Baghdad / Obelisk: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan announced, on Sunday, May 8, 2022, the acceptance of Barham Salih for the presidency of the Republic by the coordination framework and the Sadrist movement.
A member of the National Union, Mahmoud Khoshnaw, said in a statement to a local satellite channel that was followed by the obelisk that to get rid of the dilemma of electing the president of the republic, the elected person must have communication and not a controversial person.
He added: That is, he is in complete contact with the framework, the current, determination and sovereignty, and with the Kurdish forces, adding: These attributes apply literally to Barham Salih.
He explained: The issue is not about choosing a compromise candidate for the presidency, but we are looking for a person who has contact with two different parties and who has acceptance and communication.
He referred to the Kurdistan Democratic Party as the opposition party and the only party to the Union candidate Barham Salih
Shafaq News/ An informed political source stated, on Monday, that the independent representatives in the Iraqi parliament had not reached an agreement defining their direction towards two political initiatives proposed by the Triple Alliance, and the coordination framework leads to the formation of the faltering government.
The source told Shafaq News Agency, that a meeting gathered 46 deputies with an independent title at the house of Representative Haider Al-Shamkhi, to discuss the recent initiatives and political developments in the country.
He added that the meeting did not come up with a final agreement specifying their destination, with an emphasis on holding a new meeting that may be decisive during the next two days.
The comprehensive coordinating framework of Shiite forces, and the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had each put forward an initiative to resolve the blockage, as the framework initiative consisted of nine points, and was accompanied by nine commitments, which included a pivotal role for the independents in naming the prime minister, provided that it is within the framework of the Shiite component, followed by Al-Sadr’s initiative to invite independent representatives to form an independent bloc to form the government away from the coordination framework, after a period of forty days granted to the framework in order to form the government in isolation from his current.
With the end of the deadline comes a new failure in the attempts of the framework or the movement to find an understanding with the other forces in order to set a new date for holding a parliament session, dedicated to electing a new president of the republic, and completing the constitutional entitlements represented by forming a new government.
Week At the end of the month of Ramadan, the deadline for the leader of the Iraqi Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, expired for his political rivals (the Shiite framework) to form a parliamentary majority that would qualify them to nominate a government in the country, about seven months after the “early” parliamentary elections were held in the country.
At the end of the deadline, the leader of the current presented a new initiative represented in giving the “independent deputies” the opportunity to form a coalition that stipulated that it contain at least 40 deputies, and said that it would give them the opportunity to nominate a government, which he pledged to vote on, and not to participate in it as ministers.
Days after Al-Sadr announced the new initiative, the political debate in Iraq escalated over the possibility of achieving the condition of 40 deputies, especially as there are doubts about the possibility of independents achieving this, given that there are different views among the independents about what Al-Sadr proposes.
And the Iraqi political analyst, Muhammad Al-Mamouri, says that “Al-Sadr’s initiative that he put forward constitutes a possible way out of the current political impasse.”
Al-Maamouri adds to Al-Hurra that “the ball is now in the court of the independents, after the framework has proven its inability to form a majority or even open dialogues,” stressing that “the threshold of forty seats stipulated by Al-Sadr will force the independents to form one bloc, and will open more dialogues. between them, and that in itself is a positive thing.”
Al-Maamouri concludes by saying that “the independents must now prove their ability to form a government, and to overcome any differences that may be between them.”
But this task may not be so easy, especially since the independents are divided into small parliamentary blocs, most of which emerged as a result of the October demonstrations that toppled the government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi in 2019.
And the Iraqi political analyst, Muhammad Nana`, says that “it is difficult at this moment to speculate on the nature of the independents’ responses collectively.”
The independents in the Iraqi parliament are divided into three groups according to affiliation, according to Nanaa, who says that part of the independents “sympathize with the Shiite coordination framework, and if they entered the elections independently, and another part are independents who belong to small blocs such as Emtada and the New Generation may be closer to the coalition.” Al-Sadr-Kurdish (Saving a Homeland) from others, and a third part is far from the two big blocs.
According to Mina’a, the three groups of Iraqi independents “are far from reaching 40 seats, if they do not ally themselves with each other.”
The largest coalition of independents “For the People” is formed from the Imtilad and New Generation blocs, and it has 18 deputies, while Nana’a tells Al-Hurra that there are 17 “independents” close to the coordination framework.
And the local news agency ” Nass News ” quoted an official spokesman for the “New Generation” coalition as saying that “Al-Sadr’s initiative is not directed at the bloc because it refused to participate in the government from the beginning.”
This may mean that “the barrier of 40 deputies is not possible,” according to observers.
Nana’ adds to Al-Hurra that “Al-Sadr’s initiative is not serious, because he cannot actually hand them over the prime ministership, and he cannot hand them over positions of influence he has obtained.”
