Baghdad - Zidane-Rubaie:
Begins 13 million and 598 thousand and 682 voters Iraqis cast their ballots on Saturday to elect members of the local governments in 12 counties out of 18 Iraqi provinces, where not yet been decided schedule provinces of the Kurdistan region of 3, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, as well as Kirkuk, while postponed in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh to May / May next year.
And called on the Electoral Commission candidates to stop their propaganda campaigns as of Friday, while warning of compromising the integrity and transparency of the electoral process. She explained in a statement that it has taken "a package of precautionary measures with the approach of the public vote for the provincial elections and consistent with the achievement of equal opportunities for all political entities in free and fair competition in these elections." It also welcomed the Commission by another announcement by the Government of Iraq's Kurdistan determine the date of the 21 of September / September next date for the presidential and parliamentary elections in the region. Was the UNHCR Office of Nineveh, has announced that in 2200 displaced only participate election in Mosul, which will elect its population, noting that media silence does not include conservative candidates.
For its part, the Basra Operations Command announced in Iraq, the closure of all ports maintain air, sea and land and the imposition of a curfew on vehicles and various types of bikes on Saturday to pave the appropriate atmosphere for the elections. The commander of the Basra Operations Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir al-Lami, said that "this decision issued by the Supreme Security Committee for Elections and includes 12 counties, including Basra." Lami said that "security forces completed all the necessary preparations to protect polling stations, voters and spread at the entrances and exits of the city," vowing to facilitating the movement of media professionals to ensure good coverage of the voting process. In this context the Director of the Office of the Electoral Commission in Basra, Hazem al-Rubaie, that 200 international observers will oversee the voting process in the province.
In the meantime, he called on the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Iraqis to informed participation in the provincial elections, and the "lack of betrayal of Iraq," he said in a statement, "Do not give voices to those who want fame or seats or salary or trade, but voted for those who sacrifice for you" .
For its part, warned the National Dialogue Front led by Saleh al-Mutlaq, the "letters of sectarianism" for major government and parliament and قائمتيهما will lead to the division of the country into cantons "sectarian and ethnic lines", while calling on voters to pay attention to this matter, asked politicians not to swap "peace and security community electoral seats. "
The comments come a day after attacking the head of the National Dialogue Front and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki strongly unprecedented and described the protesters as "rebels" during electoral Festival held in Nasiriyah.
Iraq: tomorrow, the first local elections after the evacuation of Americans and the third in a decade
19-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
In the first maturity election since the evacuation of U.S. troops from Iraq by end of 2012, going more than 13 million Iraqi voters tomorrow to the polls to elect faces and new names for their representatives in local governments for 12 Iraqi provinces for the third time in a row after my 2005 and 2009, with the exception of Kirkuk, the disputed provinces of Kurdistan region as well as three on deferred in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.
On the eve of the elections, which represent a serious test for the Iraqi government about its ability to organize free and fair elections achieve fair representation of all Iraqi components, rallying the Sunni Arab forces to launch a new wave of protests in Baghdad and five Sunni provinces today under the title of "the blood of Diyala ... our blood" to condemn the bombings, bloody witnessed by the province as well as to reject the policies of exclusion and marginalization exercised by the government of Nouri al-Maliki against the Sunnis.
In the file, the Iraqi elections that will take place tomorrow, competing 265 political entities and 50 coalitions comprising 8302 candidate, including 2205 women candidates while enslaved the accountability and justice 117 candidates for seats in the provinces covered according to the Electoral Commission of Iraq, which announced the completion of all proceedings, including the entry state electoral silence today for the success of the process of voting in the suffrage.
The director of the electoral district in the Commission Mekdad Sharifi said that "the number of agents of political entities amounted to two hundred and forty thousand while the number of local observers and representatives of civil society organizations to thirty thousand and the number of international observers to the three hundred observers," adding that "the participation of those observers will be one of the guarantees of the application of standards of integrity in the elections. "
The local elections "بارومترا" politically to measure the popularity of the Iraqi parties ruling in different orientations and affiliations to know the features of the shape and nature of the Iraqi scene, which Stffersh parliamentary elections next year despite the exclusion change the political map of the current after the provincial elections, and that changed the faces of that will fall on the task of providing services to the provinces of Iraq .
