Tahrir Square lights up the sky of Baghdad on Sovereignty Day (photos)

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Shafaq News / The Baghdad Municipality organized, on Sunday evening, large celebrations in Tahrir Square in the center of the capital, on the occasion of the Iraqi National Day, which included launching fireworks and distributing Iraqi flags among citizens.

And the third of October is the anniversary of Iraqi independence in 1932, as well as the day of recognition of Iraq’s sovereignty in international forums and taking its place as a fully qualified member of the League of Nations.

The Baghdad and Erbil governments announced, two days ago, the suspension of official working hours on Sunday, to celebrate this occasion.

The second part of the celebration, next to Tahrir Square, was scheduled to be witnessed in the Al-Harithiya area in Baghdad, but it was canceled as a result of the burning of a palm tree due to fireworks.



Joint operations: 250 thousand elements to protect the elections

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10/20/2021 18:24

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Joint Operations Command confirmed, on Sunday, October 3, 2021, that 250,000 security personnel will participate in protecting the elections. 

A joint operations statement stated that the Joint Operations Command held a meeting today with Western media institutions at the headquarters in the presence of Lieutenant-General Abdul-Amir Al-Shammari and Major General Dr. Saad Maan to talk about the security measures taken by the leadership, as well as security facilities for the press in general. 

Al-Shammari confirmed that more than 250,000 security personnel will be deployed to protect the polling stations. He also announced the completion of the arrival of the international observer mission and the full protection of their movements. 

He indicated that the streets will be open and there will be no curfew except for the prevention of pregnancy cars and motorcycles, and he also said that the security forces will start from the day of the boxes, they will reach the centers and that the days of 8, 9 and 10 will witness an intense deployment of security forces in the streets.

He concluded his speech by saying that the security forces have entered a state of maximum alert and that the anti-terror forces and the army’s special forces will be ready for any emergency.

Live: Iraqi National Day celebrations from Tahrir Square in Baghdad

2021.10.03 – 20:25
Live: Iraqi National Day celebrations from Tahrir Square in Baghdad

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Today, Sunday evening, the capital, Baghdad, witnessed celebrations marking the Iraqi National Day.  

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The “Nas” camera (October 3, 2021) accompanied the celebrations sponsored by the Baghdad Municipality in Tahrir Square and Al-Harithiya Mall, amid official ceremonies in the presence of the choir and the playing of the Iraqi national anthem.  

It is also scheduled to hold a display of old cars, roaming some streets of the capital.  




In a speech that included a rebuke to his followers… Muqtada al-Sadr: We will obtain a majority of seats in the next parliament

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Shafaq News/ The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, said on Sunday that his Sadrist bloc will obtain the majority of seats in the next parliament, about a week before the start of the legislative elections.

This came during a speech by al-Sadr in front of his followers in Najaf, which he began by reprimanding his followers for not organizing their ranks and listening well, warning against not meeting them again.

Al-Sadr said that Iraq “needs peace and solidarity, for by force we deter enemies such as America and Israel, terrorism, normalization and dissolution.”

The Sadrist bloc is running the elections through 100 candidates distributed across the country’s governorates and cities.

The “Sairoon” coalition (which brings together the Sadrists, the Communist Party and civilians from technocrats) backed by al-Sadr led the last parliamentary elections in 2018, winning 54 out of 329 seats.



KRG Spokesperson Jotiar Adil (Photo Credit: KRG)



SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said on Sunday (October 3) that Iraq’s federal government has not yet sent an expected 200 billion Iraqi dinar ($137 million) transfer, which Erbil says enables it to pay the full salaries of public servants in the Kurdistan Region.

Adil said that the KRG hoped that the transfer will arrive by Thursday.

Under an agreement with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the KRG began to receive a monthly stipend of 200 billion dinars per month in July. Both Erbil and Baghdad have emphasized that the transfer is not part of the budget law, but rather a separate agreement.

The 2021 Federal Budget Law passed in the spring, but has not been implemented because of disagreements between the federal government and the KRG over oil and customs income.

Adil said at a press conference that the Iraqi Council of Ministers has agreed to send the money, but technical problems have slowed down the process.

During 2020, the KRG struggled to pay its employees, missing five monthly disbursements entirely and cutting four others by nearly a quarter. Government employees had their pay cut by twenty-one percent during the first six months this year.

Workers were paid in full in July for the first time in more than a year, with another transfer in August.

In late September, the KRG said it expected a third transfer in time for the Iraqi parliamentary election, which will happen next Sunday.

(NRT Digital Media)


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

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Economy News – BaghdadThe Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, announced on Friday that the government has conducted 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 and followed by “Economy News”, 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 constitution The permanent Iraqi text is the text of what 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 implemented it 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, “Any company that comes and invests has a contract with the regional government, and over time, how can this investment return its capital, how can it be returned, with the cost of oil production, a share of the amounts will be returned to those companies, and oil buyers have agreements and contracts with the regional government who should Buying oil at any price, and if the region’s oil is compared with Brent crude, the quality is not the same. The quality of the region’s oil is lower than Brent. For this reason, the number we often hear is not the price of the region’s oil, but with this, even transportation dues are covered by it. The Kurdistan region, from its fields, to the place where the oil tankers are received, is in itself an additional cost.”The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government reminded that the region’s share was cut 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 share of the Kurdistan region completely 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.”


