The representative of the United Nations in Iraq brings to Sistani shocking facts about corruption and al-Maliki is looking for a solution in Iran

Tuesday 15 2020 – 02:00

Baghdad – Dr. Hamid Abdullah:

The representative of the United Nations in Iraq surrounded the Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, with horrific facts about corruption and the killing of protesters, and according to a source close to the office of the Shiite reference, Jenin Hennes Plasschaert complained to Sistani about the parties’ attempts to obstruct the work of the United Nations mission by insisting on concealing the true numbers of protesters who were assassinated in Baghdad and the provinces and attempts to keep the murders against unknown.

A private conversation took place between Sistani and Blashardt, which Sistani’s office did not allow to leak to the media, including the authority’s support for the Al-Kazemi government in its fight against corruption, and that the reference supports the government in overthrowing the heads of corruption regardless of their positions and positions and the forces that protect them. 

What is striking about Sistani’s reception, the UN representative, is that the meeting was broadcast via a video tape in which the Shiite cleric was speaking, and it is one of the very rare cases in which video footage is allowed to leak.

According to the source, Balaskhat told al-Sistani that there are parties supported by foreign parties that do not want the elections to take place on the date set by the prime minister in June of next year, and that some influential political figures are working openly against issuing a new election law, in reference to former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, who announced that he would stand against the legislation of an electoral law that adopts multiple districts, and that his bloc supports the Saint-Lego system, which allows the ruling parties to remain in power.

For his part, Al-Maliki’s office announced that the latter arrived in Tehran for a visit for treatment and for talks with Iranian officials. Political sources in Baghdad suggest that Al-Maliki will listen to the directions of Iranian leaders on dealing with Al-Kazemi and thwarting his policy aimed at curtailing religious parties and getting Iraq out of the cocoon of dependency on Iran.

Deputy Dhafer Al-Ani said that the appointments issued by Al-Kazemi yesterday and included articulated sites in the state, such as the Central Bank, the Baghdad Municipality and the Investment Commission, were made on party lines, indicating that the ink of Najaf’s directives did not dry until the parties rushed to impose their representatives to occupy important and sensitive sites in the state. 

The Saerron coalition sponsored by Al-Sadr tried to deflect Sistani’s directives from their purposes. Deputy Riyadh Al-Masoudi said that Al-Sistani did not insist that the elections be held on time, but rather stressed the necessity of holding them after completing their requirements, in order to make them fair and transparent.


Economists comment on the “Al-Kazemi Revolution”: a first step to treating Iraq’s headache


Position changes

2020-09-14 17:54

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Shafaq News / Economic experts considered, today, Monday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s measures to change some positions in independent bodies come within the reform curriculum that he undertook, indicating that reform can only take place with the presence of qualified young faces working to engage the work with internal expertise.

Vice-President of the Iraqi Businessmen Union, Basem Jamil Antoine, said in an interview with Shafaq News, “Al-Kazemi has previously pledged to make radical changes in government departments and institutions,” indicating that “reform can only be done with the presence of competent, competent young faces with experience and integrity. ” .

Antoine added that “some of these departments have been vacant for some time, and therefore they need someone to lead them, such as the central bank, whose period was extended to his former governor of Al-Allaq, and as is the case for the National Investment Commission, which remained vacant for a long time, and therefore such important departments in the Iraqi state must be That there be an original director or governor in its management . ”

Antoine stressed that “the reform program and the promotion of investment needs a revolution, because Iraq suffers from crises and deficits in the budget, and thus needs an influx of investments from neighboring countries and the Gulf in the future, and the United States can help in this aspect.”

Antoine pointed out that “the curriculum, integrity, law enforcement, ending favoritism and clientelism, and eliminating corruption are basic issues that have been taken into consideration in this change.”

For his part, the economist Falah Hassan Alwan confirmed in an interview with Shafaq News that “these steps for change are necessary and required for the Iraqi economy, which suffers from many problems, especially at the present time,” indicating that “an economy suffers from internal or external pressures, starting from the low oil prices. “.