According to statistics from the Ministry of Planning in 2012 on the completion rates of budgets and projects realized that the governorates not organized unfinished only 60% of them only according to statistics planning where noted that the oil-rich Basra and most ports, border and freely, the budget is the largest among the provinces, which amounted to Trliuna and 600 billion Iraqi dinars, but it recorded the lowest completion rate among the provinces increased by up to 1 percent, while South تذيلت Samawah order of $ 176 billion dinars, while managed governorates of Anbar, Wasit exchange 100 percent of its budget.
The upcoming elections will be held according to the system of proportional representation and an open list, allowing voters to choose the entity and their preferred candidate will be allocated seats in each provincial political entities using the formula of Saint Lego distribution of seats.
The number of voters in Iraq election, which appears to be a comma in determining the figure is difficult, which will have a card victory in the legislative elections next year, 13 million and 538 thousand voters, as well as 53.682 voters Mhgra registered in the database register of voters also will open a total of 5 thousand and 149 polling stations On election day between the hours of seven in the morning until five o'clock in the evening as there will be 30 polling centers for the displaced who are in the Kurdistan region and Kirkuk.
The total number of seats in the provincial councils in the new session about 117 seats, which was allocated to Baghdad 58 seats, including 15 seats for women and one seat for each of the Christians, Mandaeans, Faili Kurds, Turkmen and Nineveh 39 seats, including 10 seats for women and one seat for each of the Christians, Yazidis and Shabak in Basra will have 35 seats , 9 of them women, and a seat for Christians in what was Babylon and Nasiriyah 31 seats each, including 8 seats for women.
As for Najaf, Diyala, Salahuddin Fajss have 29 seats each, including 8 seats for women in what was to Wasit, Diwaniyah 29 seats each, including 7 seats for women and the seat of the Kurds Faili Boist and 27 seats for each of Karbala, Maysan, including 7 seats for women and Muthanna was one of its 26 seats, including 7 seats for women.
And on the security plan prepared for the protection of the local elections, informed sources reported that a curfew would be imposed tomorrow on all vehicles except those carrying authorization of the Electoral Commission and the leaders of operations will close the land border, sea and air as well as the closure of the entrances and exits of the provinces.
Prior to starting elections تقاذف the leaders of the "Iraqi List" with a coalition of Nouri al-Maliki accusations of fraud and failure. Warned former Iraqi Prime Minister and leader of the Iraqi List, Iyad Allawi of rigging local elections, expressing rejection of Iranian interference in Iraqi affairs.
Allawi said in a speech yesterday that "the elections take place in difficult circumstances and the atmosphere of a complex characterized by assassinations, threats, exclusion and marginalization, as happened to Anbar and Nineveh, which Azlta for the elections," he said, adding "the use of heavy money political attendant to cover up the corrupt and corruption that has plagued Iraq."
He called Osama Najafi, head of the Iraqi parliament voters to participate in local elections. Nujaifi said in a statement issued by his office said, "This election may be the key to hope and the beginning of change, and address of the new programs and system reform integrated while you participate the elections effectively and refuse to sit at home on voting day refusing to leave the ballot blank white because it referred to the way to the future of black dark."
The Electoral Commission of Iraq assured all local regulations participate in the elections. The director of the electoral administration Mekdad Sharifi said that "the Commission will work on the distribution of CDs containing photographs of all forms received from Mahatat electoral blocs and entities participating in the elections," noting that "this action gives the political blocs sense of reassurance and ensure transparency in the work of the Commission", pointing out that "The distribution of the forms will be after the announcement of preliminary results."
