UNHCR and UNAMI discuss latest preparations for October elections

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UNHCR and UNAMI discuss latest preparations for October elections

{Local: Al Furat News} The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, discussed with the Head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, Jenin Blaschaert, the final preparations for the October 10, 2021 poll. 

Khalaf began the meeting by providing a full briefing on the overall steps and the latest preparations at the level of Iraq for holding the elections, at the level of the efforts made by the staff of the Electoral Commission over the past months.
For her part, Plasschaert affirmed the continuous support of these preparations by the United Nations Mission and its unlimited cooperation with the current Board of Commissioners in order to achieve discreet elections that enjoy the confidence of the Iraqi street.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the United Nations Mission thanked all the members of the Board of Commissioners for their work and for their constant follow-up to the observations that develop the electoral process and push it forward.

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Kurdistan announces the suspension of work next Sunday

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Shafaq News/ The Kurdistan Regional Government announced the suspension of official working hours in all its institutions and departments on the occasion of (Independence Day of the Republic of Iraq).

The Department of Information and Information in the Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement, “Sunday 10/03/2021 (Independence Day of the Republic of Iraq), which is an official holiday in all government institutions according to the official calendar of the government in the Kurdistan Region.”

Iraq gained its independence in accordance with international law on the 3rd of October 1932, after decades of occupation and then the British Mandate.

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Iraq is preparing to formulate agreements with 3 countries to recover the looted funds

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The Ministry of Justice revealed, on Wednesday, a government tendency to conclude agreements with 3 countries, to recover the looted funds, noting that these agreements will be concluded in accordance with the principle of “reciprocity .”The ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Laibi, said, “The conference to recover the looted funds is the first step in the way to recover these funds, noting that what this conference has resulted in is the tendency to conclude bilateral agreements with some countries that have funds inside Iraq, in exchange for funds demanded by the government.” Iraqi “.He explained that “Iraq is drafting agreements with three countries, namely” Jordan, Egypt and Switzerland”, which include the return of funds and lands seized by the former regime, in exchange for the recovery of frozen Iraqi funds in the name of intelligence figures in these countries .He added, “The move towards recovering these funds comes through the lawsuit offices in the Ministry of Justice and the Fund for Recovering the Funds in the Integrity Commission, amid the desire of the regional and international parties to activate these agreements, ruling out the existence of accurate statistics on the amount of looted funds, ranging from 180 to 350 billion dollars .”The looted funds recovery conference, which was held in the middle of this month, came out with a number of important recommendations, the most prominent of which was the demand for the formation of an international pressure group; To work with the countries that are custodians of looted funds and assets, and whose refusal to cooperate is confirmed, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter V of the UN Convention against Corruption, in addition to the formation of international courts specialized in the issue of recovery, and the issuance of a bulletin on countries that refrain from providing assistance, as well as emphasizing the principle of Good faith in the implementation of international legal obligations in the field of recovering looted funds, and what is required to return illegally obtained funds and assets to the country requesting recovery.

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Text of Imam al-Sistani’s statement on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq

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Text of Imam al-Sistani's statement on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq

{Politics: Al Furat News} The response of the media office of the supreme religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani, on Wednesday, to participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq. 

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According to the text of the questions and answers , according to the supreme office, as follows: In the 
name of God the Merciful 
His Eminence Office Reference Religious Supreme Mr. Sistani , long live 
peace and God ‘s mercy and blessings be upon you 
after: approaching the date of the Iraqi Council of Representatives elections and asks many citizens about the position of religious authority supreme on participation In this election, what do you see as the interest in that? Please advise us in this regard, thank you. A gathering of citizens 
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 
The supreme religious authority encourages everyone to participate consciously and responsibly in the upcoming elections, although it is not without some shortcomings, but it remains the safest way to cross the country to a future that is hoped to be better than the past, and through it avoids the risk of falling In the abyss of chaos and political blockage.
Honorable voters should take lessons from past experiences and be aware of the value of their votes and their important role in shaping the future of the country, so they can take advantage of this important opportunity to bring about a real change in the administration of the state and remove corrupt and incompetent hands from its main joints, which is possible if the conscious join hands and participate in voting effectively. And make a good choice, otherwise the failures of the previous parliaments and the governments emanating from them will be repeated, and there will be no regrets. 
The supreme religious authority confirms today what it said before the last elections that it does not support any candidate or electoral list at all, and that it is all up to the voters’ conviction and their opinions.
But it assures them to scrutinize the progress of the candidates in their electoral districts and elect from them only the honest good, who is keen on the sovereignty, security and prosperity of Iraq, who is entrusted with its original values ​​and supreme interests, and beware that they empower incompetent people or those involved in corruption or parties that do not believe in the constants of the honorable Iraqi people or It operates outside the framework of the constitution by occupying seats in the House of Representatives, because it poses great risks to the future of the country. 
The Marjaiya also stresses that those in charge of the elections should work to hold them in a reassuring atmosphere, far from the side effects of money, illegal weapons, or external interference, and that they observe their integrity and preserve the votes of the electorate, as it is a trust in their necks. God grants success. Safar 21 / 1443 AH / 9/29/2021 CE