Alwan added that “any reform step is considered a good thing to curb financial and administrative corruption, and therefore it is a required step although it is not sufficient, but rather requires more precise and firm measures to reduce cases of financial and administrative corruption and put the economy on the economic wheel and achieve economic growth rates required at the present time.” “.

For its part, a member of the administrative board of the Iraqi Economists Association, Ikram Abdul Aziz, said in an interview with Shafaq News that “Al-Kazemi’s approach to change some departments is a positive step,” indicating that “choosing competence and experience in the field of specialization will succeed in the work assigned to them .”

And she added, “Some of these people who will occupy the positions are names coming from abroad and carrying investment and economic experiences from developed countries, and therefore, engaging these experiences with local expertise would be successful tools for any work you do for these departments .”

Today, Monday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made major changes in a number of positions, including the Central Bank, the Iraqi Trade Bank, the Baghdad Municipality and the National Investment Commission.

Experts: New appointments for special ranks do not require Parliament’s approval

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The legal expert, Tariq Harb, explained, Monday, September 14, 2020, the legality of the new appointments for special degrees.

Harb told Al-Masalla, that “the new appointments do not need the approval of Parliament, as they are by proxy, like their predecessors, and like hundreds of holders of special degrees in the state, including agents, advisors, bodies and high positions.”

He added, “The new appointments such as the governor of the Central Bank, the Secretary of Baghdad, bank directors and the head of an investment commission do not need to be presented to Parliament or to obtain approval from them because they are exercising their duties by proxy.”

Harb pointed out, “If they want to convert them by origin, they must be submitted to a parliament vote.”

A source close to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed, on Monday, September 14, 2020, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made changes in senior positions, most notably the Central Bank, the Baghdad Municipality, the National Investment Authority, the Iraqi Trade Bank, the Intelligence Service, and the Securities Commission.

The source told Al-Masalla that the Prime Minister decided to appoint new officials to important positions, as follows:

Mustafa Ghaleb Makhif Al-Kitab, Governor of the Central Bank

Soha Dawood Elias Al-Najjar, Chairman of the National Investment Authority

Engineer Manhal Aziz Raouf Al-Haboubi, Mayor of Baghdad

Salem Jawad Abdul Hadi Al-Chalabi, Director of the Iraqi Trade Bank, TBI

Khaled Al-Obeidi is an agent for operations affairs of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service

Faleh Younis Hassan, an agent of the National Security Agency

Hassan Halbous Hamzah, Chairman of the Securities Commission

Sheikh Sami Al-Masoudi, Chairman of the Hajj and Umrah Authority

Alaa Jawad Hamid, Chairman of the Integrity Commission

In addition, observers considered the changes made by the Prime Minister as being in the interest of pumping new blood into the joints of the state and deporting some figures who did not achieve any achievement or about suspicions and accusations of mismanagement or corruption.

In details, the size of the deficit in the current year’s budget and the internal and external loans

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A government source revealed the size of the deficit in the current year’s budget and internal and external loans.

The source said, today, Monday, that “the draft budget law for the current year voted on is about 148 trillion dinars, with a deficit of 81 trillion,” indicating that “the texts of the current year budget do not differ from the texts in the 2019 budget.”

He added, “The total oil and non-oil revenues in the 2020 budget are estimated at 67 trillion for a year,” indicating that the spending process for the next 3 months is through the budget.

He pointed out that “the new internal and external borrowing in the 2020 budget amounts to 27 trillion for the purpose of dam expenses. ”

the spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal on Monday that the budget 2020 secured the employees and the salaries of retirees and social welfare, as he pointed out that the 2021 budget in preparation.

the cabinet approved the draft federal budget for 2020 Law, and sent to the Council Representatives.

