BARZANI GOES TO BAGHDAD: TROUBLE IN THE KURDISH OIL AND GAS SECTOR

DOUGLAS A. OLLIVANT

JULY 18, 2022

COMMENTARY

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A recent Federal Supreme Court decision in Iraq has put a legal stake in the heart of Kurdistan’s oil and gas sector — the financial lifeline of the region. Only one man has the power to fix this. Masoud Barzani — the 75 year-old former president and de factopatriarch of the Kurdistan region — must go to Baghdad and cut a political deal. Only Kak Masoud has the gravitas, the relationships, the respect, and the political capital to make this happen. Should Masoud choose not to take this opportunity or — worse yet — should his health begin to fail him, it is difficult to see how the crisis in this critical sector will be resolved.

The Kurdistan region of Iraq has had a bumpy history with its parent government in Baghdad. Though the Kurdish provinces have been de facto separated from Iraq since the end of the first Gulf War in 1991, the 2005 Iraqi Constitution established it as a semi-autonomous region. That document left a great deal of ambiguity as to exactly which rights and privileges would be accorded to the region, a lacuna that resonates to this day.

Barzani Goes to Baghdad: Trouble in the Kurdish Oil and Gas Sector

A representative from Fatah: Thursday, the announcement of the candidate for the prime minister, and the parliament will convene next Monday

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A representative from Fatah: Thursday, the announcement of the candidate for the prime minister, and the parliament will convene next Monday

  {Politics: Al-Furat News} The deputy of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Ali Turki, announced next Thursday as the date for announcing the new prime minister, while revealing that the presidential election session will be held next Monday.

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Turki said; For the program “Al-Mastra” broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel tonight, that: “The first node lies in the presidency of the republic and then the prime minister, and today the coordinating framework has completed all the mechanisms for selecting presidential candidates and all the forces of the framework will be the adopters of the next candidate.” 
He added, “Next Thursday, one candidate for prime minister will be presented by the framework forces, and the formed committee gave the specifications and will choose through it a prime minister within the next 72 hours,” expressing “his optimism about agreeing and announcing the prime minister’s candidate.” 
Turki continued, “The head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, is not the only person on the scene, but there are those who play on civil peace in order to achieve personal interests, and we are not obligated to the issue of the previous government program or the tripartite alliance program at all.” 
He stressed, “The framework will not negotiate on any interests to pass the prime minister and whoever wants to impose conditions and negotiate the decisions of the Federal Court on the Points and Gas Law is rejected in whole and in detail, but the rotation of the three presidencies was the demand of the tripartite alliance and not the forces of the framework.” 
Turki indicated that “the framework forces agreed with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and many independents. In the event that the two Kurdish parties do not agree, they will bring two personalities to the presidency, and we will go with the union’s candidate whoever it is, and the framework forces will not enter into the choices of the Kurdish forces, and next Monday the president must be elected.” . 
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An informed source revealed to Al Furat News that the meeting of the Coordinating Framework Forces, which was held this evening, had ended, and an agreement had been reached that would lead to the formation of a committee to discuss the names nominated for the position of prime minister. 
The source indicated that the committee will submit its report to the framework within 24 hours, and the framework will meet tomorrow regarding the report, and that the head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, and the head of the Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Amiri showed high flexibility to facilitate the task of choosing the new prime minister. 
The Presidency of the House of Representatives has set the start of the parliament’s sessions for the second legislative term / the first legislative year next week.

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Five candidates are competing within the framework for the premiership

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 2022-07-19 16:41A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A leader in the Shiite coordination framework revealed today, Tuesday, that five candidates are competing within the framework for the position of prime minister of the next government, while he revealed the names of the committee formed to choose one of the candidates.

The leader told Shafaq News Agency, “The framework meeting in Hammam Hamoudi’s house ended with the formation of a committee to select candidates for the position of Prime Minister,” noting that the committee “includes the Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq Qais Khazali, the head of the Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim, and the President of the Supreme Council Hammam Hammoudi. And the representative of the Fadhila Party, Abdul Sada Al-Fraiji.

