The Kurdistan Democratic Party announces a “single” condition to proceed with a political dialogue

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 2022-08-24 14:48A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Arafat Karam, the official in charge of the Iraq file at Barzani’s headquarters, announced, on Wednesday evening, a condition to proceed with a political dialogue, in light of an escalating crisis in the Iraqi scene.

Karam said in his tweet, “We – in the Kurdistan Democratic Party – support dialogue, provided that all the main parties are present.”

Earlier today, an informed source from within the coordination framework revealed that the framework sought to form a quinquennial committee that does not include Nuri al-Maliki and Qais al-Khazali, to address the dialogue with prominent cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “The source continued, “The framework is trying to include the committee, the leader of the Al-Fateh Alliance Hadi Al-Amiri, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein representing the Democratic Party, and the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Bafel Talabani, in addition to leaders who are accepted by Al-Sadr.”

Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters object to the candidate for the coordination framework for the prime minister, Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani, and the “Sadrists” stormed the House of Representatives and announced an open sit-in about a month ago, to pressure towards dissolving parliament and holding early elections.

On the other hand, the coordination framework, which includes a number of Shiite forces and parties, and is considered the main opponent of al-Sadr, warns against an attempt to “turn on the people, the state and its institutions.”

The tension stems from when al-Sadr’s bloc won 73 seats in the elections, making it the largest bloc in the 329-seat parliament, but talks aimed at forming a new government stalled for months, which prompted the resignation of al-Sadr’s bloc’s deputies, followed by the swearing in of 64 new deputies. In June, this made the Coordination Framework, the largest in parliament.

On the tenth of August, al-Sadr gave the Supreme Judicial Council one week to dissolve parliament to end the political impasse, but the Council stated that the matter was not within its powers, which prompted hundreds of “Sadrists” to sit outside the headquarters of the Judicial Council before instructing their leader to withdraw.


The Democrat: An important meeting of the leaders of the political forces in Erbil

  • Time: 08/24/2022 23:18:08
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The Democrat: An important meeting of the leaders of the political forces in Erbil

  {Politics: Al Furat News} A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Ali Al-Faili, revealed an important meeting of the leaders of the political forces in Erbil, with the joint efforts of the political parties.

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Faily said; For the program “Al-Mastra” broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel tonight: “In the next few days, an important meeting will be held for the leaders of the blocs in Erbil to bring the views closer, and efforts are intensifying towards the presence of the Sadrist movement with the joint efforts of Massoud Barzani, Hadi Al-Amiri and other forces.”
He added, “The crisis has reached a dangerous stage, and everyone must feel the gravity of the situation and make efforts to stop this deterioration, regardless of the parties to the conflict, because the problem has begun to expand and other parties have begun to form, and the problems must be reduced, not expanded, and the judiciary has accepted it.”
Al-Faili stressed, “The problem is between two parties to the political process, and now everyone must feel the danger of things slipping into something worse, and the leaders of the Kurdistan region have spared no effort to bring their views closer.”
He continued, “Just as the current problem is not devoid of personal side, and the need is confirmed today to break the psychological barrier, as for Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s initiative, it was born dead because the main party did not attend and did not carry real outcomes, but general ideas by sitting at a dialogue table.”
And Al-Faili said, “Any initiative must touch the essence of the problems and outstanding issues and include concessions and the requirements of the two parties, and the democrat sees the public interests and the future of the political process regardless of alliances. There are identical and different points of view, and our alliance with the current was not at the expense of the framework.”
He pointed out, “The influence of the United Nations is limited and it seeks to bring views closer, and problems must be resolved at a dialogue table between the political parties, and everyone agrees to dissolve parliament and hold elections; With the results, we supported the framework’s initiative to form a government for a year that would hold early elections.”
Al-Faili stressed, “The election law must be studied extensively and reflect the reality on the results as well as in the issue of the Commission and any effort that contributes to getting out of this predicament, we are with him, and the current problem is not in these matters, but rather purely political between two parties.”
Regarding holding a parliament session outside its building, Al-Faili said, “We are not against convening the parliament session, but convening it in another place will complicate the political scene more, but if its convening contributes to the solution, we will be with it, and the Democrat is currently seeking to bridge the views between the parties through delegations to and from Baghdad.”