In another political matter, ended the popular committees in Baghdad and the five preparations Sunni provinces to launch a wave of protests condemning the policies of Nuri al-Maliki in the new F bore the name of "the blood of Diyala our blood." Said Mohamed Tawfiq, a member of popular movement organizer for the demonstrations in a statement to the newspaper, the "future" that "preparations are completed to launch mass protests after Friday prayers, which was named after the bombings in demonstrations in Diyala province (northeast of Baghdad) during the past two weeks and caused dozens of dead and wounded."
In the meantime, he stressed the Iraqi Mufti Sheikh Rafi Rifai, the need to preserve the unity between the protesters and stick Bslmah sit-ins. Taleb Rifai, during a meeting with a delegation from the leadership of the Islamic Party to "preserve the unity and cohesion of the people of Iraq so as not ينجرفوا to consumed who prey on the murky water," he said, adding "keep balanced and sober discourse in peaceful sit-ins taking place in the western provinces."
By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on April 18.
For the fifth time in less than a year, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has threatened his political opponents with “dangerous revelations against them.” In an interview with the government-funded Al-Iraqiya Channel, he explained his refusal to respond to demands for a parliamentary hearing regarding recent security violations.
As Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s opponents amplify their calls for a parliamentary hearing, he threatens to reveal which of them were involved in acts of terrorism, writes Mushreq Abbas.
What does Maliki have against his opponents?
Author: Mushreq Abbas
Translated by: Pascale Menassa
Categories :Originals Iraq
He said, “If I attend the hearing, I will turn things upside down. I will reveal the files and names of the members of Parliament who were implicated in terrorist acts. I will point fingers at each and every one of them for this bombing and that.”
These statements have stirred a large wave of reactions in the past few days, asking Maliki to unveil his files or keep silent about them. The most significant criticism came from the Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr and the leaders of the Iraqi National List, in addition to the Kurdish leaders.
The problem with such statements is that they are issued by the head of the executive authority in Iraq, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the official in charge of defense, internal affairs, national security and intelligence, in the absence of real ministers. With such absolute privileges, he cannot possibly hint at the implication of Iraqi politicians in acts of violence without providing evidence and proof.
When asked about the reason behind his reluctance to presenting these files to the judiciary, he answered, “I am concerned about the collapse of the political process if I do that.”
In light of this, a question poses itself: If the prime minister confirms his possession of legal files and refuses to submit them to the judiciary, what, then, will be left of respect for the law?
Maliki’s supporters answer this question by saying that “the accusations are directed against the members of Parliament and politicians who are involved in acts of terrorism that are still under investigation and cannot be published yet.”
An even more perplexing question comes to mind immediately: How can the prime minister threaten with cases that are still judicially incomplete and have not become clear and final accusations yet? Does the head of the executive authority have the right to interfere in the work of judicial committees and pre-empt the revelation of cases and accusations — a role that is strictly reserved to the judiciary?
This debate is justified by the persistent vagueness surrounding the performance of authorities in Iraq — a vagueness that expands the circle of distrust between these authorities. The executive authority believes that the terrorism files that are part of the judiciary’s responsibility constitute an ideal way of applying pressure on the legislative authority, which, in turn, aims to topple the prime minister and his political bloc before the elections. To do that, security violations are made, while Maliki is being accused of controlling the judiciary. As for the latter, it seems helpless in the face of all this pressure, and it is surrendering to the constant abuses of its powers and not saying so much as one word regarding national and international criticism of its performance.
A nation cannot be built on doubts, accusations and mutual finger pointing, even if the pretext is an electoral battle. In fact, electoral campaigns do have limits that do not go beyond the legal considerations of accusations. Moreover, accusations related to involvement in terrorism cases cannot be mentioned in the context of insinuations and statements and out of their legal and legitimate framework.
Of course, the Iraqi politicians’ degree of involvement in acts of violence is high. However, at the end of the day, these acts have neither been placed in a strict legal framework nor referred to the judiciary — which, ironically, is the only solution to reach a decision.
Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. An author and journalist for 15 years, he holds a degree in political science from Baghdad University.
