The General Secretariat will be closed for official working hours on the next Sunday and Monday

10/07/2021 16:37

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced, on Thursday, October 7, 2021, the suspension of official working hours on the next Sunday and Monday, coinciding with the date of the elections.

In a statement received by Al-Masala, she stated that, based on the approval of the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, the following was decided:

Disruption of official working days, on Sunday and Monday, corresponding to the tenth and eleventh of October, 2021; To coincide with the date of the elections, to allow the Independent High Electoral Commission to complete the logistical procedures for the voting process, provided that coordination takes place between ministries and security, service, and health departments, and between the parties concerned with the voting process, to support the electoral process.



Iraq announces the start of the withdrawal of US combat forces from the country

The US forces assigned to combat missions began withdrawing from Iraq, according to the Iraqi army spokesman, who said that “there is an ongoing effort to complete the entire withdrawal process by December 31.”Last July, Baghdad and Washington agreed, in the fourth and final round of the strategic dialogue, to withdraw all US combat forces (Melissa Sue Gerrits/AP)

The Iraqi army announced Thursday that the US forces assigned to combat missions have started withdrawing from the country.

This came in a statement by the spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasoul, reported by the official Iraqi News Agency.

Rasoul said, “The American forces assigned to combat missions have begun to withdraw, and there is a continuous effort to complete the entire withdrawal process by December 31.”

He explained that “the withdrawal is taking place according to the plan between the Joint Operations Command (of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense) and the international coalition, which includes the continuation of the exchange of intelligence information, training, arming and equipment between the two sides.”

He added: “A number of American advisors (he did not specify) will be in camps in Iraq, and their protection will fall on the shoulders of the Iraqi forces.”

He continued, “There is coordination in the delivery of equipment, combat vehicles and weapons to the Iraqi armed forces, as well as the use of international coalition aircraft to target ISIS gangs in several areas.”

Last July, Baghdad and Washington agreed, in the fourth and final round of the strategic dialogue, to withdraw all US combat forces from Iraq by the end of this year 2021.

A joint statement at the time stated that the security relationship between the two countries “will move entirely to advice, training and intelligence cooperation, and US combat forces will not have any presence in Iraq.”

Since 2014, Washington has led an international coalition to combat ISIS, which took over a third of Iraq at the time, and deployed about 3,000 soldiers to the coalition, including 2,500 Americans.

Iraq and Kuwait support dialogues to end disputes between countries in the region

political| 02:13 – 07/10/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News

Iraq and Kuwait announced, on Thursday, their support for dialogues to end differences between the countries of the region.

The National Security Adviser stated, in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of it, that “the National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, received, in his office today, the Kuwaiti ambassador in Baghdad, Salem Al-Zamanan.”
The statement added, “The meeting reviewed the brotherly relations between Iraq and Kuwait and ways to develop them, at all levels, in a manner that serves the interests of the two countries and the region.”
He continued, “Al-Araji also discussed with the Kuwaiti ambassador, the political and security situations at the regional and international levels, and support for the ongoing dialogues, to end differences between the countries of the region, and create appropriate conditions to maintain security and stability.” Ended 29/A43

Al-Kazemi announces the end of parliament’s work

political| 12:02 – 07/10/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Thursday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced the end of the work of the Iraqi parliament.
Al-Kazemi said, via Twitter: “The House of Representatives today ended its parliamentary term, in preparation for a procedure next Sunday (October 10).”
He added: “Our people are throughout the dear homeland. The elections are the national path to produce a new parliament, to protect our homeland and build the state.”
Al-Kazemi continued, addressing the Iraqis: “Choose who represents you freely and on the basis of Iraq’s national values. Make change with your will.” Ended 29/A43

Hundreds of them…the number of foreign media professionals and international observers covering and monitoring the Iraqi elections

political| 01:45 – 07/10/2021


Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Adviser to the Prime Minister for Elections Affairs, Hussein Al-Hindawi, announced, on Thursday, the number of foreign media professionals and international observers who will participate in covering and monitoring the Iraqi elections.
Al-Hindawi said, according to the official media, that “the number of military voters who have the right to vote in the special ballot tomorrow, Friday, is 1,570,77”, noting that “their vote will take place in 595 electoral centers comprising 2,548 polling stations distributed neatly among the governorates of Iraq.” all”.
Al-Hindawi added, “The special vote will also include the casting of 120,126 displaced people in 86 polling centers at 309 polling stations, as well as the voting of hundreds of hospital and prison inmates at special polling stations,” noting that “715 international observers will be deployed in all polling stations.”
And he continued, “About 500 foreign media professionals will cover the electoral process, which is the widest of its kind in the region,” reiterating “the need to abide by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s directive to the security forces to adhere to complete neutrality during the special voting process and to prevent officers from exerting any pressure on the government.” Soldiers cast their votes for any political party or candidate participating in this electoral competition, and that any form of pressure will be severely held accountable.
Al-Hindawi reassured “members of the security forces that the voting is completely secret, and it is not possible to know who voted for them.” Ended 29/A43

The Iraqi market stops its activity for one day

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Shafaq News/ The Iraq Stock Exchange announced, on Thursday, the suspension of its activity for a period of one day.

The market said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, “Based on the decision of the Council of Ministers to declare an official holiday starting next Sunday on the occasion of organizing the parliamentary elections, it will not organize trading sessions for this day.

He added, “The activity will be practiced after the official holiday and starting next Monday, according to its official timings.”

It is noteworthy that the market organizes five trading sessions per week from Sunday to Thursday, and includes 103 Iraqi joint stock companies representing the sectors of banking, telecommunications, industry, agriculture, insurance, financial investment, tourism and hotels.