Parliament resumes its sessions without agreeing on the agenda




2020-09-16 15:14

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Shafaq News / The Presidency of the Iraqi Council of Representatives has set next Saturday as the date for the resumption of the sessions, while no agreement has been reached on the session’s agenda until now, according to a parliamentary source.

 The source told Shafaq News that “the Presidency of Parliament informed members of Parliament about the date of the fifth session of the first legislative term of the third legislative year,” noting that “the Presidency has set next Saturday as the date for the resumption of the sessions, after it was raised last Thursday to further notice.” 

He added, “But the Presidency has not yet agreed on the laws that will be included on the agenda of the Saturday session.” 

All eyes are on Parliament to discuss and pass the draft fiscal budget law for the current year 2020, which was approved by the Council of Ministers last Monday.


Al-Halbousi arrives in Kuwait



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2020-09-16 12:43

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Shafaq News / Parliament Speaker, Muhammad al-Halbousi arrived today, Wednesday, in the State of Kuwait on an official visit.

He was received by his Kuwaiti counterpart, Marzouq Al-Ghanim.

A statement by Al-Halbousi’s office stated that the latter would meet a number of Kuwaiti officials. To discuss bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.


Al-Kaabi: In a few days, we will reveal an initial report that includes billions of waste and major corruption files

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The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan Al-Kaabi, promised today, Wednesday, that the coming days will witness the unveiling of an initial report that includes billions of waste and major corruption files.

A statement from Al-Kaabi’s office, a copy of which was received by Al-Akhbariya, stated that the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament chaired a meeting of the Order (62) committee concerned with investigating and checking contracts for the Ministry of Electricity since 2003 until now, in the presence of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Services and Construction Committee, Dr. Walid Sahlani, Atwan Al-Atwani, member of the Parliamentary Economic Committee, Rafil Yassin Khudair, head of the Agency for Financial Supervision, and Karim Al-Ghazzi, Director General of the Investigation Department at the Integrity Commission.

He added, “The meeting reviewed the parliamentary-supervisory measures taken with regard to uncovering files of corruption and waste in public money related to contracts and stations of the Ministry of Electricity, in addition to a detailed graphical-numerical explanation of all the cases and files that were considered by the committee during the previous period.”

According to the statement, Al-Kaabi stressed that “the next few years will witness the disclosure of a preliminary report that includes billions in waste, violations and major corruption files in investment contracts, lagging, stalled and completed stations throughout Iraq’s governorates, some of which arrive before 2003,” noting that “the committee will convene next week.” A new meeting to complete the roadmap that was drawn up for the committee’s work and prepare the initial report on violations and files documented by the heads and members of the parliamentary committees affiliated with the Order 62 Committee and the role of the field teams that moved from the first day of the formation of the committee to the Ministry of Electricity and its departments and stations, and the efforts of the Integrity Commission and the Board of Financial Supervision in that”.

Parliamentary Finance: The government speeds up sending the 2020 budget, with the aim of obtaining new loans

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Economy News _ Baghdad

The Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Wednesday, that the government’s speedy vote on the 2020 budget and its submission to Parliament aims to allow the government to borrow new from home and abroad, and it is likely that the budget will be presented to Parliament next Saturday.

A member of the committee, Representative Jamal Cougar, said in a press interview, “The Al-Kazemi government, after it exhausted the loan it obtained from the internal banks, felt that it was facing a critical situation, so it rushed to approve the budget and send it to the House of Representatives for approval.”

He explained, “The government aims to accelerate the approval of the budget to obtain approval from Parliament to allow it to borrow new from home and abroad.”

He added that “the draft budget law will arrive at the Finance Committee today, Wednesday, for the purpose of studying it”, likely that “the budget will be presented to Parliament next Saturday.”

The President of Kurdistan Region affirms his support for the Al-Kazemi government and the stability of Iraq

Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani

2020-09-16 09:00

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani confirmed, on Wednesday, his support for the federal government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the stability of Iraq, stressing at the same time the implementation of the “federal system” as stated in the Iraqi constitution.  

The region’s presidency said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, “The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, today received representatives of foreign consulates,” indicating that Barzani “spoke to the attendees about the general conditions of the region, relations between Baghdad and Erbil, and the ongoing dialogues to address these problems.”

The statement indicated that Barzani also spoke about relations with neighboring countries and the challenges facing Kurdistan and Iraq, facing the Corona virus and its repercussions, as well as facing the dangers of ISIS and overcoming the difficult economic crisis and the reform process in the region, indicating that he “thanked the European Union countries for their cooperation in the reform process. In the region and stressed the necessity of continuing this support. ”

Nechirvan Barzani affirmed, according to the statement, “the region’s support for Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s government, and Kurdistan’s desire to address problems in accordance with the principles of the Iraqi constitution and in a manner that guarantees the rights and entitlements of the region,” stressing “the implementation of the federal system as stated in the constitution.”

Barzani also stressed that “the Kurdistan region has always been a factor of stability in Iraq and the region and will remain so and wishes to develop its relations with neighboring countries on the basis of mutual respect and common interests.” Wide with two countries. ”

In another aspect of the meeting, Barzani highlighted the “fears of the emergence of ISIS,” and  stressed the need for “continued international support for the region and Iraq in the face of terrorism and the importance of coordination between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, especially the areas covered by Constitutional Article 140.”

According to the statement, “the consuls and representatives of foreign diplomatic corps asked many questions to the region’s president about the themes of the meeting, the US-Iraqi strategic dialogue, the  recent visit of the region’s president to Baghdad and Ankara, and other issues related to the situation in the region, and the consuls emphasized that they consider their relations with the Kurdistan region of Iraq important.”

In answering the consuls’ questions, Barzani stressed that “the region’s policy and orientations are based on protecting the security and stability of the region,” stressing “dialogue and joint action to overcome crises and help the displaced and refugees to return to their original areas.”

Parliamentary Finance: The salvation of Iraq lies in the Chinese agreement

Editing date: 9/16/2020 12:05

Where News _ Baghdad

, a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Thamer Theban, called, on Wednesday, to proceed with the Chinese agreement to benefit from its economic position instead of moving forward with the agreement with Washington, noting that the agreement represents a “rescue” for Iraq from its problems.

Theban said in a statement to Ayn News, that “the country’s salvation from the accumulations of the past and the collapse of the infrastructure lies in the advancement of the Chinese agreement,” indicating that “China is a stumbling block in front of Washington economically, which leads the latter to conclude some agreements with the Iraqi side in order to obstruct The Chinese agreement with Baghdad. ”

He added, “The government should present the Chinese agreement in a detailed and transparent manner to the House of Representatives to pass it in order for it to be accepted and obligated and to fulfill all the necessary legal and legislative frameworks to ensure that the implementation of the agreement proceeds without American foreign political restraints.”

Theban clarified that “the United States of America does not want in any way the Iraqi government and the House of Representatives to proceed with activating economic cooperation with Beijing.”