Mutlaq attacking strongly Maliki and Anbar, Diyala demonstrating in solidarity with
19-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Friday, April 19, 2013
Attacked Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki described the protesters' rebels', as it prepares the Sunni provinces to demonstrate today under the slogan 'the blood of our blood Diyala.
Maliki was described during an election rally in Nasiriyah demonstrators and protesters to the rebels, warning of taking another position if you do not return to their understanding on the basis of the Constitution and national unity, rather than the threat of force. He said: «We have much patience for them because they are our brothers, but they have to think very seriously and ended the opportunity is no longer wise benefit with these rebels will be our last interview and the Iraqi people's position will not be too far away. But concern for the blood of Iraqis may require us responsible attitude in accounting for all who are coming out of law ».
Mutlaq said in a statement, during a meeting with a number of tribal sheikhs and notables of Baghdad: «I heard a speech saying that the demonstrators and protesters rebels Imagine that a political leader describes people who pretend to freedom and dignity Balemtemrd» and asked, 'Which of these leaders? ».
He felt «can not be the leader of this size and this site to be nationally and wants to keep the unity and stability of Iraq and describes his people Balemtemrd, the official could not fit to lead the country.
He added that «the demonstrators came out guaranteed by the Constitution for their freedom, dignity and Aracathm and the unity of their country», adding that «the legitimate demands of our people the protesters everywhere not replace bargaining or procrastination or delay or make goods cheap in the market for electoral propaganda», adding that «the higher national interests, and preserve the unity of the people, and the country is much more important than interests and electoral gains.
Mutlaq vowed to prosecute «murderers and criminals, and said: 'we will not lose sight of the eyelid without chasing murderers, criminals and terrorist forces that insist on killing the innocent and simple people who conduct behind a living».
, It announced a coordinated demonstrations in al-Anbar, Sheikh Saeed AVI to that «the slogan tomorrow (today) is the blood of our blood Diyala.
He said in a statement to «life» that «the reason the label is that the arenas sit and mosques in support of the demonstrations in Diyala targeting more than once», indicating «We want to tell the government it whatever you do or killed will not end Aatsamana only achieve our demands are legitimate and that blood in Diyala is itself in Fallujah, Anbar and Samarra and Mosul and Baghdad. Talks with the government and said that «the government had invoked that there is no negotiating, and Yards sit delegation formed two weeks ago and did not negotiate with him one. The government did not recognize us yet how to negotiate with those who did not recognize them? ».
He said Maliki described the demonstrators b »conspirators 'that' sectarian summit and try to cancel the other.
Talal Zobaie: the results of the elections for the parliamentary Anthabat will match the political situation to remain unchanged
19-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Male MP coalition of Iraqi Talal Hussein Zobaie, that the survival of the political situation unchanged, the results of the provincial elections, will be identical or close to the House of Representatives election.
Zobaie said in a statement (of the Agency news): the survival of the political crisis and the current situation in general in the country, the results of the provincial elections will give a clear picture of the House of Representatives election, or identical, indicating that the survival of the situation depends on the escalation of sectarian by the government and are united, which will make Iraq is not a state, but people state components.
He stressed: that the leaders of the political crisis are trying to bring the parliamentary elections to take advantage of the current situation of the problems and crises, pointing out that there are those who claim the national but sectarian, and there are those who say there is no way to resolve the current situation, but to confront sectarian others.
And compete in the provincial elections 8275 candidates on 447 seats, representing 139 entities, including 89 political entities and 50 coalitions, while the agents of political entities who will monitor the elections 110 thousand and 861 as an agent for political entities while the number of local observers 28 thousand and 288 observers, in addition to 204 international observers will be ballots in 32 thousand and 102 polling stations comprising 5179 polling stations.
Thousands of demonstrators and worshipers flocke Ramadi and Fallujah sit-ins squares .
Ramadi/ NINA /--Thousands of citizens flocked from different parts to the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, to hold the Fri-prayers in the sit-ins squares of the two cities.