Work begins implementing the electronic classification system for companies and contracting


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Economy News – BaghdadThe Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has included more than 600,000 workers under the Social Security Law in Baghdad and the governorates, while it will start, in coordination with the Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation, to implement the electronic classification system for companies and contracting.Kholoud Hayran, director of the Ministry’s Department of Retirement and Social Security for Workers, said, “The ministry has made a great leap in the number of workers covered by social security through the implementation of several inspection campaigns for work sites, bringing the total number of covered workers to more than 600 thousand workers in Baghdad and the provinces,” according to “Morning”.She pointed out that “the ministry’s plan was to activate the labor inspection department to carry out extensive inspection campaigns at various levels to increase and include workers in work sites in the private and mixed sectors and investment projects in social security.”Hiran added that “the inspection department in the department still needs a lot of support, as well as an increase in the number of inspectors to accommodate the huge number of projects to ensure the rights of workers and to include the largest number of them under the social security umbrella,” noting that “the Minister of Labor, Adel Al-Rikabi approved the decision of the Board of Directors.” The Fund will continue to pay a reward of 100,000 dinars until the adoption of the new social security law, in order to do justice to the working class, advance the living conditions of workers and achieve a decent life for them.And the Director of Retirement and Social Security indicated that “the department, in coordination with the Ministry of Planning, will start implementing the electronic companies and contracting classification system, which aims to speed up the response, accuracy of information and the correctness of the issuance of correspondence between the Ministry of Planning and the Department of Retirement and Social Security for workers.”Hiran noted that “the ministry is working to adopt this system and all the advanced electronic systems that would reduce routine work procedures and thus speed up the completion of transactions in the public interest.”


Kurdistan Region Finance announces the distribution of salaries for the month of September

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Shafaq News/ The Ministry of Finance and Economy published a new schedule for distributing salaries for the month of September to employees and workers in the public sector.

According to a statement issued by the ministry received by Shafak News Agency, it will continue to distribute salaries to workers in government departments and institutions, starting from tomorrow, Monday, until next Thursday.

Today, it is an official holiday in the region and the whole country on the occasion of Iraq’s independence.

The KRG is seeking to distribute the full salaries before the special and general polling day for the Iraqi legislative elections.

The Ministry of Finance in Kurdistan had distributed salaries to the employees of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Peshmerga and its forces last week.

Shafak News Agency publishes the salary schedule below:


An agreement of 11 axes .. Iraq and the UAE sign a partnership for government development

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
The government of the Republic of Iraq and the government of the UAE have launched a strategic partnership in government modernization and development, based on enhancing the exchange of knowledge, expertise and successful experiences between the two countries.
The strategic partnership agreement was signed on behalf of Iraq by Raed Jouhi, Director of the Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, and for the UAE, Muhammad Al-Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, in the presence of Ohoud bint Khalfan Al-Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and Yasser Al-Naqbi. Assistant Director-General for Governmental Leadership and Capabilities in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and from the Iraqi side, Muhammad al-Hakim, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Strategic Affairs, Alaa al-Saadi, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Executive Director of the Reform Management Cell, and a number of officials from both sides.
The strategic partnership aims to transfer the experience of the UAE government in developing government work, and raising levels of efficiency and performance in the government work system in the Republic of Iraq, by launching a package of strategic initiatives and projects that contribute to enhancing readiness for the future and finding innovative solutions to challenges.
Mohammed Al Gergawi said, “The strategic partnership in government modernization between the UAE and the Republic of Iraq builds on the solid relations that unite the two countries, and focuses on expanding horizons for sharing expertise, experiences, success stories and knowledge exchange in developing government services, strengthening institutional capabilities, improving governance, and systems for measuring performance and excellence. And building capabilities and skills in Iraqi government agencies, and developing digital services, through the exchange of knowledge and benefiting from experiences, evidence and development models to raise levels of efficiency and government performance and provide the best services.
The Minister of Cabinet Affairs added, “The UAE government is keen to share its successful experiences with all governments in the region and the world, and to benefit from innovative work models that countries have been able to implement, to create new models that enable governments to find effective solutions to current and future challenges.”

For his part, Jouhi stressed that “the strategic partnership in government modernization between the UAE and the Republic of Iraq comes within the framework of the historical brotherly relations that unite the two countries and their brotherly peoples, and the keenness of the leaderships of the two countries to enhance joint cooperation, coordinate efforts and develop prospects for relations to serve common interests.”
Jouhi said, “We have developed an action plan consisting of 11 axes, and we have elaborated their details and work teams for each of them, and we will benefit from the white paper governance plan in Iraq, in addition to the experiences of our brothers in the Emirates, in implementing this plan,” noting that “the partnership between the governments of the UAE and the Republic of Iraq focuses on exchanging expertise, experiences and best government practices, and benefiting from the experience of the UAE government in government development and modernization, which has provided the world as a model for advancement, progress and government development and occupied a leading and distinguished position among the countries of the region and the world.
He added, “Iraq has been able to make progress during the past two decades in various fields after decades of wars and sieges, and now we are determined to activate what we have developed together, and we will work with the same seriousness to expand the horizons of partnership and achieve a better future for the two brotherly peoples.”
The partnership between the governments of the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Iraq includes the exchange of expertise, experiences and best government practices in 11 vital axes, including government performance, government excellence, government services, government capacity building, civil service, competitiveness and statistics, government accelerators, business incubators, media, government innovation, and programming Ended 29/h