Kurdistan Region welcomes the extension of the German military mission in Iraq

Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region

Germany

2020-10-30 07:54

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Shafaq News / On Friday, the Kurdistan Regional Government welcomed the German parliament’s decision to extend the mission of his country’s forces in Iraq .

The Prime Minister of the region, Masrour Barzani, said in a tweet on the social networking platform Twitter, “I welcome the extension of the mandate of the German armed forces in the international coalition against ISIS and the NATO mission until January 2022 .

“Germany had a central role in the war against ISIS and supported the Peshmerga forces, including training.

The German parliament approved again to extend the mission of the German army in Iraq for another 15 months, as the majority supported in a name vote in favor of the extension of the mission .

The mission of the (German) Federal Army will continue until the end of January 2022, and no more than 500 soldiers will participate in it, according to the decision of the Council of Ministers, after the German Parliament agreed to extend the deadline to 15 months.

Germany is contributing to the mission with airspace radar for early detection of aircraft and missiles. It is expected that the task of training the Iraqi armed forces in the future, part of the current NATO mission in Iraq .

The parties of the grand coalition in Germany had called earlier to support the continuation of the German army’s mission in Iraq .

The Islamic State (ISIS) seized large areas in northern   Iraq between 2014 and 2017, but then lost these areas   through an internationally supported attack, but the organization is still launching attacks.

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Hyundai signs a deal of two billion dollars with Iraq

Editing date: 10/30/2020 13:22

[Baghdad-Where]

The South Korean Hyundai company announced that it had reached a deal worth nearly two billion dollars that it signed with Iraq to build a waste recycling facility in Basra Governorate, in the south of the country.

As for the Iraqi corporation, partner in this deal, it is the state-owned Basra Oil Company.

Hyundai stated that the construction works of the facility will start in January and end in July 2025. It also added that this deal constitutes 11.7 percent of its revenues for the past year.

http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=103034

The Iraqi parliament completes voting on the election law

Friday – 13 Rabi` Al-Awal 1442 AH – 30 October 2020 AD Issue No. [15312]

Baghdad: «Middle East»

After long labor and sessions until early dawn for three consecutive nights, the Iraqi parliament voted, at dawn yesterday, on the last knot in the election law, which is the electoral districts in Kirkuk governorate.

The parliament had voted two days earlier on the special districts in Nineveh governorate, while about 4 days ago, it had voted on the electoral districts in 16 of the 18 governorates of Iraq.

By ending the dispute over Nineveh and Kirkuk, the election law approved by the parliament about a year ago, with the exception of the annex on electoral districts, has been completed and the way is clear for approval by the President of the Republic, especially since the imbalance of the quorum of the Federal Supreme Court makes the challenge to the law unthinkable.

The spokesman for Parliament Speaker Shaker Hamed told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that “the council voted at dawn on Thursday on the electoral districts of Kirkuk governorate, which were divided into 3 districts distributed into 12 seats, 5 of which are for the East district, 4 for the center, and 3 for Hawija and Riyadh.” He added, “After this vote, the new election law will be complete from the legislative point of view, which adopted the individual candidacy and the highest votes within the multiple constituencies in 18 Iraqi provinces.” And he considered that “this law came in compliance with the demonstrators’ demands for reform and partial payment of the debt (to the October victims) of the martyrs and the wounded.”

For his part, Bader Al-Ziyadi, the representative of the “Saeron” coalition, affirmed that the House of Representatives, after completing the first phase associated with holding early elections, will start next week with the second phase related to the Federal Court’s law.

Al-Ziyadi said in a press statement that «the House of Representatives will work, starting next week, to complete the Federal Court’s law due to its importance and the condition of its approval of the results of the upcoming elections. He added, “The political forces fully agree that elections cannot be held without activating the Federal Court.”

He pointed out that «there are two ways to activate the work of the court, the first is through the legislation of a new law for the court, which includes many disagreements on the subject of religious scholars and legal experts, unanimous or majority voting and other points, and it will be postponed until after the elections in the event that no final agreement is reached. ». He explained that “the second and easiest way is through coordination with the rest of the presidencies and amending the law in force to find a mechanism for nominating two new members as an alternative to the first retired and the second deceased.”

The deputy from Baghdad governorate, Aras Habib Karim, believes that “by completing the vote on the election law, we are now faced with two new challenges, namely the Federal Court and the practical procedures for how to hold the elections as scheduled.” Habib added to “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” that “the battle of the Federal Court is no less dangerous and important, if it does not outweigh the election law itself, because if its law or quorum is not decided, then the elections have no practical value because they remain without legitimacy according to the constitution.” He pointed out that “efforts during the coming period must focus on completing these matters, including holding elections via the biometric card in order to ensure their integrity and cut off fraud.”

