Falluja's protest organizer: No politician represents the people of Anbar
Ramadi (NINA) – Organizer of the Falluja protest, Sheikh Khalid Hmoud al-Jumaily, said that no politician represents the people of Anbar, because the politicians' promises are not trust worthy.
Sheikh al-Jumaily told NINA on Saturday, Feb. 2, "The people of Anbar did not come out in support of the Finance Minister, even though he is the province's citizen; the people took to the streets demanding their rights, mainly releasing the detainees.
He added, "Everybody must known that the people of Anbar are not supporters of a party, bloc or person."
He went on saying, "In our protest we have no grudge against any Iraqi, the people of Iraq are one people in all its components, no one can divided us, but we demand our legitimate rights in accordance with the Constitution and the law, which is not a shame."
Al-Jaafari meets the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari discussed with the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Dana'I Far, bilateral relations and the importance of security and stability.
A statement by Jaafari's office said that "during the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Iraq and Iran, and the development of trade and investment side in order to achieve economic integration, and to serve the common interests.".
The statement added:"The two sides stressed the importance of stability and security in general after assessment of the regional situation, and its impact on the region.".
For his part, Iranian ambassador expressed his country's desire to cooperate with the International Group 5 + 1 regarding its nuclear program after the negotiations that led to the convergence of views between the two sides.
MP expects endorsing 2013 Budget on next Monday
Sunday, 03 March 2013 09:50 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Abdul al-Hussein Raysan, of the Parliamentary Economic Committee expecting endorsing the 2013 General Budget on next Monday.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "The Budget will be endorsed on next Monday because the main dispute between Kurdistan Region and the Central Government is settled and we asked the parliament to set a formal number of the allocations of KR because we cannot adhere to the number submitted by the Kurdistani Alliance."
"The Finance and Planning Ministries assured that they will provide the parliament with the accurate number of those allocations in order to endorse the share of KR and the allocations of the foreign oil companies working in KR," he added.
"The Budget contains 65 thousand job opportunities and the temporary contracted employees will have the priority to get the jobs," he concluded.
Ratifying Federal Budget by majority of votes best solution, says Allaq
Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:42 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Ali al-Allaq of the State of Law Coalition described the mechanism of voting by majority on the Federal Budget of 2013 as the final solution to settle the ratification of the budget.
Allaq told All Iraq News Agency (AIN) on Sunday "Till now, the disagreement over the vote on the Federal Budget is not settled yet where there are several proposals concerning including the item of paying the dues of the foreign oil companies working in Kurdistan Region within the Budget."
"The Kurdistan Alliance is insistent on including 4,2 IQD trillion as financial dues for those oil companies while the other parliament blocs say that this amount is large which is double the actual amount that should be paid for those companies."
Allaq expected that "Both opinions will be voted on where the two sides seek to achieve the majority of votes which is the best solution to settle this issue as I think."
The parliament is scheduled to hold the session devoted to vote on the Federal Budget on next Monday.
Kurdish source: Barzani in Baghdad soon to discuss important files.
Arbil / NINA / The spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Siven Dazia said that Prime Minister of KRG, Nechirvan Barzani plans to visit Baghdad in the next few days.
He explained in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today 3. March: "Barzani will discuss, during his visit, several files, including those related to the relationship between the federal government and the Kurdistan region, and other files relating to Iraq in general."
He continued: "Barzani's visit will be followed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's visit to the region to meet the officials and discuss a number of important issues."
Sadrist's Movement is to vote on the Budget tomorrow.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The Ahrar bloc, of the Sadrist movement, in the House of Representatives announced that it will vote on the budget for 2013 on Monday's session of the House of Representatives.
The head of the bloc, Bahaa al-Araji said in a press conference today 3, March "The Ahrar bloc decided to vote on the budget, and it was agreed with the National Alliance to attend all its members tomorrow to vote."
Araji called the Kurdistan Alliance to reduce its ceiling demands in the budget for approval.
The vote on the federal budget for 2013 has been postponed several times, because of the differences among the blocs. The prominent differences revolves around Kurdistan Alliance's insistence on 17% of the Kurdistan region, pay the expenses of the Peshmerga forces and dues of the oil companies operating in the region by the central government.
Al-Jumaili calls on Iraqiya's ministers to take Issawi's stand.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the parliamentary bloc of the Iraqiya coalition, Salman al-Jumaili called for the Iraqiya's ministers that they should not be subservient to any party whatsoever, and take a courageous stand to leave their positions similar to Dr. Rafie al-Issawi, as he says.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The resignation request, of Rafie al-Issawi, was at the first day, of which his bodyguards were arrested, when he said, at the time, he would not accept, under any circumstances, to return to the government that perpetrated serious violations of human rights and does not respected partners, but the Iraqiya coalition asked him to wait. "
He continued:" We in the / Iraqiya / welcome Issawi's courageous stance and call on the ministers to make his way and not to make themselves as a malleable tool and humiliated subservient, as some of the Iraqiya's ministers did ".
** I CANNOT DISCERN THE REASON FOR THE SEMANTICS OF THE DIALOGUE REGARDING THE " BARZANI INITIATIVE "; THERE APPEARS TO BE A CONCERN ON THE PART OF SOME TO MAKE A CLEAR DISTICTION BETWEEN THAT INIATIVE OR A NATIONAL MEETING AND IDEAS OR A DIALOGUE ? ***
Mahdi denies launching political initiative by Barzani
Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:48 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Ruz Mahdi, of the Kurdistani Alliance assured that there is no initiative to be launched by the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, stressing “It is merely an idea for conducting a dialogue among the political sides.
He stated to AIN “Barzani’s idea is to call for a dialogue among all the political sides over the current situation in the country.”
“The reason behind this call is to reach ideas that can rescue the political process from the critical threats,” he mentioned.
It is worth mentioning that the President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, announced that he will present a new initiative to hold a dialogue among the political blocs in Erbil to solve the crisis.
*** THE FOLLOWING IS A HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT - RECALL THAT THERE WAS AN ARTICLE RECENTLY THAT STATED THE DEMONSTRATORS HAVE NO POLITICAL VOICE OR REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT - THIS WILL GIVE THEM AND THE PARLIAMENT AN ARGUABLY " MANAGABLE " GROUP TO " DEAL " WITH - I LIKE IT ! ***
Committee of Anbar's sit-in is to form a committee to negotiate directly with the government.
Ramadi / NINA / The organizing committee of Anbar's sit-in announced today that it is currently studying formation of a committee to negotiate directly with the Iraqi government on the demands of the protesters.
Sheikh Mohammed Fayyad, one of the organizers of Anbar's sit-in said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The purpose of forming a committee to negotiate with the government is to address the demands of the protestors directly, and stand on the seriousness of the government to implement them correctly and urgently."
He added: "It is difficult to form a committee of Anbar province only without prior coordination with other sit-ins in the other provinces, in order to unify the visions and goals and legitimate demands."
He explained: "This needs time to get out with a standardized list that represents the demands of all the sit-ins squares in other provinces and arenas in Iraq."
The provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin are witnessing demonstrations and sit-ins for more than two months to demand a number of demands, in the forefront are the release of innocent prisoners, to balance the state institutions, the cancelation or amendment of Justice and Accountability Law and Article four of the anti-terrorism. two committees have been set up to listen to the demands of the protesters, one is a ministerial committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, the second committee was formed by blocs of state of law , the Kurdistan Alliance and the Iraqiya coalition and the other blocs. However, a negotiating delegation from the protesters themselves to negotiate directly with the government in Baghdad is not formed so far.