Mulla Talal reveals new information about the assassination of Al-Hashemi and brandishes the removal of important names accused of corruption

Time: 09/14/2020 16:44:30

(Baghdadd: Al Furat News) Ahmed Mulla Talal, a spokesman for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, revealed, on Monday, that some leads have been reached to identify people in the case of the assassination of Al-Hashemi, while he waved to overthrow important names with corruption files and refer them to the judiciary.

Mulla Talal said in the weekly press conference, “Al-Kazemi described the 2020 budget as exceptionally simple, and that it came to regulate the government spending process for the next 3 months, as well as to organize the process of internal and external borrowing,” noting that “there is a large deficit in the 202 budget.”

He added, “The 2020 budget has secured the salaries of employees and retirees and social care. As for the 2021 budget, it is in the process of preparation and will include new abuse in the revenue tabulation.”

Mulla Talal announced, “The Council of Ministers voted to include the appointment of those covered by the medical graduation law in the 2020 budget,” stressing “the government’s commitment to preparing the atmosphere for early elections.”

He also announced that “the formation of a truth commission will soon be formed to find out the killers of the demonstrators, and that the current government will not neglect any of the rights of citizens,” hinting about ”

Mulla Talal concluded his press conference by saying, “The Iraqi position is to seek diplomatic steps in order not to escalate the situation in the region, and that the rail link is still talking about it first and only ideas,” pointing out that “Kuwait is a neighboring country and we are ready to extend a long dialogue to resolve all issues.”  

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Parliamentary Finance reveals to {Al Furat News} the arrival of the budget law and sets the date for the first reading

Time: 09/14/2020 16:56:44

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmed Al-Hajj, revealed that the General Budget Law had reached Parliament today.

Al-Hajj told Al-Furat News that “the draft budget law arrived in the House of Representatives today, and it will be distributed to members on Friday so that it can be presented for the first reading on Saturday.”

He added, “Members do not yet know the articles of the law, and they will be presented as soon as they start their first reading.”

The Cabinet voted on the 2020 General Budget Law today.

The spokesman told the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers Haidar Majid and Euphrates News Agency {} ” The Council of Ministers voted on the General Budget Law for the year 2020 after being examined in the Legal Department and sent to the Council.

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The government reassures employees and retirees and declares: The large budget deficit will be filled by borrowing



Staff salaries

Budget law

2020-09-14 11:03

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Shafaq News / Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced on Monday that the 2020 budget voted by the Council of Ministers secured salaries for employees and retirees and social care.

In a press conference attended by the correspondent of Shafaq News Agency, Malal Talal said, “This year’s budget came in order to regulate the government spending process for the next 3 months, and to regulate the process of internal and external borrowing.”

He added that “Al-Kazemi described the current year budget as being exceptionally simple,” noting that “the deficit in the 2020 budget is large.”

Mulla Talal pointed out that “there is continuous work to prepare the 2021 budget, and it will be voted on by the Council of Ministers within 30 to 45 days,” noting that “it will be different and will address many issues of concern to citizens.”

Mulla Talal did not reveal the details of the 2020 budget figures.

A document issued by the Ministry of Finance two days ago stated that the value of the proposed budget amounts to 120 trillion and 160 billion Iraqi dinars, with a deficit of 70 trillion and 637 billion Iraqi dinars.

According to the document, 48 trillion and 953 billion Iraqi dinars were covered from the deficit, and the remaining 21 trillion and 684 billion Iraqi dinars were covered.

Iraq did not pass the fiscal budget law as a result of the protests crisis that has swept the country since October 2019 and toppled the previous government.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s government faced difficulties in preparing the draft budget at a time when the country suffers a stifling financial crisis, caused by the collapse of oil prices in world markets, as the country depends 97 percent on oil revenues to finance the country’s annual budget.

The Al-Kazemi government will soon overthrow “important names” and refer them to the judiciary




Corruption in Iraq

Ahmed Mulla Talal

2020-09-14 09:40

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Shafaq News / Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed, on Monday, that the government will soon remove important names and refer them to the judiciary on charges of corruption.