A new meeting of political forces in the coming days

  • Time: 08/24/2022 20:45:32
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A new meeting of political forces in the coming days

  {Politics: Al Furat News} The political analyst, Adnan Al-Sarraj, suggested a meeting that includes all political forces in the coming days.

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Al-Sarraj told Al-Furat News that: “Most of the political forces, except for the Sadrist movement, have met and will hold a new meeting in the coming days to negotiate the country’s future and revitalize the political process.”
He added, “The current differences are complicated because of the current’s insistence on implementing its demands to dissolve Parliament, and this is what the political forces reject, and the measures through which the political process can be moved must be through the law and the constitution.”
“There is no way but dialogue to end the political crisis, and no party can impose its will,” Al-Sarraj stressed.
He explained, “Some political forces believe that the time is still early and dialogues can be opened with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Mr. al-Sadr for the sake of national consensus; but other parties believe that waiting for a long time will delay the formation of the government, and the street cannot bear the continuation of the crisis, especially since there is a disruption of the budget.”
Al-Sarraj added, “It is not correct for the House of Representatives to remain in place, and the constitutional institutions must be activated,” noting that “the crisis has moved to the national space, and this could cause a break in wills, and it is very dangerous in a country like Iraq’s societal, clan and partisan, and the solution is to draw middle lines towards revitalizing institutions.” state and work to form a government.

urgentText of the statement of the meeting of the presidencies calling for preventing escalation and adopting dialogue

  • Time: 08/24/2022 18:46:30
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Text of the statement of the meeting of the presidencies calling for preventing escalation and adopting dialogue

  {Politics: Al-Furat News} The President of the Republic, Dr. Barham Salih, hosted today, Wednesday, August 24, 2022, a meeting that included Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, the House of Representatives, Muhammad Al-Halbousi, and the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faiq Zaidan, to study the recent developments in the country and their repercussions.

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According to the presidential statement, {Euphrates News} received a copy of it, that: “The meeting confirmed that the continuation of the state of political turmoil negatively affects the national efforts aimed at consolidating security and stability and preserving the security and safety of citizens, and this calls for an active and serious position from all to prevent escalation and adopt the national dialogue as the only way.” to solve crises.
He pointed to “the need to take all steps to resume effective dialogue committed to the foundations of the supreme national interest, protect civil and social peace, reassure citizens, and take the necessary measures to remedy the current crisis.”
The meeting stressed the need to protect all state institutions and preserve their prestige and independence in accordance with legal and constitutional contexts, pointing out that
He stressed that “the duty of the security forces in all their formations is to protect stability in the country and preserve public security and public property, and the need not to involve them in political disputes under any circumstance, as it is the guarantee to protect the homeland and citizens, and that the responsibility of the state and its constitutional institutions is to preserve the security and rights of Iraqis.”
The meeting pointed out that “the continuation of political crises affects Iraq’s role in the international community, and may affect the disruption of cooperation, understandings and agreements concluded in various fields, especially those that affect the living and service needs of citizens.”
At the conclusion of the statement, the conferees stressed the “necessity for the concerted efforts of all authorities, political forces and social actors, to close ranks and take unified, serious and decisive positions to remedy the crisis in accordance with the peaceful and democratic constitutional path.”

JOC reverses the level C security alertness

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 2022-08-24 10:49A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC) downscaled the level C security alertness that followed the demonstration of the Sadrist movement’s supporters near the Supreme Judicial Council’s headquarters,  a source revealed on Wednesday.

A source told Shafaq News Agency that JOC issued correspondence to Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, the Counter-Terrorism-Service, and the advanced headquarters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) in Kirkuk to restore the regular security status that preceded yesterday’s events.

The order was made by the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, according to the source.

The three presidencies meet in the presence of Plasschaert at the Peace Palace

The three presidencies meet in the presence of Plasschaert at the Peace Palace

Baghdad / Obelisk: A source reported, on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, that a meeting will be held including the three presidencies, in the presence of the United Nations representative in Iraq, Jenin Plasshart.

The source said, “This afternoon will witness a meeting of the three presidencies (Barham Salih, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Muhammad Al-Halbousi) in the presence of the United Nations representative in Iraq, Jenin Blaschaert, at the Peace Palace in Baghdad.”

