Electoral Commission: Distribution of biometric cards will be suspended next Tuesday

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10/1/2021 17:14

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Independent High Electoral Commission announced, on Friday, October 1, 2021, that it would stop distributing biometric cards to voters on Tuesday.

The Commission stated, in a statement received by (The Obelisk), that it announces the suspension of the distribution of biometric voter cards at the end of the official working day on Tuesday 5/10/2021.

The early Iraqi parliamentary elections will be held on the tenth of October.



Al-Kazemi tweets in memory of October

political| 09:06 – 01/10/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News,
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi tweeted, on Friday, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the October demonstrations.
Al-Kazemi said in a tweet via Twitter: “The second anniversary of the October protests, which demanded the state, reform and rejection of corruption, are passing. Today, the countdown begins to participate in the early elections, which were among the main premises of October, to chart a better future for our country.”
He added: “We have days to choose the fittest and most honest to represent our people. The eternity of Iraq’s martyrs.” Ended 29 / h


Iraq and Jordan agree to travel by land to and from the two countries after years of closure

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Economy News _ Baghdad

The governments of Iraq and Jordan agreed to travel by land to and from the two countries, and to allow the salon wheels to transport passengers as well, starting tomorrow, after years of closing it.

The mayor of al-Rutba district, far west of Anbar Governorate, Imad al-Dulaimi, confirmed that the approvals of the governments of Iraq and Jordan had been issued, allowing “saloon wheels to transport passengers to and from Iraqi and Jordanian lands via the land route linking the two countries, after this was prevented for many years.”

Al-Dulaimi pointed out, during his speech to Shafaq News Agency, that “allowing travelers to move between the two countries comes after confirming the international traveler’s card for anti-Coronavirus vaccination.”

He added that “the approval to move between the two countries included crude oil tankers, without going through the commercial exchange yard at the Trebil border port.”

Al-Dulaimi explained, “The port’s imports are subject to the federal budget law, which provides for the addition of 50% of it to the budget of the governorate in which the port is located.”


Not an explosion.. what happened in Tahrir Square today

local| 06:22 – 01/10/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News

On Friday, a security source reported that a woman and a young man were injured in varying degrees, as a result of the burning of an electric generator in the center of the capital, Baghdad.

The source told “Mawazine News”, “An electric generator caught fire in Tahrir Square in the center of the capital, Baghdad.” He added, “The fire resulted in the injury of a woman and a young man who participated in the demonstration marking the second anniversary of the October demonstrations, with varying degrees of pain.”

And social media circulated news that an explosion occurred amid the demonstration commemorating the second anniversary of the October demonstrations in Tahrir Square.


Masrour Barzani announces a round of negotiations with companies to extract and sell the region’s oil

Kurdistan womenMasrour Barzani 2021-10-01 10:41A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, announced on Friday, a round of negotiations with international companies to extract and sell the region’s oil.

Barzani said during his participation in the “Town Hall” program, which was broadcast on Kurdish satellite channels and media channels, that “the issue of oil and gas is often talked about by many people, and it has become a question for them,” explaining that “the permanent Iraqi constitution is a text of what is happening.” It is the responsibility of the Kurdistan Region, and what is the responsibility of the federal government, and we believe that the Kurdistan Region, based on the legal reading concluded by the experts, has fulfilled its duty and carried it out as it is, and has not granted itself any authority more than the rights stipulated in the Constitution.

He added, “Oil extraction is divided into two main files, one of which relates to the companies that came and made investments in order to extract oil, and the second relates to the sale of oil, and some other companies have concluded contracts with the regional government to sell the extracted oil and return its revenues to the government, and we often hear here. Some of the numbers that are being circulated, and they are absolutely incorrect, because everyone who comes says that this is the price of a barrel of oil and as long as this is its price, the revenues of Kurdistan Region’s oil amount to this. This is not true, as the companies that produce oil have their own costs, the costs of extraction.” . Barzani continued, “

