Al-Kazemi to the demonstrators “on the eve of October 25”: Do not break the prestige of the security rank in word and deed


October 25

2020-10-24 14:10

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Prime Minister addressed a speech to the demonstrators on the eve of October 25,  calling them to be careful and cautious and not to break the “prestige of the security rank in word and deed.” On stopping an impending regional and international war on its soil.

In a televised speech on the occasion of the first anniversary of the October demonstrations, followed by Shafaq News Agency, Al-Kazemi said, “We recall the 25th of October to remind ourselves that the people have their rights.”

Al-Kazemi added, “The ruler’s job is to listen to the voice of his people,” noting that “the Iraqi social movement has drawn up a roadmap that everyone has recognized and we are moving forward with it.”

And that “the government sets its sights on being expressing the will of the people,” pointing out that “the government curriculum was put into effect from the first day of the government’s life.”

He added, “The government’s primary goal is to prepare for free, fair and fair elections / and adhere to the deadline for holding early elections,” stressing, “We are working to help the Electoral Commission to complete its preparations.”

He also said, “We are working to ensure that international organizations and institutions monitor the elections to ensure more transparency and integrity,” noting that “the will for political change is expressed in the reality of the ballot boxes.”

Al-Kazemi stated, “There is no legitimate political representation except through elections,” stressing that “everyone must prepare for the elections, and we are taking care of protecting them from fraud and fugitive weapons by all legal means and security plans.”

Al-Kazemi pointed out to “adopting the biometric system for voting and closing all technological and administrative gaps in the electoral system.”

“We promised to launch a fact-finding system about the painful October events, and we did despite the suspicions of some bidders and sometimes the challenges of blackmailers here and there, and we formed a fact-finding team of judges known for their integrity,” he said.

He added, “We received an economic file burdened with wrong policies and a treasury emptied by the absence of economic strategies and total dependence on oil. We provided the country’s basic needs and presented an ambitious reform economic white paper.”

Al-Kazemi considered that “the white paper laid out long-term solutions to economic collapses and encouraged agriculture, national industry and investment,” adding, “We have started with serious measures to implement the white paper, and have opened more than 30 large corruption files and brought those involved in these files into law.”

Al-Kazemi noted, “On this day, Iraq stood on the brink of a regional and international war that had occurred on its soil, adding,” We worked calmly and diplomatically to gather support to restore Iraq’s international weight and size and not allow it to slide into the conflict on behalf of others or attack others from its neighbors “.


Council of Representatives building in Baghdad (File)

SULAIMANI — The Council of Representatives on Saturday (October 24) voted on an electoral reform proposal to divide up each governorate into multiple electoral districts.

During a session attended by 176 lawmakers, the parliament approved plans for sixteen of the country’s governorates, with votes on Kirkuk and Nineveh postponed until Monday.

At the beginning of the session, Speaker Muhammad al-Halbusi directed the heads of the political blocs and the Legal Committee to meet and hammer out any remaining differences.

(NRT Digital Media)

Parliament passes the electoral districts clause, with the exception of two governorates





2020-10-24 11:38

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Shafaq News / Members of Parliament approved, on Saturday, the paragraph on electoral districts in the new election law, with the exception of electoral districts in Nineveh and Kirkuk governorates, due to disputes over them.

The media department of the council said in a statement received by Shafaq News, “The parliament votes on the electoral districts of 16 governorates, and the vote on Kirkuk and Nineveh governorate is postponed until Monday.”

And then the House of Representatives adjourned its session to last Monday.

A parliamentary source told Shafaq News that differences still exist regarding the division of electoral districts in the governorates of Kirkuk and Nineveh, so the vote was postponed until reaching understandings. 

Earlier Saturday, Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi met with Kurds and others from Kirkuk and Nineveh with the aim of containing the differences over the electoral districts in the two governorates, but the meeting did not resolve them.

Under the new law, the number of constituencies in each governorate is distributed equal to the number of seats allocated to the women’s quota in the governorate.

Based on the women’s seats in each governorate, the distribution of electoral districts will be as follows: 17 in Baghdad, 8 in Nineveh, 6 in Basra, 5 in Dhi Qar and Sulaymaniyah, 4 in Babel, Anbar, Erbil and Diyala, and 3 in each of Kirkuk, Najaf and Salah al-Din. Dohuk, Diwaniyah, Karbala, Wasit, Maysan, and two seats in Muthanna.

Parliament ends reading a bill that would “secure salaries”




Deficit Financing Law

2020-10-24 08:59

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Shafaq News / On Saturday, the Iraqi parliament ended the first reading of the draft law on financing the fiscal deficit, which would secure the salaries of employees and retirees.

A representative source told Shafaq News, “The parliament held its session in the presence of President Muhammad al-Halbousi and his deputy, Bashir al-Haddad, and the number of deputies is 170, during which it ended the first reading of the draft law on financing the financial deficit.”

The Iraqi government recently sent a bill to borrow 41 trillion dinars (about 34 billion dollars) to Parliament for approval, with the aim of financing the deficit in paying employees’ salaries for the remaining months of this year.

And last month, Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi said that the volume of foreign debts owed by his country amounted to 160 trillion dinars (about $ 133.3 billion).

The Iraqi authorities have not yet approved a budget for 2020 due to the decline in financial revenues and the impact of low oil prices in global markets due to the consequences of the “Corona” virus.

The government is struggling to secure employee salaries and other operating expenses, due to the decline in oil prices due to the Corona pandemic, which has paralyzed large sectors of the world economy.

Iraq relies on oil sales revenues to finance 95 percent of state expenditures.

For its part, the Parliamentary Finance Committee issued a clarification regarding the fiscal deficit financing bill, in which it indicated legal violations according to what was mentioned in the clarification text below:

Iraq is holding consultations with a French gas investment company in Baghdad and Basra


Economy News _ Baghdad

On Saturday, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar announced that Iraq had entered into consultations with the French “Total” company, with the aim of investing in the gas sector in the capital, Baghdad, and the southernmost province of Basra.

This came after the conclusion of the European tour of the government delegation headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, which included Federal Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Abdul-Jabbar said in a press release reviewed by “Al-Eqtisad News”, that the government’s reform paper requires strengthening, supporting and providing opportunities and a safe investment environment for global companies, and working to increase the volume and prospects of cooperation with major partners in order to promote hydrocarbon industries and optimal investment of national wealth to enhance the national economy.

He pointed out that all these axes were discussed during the meetings that brought us together with international companies, as we touched the confidence of major investors in the Iraqi energy sector and their desire to expand, diversify and increase the horizons of cooperation, especially companies (BP), ExxonMobil, ENI, KAZProm and others, as well as holding important consultations with Total French on investment in gas sector projects, one located to the west of Baghdad and the other in Basra, and we hope to reach an agreement soon.