The United States sets a period to exclude Iraq by importing electricity from Iran

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Today, Sunday (April 26, 2020), the United States of America renewed its exception for Iraq by importing electricity from Iran.

“The United States has renewed an exception that allows Iraq to import electricity from Iran, but for a shorter period this time,” a State Department official said.

He pointed out that “Washington will reassess the possibility of renewing the exception again once a credible government is formed in Iraq.”

He noted that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo granted this short extension of the exception to allow time for the formation of a credible government.”

And that “this exception will expire on May 26. Previous exceptions were granted for a period of three months.”


Urgent: America only extends for a month, excluding Iraq from sanctions against Iran

Follow up / Tomorrow Press:

The United States has extended a 30-day exclusion period granted to Iraq from sanctions linked to dealing with Iran, which Baghdad relies on importing energy, officials said.

Washington has continued since November to extend the exception granted to Baghdad, to find an alternative to Iran, which supplies Iraq with chronic shortages, especially with the high temperatures that have now begun.

The United States decided in February to allow Iraq to continue importing gas and electricity from Iran. But the period of exemption has shrunk from 90 and 120 days, to 45 days, and now to only 30 until the end of April, according to Iraqi officials.

One of them, working for the President’s office, told France Press that this extension would be the “last” granted to Baghdad, which stands on the brink of an economic crisis with low oil prices, which could lead to the loss of 65 percent of its oil revenues, which constitute 90 percent of the state’s budget.

The United States granted Iraq exceptions provided that Baghdad takes measures to reduce its dependence on Iran, by re-operating electricity supply systems or by finding other suppliers.

A senior Iraqi official told France Press that since November “Baghdad has not met any condition.”

As a result, he added, the exception should have been canceled, but the granting of an American deadline is due to “the current circumstances,” meaning that Adnan al-Zarfi was tasked with forming a new government that Washington does not want to embarrass by not extending, especially in light of his lack of identification with the Shiite parties.

In the event that the exception is not extended, Iraq must stop importing gas and electricity from Tehran, or continue to deal with Tehran and face the possibility of US sanctions.

Barzani’s party: The caretaker government will not stand up to long economic challenges

Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria: The

head of the Democratic Party Bloc, Vian Sabri, confirmed on Sunday that the caretaker government will not withstand the current challenges.

Sabri said in a televised statement, followed by “Al-Ikhbaria”, that “the letter of the resigned Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, contained an incentive for the blocs to resolve the cabinet quickly.

He continued, “The issue of resolving the government is long overdue, and this is a matter of concern, and the current financial problems are the result of wrong policies.”

A “decisive” meeting at Al-Amri’s house between Shiite and Kazemi powers


04/26/2020 15:09:19

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Shafaq News / The Shiite forces will hold a meeting with Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi, this Sunday evening, to discuss the file of candidates for his new cabinet.

The deputy of the Al-Fath coalition, Fadhel Jaber Shanin, told Shafaq News that the meeting will be held at the home of the President of the Al-Fath Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri in the presence of the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

He added that the meeting will discuss the changes that Al-Kazemi made to the cabinet, especially the ministers who were nominated.

He noted that the meeting “will resolve the position of the Shiite forces on the Al-Kazemi government.”

The Shiite forces gave Al-Kazemi 48 hours to replace names in the list of candidates offered to them concerning the government squad.

A Shiite leader told Shafak News that the Shiite forces confirmed in their last meeting with Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazemi, who refused to re-nominate a number of ministers in previous governments, including ministers in the current resigned government, in addition to other candidates in previous governments.

He added that “the heads of Shiite political blocs handed Al-Kazemi a number of observations on the government curriculum and the cabinet, in addition to giving him 48 hours to respond to the observations and protests of the blocs on the names of candidates for the cabinet.”

The source pointed out that “the Prime Minister-designate informed the Shiite forces of his willingness to change the names of some of the candidates for the cabinet, headed by the candidates for the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Foreign Affairs.”

Foreign Policy: Nobody in Washington wants to help Iraq … it is a waste of energy

Political | 09:20 – 26/04/2020

Follow up – Mawazine News

In an article published by the Foreign Policy magazine of a fellow at the American Institute of Foreign Relations, Stephen Cook, he said: “No one can help Iraq anymore” and indicated that Iraq has a new prime minister but he has no chance of success. And he began with the question: “Who knew that Iraq has a new prime minister to raise his hand, not not who was assigned in mid-March but the new prime minister.” Referring to the mandate of President Barham Saleh, Mustafa Al-Kazemi to form the government to succeed the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi who resigned in The end of November.

Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi was assigned to form the government but he did not succeed, then came Adnan Al-Zarfi, who was unable to obtain sufficient support to form the government, which led to the appointment of Al-Kazemi.

Cook believes that the articles published by the American media about Iraq today look like the routine articles that were published about a number of prime ministers in Iraq dating back to the time of the invasion.