The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government reminded that the region’s share was cut off by the government of the former Federal Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and said, “I do not hide from you that the federal government cut the entire share of the Kurdistan Region from 2014 to 2017, and did not send any amount of the budget to the region in any way, After cutting off the region’s share, this means that this was not related at all to the region extracting oil.No, on the contrary, the budget was cut and then oil was produced and its production rate reached a level that could help the Kurdistan Region.During this period, the region had to borrow some money to distribute Salaries, and the implementation of the functions and works of these companies with loans, and this means that these companies buy oil in advance, and then the government of the region compensates them with oil, and this is exactly what happened, the interest and price affect.Therefore, the price of the region’s oil is still a little lower than the rate that people think it should to be”.

He explained that “if the federal government adheres to the principles of the federal constitution, a different agreement can be reached with the region on this issue. Accordingly, I can say that now the agreements are being reviewed since this cabinet began its tasks, we have reviewed all the agreements with the oil companies with them again, The Ministry of Natural Resources talked with them again about how to reduce the cost of oil and reduce the life of the fields, and on the other hand, with the companies that buy oil, I had talks again, so that we can achieve a lot of success, and there is a significant reduction by the companies, and this means that it will be Returning a large part of the revenue to the KRG after these changes, and these are all points of the reforms that have been made in this sector.”

The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government answered the questions of a number of young people and students of Kurdistan universities, where he called on the youth to be keen on their country for a prosperous future.

And he said, “Do not think that this country has no owner, as it is as long as you are not its owners, then you are the owners of this country one by one.”


An explosion in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad

securityBaghdadbreakingExplosionTahrir Square 2021-10-01 10:39A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A security source reported that an explosion occurred on Friday in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, at a time when hundreds of demonstrators were gathering to commemorate the second anniversary of the “October Uprising”.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “A fuel tank that generated electricity was loaded on board a car that exploded in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.”

He added that the explosion injured two people.

The tank exploded at a time when hundreds of demonstrators were gathering in Tahrir Square to mark the second anniversary of the popular protests known as the “October Uprising”.


Thousands of demonstrators commemorate the “October Uprising” in Nasiriyah and Basra

politicsBasraprotestsNasiriyah 2021-10-01 10:36A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Thousands of demonstrators commemorated, on Friday, the second annual anniversary of the widespread popular protests known among activists as the “Tishreen Uprising”, in Nasiriyah, the capital of Dhi Qar governorate and the city of Basra.

Shafaq News Agency’s correspondent in Dhi Qar stated that thousands of demonstrators flocked to Al-Haboubi Square, starting from Nile Street in the center of Nasiriyah city, the center of the governorate.

He continued, that the demonstration will go to the Olive Bridge, which witnessed the first massacre that occurred during the protests by security forces led by Lieutenant-General Jamil Al-Shammari.

And he indicated that the demonstration was launched amid strict security measures implemented by the security forces in the vicinity of Al-Haboubi Square.

In Basra, Shafak News Agency correspondent reported that hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Harbiye Square in front of the governorate building in Basra to commemorate the second anniversary of the “October Uprising”.

The Iraqi popular movement began in early October 2019 against the political elite accused of corruption and dependency abroad, and to change the political system based on the distribution of positions among the influential parties in the country.

The protests were punctuated by widespread violence that left about 600 people dead; Most of them are protesters.

The protests succeeded in overthrowing the previous government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late 2019, and the Iraqi parliament approved a new election law in response to the movement’s demands, with the aim of allowing independents and small parties to ascend to parliament.

The current government headed by Al-Kazemi pledged to protect the protests and bring those involved in their suppression to justice, which has not been achieved.


Finance: Borrowing powers are part of the budget until the formation of the new Iraqi government

politicsIraq 2021-10-01 08:26A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Ministry of Finance clarified on Friday that the borrowing powers within the recent decisions are part of the budget approved by the House of Representatives to address the transitional period until the formation of the new government.

And the ministry said in a statement today, that “recently, false information has spread through irresponsible social media about the borrowing authorization granted to the Minister of Finance in accordance with the recent decisions of the Council of Ministers. The motive behind this false news is electoral propaganda only.” 

