Iraq: Amid Sunni cleavages and Kurdish dictations … Wednesday is an initial date for a vote on the Al-Kazemi government


Sunday, April 19, 2020 – 02:00

Baghdad / Dr. Hamid Abdullah 

An Iraqi MP revealed a preliminary date for voting on the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi. The deputy from the Al-Fateh Alliance Fadel Al-Fatlawi said that Al-Kazemi has completed the selection of his cabinet, and he will ask the Speaker of Parliament to hold a session for the Council next Wednesday to vote on the cabinet.

And that Al-Kazemi’s consultations with the political blocs ended with the selection of approximately 20 ministers with their replacements, and the candidate booth will be presented to the House of Representatives next Wednesday.

However, the secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, Raed Fahmy, ruled that Al-Kazemi could easily pass his booth.

Fahmy said that the support of the blocs to Al-Kazemi will be removed immediately after the understanding of the ministerial quotas .. Meanwhile, sources in the Union of Sunni Forces led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi said that a great schism occurred in the union and showed that the Iraqi politician and businessman Khamis Al-Khanjar succeeded in establishing a new bloc called The “liberated cities” bloc was joined by approximately 31 Sunni representatives who broke away from Al-Halbousi. For his part, a Shiite deputy accused Shiite blocs of colluding with Kurdish politicians in plundering Iraq’s fortunes.

Representative Hassan Salem said of the Sadqoun bloc linked to Asaib Ahl al-Haq, led by Qais Khazali, that 40 percent of the Iraqi budget goes to the Kurdish region with the complicity of the leaders of the Shiite blocs.

And Salem explained that the Integrity Commission reports that the Kurdish region owes the central government to 128 billion dollars accumulated for the export of 650 thousand barrels per day of oil without the Baghdad government obtaining one dollar of these revenues!

Sources close to Al-Kazimi’s negotiations with the political blocs indicate that the Kurdish forces imposed on the Prime Minister-designate to keep Fouad Hussein, the Minister of Finance in his post, while granting the Kurds three other ministries in exchange for supporting the Al-Kazemi government.


The Sadr Alliance: A session to give confidence to the Al-Kazemi government will be held soon!


Baghdad – Iraq today:

 On Saturday, the Alliance of Saireon identified four essential tasks for the government of designate Mustafa al-Kazimi, while the session to pass the government was likely to take place soon.

“The political atmosphere is proceeding with a deliberate step towards finishing this file, voting for the Al-Kazemi government and beginning to implement the obligations of the taxpayer,” Salam al-Shammari, a coalition deputy, said in a statement.

He added that “the new government is awaiting important files, the first of which is to strengthen measures to combat the Corona virus and implement the legitimate demands of the demonstrators, which were the main reason for the political developments that took place in the country since last November,” noting that “an important demand is to start with steps to determine the date of the early elections.” With the Electoral Commission, and to create the appropriate atmosphere for it to be conducted as quickly as possible. “

Al-Shammari stressed, according to the statement, “the importance of implementing the steps to combat corruption and spoilers, and working to return the stolen money, and to reflect a clear positive image of a new Iraq,” expressing “his hope for a political consensus soon and the call for a parliamentary session”.–%d8%ac%d9%84%d8%b3%d8%a9-%d9%85%d9%86%d8%ad-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ab%d9%82%d8%a9-%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%83%d9%88%d9%85%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%83%d8%a7%d8%b8%d9%85%d9%8a-%d8%b3%d8%aa%d8%b9%d9%82%d8%af-%d9%82%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a8%d8%a7

The International Astronomy Center sets the date for Ramadan in most Islamic countries


World | 12:20 – 19/04/2020


Baghdad – Mawazine News 

The International Astronomy Center announced that Friday, April 24, will be the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan in most Islamic countries, because the crescent can be seen in parts of the Islamic world next Thursday.
The center said in a statement that the month of Shaaban had begun on Thursday, 26 March of this year in most Islamic countries, and that most countries would investigate the crescent of Ramadan on Thursday, April 23.
He explained that the countries that will investigate the crescent of Ramadan are Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Pakistan, Iran, Sultanate of Oman, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and most of the non-Arab Islamic countries in Africa.
The center pointed out that there are a few countries that started the month of Shaaban on Wednesday, March 25, so these countries will investigate the crescent of Ramadan on Wednesday, April 22, including Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia.
The Center noted that for the countries that will investigate the crescent on Wednesday, the moon will be absent on that day before sunset and the pairing will take place after sunset, meaning that seeing the crescent is impossible after sunset on Wednesday, and thus these countries will complete several peoples for thirty days, and the blessed month of Ramadan will begin Friday, April 24.