Sheikh Mohammed Fayyad, one of the organizers of Anbar sit-ins , said to NINA reporter today : " The citizens will participate in a unified prayer to be held in the courtyard of a sit-in Yard northern Ramadi city the capital of Anbar province and the other which will be held east of the city of Fallujah , noting that the main goal of this unified prayers is to send a message to the government that the demonstrations is fully peacefully and backed by all citizens with a frank and stable conviction.
He added : " The government is working to provoke the demonstrators through provocative and hostile statements"
Economist: World Trade Organization (WTO) will boost Iraq's relationship with the major industrialized countries
Baghdad (news) .. He stressed the economic expert Ismail Radi, the need for Iraq sought to join the World Trade Organization because of its features help to support the economic sectors of the country, and convergence Iraq with the major developed countries.
Radi said (of the Agency news): The Iraqi Ministry of Trade required to complete the procedures related to Iraq's accession to the World Trade Organization to support the national economy, because it would boost trade exchanges and ensure receipt of goods is good for the country.
He added: countries that fall under the membership of the organization is one of the major industrialized nations in the world, such as Japan, China, Korea, England, Germany and others, and this is what will bring Iraq to those countries that will contribute to strengthening economic and trade relations with them.
It is noted that the World Trade Organization asked Iraq to complete the procedures necessary to obtain membership of the organization.
And established the World Trade Organization in 1995, and is one of the smallest organizations global age where the WTO is the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which was established in the wake of World War II, and its primary objective is to assist in the flow and the flow of commerce بسلاسلة and freedom.
Include membership in the World Trade Organization more than 140 members representing more than 90% of world trade. / End / 8.'s. M /
Dulaim's Amir denounces al-Maliki's recent remarks describing the demonstrators as conspirators .
Baghdad / Nina /-- Dulaim tribes' Amir Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Suleiman strongly denounced the latest statements made by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which describe the demonstrators in a number of provinces as sectarian conspirators.
Suleiman called in a press statement "al-Maliki to stop the repeated threats that fired on demonstrators from time to time. Adding that who criticizes sectarianism must first of all come out from the sectarianism that encases him and be away from this awful mentality so he can makes such a blatant statements.
He explained, "that from now on, people will be certain that the government does not abide to the constitution so there is no in force , adding :" From now on their will significant developments concerning the future trends of demonstrations away from tampering the security and unity of Iraq," he said.
Suleiman went to say " The demonstrators will not stand idly in case of facing a military operation against them, stressing that they are peacefully continuing demonstrations demanding restitution of their usurped legitimate rights.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, described in during his latest electoral campaign in Dhi-Qar province the demonstrators and protesters as advocates for sectarianism and conspirators.
Economist: the need to conclude economic agreements with developed countries for the advancement of the national economy
Baghdad (news) .. Economic expert called Jalil al-Rubaie, the need to conclude trade and economic agreements with the advanced industrial countries to gain experience and activating sectors and reduce reliance on oil revenues.
Rubaie said (of the Agency news): The Iraqi economy is still at a rate dependent almost entirely on the revenues generated from oil sales, due to the negligence and stopped vital sectors Kalzeraih the industrial and tourism.
He added: that the conclusion of economic and trade agreements with developed countries in terms of economic gain experience and bring investment companies to work in Iraq will be able to promote the national economy in various sectors, and the country's transition from the consumer to the product.
He pointed out, that most of the economic agreements entered into by the Federal Government with the remaining countries without activating just ink on paper, calling to activate all previous agreements and to conclude new agreements in order to create a great economic revolution in the country. / End / 8. N. R
INA to conduct secondary alliances after announcement of elections results
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Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Kareem Alewi, of the Iraqi National Alliance announced that the political blocs within INA will conduct secondary alliances with other blocs after the announcement of the elections results.
He stated to AIN “There will be a unified national alliance involving Citizen bloc and Ahrar bloc as well as others after the elections.”
“These blocs had the intention to join this alliance but they postponed it till after the elections,” he concluded. /End/