In a press conference attended by the correspondent of Shafaq News Agency, Malal Talal said, “The statement of the religious authority is supportive of the government and that the government is going to fight corruption.” 

And the supreme religious authority, Mr. Ali al-Sistani, during his meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jeanine Hennes Blashardt, announced his support for holding early elections as scheduled (June 2021), and the completion of the government program in the application of social justice, and the prosecution of criminals, including the killers of the demonstrators and the fight against corruption. And enhancing the performance of the security forces, imposing the prestige of the state and confining weapons in its hands.

These directives were welcomed by the Presidents of the Republic, Barham Salih, Ministers Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Parliament Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and a number of political blocs, who confirmed their support for holding free and fair early elections.

Mulla Talal added, “Soon you may hear about important names being removed and referred to the judiciary as a result of corruption files.”

Since its formation last May, the Al-Kazemi government has made wide-ranging changes in high-ranking positions in the country, affecting security leaders and senior officials in the administration and financial institutions.

These changes come within the framework of reforms in state institutions and the fight against corruption.

Mulla Talal indicated that “the fact-finding committee will soon be formed to find out the killers of the demonstrators,” stressing that “the current government will not neglect any of the rights of citizens.”

Kurdistan signals a positive atmosphere with Baghdad … and an “undesirable situation”

Kurdistan Region

Masrour Barzani


The US ambassador

2020-09-14 09:36

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Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, received today, Monday, the US Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller and his accompanying delegation.

In the meeting, which was attended by the US Consul General in Erbil, Rob Waller, they discussed strengthening relations between the Kurdistan Region and the United States, and developments in the Iraqi situation were discussed.

The Prime Minister touched on the relations between the Kurdistan Region and the federal government in light of a positive atmosphere and a favorable opportunity to settle all outstanding problems on the basis of the constitution, and to implement all the understandings reached by the two sides, taking into account the rights and financial entitlements of the Kurdistan Region in the interest of all Iraqi citizens.

The Prime Minister highlighted the undesirable situation in the Kurdish regions outside the administration of the region, and expressed his concern about the actions practiced against the Kurdish citizens in those areas, and referred to the ongoing threats to the terrorist organization ISIS, and said: “We stress the need for security coordination between the Peshmerga forces and the army. Iraqi “.

The American ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to enhance economic cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and the United States, and urged American investors to invest in the region.

In the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance coordination and frameworks for cooperation with the United States in order to advance the talks between Erbil and Baghdad, and overcome the financial crisis and the current health situation.

The cabinet approves the budget bill and sends it to the parliament



Council of Ministers

Budget project

2020-09-14 08:01

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Council of Ministers approved, on Monday, the draft federal budget law for the year 2020, and sent it to the House of Representatives.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, said in a tweet to him, which was seen by Shafaq News Agency, that “in order to organize the spending process and secure the necessary expenditures for the remaining three months of the fiscal year, and as a commitment by the government to the decision of the Council of Representatives, the Cabinet approved the draft Federal Budget Law 2020, And send it to the House of Representatives. ”

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The draft budget for 2020 includes allowing the Ministry of Education to contract with free lecturers covered by Paragraph 15 of Cabinet Resolution No. 340 of 2019, and renewal of contract holders in all state departments if necessary.

It also includes the commitment of the Ministry of Health to include those with supportive health professions mentioned in Clause 5 of Article 1 of Law No. 1 of 2020 with respect to the appointment of the levels of the movement of owners in the Ministry of Health and the health departments in the governorates by 25 percent of the vacant degrees

The head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Haitham al-Jubouri, previously revealed to Shafaq News that the draft budget law will be limited to the months of September, October, first and second, and December.

Iraq has not passed the federal budget law for the current year as a result of the protests crisis that has swept the country since October 2019, and toppled the previous government.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s government faced difficulties in preparing the draft budget at a time when the country was suffering from a stifling financial crisis, resulting from the collapse of oil prices in world markets.