Iraqi Kurdistan searching the National Alliance message
20.4.2013 | (Voice of Iraq) - Add a comment -
A member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohsen al-Sadoun said Kurdish forces will meet in the coming days with the regional president Massoud Barzani to evaluate the message of the National Alliance pleading.
explained in a statement that "the current period is the period of elections and the failure of many, and will see a period followed by intensive meetings to study the message of the National Alliance and evaluation to be in the light of taking appropriate steps to resolve the current crisis. "
and added that the last period has seen activating the role of the committees, where he was the formation of a technical committee and other joint military in order to discuss and discuss contentious issues between the province and the federal government. (Agencies)
The start of the provincial elections in 12 Iraqi provinces amid tight security
20-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
After that disrupted language speech since the day before yesterday, the language of blood did not stop until the last moments of media silence. Bombing horrible in the Amiriya district of western Baghdad, killing and wounding more than a hundred young were playing billiards in a coffee shop in the neighborhood besieged, followed on media silence on Friday bombings, one in a mosque in Diyala province, and Hussein in Kirkuk (not covered by the election of the absence of a law of its own) . Saturday will speak the language of numbers. According to the statistics of the Independent High Commission for Elections in Iraq, about 13 million and a half million Iraqi citizens are entitled to cast their ballots in the provinces twelve among the five provinces of ten that should have been conducted in which the elections (the exception of Anbar and Nineveh because of the security situation and Kirkuk, waiting for a special law has) . It is hoped that competes 50 coalition politically representing 265 political entities as well as entities of the individual in the elections that will take place in two phases the first Saturday and includes 12 counties and the other in 18 of the month of May next according to the deadline set by the Electoral Commission and include the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh. 1213 candidates for 69 seats. Strict security procedures began early in Baghdad and a lot of the provinces, especially those tense security. In this context, the security apparatus in Baghdad began on Friday to close some streets in the capital Baghdad and set up dozens of checkpoints on the main streets, as published new numbers of its members near the polling stations in various districts of the city in preparation for the polling day. At the time it declared the Iraqi List, in the words of a leading figure in which Hamid al-Mutlaq told «Middle East» that «statements sectarianism that accompanied the election campaign for provincial councils facilitated a lot of criminal operations that led to the deaths of dozens of candidates of the Iraqi exclusively as well as bombings horrific the latest bombing Ameria was sent messages of the form of the next phase of the post-emergence results », the highest religious authority in Najaf, which often rely on their positions Shiite political blocs called for broad participation in the elections. Mutlaq said that «propaganda campaign and unfortunately resulted in the fact sought by some parties through an unprecedented hysteria want to achieve dominance in any way which Maady to killing dozens of Iraqi candidates in a number of provinces.
The al-Mutlaq, «we must link the killing of a star war in Diyala days before the bombing Ameria a neighborhood boxed but is intended to influence the outcome of the elections in any way and therefore it when wasted blood, we expect to fraud that can get will not stand in the way any legal or moral barrier.
But the supreme religious authority in Najaf called on citizens to broad participation in provincial elections. The representative of the religious authority Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai in a Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala on Friday that «the religious authority Supreme issued several directives on the provincial elections that will be held on Saturday, uncertain where to reluctance among some citizens from participating in the elections is not a solution to the problem».
He added that «the reference indicated that they have shown previously that some citizens have suffered their afflictions of frustration for the performance of some provincial councils and was born with some of them pessimism not convinced of the usefulness of participating in the elections», referring to «that aversion is not a solution to the problem we say: the citizen who please you a good choice if you do not participate, the other will. He pointed out that «the seats allocated to the provincial councils must be filled either participated or did not participate. In this context, member of the Iraqi parliament for the Islamic Supreme Council Furat al-Shara told «Middle East» that «preliminary indications suggest that there is a change will happen on the map for local elections, which will be its impact on the political map of the country at year's parliamentary elections Next »adding that« the Islamic Supreme Council who had a back injury will advance while others will be delayed entities had Tsidt the arena during the coming period. He said al-Shara that «what was expressed by reference represents the truth for us especially as it had been put points on the characters and showed that it was not with any other party while diagnosed operations financial and administrative corruption during the last period, which requires citizens not to get involved in the election of the cause of what happened decline in the security services and reconstruction.
More than 13 million citizens authorized to vote for local elections in Iraq
Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:03 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -Reliable sources at the Independent High Electoral Commission reported that the number of the voters who are authorized to vote for the provincial elections in Iraq are up to 13,800000 citizens.
The sources expect 70% of those authorized people will participate in the elections of general voting on Saturday and in the upcoming elections of Anbar and Nineveh provinces on 18th of next May.
8138 nominees are there for the elections including 2200 female nominees, who compete on 445 seats at the provincial councils across Iraq including Anbar and Nineveh provinces.
Hakim votes for 2013 provincial elections
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Baghdad (AIN) -The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, has voted for the local elections on Saturday morning.
The Independent High Electoral Commission opened a voting center at Rasheed Hotel inside the Green Zone for the vote of the officials where Jaafary was the first voter among the officials.