He added, “The meeting comes to discuss political developments and to arrange a meeting for tomorrow, Thursday.”

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The new US Consul in Kurdistan is “happy” to begin his work and is ready to improve relations

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 2022-08-24 10:42A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The new US Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Ervin Hicks Jr., on Wednesday, expressed his “happiness” to begin his work in the region, and affirmed his readiness to improve relations between Erbil and Washington.

This came during his meeting with the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, according to a statement by the Presidency of the Region received by Shafaq News Agency.

The Prime Minister congratulated the American Consul General on the occasion of assuming his new job, and wished him success in his mission. The Prime Minister also thanked the United States for its continuous support and support, and reiterated the Kurdistan Region’s desire to continue strengthening bilateral relations.

The American Consul General expressed his happiness to begin his work in the Kurdistan Region, and expressed his country’s readiness to consolidate relations with the region and improve them at all levels.

The meeting also touched on the reforms initiated by the ninth ministerial formation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in addition to diversifying the economy, enhancing investments and supporting the private sector.

For the first time in Iraq… The International Islamic Bank launches work for A & B exchange companies

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 2022-08-24 07:24A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The International Islamic Bank launched, on Wednesday, the work of the A & B exchange companies for the first time in Iraq.

In a statement today, the managing director of the bank, Suha Al-Kafaei, said that this matter is being given an official secondary agency to serve Western Union.

She added that this service will be available in all governorates to achieve financial inclusion.

The bank’s management had targeted, within the initiative of the Central Bank, one trillion dinars allocated to the segment of people with limited income with a salary of less than one million dinars and with a maximum ceiling of 15 million dinars, and who account for 40% of the state’s employees of the International Islamic Bank’s Debit card card holders whose salaries have been authorized by the bank. Managing the bank by deducting monthly installments electronically without human intervention, in order to purchase in installments, benefiting from the offers of commercial companies to meet their health and scientific needs, as well as providing the opportunity to purchase in installments for the requirements of the home for their families and children in order to improve their social status.

The bank’s management worked to simplify and automate the financing procedures through various electronic projects that took great effort and money and took 7 years of outstanding qualitative performance led by a team of efficient trained human resources of Iraqi youth, according to the statement.

The World Bank sets the end of 2023 to implement e-governance

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The World Bank has set the end of next year 2023 as a time limit for all state institutions to implement e-governance programs .

A member of the United Nations Convention against Corruption coalition and head of the Al-Nahrain Network to Support Integrity and Transparency, Muhammad Rahim Al-Rubaie, said in a statement reported by the official “Al-Sabah” newspaper, “The World Bank funds governance processes, which must be implemented by all state institutions, especially those of public interest, including the ministries of oil and finance.” He pointed out that “it has been funding the Ministry of Finance and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for years to implement projects related to this matter .”

Al-Rubaie added, “The governance program emphasizes the need for institutions to publish financial statements and contracts to show the financial impact of these explosive budgets in society,” noting that its application comes to enhance transparency, noting that “the lack of transparency in Iraq is enough to stop international grants and international investors to implement projects within the country.” .

He continued, “There is a great danger if the project is not implemented in all institutions, especially in the health sector, as a large proportion of the budget allocated to it depends on international grants,” noting that “until now no department has expressed its cooperation in this aspect, even If there is work, it is not visible.

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US Ambassador to Saleh: We support a secure and stable Iraq

  • Time: 08/24/2022 13:11:40
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US Ambassador to Saleh: We support a secure and stable Iraq
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  {Local: Al Furat News} US Ambassador Alina Romanowski confirmed to the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, during her reception at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, the aspiration of the United States of America to strengthen cooperation with Iraq, and to support a secure and stable Iraq with its pivotal role in the region

And in a presidential statement received by {Euphrates News}, “During the meeting, emphasis was placed on the depth of the relationship that unites Iraq and the United States and its development in various fields for the interest of the two countries and peoples, cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and extremism, easing tensions in the region through dialogue, confronting economic fluctuations and protecting The environment and adaptation to climate change, which has become an existential crisis, as Iraq and the region are considered one of the countries most affected by the climate crisis.” 

For her part, Ambassador Romanowski stressed the aspiration of the United States of America to enhance cooperation with Iraq, and to support a secure and stable Iraq with its pivotal role in the region.