Nanaa asserts that “the extent to which al-Sadr or the framework is able to win over the independents is a complex matter, because the current trends of the independents cannot change easily, even though the Sadr alliance is closer to winning the independents.”
The Iraqi political analyst, Al-Fadl Ahmed, who is close to a number of Iraqi parliamentary independent blocs, says that “the real question is not about the independents’ ability to gather 40 deputies, but rather, is it in their interest to enter into an alliance with Al-Sadr?”
Al-Fadl adds to Al-Hurra that “the experience of the October and independents is new and lacks experience in the field of state administration, as well as a sober political organization, so it is expected that this shortage within the “House of Independents” will lead to the failure of the supposed independent government.”
Al-Fadl says, “It is logical to place the responsibility on the shoulders of the parties that have ruled the country for the past 19 years, and not the experience of the independents and the Octoberists, who are meant to bear the people’s anger on behalf of the forces that managed the scene after 2003.”
He adds that “the terms of the relationship between Sadr and the independents are not equal, as he will have more influence over them than they do over him through his bloc, and this is something that he will likely dictate what he wants from them without taking responsibility for the failure of their supposed government.”
About 50 Iraqi deputies won as independents or within new political blocs, most notably the New Generation and Extension, and the Kanon Sunrise Alliance (6 deputies).Al
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The Iraqi Islamic Bank for Investment and Development announced that it had won the membership of the General Council of Islamic Banks and Institutions.
The bank said in a press statement received by “Al-Iqtisad News”, “The Iraqi Islamic Bank for Investment and Development (IIB) won the membership of the General Council of Islamic Banks and Institutions(CIBAFI) , where the Iraqi Bank for Investment and Development (IIB) won the confidence of the General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI) , which involves Under the umbrella of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ( OIC ), as the first Iraqi bank to belong to this official umbrella of the Islamic financial industry, which is the largest institution that sponsors the business of Islamic banks in the world.
He added, “In turn, we congratulate the Central Bank of Iraq and our colleagues in Iraqi banks and the Association of Private Banks for having the honor of representing Iraq by winning the membership of the General Council of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI) . Arab and foreign Islamic banking by supporting the Islamic financial services industry, promoting best practices and upgrading the level of global banking services.
Shafaq News/ The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, revealed today, Sunday, moves to hold a number of meetings with Iraqi political parties in order to break the state of political closure controlling the Iraqi scene after the announcement of the results of the parliamentary elections and the formation of the “Save the Nation” coalition, stressing that it It seeks to preserve all the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region.
A party statement received by Shafaq News stated that it held a meeting of its leadership council headed by Massoud Barzani, in which he took a number of decisions and positions on internal Kurdish and Iraqi issues.
The statement explained that the meeting dealt with a number of axes, including the dialogues after the holding of the Iraqi parliament elections and the process of forming the (Save the Homeland) coalition consisting of the three parties of the Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis (the Sadrist movement, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sovereignty Alliance).
The statement added that the problems and obstacles facing the process of forming the new Iraqi government and efforts to overcome them and break the political closure were discussed, which is scheduled to be embodied by holding a series of meetings and meetings with the concerned parties during the coming days.
He stressed “the full defense of all constitutional rights of the region, the implementation of Article 140, the formation of constitutional institutions, including the Federal Council, the restructuring of the Federal Court in accordance with the constitution, and the adoption of the oil and gas law.”
The statement added that the second axis of the meeting dealt with the internal conditions of Kurdistan, during which the spotlight was shed on the efforts and steps taken by the party with the Kurdish political parties to meet and visit all parties, including the parties that did not win any seat in the Iraqi parliament and have the right to participate in the political decision of the Kurdistan Region with Federal government.
The statement reiterated that it is desirable to intensify efforts and endeavors to normalize the situation, understand and solve problems on the basis of preserving the higher national and national interests in order for those interests to be above partisan interests, calling on all parties to seek rapprochement and joint action.
He pointed out that the third axis was devoted to the situation of the region in general, and emphasis was placed on maintaining the relations of the Kurdistan Region with neighboring countries on the basis of protecting common interests and taking into account the security and stability of Kurdistan and those countries, stressing that the Kurdish political parties in other parts of Kurdistan should not be a reason to create political problems And the economy of the Kurdistan Region and must take into account this situation.
He added that the fourth axis dealt with the issue of the Kurdistan Regional Parliament elections, and it was emphasized that the electoral process would run on time, stressing that the Kurdistan Region would do its duty in this regard and that the Electoral Commission would be activated, calling at the same time all political parties to bring their views and visions closer in a manner that ensures their agreement not to Parliament suspended.