On the other hand, the leader of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi, criticized the election law, saying that it “came according to the measurements of some of the ruling blocs and parties.” He stressed in a statement that “the election law will perpetuate sectarianism and quotas, and will end with clear procedures to divide the country. It will also reinforce the divisions in the country at the level of the representative authorities and the forces that make up the council.” He pointed out that «the new election law will weaken the role of the representative and strengthen regionalism at the expense of the country’s supreme interest, which will backfire on the government».

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The Iraqi Parliament continues voting on the electoral districts

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Kirkuk

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The Iraqi Parliament

Constituencies

2020-10-28 18:38

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Shafaq News / After midnight on Wednesday – Thursday, the Iraqi parliament (parliament) completed voting on electoral districts after passing the paragraph on the disputed Kirkuk governorate between Erbil and Baghdad.

This came in a session chaired by Muhammad Al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council, and the presence of 168 deputies.

Parliament had recently voted on electoral districts in the rest of the provinces, and postponed the vote on the Kirkuk clause due to differences between the Kurdish, Turkmen and Arab political forces.

According to the new election law, the distribution of electoral districts is as follows: 17 in Baghdad, 8 in Nineveh, 6 in Basra, 5 in Dhi Qar and Sulaymaniyah, 4 in Babylon, Anbar, Arbil and Diyala, and 3 each in Kirkuk, Najaf, Salah al-Din, Dahuk, Diwaniyah, Karbala and Wasit And Maysan, and two seats in Muthanna.

The article on electoral districts was the most prominent controversial paragraph between the political blocs, and it took months to agree on it.

And relies on the new election law to organize early parliamentary elections on the sixth of next June.

The document published below details the electoral districts in Kirkuk:

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Minister of Finance before Parliament to discuss the “white paper” and the “fiscal deficit”

Economy

Parliament

Ali Allawi

Hosting

2020-10-28 14:29

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Parliament intends to host Finance Minister Ali Allawi and other directors, to discuss the fiscal deficit and the government reform paper.

A statement by the Media Department of the Iraqi Parliament said in a statement received by Shafaq News, that Hassan Al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, “directed to host the Minister of Finance, Director General of the Customs Authority, Director General of the Tax Authority and Director General of the Retirement Authority to discuss the white paper and the financial deficit.”

This came in the parliament session on Wednesday.

The Iraqi government presented a bill to Parliament authorizing it to borrow an amount of 41 trillion dinars to cover the fiscal deficit for the remaining months of this year.

However, the reporter of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmad Al-Saffar, told Shafaq News Agency, on Wednesday, that his committee had agreed to reduce the value of borrowing to 15 trillion dinars only.

Earlier today, Wednesday, Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, issued an explanation of the statements he made during his weekly conference on the borrowing law and securing the salaries of employees.

“The decline in state revenues in the past several months is not sufficient to pay its salaries and other urgent obligations,” Mulla Talal said on his Twitter account. “On this basis, the government requested from Parliament additional borrowing authority to fill the financing gap until the 2021 budget presentation.”

“The 2021 budget will be a reform budget par excellence and based on the requirements of the white paper, and measures will be taken directly aimed at improving state revenues and controlling expenditures,” he added.

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Parliamentary agreement to turn the page on the election law

Politics

Parliament

Election law

2020-10-28 14:27

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Shafaq News / A source in the Iraqi parliament stated, on Wednesday, that there is an agreement on the entirety of the election law in the parliament session held at this time.

The source told Shafaq News Agency that “Parliament is currently discussing the health insurance law for the purpose of voting on it,” pointing out that “the first paragraph concerning the electoral districts of Kirkuk Governorate has been postponed until the end of the meeting of political forces with the legal committee to reach a final agreement.”

The source, who asked not to be named, confirmed that “there is an agreement to vote on the basis of the electoral law permanently for today’s session.”

The source pointed out that “the Parliamentary Legal Committee is currently holding a meeting with the deputies of Kirkuk governorate in order to reach an agreement regarding the normalcy and division of electoral districts in the province.”

Parliament had passed the electoral districts for the country’s provinces, with the exception of Kirkuk, as disagreements still exist regarding them between Kurdish and Turkmen representatives.

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The Iraqi parliament reduces the amount of borrowing that Al-Kazemi requested to 15 trillion dinars

Economy

Borrowing Act

2020-10-28 14:26

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Shafaq News / The Parliamentary Finance Committee announced, on Wednesday, that it had reached an agreement to determine the amount of borrowing to secure employees’ salaries, the ration card, and the expenses of the Ministry of Health .

The committee’s reporter, Ahmad al-Saffar, told Shafaq News, “The Financial Committee has calculated the money the state needs monthly, and thus it was found that it needs 5 trillion dinars per month, at a rate of 15 trillion for the last three months of the year 2020. ”

Al-Saffar added, “It is possible to grant borrowing between 15-20   trillion for insurance as a maximum, not 41 trillion, as the government requested by the borrowing law .”