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Al-Kazemi: We received with great responsibility the statement of Mr. Al-Sistani on the elections

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced his support for the statement of the supreme religious authority regarding the upcoming elections.

Al-Kazemi stated in a tweet via Twitter, which was followed by / Mawazine News /, that we received with great responsibility the statement of His Eminence the Supreme Reference, Mr.

He added, “We affirm the commitment of state institutions to protect the electoral process, and we call on candidates to abide by the law and regulations, and voters to participate broadly and choose well.”

The office of the supreme religious authority in Iraq had issued a statement today, Wednesday, on the upcoming parliamentary elections.
A statement by Al-Sistani’s office, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, stated that the supreme religious authority encourages everyone to participate consciously and responsibly in the upcoming elections. He went on, and with it he avoided the danger of falling into the abyss of chaos and political blockage.
The statement added, “Dear voters should take lessons and lessons from past experiences and be aware of the value of their votes and their important role in shaping the country’s future, so they can take advantage of this important opportunity to bring about real change in the state’s administration and remove corrupt and incompetent hands from its main joints, which is possible if the conscious join hands and participate in Vote effectively and make a good choice. Otherwise, the failures of the previous parliaments and the governments emanating from them will be repeated, and there will be no regrets.
He continued, “The supreme religious authority confirms today what it said before the last elections, that it does not support any candidate or electoral list at all, and that it is all up to the voters’ conviction and their opinions.” They elect from among them only the honest good, who is keen on the sovereignty, security and prosperity of Iraq, who is entrusted with its original values and supreme interests, and beware that they enable incompetent people or those involved in corruption or parties that do not believe in the constants of the honorable Iraqi people or work outside the framework of the constitution to occupy the seats of the House of Representatives, because in That is a great risk to the country’s future.
The statement concluded, “The reference stresses that those in charge of the elections work to conduct them in a reassuring atmosphere far from the side effects of money, illegal weapons or external interference, and that they observe their integrity and preserve the votes of the voters, as it is a trust in their necks.” God grants success. Ended 29/R77

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Including appointments… Revealing information about the 2022 budget and the date of its submission to Parliament

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Including appointments... Revealing information about the 2022 budget and the date of its submission to Parliament

{Economic: Al Furat News} The economic advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, suggested that the next year’s budget 2022 will witness an increase in oil revenues. 

Saleh said, in a press interview, that “the budget will be submitted before the end of this year to Parliament for discussion,” expecting that “the price of a barrel of oil in it will be $50, while the budget if it can achieve $70 a barrel over 12 months with non-oil revenues.” If it fulfills its decree, things will be fine.”

Saleh added, that the 2022 budget contains opportunities for appointment, but it will not be large,” denying that “there will be any prejudice to the salaries of employees.”

He pointed out that “the share of the Kurdistan region will be left to the political negotiations between the government and the region, and all these matters are also left to Parliament.”

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Gold rises as US bonds fall

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Gold prices rose, on Wednesday, with a slight decline in US Treasury yields, but they settled near their lowest levels in seven weeks.

And the spot gold price rose 0.4 percent to 1740.19 dollars an ounce by 03:30 GMT. On Tuesday, prices fell to their lowest level since August 11 at $1,726.19.

US gold futures rose 0.2 percent to $1,740.50 an ounce.

“What you’re seeing this morning is just a technical bounce… There is very little bullish case for gold at the moment,” said OCBC economist Howie Lee.

And although benchmark 10-year US Treasury yields eased slightly, they held above 1.5%, a level last seen in June.

Among other metals, silver rose 0.4% to $22.52 an ounce.

Platinum rose 0.3 percent to $969.75, while palladium rose 1.1 percent to $1,896.23.

