A Conversation with President of Iraq Barham Salih

April 20th, 2020

April 20, 2020 — In a conversation with Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) Senior Fellow Puneet Talwar, Iraqi President Barham Salih discusses the coronavirus, his political and economic vision for Iraq, and Baghdad’s perspective on U.S.-Iran relations. (38 min., 48 sec.)



Disclosure of the names of candidates in Al-Kazemi’s booth presented at today’s meeting

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agreed Shiite forces to scrutinize the list of names proposed by Prime Minister – designate Mustafa Kazemi, the ministerial his booth.
Al-Kazemi had a meeting with the leaders and leaders of the Shiite political forces to discuss resolving disputes over the cabinet.
The Shiite forces also agreed to meet again within 48 hours to give an opinion to each of the candidates.

The candidates are:
1- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Dr. Harith Muhammad Hassan was born in 1972 Karbala, a former employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who is currently teaching at an Italian university.
2- The Ministry of Transport: Dr. Alaa Mahmoud Hussein – Baghdad – Engineering of transport projects, consultant to many city development companies, graduate of France 1970.
3- Electricity: Nizar Qahtan Hassan Jabr, Mechanical Engineering, currently Director of Central Electricity.
4- Oil: Abdul-Jabbar Al-Oibi, a former oil minister.
5- Work: Kazem Hailan Al-Sahlani: a civil activist from Basra and teaching at the University of Basra.
6- Higher Education: Ibrahim Bahr Al-Uloum, a former minister and parliamentarian.
7. Water resources: Jassem Muhammad Al-Asadi, Al-Nassiriya, retired general manager from the Ministry.
8- Communications: Dr. Hassan Shams Al-Din Al-Khatib: specialized in telecommunications security, Najaf.
9- Culture: Dr. Hisham Saleh Dawood, an instructor in anthropology,
10- for planning: Dr. Khaled Al-Battal, President of Anbar University, currently
11- Agriculture: Muhammad Shi’a Al-Sudani, former Minister and Parliamentarian currently
12- Trade: Dr. Mahrammad, current Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance
13- Education: A- Dr. Muzahim Al-Khayyat, now President of Mosul University
– Dr. Falah Hammoud Ahmad, director of Education for the First Karkh, currently
14- Health: Dr. Jaafar Allawi, the current minister
15 – Finance: Fouad Hussein, the current minister
16 – Justice: A – Khaled Shawani
B- Rizgar Muhammad Amin
17- Municipalities: Rizan Muhammad, the current Minister of Housing in the Kurdistan Region
18- Industry: Mughal
19- Interior: Mughal
20- Defense: Mughal
21- Immigration: Mughal
22- Youth and Sports: Mughal

Brent recovers and the American jumps


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Brent crude futures recovered, from Wednesday, from the lowest level in more than 20 years.
US crude contracts, supported by initial talks, also jumped from additional cuts in supplies from OPEC producers, and increases in US stockpiles were less dreadful than some had expected.
Brent contracts ended the trading session as high as $ 1.04, or 5.4 percent, to settle at $ 20.37 a barrel. Earlier in the session, global benchmark crude fell to $ 15.98, its lowest level since June 1999.
US benchmark West Texas Intermediate, June delivery, rose 2.21 dollars, or 19.1 percent, to settle at $ 13.78 a barrel.
The benchmarks continued to rise in post-settlement trade.
Since the beginning of the year, Brent has fallen about 65 percent, while US crude has tumbled around 75 percent.
Oil trading has witnessed the biggest fluctuations, at least in the past few days, and a growing glut in the market supply with a sharp decline in demand amid orders from governments around the world to people to keep their homes to stop the spread of the emerging corona virus.
US oil futures slipped deep into negative territory on Monday, April 20 when it closed at minus $ 37.63 a barrel, the lowest level ever.

Shafaq News publishes the names of the candidates of 14 ministerial portfolios in the Al-Kazemi government


04/22/2020 15:05:14

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Shafak News / Sources close to the ongoing talks to form the government revealed the names of the candidates for 14 ministerial portfolios in the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi to occupy ministerial portfolios.

The source said to Shafaq News, on condition of anonymity, that Al-Kazemi presented to the Shiite leaders during a meeting this evening the names of his candidates to fill 14 ministerial portfolios.