Al-Saffar added, “The Finance Committee agreed to determine the amount of the borrowing and to cover the basic expenses such as salaries of employees and retirees, social care, ration card and the expenses of the Ministry of Health, with the transfer of other needs and benefits to the 2021 budget bill .”

Earlier, the head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Haitham al-Jubouri, addressed Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to dispense with the legislation of the fiscal deficit financing law (the borrowing law).

Yesterday, Tuesday, the Iraqi government ruled out that parliament would reject the borrowing law, and it might even reduce the proportion of borrowing to finance the country’s budget deficit.

Earlier today, Wednesday, Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, issued an explanation of the statements he made during his weekly conference on the borrowing law and securing the salaries of employees .

Mulla Talal said on his Twitter account that the decline in state revenues in the past several months is not sufficient to pay its salaries and other urgent obligations. On this basis, the government requested from Parliament additional borrowing authority to fill the financing gap until the 2021 budget presentation .

“The 2021 budget will be a reform budget par excellence and based on the requirements of the white paper, and measures will be taken directly aimed at improving state revenues and controlling expenditures, ” he added.

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After the finance book … Al-Kazemi’s spokesman issues an explanation regarding salaries

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Ahmed Mulla Talal

2020-10-28 08:06

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Shafaq News / On Wednesday, Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, issued an explanation of the statements he made during his weekly conference regarding the borrowing law and securing the salaries of employees.

Mulla Talal said on his Twitter account that the decline in state revenues in the past several months is not sufficient to pay its salaries and other urgent obligations. On this basis, the government requested from Parliament additional borrowing authority to fill the financing gap until the 2021 budget presentation.

“The 2021 budget will be a reform budget par excellence and based on the requirements of the white paper, and measures will be taken directly aimed at improving state revenues and controlling expenditures,” he added.

Earlier, the head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Haitham al-Jubouri, addressed Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to dispense with the legislation of the fiscal deficit financing law (the borrowing law).

Al-Jubouri said in an official letter addressed to Al-Kazemi, which was reviewed by Shafaq News Agency, commenting on the statement of the government spokesman, Ahmed Mulla Talal, at the press conference yesterday, Tuesday, in which he indicated that there are solutions at the Ministry of Finance to provide cash liquidity to secure salaries in the event that a project is not voted The Fiscal Deficit Law, “Please indicate your opinion regarding dispensing with the legislation of the fiscal deficit financing law in order to focus on the desired economic reforms.”

Al-Jubouri attributed his demand to cancel the law to “the existence of the possibility to cover salaries without the need to legislate the deficit financing law, and to impose new financial burdens on the state that cast a shadow over the economic situation.”

Yesterday, Tuesday, the Iraqi government ruled out that parliament would reject the borrowing law, and it might even reduce the proportion of borrowing to finance the country’s budget deficit.

This came according to the spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, in response to the Shafaq News Agency’s question in a press conference following the government’s weekly.

Our correspondent asked, “What is the government’s plan to finance the deficit if Parliament refuses to pass the borrowing bill?”

Mulla Talal replied, “I asked the same question to the Minister of Finance (Ali Allawi) during the European tour, as the minister expected Parliament to reduce the lending rate” and not reject the project entirely.

He pointed out that “the government is able to secure the salaries of employees,” adding that “doubling that of private revenues is very important, and that the percentage of dependence on oil is very large, and this is a mistake.”

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Cabinet Secretariat clarifies about the Thursday holiday

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The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers issued today, Wednesday, an explanation regarding the holiday tomorrow, Thursday.

A spokesman for the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Haider Majeed, said, according to the official agency, that “tomorrow’s holiday marks the birth of the Prophet, as it is included in the list of annual official holidays and does not need an announcement from the General Secretariat.”

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The start of the meeting of the Parliamentary Finance Committee and the Ministry of Finance regarding the “ borrowing law ”

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The meeting of the Parliamentary Finance Committee began today, Wednesday, with the advanced cadre of the Ministry of Finance to discuss the draft law on financing the fiscal deficit and agree on a final formula leading to its passage in Parliament.

The (Baghdad Today) correspondent said, “The meeting of the Parliamentary Finance Committee with the advanced staff in the Ministry of Finance, started this morning, Wednesday, in order to put the final touches on the draft law on financing the fiscal deficit.

In addition, a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Jamal Cougar, explained in a televised statement that the most important question we will direct to the Ministry of Finance is to know the total spending data.

Yesterday, Tuesday (October 27, 2020), First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hassan Karim Al-Kaabi chaired a meeting of the Finance Committee regarding the draft law on financing the fiscal deficit .

Al-Kaabi said in a brief statement, which he received (Baghdad today), that “Al-Kaabi chaired an important meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the draft law on financing the financial deficit .”

The House of Representatives had finished, in a previous session, the first reading of the draft law on financing the fiscal deficit, which includes financing the salaries of employees and retirees.

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