As for the countries that will investigate the crescent on Thursday, seeing the crescent on Thursday will be possible using the telescope only, and seeing the crescent on that day is possible with the unaided eye with difficulty in parts of the American continents.

The center said, “There is a possibility to see the crescent from parts of the Islamic world on Thursday, and it is expected that Friday, April 24, will be the start of the blessed month of Ramadan in most Islamic countries.” The east of the Islamic world, which on Thursday will not be able to see the crescent even with the use of the telescope, is expected to begin the blessed month of Ramadan on Saturday, April 25.

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Al-Kazemi seeks to complete his booth before Ramadan and awaits the Kurdish position

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Rudaw – Baghdad 

According to the information obtained by Rudaw Media Network, the Prime Minister-designate, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, seeks to complete his government cabinet before Ramadan, and after his agreement with the Sunnis and Shiites to choose the ministries’ candidates, he is now waiting for the Kurdistan candidates, while the President of the Kurdistan Region is keen To maintain the partnership between the Kurdish parties.

Information obtained by Rudaw’s correspondent in Baghdad, Mustafa Koran, indicates that Al-Kazemi is trying to provide a booth consisting of new ministers, so he requested to change two of the three Kurdish ministers in the current government and present the candidates officially tomorrow, Sunday, at the latest, at the same time seeking the President of the Kurdistan Region , Nechirvan Barzani to grant the Kurds more ministries in the new federal government cabinet, or to expand the participation of other Kurdish parties – alongside the Democratic Party and the National Union – through state ministers and government bodies, as well as the inclusion of Turkmen and Christians in the government. 

According to the leaks, the new government will consist of 22 ministries, granting 11 ministries to the Shiites, among them the interior, oil, foreign affairs, and education. Al-Fateh’s share, headed by Hadi Al-Amiri and others headed by Muqtada Al-Sadr, will have three ministries each. 

These leaks also indicated that the Sunni forces will have six ministries, including defense and higher education, and four of them will go to the Iraqi Forces Alliance headed by the President of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Muhammad al-Halbousi. 

“Consultations with political forces continue in a friendly atmosphere, and we try to overcome obstacles on the basis of positive dialogue,” Al-Kazimi said in a tweet today. “We want an efficient and impartial government team, facing crises, and moving the country toward success and achieving people’s demands.”

Al-Kazemi, who has been the head of Iraqi intelligence since 2015, was charged by the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, on 9th of this month, to form the government after the announcement of the former Prime Minister-designate, Adnan al-Zorfi, his apology for the mission for undisclosed “internal and external” reasons.

It is noteworthy that Al-Kazemi is the third in charge of forming the government, after Zarrafi, and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, who withdrew at the beginning of last March, for his failure to persuade the Sunni and Kurdish components and some Shiite forces to support his government formation.

The Finance and Central Bank are studying the option of requesting external loans to cross the stage

Economy | 10:34 – 18/04/2020

Baghdad – Mawazine News 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Fuad Hussein held an expanded meeting in the presence of the governor of the Central Bank, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance and general managers of the Rafidain and Rashid and Iraqi banks for trade and customs and tax authorities and the public debt department to discuss the economic and financial situation in order to secure the needs of the government. 

The Finance Ministry statement said that the minister “reviewed the recent OPEC agreement and the decision to reduce the shares of the global oil market and reduce approximately one million barrels per day of the share of Iraq and the implications of that decision, especially with the collapse of the current oil prices and how to overcome these obstacles and cross the current stage.”

On the other hand, Al-Alaq indicated that “the necessity of maintaining the continuity of the banking system and balances, and the need to analyze data to obtain information about these balances, whether they are self-financing or central.”

It also reviewed the above-mentioned banks.

The meeting also discussed “options for entering the IMF program and requesting external loans as one of the options that the current government can take to cross the stage

. The statement went on to discuss the necessity of reviewing the tax exemptions that were granted previously with the exception of organizations and humanitarian agencies whose goods are gifted to the government.” .

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The Kurdistani Democrat: We have no insistence on a specific ministry … and reveals the official position of the Kurds on Al-Kazemi

Time: 04/18/2020 23:10:38

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The KDP confirmed that the Kurdish parties did not insist on a specific ministry, while revealing the official position of the Kurds towards the assignment of Mustafa Al-Kazemi to head the federal government.