He explained that the candidates are:

Candidate of the Ministry of Planning / Khaled Battal

Foreign Ministry candidate / Harith Hassan

Candidate of the Ministry of Higher Education / Ibrahim Bahr Al-Ulum

Candidate of the Ministry of Finance / Fouad Hussein

Candidate of the Ministry of Justice / Khaled Shawani

Candidate of the Ministry of Municipalities / Rizan Muhammad

Candidate of the Ministry of Agriculture / Mohamed Shiaa

Candidate of the Ministry of Oil / Hisham Saleh Dawood

Candidate of the Ministry of Water Resources / Jassem Muhammad Al-Asadi

Candidate of the Ministry of Electricity / Adnan Al-Zarfi

Candidate of the Ministry of Labor / Kazem Al-Sahlani

Candidate of the Ministry of Culture / Hashem Al-Shadidi

Candidate of the Ministry of Interior / Muzahim Al-Tamimi

Candidate of the Ministry of Education / Muzahim Al-Khayyat and Falah Mahmoud Ahmed to choose one of them

Another source of Shafaq News said that Al-Kazemi presented the names of his candidates to Shiite leaders, but they objected to some names, without specifying specific names.

The source added that “Shiite leaders asked Al-Kazemi to make amendments to the ministerial curriculum and to change some of the names of the candidates because of their inefficiency to assume the ministerial position.”

He referred to “the opposition of the meeting to the re-nomination of a number of ministers in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned, and also made observations on some of the candidates submitted by the Sunni forces.”

A political source had revealed to Shafak News, on the meeting of the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi with the leader of the State of Law coalition Nuri al-Maliki and the leader of the Fatah coalition Hadi al-Amiri and the head of the political body of the block of Nassar al-Rubaie and Adnan Fayhan on behalf of the Sadiqin movement.

The meeting was held in the absence of the leader of the al-Hikma movement, Ammar al-Hakim, or any representative thereof, and he was dedicated to discuss differences over the government formation.

In turn, Mohamed al-Ghabban, head of the Al-Fateh parliamentary bloc, said in a tweet on Twitter that “the proposed cab presented by the president-designate today is incomplete.”

He added that “the combined political blocs evaluate the curriculum and the nomination mechanism adopted by the Prime Minister-designate and study the names of candidates who were named to some ministries according to the criteria and specifications that have been agreed upon.”


Independent deputy: Kurds and Sunnis block the formation of the government .. This is the date for the voting session

Time: 04/22/2020 21:28:17

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The former deputy, Amer Al-Fayez, revealed who was hindering the formation of the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Lakhdami, and the date for the voting session.

Al-Fayez said (for Furat News) that “in forming the ministry, the Shiite blocs agreed to provide Al-Kazemi with the names nominated to the rest of the blocs for the purpose of supporting them, and gave him full freedom to choose his ministers, provided that this matter applies to all other components and political blocs.”

He pointed out that “some Shiite blocs intend to adhere to their electoral entitlement in the event that the rest of the components (the Kurds and Sunnis) do not agree to leave the freedom of choice to Al-Kazemi”, pointing out that “Al-Kazemi until the moment was unable to agree with the Kurds and some Sunnis, but he continued in his discussions; therefore, the invitation was delayed. The House of Representatives to hold a session of granting confidence, which was scheduled to be Tuesday, but the obstacles of the cabinet are what delayed the request to hold the meeting for some days.  

The winner pointed out that “it is hoped that the voting session will be held early or mid next week, especially as the government program for Al-Kazemi has been completed and only the final touches are left.”

In response to the start of the second legislative term for the House of Representatives, Al-Fayez explained, “The legislative separation of the parliament has already begun; but the sessions were not held like the rest of the state’s departments suspended because of the curfew to combat the Corona pandemic.”

He noted that “if the health situation in Iraq remains as it is, perhaps the parliament will resume its sessions like the rest of the state departments next week,” suggesting “a move away from giving confidence to Al-Kazimi through electronic voting.”   

In response to the intricacies of dialogue and possible scenarios in the event that the blocs change their support for Al-Kazemi, the winner said, “The passage of the Al-Kazemi government is unanimous because the country will not tolerate more, especially after the letter that resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to the Presidents of the Republic and Parliament to leave the position voluntarily in the event that the Al-Kazemi government is not passed. A synonym.


In the absence of Al-Hakim .. Al-Kazemi meets with Shiite leaders for one goal


04/22/2020 14:16:10

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Shafaq News / An informed political source revealed, on Wednesday, that Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi met with Shiite leaders in the absence of the leader of the al-Hikma Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, to discuss resolving disputes over the cabinet.

The source said in a statement to Shafaq News, “Al-Kazimi met this evening with Shiite leaders, who are the leader of the State of Law coalition Nuri al-Maliki and leader of the Fatah coalition Hadi al-Amiri and head of the political body of the mass movement of Nassar al-Rubaie and Adnan Fayhan on behalf of the Sadiq movement.”

