Washington provides millions of dollars in aid to Iraq

political| 08:23 – 08/08/2022


Baghdad – Mawazine News
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed a contribution of $27.8 million to help Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been displaced by ISIS.
In a statement, UNHCR stated, “Five years after the defeat of ISIS and 11 years after the onset of the Syrian crisis, the displaced population still needs support. In 2022, 1.2 million Iraqis were unable to return to their communities. Meanwhile, Iraq is hosting Nearly 300,000 refugees, mostly from Syria, live in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
“US support for UNHCR allows for enhanced integration of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons, including those who have now returned to their homes, into local communities and public services. To do this, UNHCR works with partners and local authorities on long-term support interventions such as rehabilitation of schools, health care centers and networks Water and electricity, as these interventions aim to build the capacity of public institutions to provide high-quality services.”
UNHCR also seeks to enhance community interactions and social cohesion by establishing public spaces and community centers where mental health, especially women and child survivors of violence, and legal services help them rebuild their lives, not least by obtaining identity documents.
In this regard, it is estimated that a quarter of the displaced lack civil documents, as they lost them while fleeing violence and were unable to renew them in ISIS-controlled places. As a result, those who lack civil documentation face challenges in accessing basic public services, as they cannot enroll their children in schools or access health care. They are also deprived of social safety nets and risk arrest at checkpoints.
” US Ambassador to Iraq Alina L. Romanovsky said: “The United States remains committed to helping the most vulnerable populations in Iraq. This contribution will help Iraqis displaced by ISIS to reintegrate into their communities while providing valuable support for education, health care and other critical needs of Syrian refugees in Iraq.”
UNHCR Representative in Iraq, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, also stated that “while the current situation in Iraq is gradually stabilizing and providing opportunities for prosperity, we need to continue working with the authorities in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to strengthen the resilience and self-reliance of communities.”
“The generous and flexible contribution from the United States allows UNHCR to prioritize those most in need and improve key public services in Iraq,” he added.
The UNHCR statement concluded by expressing its “gratitude for the generous and long-term support of the United States of America to UNHCR. Since 2013, the United States, through the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration of the Department of State, has provided $484 million for the refugee response. This support means that UNHCR can continue to provide Protection and pursuit of durable solutions for internally displaced persons and refugees in Iraq.



Decisive meeting to be held in Erbil next Wednesday, official says

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 2022-08-08 05:05A-AA+

Shafaq News / President of Diwan of the Kurdistan Region Presidency, Fawzi Hariri, said on Monday that a meeting will bring together the Presidency of the Region and the heads of Kurdistani political parties, to discuss holding the Parliamentary election. 

Hariri told Shafaq News agency that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, will attend the meeting, which will take place next Wednesday.

He added that aside from the election file, the meeting will shed light on the pending issues between the political parties in the Kurdistan Region. 

Last February, President Nechirvan Barzani signed an order to hold the legislative election on October 1st.

The last election held in the region was back in 2018. The Kurdistan Democratic Party won a majority with 45 out of 111 seats. However, its rival, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, won 21 seats.


Al-Sadr proposes a “solution” to the political crisis: forming a government devoid of the Sadrists and “Malikis”

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 2022-08-08 06:17A-AA+

Shafaq News/ An informed political source revealed, on Monday, a proposal by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to form a government without the participation of his bloc and the State of Law coalition, to get out of the political crisis.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, sent messages to the coordinating framework forces, which included a proposal aimed at ending the political crisis in Iraq, by forming a new government, without the participation of the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki and the absence of the Sadrist movement’s participation in it.” “.

And that “the tasks of the government will be for a period of one year only, during which it will prepare for holding early parliamentary elections in September of next year, and the prime minister will be consensual between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework.”

The source pointed out that “the leaders of the coordinating framework have not yet responded to al-Sadr’s proposal.”

The political process in Iraq, since the announcement of the election results in October 2021, has witnessed a suffocating obstruction, which culminated in the alliance of the Sadrist bloc with the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Alliance of Sovereignty, and then when the House of Representatives held a session to elect the President of the Republic, who in turn assigned the largest parliamentary bloc to form The government, and escalated further after the Sadrist bloc’s 73 deputies submitted their resignations from the House of Representatives at the request of the Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Their leader Muqtada al-Sadr.