Like his predecessors, Al-Kazemi can balance the United States and Iran, and has the ability to drum up support from all different parties. But testimonials like this are followed by reservations about the defects of the Iraqi political system, which makes it difficult for a prime minister-designate to form a government and thus rule. The articles usually contain wishes and hope for the success of the candidate who considers the story here, although most of them and comments usually allude to Iraqi political institutions. The regular observer knows that the problems of Iraq are important, complex and cannot be solved. No one knows the way to solve it, despite multiple attempts over the past years. For this reason, everyone who cared about Iraq in Washington began to call for an exit. This is Donald Trump’s official position. But the United States will sooner or later face the repercussions of its collapse.

It became clear from the experience of the past years that the institutions and their shape are important, as the state can have democratic institutions, but its leaders do not adopt or believe in democratic values. Such a situation represents an ordeal for al-Kazemi. American and Iraqi politicians have witnessed his competence: he was not a member of the Iraqi political parties but he was responsible for national intelligence, and he was said to have supervised the de-politicization process and emphasized professionalism in it. These are positive advantages, but they will not be sufficient to govern Iraq through them. This does not mean that the fate of the Iraqis, who have suffered from long wars, live under a rotting government. The current chaos in Iraq shows that the worst political systems can continue, and without entering into the details of Iraq in the post-invasion phase, politics in it resembles a system of spoils, including corruption and lack of supervision, and everyone is complicit.

This situation does not help Iran benefit from the deficit policy that made Baghdad weak. These problems are so frequent that a person like Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army, was able to rehabilitate his political path as a patriotic man (despite his ties to Iran which are consolidating according to circumstances), and more important than al-Sadr’s return is the protest movement that erupted in October 2019, it has gone out Large segments of the Iraqi people take to the streets not because of the work that Abdul Mahdi is doing, but because the survival of the political system destroys any hope for their prosperous future. The protests demanded a complete change of the political system. In the language of the Arab Spring before the decade “We want to overthrow the regime,” change does not mean the departure of its personalities, but its radical elimination. Although the Arab Spring seemed like a false dawn, it did not eliminate the need to change the Iraqi political and social system before the Iraqis had any opportunity to achieve their goals.

Cook says that the United States has called on Iraqi leaders for many years to do better for the benefit of their people, but that the system it has encouraged has stimulated politicians in Baghdad to serve their narrow interests at the expense of others. The sectarian nature of the party system weakens the country and puts pressure on it. Fighting resources and distributing them to the preferred areas is what defines politics, but in Iraq, partisan disputes and disputes based on them appear in the government. One can sit in front of five Iraqi officials, and each of them has different loyalties and agendas that he seeks to achieve.

And the failure is so clear and surprising that no one in America calls for more cooperation with the players in the Iraqi political system than making the absurd effort to get them to make the right decisions. The Trump administration has come to the conclusion that engaging in the Iraqi political system is a waste of energy.

The American position on assigning a Prime Minister to Iraq has become focused on the minimum, which is to be an Iraqi “patriot” rather than a subsidiary of Iran. Al-Kazemi passed the exam, and this does not change the course of the American policy that leaves it up to the Iraqis to find the appropriate path for them. This situation might upset some of them, especially the Sunnis who want to ally with America but are forced to accept their reality.

Cook believes that this US policy may be wise, as the absence of interest other than maintaining a task force to combat the Islamic State may force Iraqi politicians to change their habits, or they will face the wrath of the Iraqi people demanding the end of the regime. If Iraq’s leaders fail to solve the country’s accumulated problems, it will be the blame for Iran. And the problems are increasing due to the spread of the Corona virus, which affected the world market in addition to the collapse of oil prices as a result of the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. This is a terrible situation for Iraq, but no one in the United States is willing to invest time and resources in Iraq, especially at this time of the spread of Covid-19 in the United States and the Congress allocating trillions of dollars to protect the economy. Al-Kazemi may have the ability as he portrayed, but he will not protect Iraq. The political system is moldy, the Americans are preoccupied with their problems, and Iran is like Iraq.

Sunni “prospective” alliance against al-Halbousi: You have two ministries and the rest is for you


04/26/2020 11:38:50

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Shafaq News / The liberated cities alliance revealed, today, Sunday, a political political move to form an alliance against the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and to prevent its acquisition of ministries. .

A source in the coalition said in an interview with Shafaq News, “There is a move between the head of the coalition, the liberated cities Khamis al-Khanjar, the head of the Alliance of Usama al-Nujaifi and former defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi and the leader of the Iraqi forces Talal al-Zobaie to form a Sunni alliance in the coming days.”

“This move will be against the head of the Iraqi Forces Alliance, Muhammad al-Halbousi, who in turn seeks to acquire the ministries of the Sunni component, including the defense and education ministries,” he added.

The source pointed out that “the Sunni leaders informed the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi, their willingness to relinquish the ministries in exchange for obtaining the ministries of defense and education.”