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The Federal Court decides on appeals in favor of the Iraqi government

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The Federal Supreme Court approved, on Wednesday, 6 contested paragraphs in favor of the government, and the appeal was received on 4 articles.

The most important articles approved by the court: 

Approval of the government’s appeal to add allocations to compensate employees’ salaries, contracts and wages.  

Approval of the government’s appeal to refuse to impose 15% taxes on fuel.  

Approval of the government’s appeal regarding the costs of oil licensing rounds.  

Approval of the government’s appeal to refuse to establish petrodollar funds.

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A source for “Economy News”: The bonds are worth a trillion dinars and will go to fill the budget deficit

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Economy News – Baghdad 

An official source confirmed that the construction bonds offered by the Central Bank in favor of the Ministry of Finance will support the deficit in the 2021 budget. 

On September 26, 2021, the Central Bank decided to offer bonds in two categories: “a bond of a category of 500 thousand dinars with an annual interest rate of 6% and for a period of two years, and a bond of a category of one million dinars with an annual interest of 7% for a period of 4 years.”

According to the 2021 budget, the Ministry of Finance will issue national bonds worth 8.5 trillion dinars to finance the budget deficit.

The source, who preferred not to be named, told “Economy News”, “The bonds launched by the Central Bank are worth a trillion dinars, and the bank will deduct them for the benefit of the Ministry of Finance.”

He added that the interest on the offered bonds is very excellent, and will contribute to the development of the local financial market, noting that the Ministry of Finance will use these funds to support the deficit and may go to support the operating budget or the investment budget. 

And he indicated that the problem that stands in the way is the difficult timing in which it was presented, which is turning the current government into a caretaker government and thus these bonds may fail, adding that many owners of money will invest in these bonds. 

He pointed out that in the event of the success of these bonds, bonds worth another trillion dinars will be issued.

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The World Bank unveils a new project for Iraq worth $100 million

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The World Bank has set, today, Wednesday, the goals of granting Iraq $100 million, while praising the vaccination campaign launched by the Iraqi Ministry of Health last March.
The bank said in a statement, “The project will support vaccination against the Corona virus in Iraq by giving the vaccine to priority groups among the population and strengthening the institutional system to enable the safe and effective dissemination of vaccines on the widest scale.”
He added, “This project aims to assist the country not only in purchasing coronavirus vaccines, but also in improving its ability to manage waste resulting from health care activities, and implement communication and awareness efforts to raise public awareness of the importance of receiving the vaccine.”
The Bank confirmed that “the project builds on the current support provided by the World Bank and other development partners to the Iraqi government in support of its efforts to respond to the Corona pandemic, within the framework of the Iraq Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Fund (I3RF) and the Emergency Operation Project for Development.”
And he indicated that “Iraq launched the vaccination campaign against the Corona virus in March 2021, as it was able to rapidly increase the vaccination coverage during the past month, and more than 7 million doses of vaccine were given, about 11% of the population received the first dose, in addition to immunizing 7% of the entire population with two doses.” “.
And he indicated that “a comprehensive and well-coordinated vaccination campaign is an essential element for future recovery from the health and economic effects of the Corona pandemic,” noting that “
“There is a need to facilitate access to vaccines to reduce the spread of the pandemic and reduce the burden on the already weak health system in Iraq, and this project will support Iraq in the procurement and deployment of vaccines necessary to protect lives, and enable The country can safely reopen its doors and begin the economic recovery phase.”
Withdrawing the World Bank statement, this project is subject to the “Strategic Program for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response (SPRP)” using the Multi-Phase Program Approach (MPA) approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in April 2020; Additional funding for that program was approved in October 2020, and the project also includes a grant from the Iraq Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Fund (I3RF).
It is worth noting that the Iraq Reform, Recovery and Reconstruction Fund was established in partnership with the Government of Iraq in 2018, with co-financing by Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and Sweden.
This fund provides a program of financing and strategic dialogue for reconstruction and development in the country, with a focus on targeted national reforms and public and private investments to achieve social and economic recovery and reconstruction.
The fund also works to be a strategic platform for coordinating efforts related to development and dialogue, and aims to stand behind the climate change agenda adopted by the country, as well as to support gender equality, achieve social peace and community participation by citizens.
Such financing from the World Bank would complement the activities of other development partners, as well as fill critical financing gaps to ensure the successful distribution of vaccines.
The World Bank is committed to continuing to support Iraq in its efforts to respond to the Corona pandemic and improve the resilience of its health system to future shocks.

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