The statement added that “all the loans referred to in the resolution were negotiated and approved months or even two years ago and are part of the budget approved by the House of Representatives,” noting that “the Minister of Finance has been authorized to make it valid during the transitional period between the elections and the new government.” Just” .

The ministry indicated in its statement that “the public has the right to know why the ministry had to borrow despite the recent rise in oil prices, and this is due to the fact that the government’s current expenditures from salaries, retirement and social transfers may reach approximately 6 trillion Iraqi dinars per month. This is before expenses are added other ongoing, investment expenditures, debt service at the local and international levels, and the fulfillment of arrears from previous obligations to the electricity and other sectors.”

The statement went on to say: However, everyone must realize that Iraq must abide by the decisions of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that obligate it to reduce its oil production, and the dues of licensing contracts and Kuwait war compensation, which are deducted from export revenues, must be paid. 

The revenues that we get from oil exports per month are about 6.5 trillion Iraqi dinars at current prices.

The statement added that it is completely wrong to claim that the ministry is borrowing for no reason as the government is obligated to borrow to meet budget targets and maintain credit rating stability in local and international markets. 

The statement continued by saying that the ministry’s credit status was confirmed by all the major rating agencies, which praised the financial measures of the Ministry of Finance, the government and the Department of the Economy, and each of these ratings was published on the ministry’s website for all to see and confirm the international community’s support for our policies.

In its statement, the ministry noted that: Negotiable bonds to improve the work of the money market and provide safe and rewarding securities to investors and private institutions. 

The ministry also confirmed in its statement that it is keen to diversify sources of funding and is working persistently to reform the tax and customs system after years of neglect.

The Ministry of Finance concluded its statement by saying: As for the unbridled accusations and allegations made by the makers of harm, we completely reject them and reserve the right to sue them for the serious harm that they inflicted on the public’s trust through their unfounded allegations.


Iraq achieves financial revenues of nearly $7 billion from selling oil within a month

economyIraqoilSale 2021-10-01 08:02A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Ministry of Oil announced the total exports and revenues achieved for the month of last September, according to the preliminary statistics issued by the Iraqi Oil Marketing Company “SOMO”.

According to statistics, the amount of crude oil exports amounted to (92) million (422) thousand and (485) barrels, with revenues amounting to approximately (6) billion (711) million and (7) thousand dollars.

The statistics indicated that the total quantities of exported crude oil for the month of September from oil fields in central and southern Iraq amounted to approximately (89) million (224) thousand and (354) barrels.

As for the Kirkuk fields through Ceyhan port, the exported quantities amounted to two million, and (922) thousand and (857) barrels. While the quantities exported to Jordan amounted to (275) thousand and (274) barrels.

And the daily average of total oil exports has reached (3) million and (81) thousand barrels per day.

And the average price per barrel amounted to (72,612) dollars.


Supreme Security Committee: Polling day will be an official holiday

Obelisk - the event as it happened

10/01/2021 12:40

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Supreme Security Committee for Elections confirmed, on Friday, October 1, 2021, that the polling day will be an official holiday.

In a statement received by the Obelisk, the committee’s spokesman, Brigadier Ghaleb Al-Attiyah, said that the election day, corresponding to October 10, will be an official holiday, pointing out that the committee banned non-electoral gatherings in the period preceding the electoral silence, with the exception of electoral gatherings, which are not covered by the ban.

He added that the electoral gatherings are secured by informing the security forces to secure protection during the campaign period allowed before the election date, indicating that the security forces will enter from 10/2 on the warning until further notice and until the day the Joint Operations Command announces the end of the warning after the initial announcement of the results .

The Supreme Electoral Security Committee had previously confirmed that its preparations are in full swing and at an escalating pace in order to provide a safe and appropriate environment for voters and candidates, while providing protection for electoral centers and boxes in logistical warehouses. 

It indicated that it has a plan to prevent the impact of uncontrolled weapons on the electoral process, and to protect candidates, voters and the places where elections are held.