In the fifth axis of the meeting, the party’s statement indicated that its leadership council expressed its support for the Kurdistan Regional Government and the reform process it is adopting.
Baghdad – Mawazine News National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji confirmed today, Sunday, that Iraq is keen to cooperate with NATO.
And the media office of the National Security Adviser stated in a statement that “Mawazine News” received a copy of it, that “Al-Araji received, in his office today, the commander of the NATO mission in Iraq, Lieutenant-General Michael Losgard, in the presence of the mission’s ambassador, Latithiya Fin Ash, on the occasion of the end of the mission’s leader’s work duties in Iraq.” .
Al-Araji stressed during the meeting, according to the statement, that “Iraq is keen to cooperate with NATO and all the parties that helped it in its war against ISIS,” reiterating “Iraq’s position to solve problems, end the war in Ukraine and sit at the dialogue table, to spare the world the scourge of war.”
For his part, the commander of the NATO mission in Iraq explained that “the Ukrainian-Russian crisis did not affect the mission’s work and support for Iraq,” stressing that “the mission continues to provide support to Iraq.”
Shafaq News/ The Presidency of the House of Representatives decided, on Sunday, to extend the legislative term for a period of one month, and to determine the date and agenda of parliamentary sessions.
In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, the Council’s media department stated that Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, his first deputy, Hakim al-Zamili, and second deputy, Shakhwan Abdullah, held a meeting to discuss the most important issues related to the work and holding of Council sessions during the coming period.
And it indicated that the Presidency of Parliament decided to extend the first legislative term for the first legislative year of the fifth electoral cycle, for one month; In order to complete a number of legislations, tasks and constitutional entitlements.
The presidency has set the holding of the council’s sessions this week on Wednesday and Thursday, and the agenda will include the first reading of the law criminalizing normalization with the Zionist entity, the vote on the emergency support law for food security and development, as well as the completion of the formation of parliamentary committees.
Shafaq News/ The Ministry of Finance and Economy of Kurdistan Region announced that it will start distributing employee salaries for the month of April, starting tomorrow, Monday, the ninth of this month.
According to the salary schedule published by the Ministry of Finance, and Shafak News Agency obtained a copy of it, it will start distributing salaries to employees of the Ministry of Health tomorrow.
According to the schedule, the ministry will continue to distribute salaries to the rest of the ministries, government agencies and institutions until the end of this month.
Shafaq News/ The leader of the Wisdom Movement, Rahim al-Aboudi, criticized on Sunday the strategy of the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr, which it is currently using, noting that the movement is working to “close the doors of dialogue to maintain the current government.”
Al-Aboudi told Shafaq News Agency, “There is a strategy used by the Sadrist movement, currently aimed at maintaining the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, by closing all doors of dialogue and negotiation with the coordination framework.”
He pointed out that “the Sadrist movement wants to ensure that it remains in control of the decision-making process during the current and future period.”
And Al-Aboudi indicated that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi worked to provide a lot to the Sadrist movement by giving them some important positions in the state, with the aim of obtaining a second term with the support of the Sadrist bloc, and for this the Sadrist movement’s strategy is to acquire the political decision in all its aspects, whether governmental or parliamentary.” .
On Wednesday, the fourth of May, the coordination framework announced the launch of a nine-point political initiative, accompanied by nine commitments to be implemented, similar in some terms to the previous Al-Hakim initiative.
The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, also launched two initiatives to form the federal government, one of which announced its failure, which he granted to the coordination framework at the beginning of last April, and the other launched to independent deputies yesterday, Wednesday, giving them 15 days to carry out the task of forming the government in cooperation with the allies in the Triple Alliance (Save a Homeland) from Kurds and Sunnis without the representation of the Sadrist bloc as ministers.
The dispute intensified between the two Shiite poles represented by the Sadrist movement, which won the highest votes in the elections that took place last year, and the coordination framework that includes blocs that expressed their rejection of the election results.
The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, insists on forming a majority government that seeks to exclude the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, who served as prime minister for two terms.
Today, Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense revealed the signing of contracts with the United States and France to import advanced weapons and enhance the quality of artillery.
And the commander of the artillery class in the ministry, Major General Abdul-Ardawi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA) that “the ministry has concluded contracts with France and America to import advanced weapons, including the artillery class, which has proven in the recent period with merit and effectively its impact in all battles with ISIS terrorist gangs.”
He explained that “the country continues to develop weapons for the security services in importing long-armed cannons that target the enemy at long distances, after they have effectively proven their influence in battles, as they are considered better than aircraft and rifles.”
He stressed that “the state is interested in importing the type of guns to impose its control on everyone who offends the state and the security services, where their use is effective and largely against the enemy.”
He explained that “the import of new types of guns will be part of the agreements with European countries.”