Party leader Ali Al-Faili {for Al-Furat News} said that “the Kurdish position towards all candidates who took up the position did not change in terms of content and that it changed in form according to the situation.” He pointed out that “we do not count on names, but on the constitutional benefits of the region and figures who understand Constitution and the meaning of federalism. ” 

He added that “the Kurds are always accused of disrupting the formation of the federal government, but the provincial government took the initiative to announce its support to the Al-Kazemi official to remove the charges.” “Al-Kazemi’s success and the passing of his government are related to the Shiite component, and there are forces in it that hinder this.”  

In an explanation about the oil file and its dispute between the region and the center, al-Faili explained, “The oil file is basically a technical file, which was forcibly dressed in the garment of politics”, attributing the reasons for concluding contracts with companies without the approval of the federal government to “cut Baghdad’s share of the region’s financial since 2014 and had only this solution in front of it.” It currently sends only the salaries of employees to the region. ”

He added that “the region receives only 17 trillion dinars from the federal budget and deducts 11 trillion from it.”

He pointed out that “the region’s government has expressed its willingness to hand over all outstanding oil files to Baghdad, provided that you sit with these companies and understand them.” He added, “We have come with the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a great way of understanding about the oil file, and it is unreasonable for the taxpayer to destroy all this.” .

In response to the demands of the Kurds in Al-Kazemi’s government, Al-Faili stressed, “We do not insist on any particular ministry, provided that we are a support and assistance to the Prime Minister for his success in his mission, and he must address the differences with the region to account for it.”

He concluded his speech by saying Feeli that ” the official position of the Kurds Kurds not to drop their support for the government of Kazmi and not in line with the rest of the components , but to exit the country from the neck of the bottle” .anthy

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Tomorrow .. A high-level Kurdish delegation arrives in Baghdad to discuss financial dues and export oil

Politics 04/18/2020 22:47 102    

Baghdad today – special

An informed source said, today, Saturday, that a high-level Kurdish delegation will arrive in Baghdad on Sunday to discuss financial dues and export oil.

The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “a delegation headed by the Minister of Finance in the Territory’s Government, Awat Sheikh Janab, and the membership of the Minister of the Territory, Khaled Shawani, will arrive tomorrow to the capital Baghdad to discuss issues of financial dues and the export of oil.”

Agreement on the new government .. The blocs provide 3 candidates for each ministry and Al-Kazemi chooses


Political | 06:11 – 04/18/2020


Baghdad – Mawazine News
revealed the deputy for the State of Law coalition, Alia Nassif, to grant Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi political blocs the freedom to submit two candidates to each ministry.
Nassif said, according to the official agency, that “Al-Kazemi set specific specifications in the mechanism of submitting candidates to his cabinet by the political blocs, the most important of which is integrity and competence, and he has no known backgrounds in addition to other specifications.”
She added, “The taxpayer will have the freedom to choose who deems appropriate after each bloc submits two or three candidates to each ministry.” Ended 29 / h

Deputy for Al-Fateh: Al-Kazemi has completed his cabinet

Political | 05:28 – 04/18/2020

Baghdad – Mawazine News

, the deputy of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Amer Al-Fayez, confirmed today, Saturday, that the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazhi has completed the cabinet, indicating that he will inform the heads of political blocs on it before sending it to the House of Representatives.

Al-Fayez said in a statement seen by Mawazine News that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will send the names of his government formation to the heads of political blocs before submitting them to the parliament.”

He pointed out that “the Prime Minister-designate who has a team is currently writing the government program and will be sent to the House of Representatives after completing writing it.”

And the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed today, Saturday, the nature of the ongoing negotiations with the political parties on the issue of forming a government.

“Consultations with political forces are continuing in a friendly atmosphere,” Al-Kazimi said in a tweet to him on Twitter.

Al-Kazimi pointed out, “attempts to overcome obstacles on the basis of positive dialogue.”

The Prime Minister-designate stressed, “We want an efficient and honest government team that faces crises and walks the country towards success and achieving people’s demands.” End / 29 BC

Barzani forces Al-Kazemi to keep the Minister of Finance and get 3 ministries

Saturday 18 April 2020 | 04:22 pm

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Baghdad / .. According to an informed political source, on Saturday, that the leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic Party imposed four ministries in the new government, including finance and trade.

The source said, “The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, was directed to keep the Finance Minister Fouad Hussein in the new government led by Mustafa Kadhimi,” stressing that “four new ministries will be for the Kurds to trade.”

He pointed out that “Barzani’s party took advantage of the PUK share of the presidency to impose its conditions and obtain the largest number of ministries for its party,” noting that “this information reached the negotiating team of the Prime Minister-designate.”