He added, “The committee will submit its report to the framework leadership tomorrow, Wednesday,” noting that “the report contains the names of the candidates according to the specifications agreed upon in previous meetings.”

Regarding the names of the candidates to head the new government, the source revealed that the committee formed by the framework agreed to choose 5 candidates, who are Haider Al-Abadi, Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, Abdul-Hussein Abtan, Ali Al-Shukri, and Qasim Al-Araji,” adding that “other candidates will be added in the coming hours.”

The leader in the framework, who chose not to be named, indicated that “the committee is determined to submit its final report to the framework leadership.”

And about the mechanism for selecting the candidate, he indicated that “it will be through a secret ballot within the framework,” stressing that “the framework’s representatives are the only ones who participate in that ballot.”

 The meeting of the Shiite coordination framework ended, this evening, Tuesday, with the formation of a committee to choose a candidate for the presidency of the next government, indicating that the head of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, and the leader of the Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Amiri had shown “high flexibility” to facilitate the task of choosing the right person.

Earlier today, the coordination framework, which brings together the Shiite political forces, held a meeting to decide the candidate for prime minister during the next stage, at the home of the President of the Supreme Council, Hammam Hammoudi.

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After the judiciary opened an investigation into the audio leaks, Al-Maliki may face execution or life 

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 2022-07-19 11:31A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Iraqi legal expert, Amir Al-Daami, revealed today, Tuesday, the penalties that could face former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, if the Iraqi judiciary proves the authenticity of the leaked audio recordings.

Al-Daami told Shafaq News Agency, “The Iraqi judiciary had previously taken the audio recordings without judicial approval, and therefore issued judicial decisions with these recordings,” explaining that “there are jurisprudential opinions in this matter, the first is a violation of the privacy of the individual, and the second opinion says that as long as there is an interest In general, the interest of the individual takes precedence over the public interest.

And he stated that “the leaked audio recordings are a violation of Iraqi national security, and a serious violation, and for this the Iraqi judiciary must prove whether the audio recordings are true or incorrect, and it is not possible to verify their authenticity or not except through the judiciary.”

He added, “In the event that the Iraqi judiciary proves that the audio recordings are incorrect, then the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, can file a lawsuit to publish these audio recordings and legal measures will be taken against him, and if the audio recordings are confirmed, there are legal measures that will be taken against the owner Register”.

And the legal expert added, “If the recording is proven correct according to the judicial investigation, the penalties that will face those who threatened to kill, incitement to civil war, and incitement to attack a holy city, according to the anti-terror law, and the penalty is up to death or life, considering what was stated in the The recording is a threat to Iraqi national security and stirs up sectarian strife according to Anti-Terrorism Law No. 13 of 2005.

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The judiciary begins an investigation into the audio recordings attributed to Al-Maliki

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 2022-07-19 06:58A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The Supreme Judicial Council announced, on Tuesday, that the Karkh Investigation Court had received a request submitted to the Public Prosecution to take legal measures regarding the audio leaks attributed to the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki.

In a statement today, the Supreme Judicial Council said that the Karkh Investigation Court “is currently conducting a fundamental investigation in accordance with the law.”

A number of lawyers had submitted, the day before yesterday, Sunday, a request to inform the Iraqi Public Prosecution regarding the recordings attributed to the leader of the State of Law coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, in which he attacked parties and political forces, the army, the police and a number of countries.

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Masoud Barzani meets with Bafel Talabani to resolve the position of the republican presidency

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 2022-07-19 06:39A-AA+

Shafaq News/ A source in the Kurdistan Democratic Party revealed, on Tuesday, an upcoming meeting of party leader Massoud Barzani, with the President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani, in Erbil.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “The meeting is scheduled to be held today in Erbil, which is a continuation of the dialogue that Sulaimaniyah witnessed yesterday, Monday, between Talabani and a member of the Democratic Negotiating Party, Fouad Hussein.”

Regarding the details of the Sulaymaniyah meeting, the source said that the Democratic Party reiterated its rejection of Barham Salih’s candidacy for the presidency, while the Union insists on this nomination.

He pointed out that there is currently talk about presenting a consensual candidate by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan for the position.

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