After Mustafa Al-Kazemi began forming his new government, businessman Khamis Al-Khanjar formed a “liberated cities” coalition, the majority of its members were in the Iraqi Forces Alliance led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi.

The coalition of Iraqi forces, led by Halbousi, is the largest Sunni bloc in parliament before the formation of the new coalition. He held about 40 seats out of 329 seats in Parliament.

While the deputy revealed about the new dagger alliance Hoda Jarallah to Shafaq News, the new alliance has a number of 25 members in the Iraqi parliament.


Council of Representatives building in Baghdad (File Photo)

SULAIMANI — The National Movement for Development and Reform (Al-Hal) said on Saturday (April 25) that it has withdrawn from the government formation process led by Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

“We cannot bear to see the situation of how the ministries are being distributed,” the party said in a statement.

The party, which is a member of the Sunni Muttahidoon list, added that it had lost faith in the ability of the prime minister-designate to address Iraq’s many challenges.

“We will be with the people, until the time that they can get their own rights, the families of the protests martyrs receive compensation, and the fate of those who were abducted is known,” the statement added.

President Barham Salih tapped al-Kadhimi to form the new government on April 9, leaving the former head of intelligence just under two weeks to finish his work. In the meantime, Adil Abdul Mahdi remains on in a cartaking capacity.

Several lists of potential cabinet ministers leaked over the weekend, but no official slate of ministers has been submitted to the Council of Representatives.

Under Iraq’s ethno-sectarian balancing system, Sunni parties are allocated six ministries, including defense, trade, and education. Like with the other bloc, there are internal questions of which parties will control each ministry.

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The Sadrist movement marks an attempt to thwart the Al-Kazemi government … and reveals the reason


 04/26/2020 08:35:49
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Shafaq News / The Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, revealed today, Sunday, the presence of political parties working to thwart the formation of the new Iraqi government headed by Mustafa al-Kazimi, among the reasons for this.
The leader of the current, Governor of Zamili, told Shafak News, “There are political parties working to hinder the formation of the new government, and are trying to create problems and disputes with the third Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kazimi, with the aim of retaining the current government, headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi.”
He added, “These entities have ministries in the current government, and they work clearly through their economic bodies.”
And Al-Zamili stated that
A political source had revealed to Shafak News Saturday that the Shiite forces had given Al-Kazemi 48 hours to replace the names of the candidates in the cabinet.
According to the source, the Shiite forces protested against candidates to fill the ministerial portfolios and gave him 48 hours to replace them, in a move that would increase pressure on Al-Kazemi in the coming days.

Al-Kazemi has the support of most of the major political forces in the three Shi’a, Kurdish, and Sunni components, and has promised to give confidence to his government formation through its parliamentary blocs in the House of Representatives.

On April 9 this year, President of the Republic, Barham Salih, authorized Al-Kazimi to form the government within 30 days, less than an hour after the former Prime Minister-designate, Adnan al-Zarfi, announced his apology for this task.

Legal affirms: Al-Kazimi’s failure to gain confidence obligates Saleh to dissolve Parliament



Sunday 26 April 2020 | 05:40 pm

Baghdad / .. Legal expert Ali Al-Tamimi confirmed, on Sunday, that the failure of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazimi to gain parliamentary confidence compels the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to assume the leadership of the government and then dissolve the House of Representatives.

Al-Tamimi said that “Article 76 of the constitution allowed the President of the Republic to assign the candidate of the largest bloc to head the government the first time, and then assign another person in the event of the government’s resignation or dismissal. In the third case, all paragraphs of the mandate article are exhausted.”

He added, “The failure to assign Mustafa Al-Kazimi compels the President of the Republic to assume the presidency of the government himself, because the position is vacant according to Article 81 of the Constitution.”

Al-Tamimi indicated that “Saleh’s assumption of the prime minister would give him the powers to call for the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which is binding in the event of disagreement with a candidate charged with lost time.”

The presidency of the parliament expects the date for the session to give confidence to Al-Kazemi: We may resort to the large hall!


2020.04.26 – 16:49
The presidency of the parliament expects the date for the session to give confidence to Al-Kazemi: We may resort to the large hall!
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Baghdad – people

On Sunday, the second deputy to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bashir Al-Haddad, unveiled the mechanism for voting on the cabins of commissioner Mustafa Al-Kazemi in the House of Representatives under the measures to prevent Corona.

Al-Haddad said in a statement to the official agency seen by “NASS” today (April 26, 2020), that “the Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi was scheduled to present his cabinet before Ramadan, but some political parties withdrew their support for Al-Kazemi”, stressing that “discussions of forming the ministerial cabinet” Ongoing and has not yet reached a conclusion. “

Al-Haddad predicted, “Holding a session of granting confidence in the first half of Ramadan or before the constitutional period, in the event that the cabin’s fate is not the same as its predecessor.”

And, “Parliament may not rely on electronic voting on the booth, and may resort to using the large hall in Parliament, where spaces can be established between deputies and proceeding with the session.”