The source pointed to the absence of the leader of the wisdom, Ammar al-Hakim, or any representative of him to the meeting, noting that “the meeting was held to discuss the issue of the cabinet, and to resolve the outstanding differences regarding it.”

The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, commissioned Mustafa Al-Kazemi to form the Iraqi government, shortly after the failure of the former commissioner, Adnan Al-Zorfi, to accomplish this task.

Al-Kazemi’s assignment was met with acceptance by most political parties, who expected him to succeed in obtaining the confidence of the House of Representatives when his government put up a vote, and the taxpayer’s efforts have intensified in the past weeks to convince all parties of his eligibility.


Deputy: Iran has lost a large part of its role in Iraq and America can now end the armed factions

Baghdad / news

Member of the House of Representatives Muhammad Al-Khaldi saw that Iran has lost a large part of its role in Iraq, indicating that America can now end the armed factions.

He said in a press statement, “The issue of restricting weapons to the state is not related to the next prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, but rather is an international regional issue, mainly related to the United States, and the nature of its dealings with the Iraqi file. If it wants to proceed with this option, it will be able to That is without question. ”

Al-Khalidi added, “Iran has lost a large part of its role in Iraq, and may have lost its entire role during the past period, and it is currently suffering internal crises, and it has no control or acceptability in Iraqi affairs, so if the United States decides to end the armed factions in Iraq, Al-Kazemi will do that. ”


Today … an upcoming meeting between Al-Kazemi and the Shiite blocs to resolve the cabinet file

Baghdad / news

The designated Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, will hold a meeting with Shiite political blocs today, Wednesday, to resolve the cabinet file.

A political source familiar with “Al-Ikhbaria” said, “Al-Kazemi will present his ministerial options to the Shiite political parties and will receive the first acceptance or rejection of his proposed government.”

He added that “the session that was supposed to take place yesterday, but was postponed at the request of Al-Kazemi, after he demanded obtaining another 24-48 hours to finalize the list of ministers.”


In the document .. Abdul-Mahdi links brigades with the crowd with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Time: 04/22/2020 13:39:15

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, issued a decision linking four brigades in the PMF to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

And the text of Abdul Mahdi’s decision stated that the Al Furat News Agency obtained a copy of it: “We decided to link the brigades {2, 11, 26, 44} administratively and operationally to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the rest of the details will be organized by a later order.”

The Hazh brigades are all affiliated religious thresholds are: {band Abbas, the largest, the task of Imam Ali, Ansar Brigade reference}. “Ended

Ammar al – Masoudi


Representatives: Putting the final touches on the Al-Kazemi government according to the electoral merit

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Representatives confirmed putting the final touches on the cabinet formation of the government in charge of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and that the formation will be presented to parliament next week.

“The Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi has almost finished preparing his cabinet and his government program, and he will present them to vote in the coming days, and the matter may be decided next week as a maximum,” said Parliament member Sitaran Al-Ajibi in a press statement.

He added, “The negotiations are taking place in full swing to end Al-Kazemi’s ministerial formation, despite the fact that matters have not yet been resolved, and consultations on names are still being presented to Parliament in a session called by the Presidency.”

He stressed, “There is no permanence in Parliament, and the deputies are waiting for the formation of the government in order to hold an emergency session,” noting that “Parliament did not start its legislative term yet, which should have started last March, and because of the health conditions and the spread of the Corona epidemic, the legislative term was postponed.” .

While the independent deputy Nada Shaker Jawdat said, “The dialogues are going on between the political blocs and the team of the Prime Minister in charge of completing the ministerial cabinet and submitting it to a session of granting confidence in Parliament,” noting that “the dialogues reached a clear path according to the electoral merit of the political blocs.”

She added, “Although consultations are ongoing and the electoral benefits are present in the dialogues, the announcement of the names of the personalities nominated for the ministerial portfolios is still kept confidential or reserved until they are finally finalized.”

She pointed out that “the final touches are being put on the ministerial formation to present it to the political blocs, and then hold a session of granting confidence to the government”, noting that “the political blocs should accelerate the formation of the government and give it confidence to face challenges, especially economic ones, because they represent the main nerve of the state” .

Jawdat indicated, “The formation of the government and giving it confidence will give it full powers to draw a set of plans in all fields, including finding rapid economic plans to prevent the deterioration in oil prices, and finding alternatives to support the resources of state institutions.”

She stressed that “the formation of the government will be accompanied by the presentation of the government program, and the representatives will vote on it with the ministerial formation at the same time,” pointing out that “the Prime Minister-designate must take into account the demands of the demonstrators in the government program, which is a road map for the government in its work, especially preparing for early elections.”