of a specialized technical meeting for the team assigned to the Petroleum Exploration Company and the Department of Reserves and Field Development at the Ministry’s Center to prepare studies and technical surveys for new sites throughout the country, with the aim of updating information related to the size of the oil reserves and reserves, as well as identifying new sites in order to develop appropriate plans for exploration Development and optimal investment for it.

Al-Ghadban said in a statement that he received {Al Furat News} a copy of it, that “technical studies and geological research prepared by the specialized team have indicated the presence of large areas in the western region, as well as the central and southern governorates of Iraq that include hydrocarbon structures and promising opportunities for investment contribute to adding large quantities New to the size of the oil reserves and then to the reserves of hydrocarbon wealth {oil, gas} ”.

He added: “New promising regions will enter the traditional production system, which requires us to update the numbers related to the size of oil reserves and reserves. The Ministry will announce this after the completion of the preparation and collection of information related to this matter, and this is what makes Iraq occupy an advanced position in the global classification.”

For his part, the ministry’s spokesman, Assem Jihad, said, “Through his interest in the oil exploration sector and his importance in maximizing oil and gas reserves, which is estimated at more than 112 billion barrels and reserves that exceed 143 billion barrels, he was instructed earlier to The formation of a specialized technical committee working to update the information related to oil and gas wealth in order to develop appropriate future plans, and the studies of the assigned team have achieved fruitful results that represent a new addition in defining solid technical paths and a road map towards the optimal investment of the country’s wealth. ”

Kurdistan Democrat: We vote on the election law in exchange for amending the multi-constituency clause

Baghdad / Obelisk: Member of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament, on behalf of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Idris Shaaban, Saturday, December 21, 2019, stated that his party does not oppose the idea of early elections at all, indicating that the shapes lie in paragraphs of the electoral law.

Shaaban said, in an interview with local media, “As long as the early elections are the desire of the Iraqi street and the religious authority, there is no harm in that.”

He added, “The most important thing is to legislate a good election law, otherwise there will be no benefit from early elections because it will produce the current faces themselves.”

He pointed out that “there are problems in the electoral law, the most prominent of which is the issue of multiple constituencies, which will produce political and technical problems, specifically in the disputed areas and are opposed by the Kurdish parties, and if this paragraph is not amended, we will not vote on the law.”

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Tariq Harb: The nomination period for prime minister can be extended to 7 months

Baghdad / Obelisk: Legal expert, Tariq Harb, confirmed on Saturday, December 21, 2019, that there is a possibility to extend the period of nomination of a new prime minister to seven months, similar to what happened at the time of the former prime minister.

Harb said in an interview with the obelisk that “even if the period of fifteen days for assignment ends, the President of the Republic has another period to choose a candidate after he asked the Federal Court to clarify the conditions of the largest bloc.”

He added, “This matter, even if it is based on a constitutional violation, but it does not have any effect, such as punishing the perpetrators of that violation, especially as the position of the Prime Minister is not vacant in the presence of the Prime Minister of the caretaker government.”

He pointed out that “the constitution stipulates that the person who will be nominated for the formation of the new government is presented to the President of the Republic by the largest political bloc in Parliament, and not the president who is responsible for assigning.”