Tonight.. Iraq’s leaders face the task of persuading al-Sadr to return to the elections

politicsMuqtada al-SadrIraqi elections 2021-08-17 14:15A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The head of the Bayarq al-Khair Parliamentary Bloc, Muhammad al-Khalidi, revealed on Tuesday that a “critical” meeting of the presidencies and leaders of blocs had been held with representatives of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, regarding the latter’s return to participate in the elections.

Al-Khalidi told Shafaq News Agency, “A meeting will be held this evening between the three presidents (the republic, ministers and parliament), heads of political blocs and representatives of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr.”

He added, “The meeting will be decisive for the return of the Sadrist movement to participate in the early elections or not,” noting that “the meeting will also discuss the procedures and preparations of the government and the Commission for the upcoming elections.”

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had recently announced a boycott of the parliamentary elections. 

Later, many political forces took the same position.

The boycotters attributed the reasons for taking this step to the lack of a safe environment for holding fair elections amid the spread of “uncontrolled weapons” and “political money”.


The Central Bank discusses the national strategy for financial inclusion

2021.08.17 – 15:03
The Central Bank discusses the national strategy for financial inclusion

Baghdad – people  

On Tuesday, the Governor of the Central Bank, Mustafa Ghaleb Mikhaif, discussed with members of the Higher National Strategic Committee for Financial Inclusion.   

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During his presidency of the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Financial Inclusion and followed by “NASS” (August 17, 2021), Mokhif said that “the committee has a role in spreading financial inclusion and its economic and social dimensions and other important aspects.”  

According to the statement, “the need to draw an integrated vision for financial inclusion was discussed, especially since this issue is of interest to all countries, not only in Iraq, especially since its goals are multiple, foremost of which is the inclusion of all segments of society with banking services, which is no longer a secondary issue but a daily necessity.”  

He explained that “the Central Bank of Iraq has provided the necessary infrastructure to advance the reality of financial inclusion, especially the best payment systems in the world, which represent the cornerstone of financial inclusion.”  

The presentation was also presented to prepare the preparation of the national strategy for financial inclusion, which included the most prominent steps and objectives undertaken by the Central Bank of Iraq so far in order to achieve the goal sought by the framework of this committee.  

For their part, “the members of the committee presented their interventions on the importance of their institutions’ participation in this committee and expressed their readiness to provide support as far as promoting financial inclusion.”