The voting centers were opened at 7 a.m to receive the voters in 12 provinces except Anbar, Nineveh and Kirkuk provinces. /End/
Ammar al-Hakim casts his vote
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Baghdad (news) .. made the head of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim vote in provincial elections with Rashid in Baghdad. said reporter Agency (news) prote there: Mr. Hakim has cast his ballot at the Rashid Hotel in Baghdad in the provincial elections a little while ago. was polling stations opened at seven on Saturday morning to receive voters in the provincial elections. / End / 4. n. r /
10 Years after the Fall of the Baath, De-Baathification Remains Centre-Stage in Iraqi Politics
Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 9 April 2013 12:41
Whereas 20 March was a suitable date for reflecting on the background of the Iraq War and the role of the United States, 9 April – the date when the Baathist regime fell in 2003 – is above all about the legacy of the war and the nature of the new political regime that emerged in the post-2003 period. News from the Iraqi cabinet and parliament during the past week provides an interesting window on the state of play in democratic politics in “the new Iraq”.
On the one hand, there are certainly signs of a degree of normalcy within a political framework that must be described as competitive, if perhaps not as splendidly democratic as some enthusiasts for the war had in mind. Iraqi oil income is on the rise, parliament recently agreed on the distribution of revenue through the annual budget, and Iraq is beginning to resume contacts with the rest of the Arab and international world after decades of isolation under Saddam Hussein.
On the other hand, there are also indications about the limits of progress. An increasing number of ministers in the Iraqi cabinet are acting ministers that do not enjoy parliamentary approval. This includes not only the all-important security portfolios, which were never agreed in the first place when the second government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was formed in December 2010. More recently, critics of Maliki including parts of the secularist Iraqiyya, Kurds and Sadrists have temporarily withdrawn ministers from cabinet meetings without resigning from their ministries, prompting the appointment of more acting ministers by Maliki and turf wars over ministerial influence.
And these are not the only problems. Maliki was recently summoned to parliament to be held accountable for the latest spate of serious security incidents; he responded by excusing himself, insisting he was too busy running the affairs of the state to indulge in conversation with the Iraqi national assembly. Similarly, in another move unlikely to inspire confidence in the security situation in the country, local elections scheduled for 20 April were postponed, probably in an illegal way, in two Sunni-dominated provinces bordering on Syria.
Look closer at some of the stories dominating Iraqi political news and a similar picture of a democracy that is just muddling through emerges. For example, in an interesting move, Qutayba al-Jibburi – a deputy who broke away from the secular and Sunni-dominated Iraqiyya to pursue dialogue with Maliki in 2012 – recently reported the full reinstatement of de-Baathified workers at the Bayji refinery thanks to his own personal efforts. Whereas the announcement was a positive indication that dialogue between Maliki and secular and Sunni leaders still remains possible, it was also a reminder about the extent to which processes that are supposed to be judicial are subject to political pressures and horsetrading in the “new, democratic Iraq”.
Similarly, this week, the Iraqi cabinet agreed on proposed revisions to the de-Baathification law, which in theory could provide a more enduring framework for national reconciliation. But the law, agreed by a cabinet full of acting ministers and with key blocs not represented, remains hostage to parliamentary approval. For the moment, the main problem in parliament is to get deputies to actually attend, with a series of cancelled meetings recently due to a lack of quorum.
What are we supposed to make of this? Factions that squabble but ultimately muddle through? Or just the same authoritarian politics of the past, with a higher number of Saddams in control?
The answer is, that question is still not settled. It is impossible to paint a truthful picture of Iraq today in black and white.
Perhaps the best way of illustrating this is to look at the latest developments regarding the cabinet proposals of changes to Iraq’s de-Baathification legislation. The reported changes to the existing bill from 2008, if adopted by parliament, would mean a somewhat more liberal approach to the question of what to do with high officials of the Saddam Hussein regime. Specifically, it is being proposed that former Baath party members of the firqa level – who have hitherto been considered disqualified for continued state service if they held positions as director generals or worked in the security, finance or foreign ministries – will be able to continue to serve in government.
The political background for this somewhat more permissive arrangement for ex-Baathists is rapprochement between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and parts of the secular and Sunni-dominated Iraqiyya headed by Saleh al-Mutlak. Whereas much of Iraqiyya has been boycotting both parliament and cabinet lately in protest against what they see as undue centralisation of power by Maliki, Mutlak has opted to return to cabinet alongside a few other ministers who disagree with the hardline stances of Iraqiyya leader Ayyad Allawi as well as Rafi al-Eisawi and Tareq al-Hashemi.
It is important to stress that a softening of the de-Baathification legislation is not something that uniquely benefits Sunnis or other secular Iraqiyya supporters. Maliki has himself relied on large numbers of Shiites who served Saddam, and the fact that their pasts were often brushed under the carpet created a major inconsistency in the way de-Baathification was applied. By way of example, embattled supreme court chief Midhat al-Mahmud is accused precisely of having been a firqa member of the Baath in Baghdad; the proposed changes of the law would make him eligible to continue to serve regardless of those accusations.
The key question, then, is whether the bill will be passed by parliament. When the debate gets going, it should serve as a good opportunity for Maliki to reach out to much-needed potential supporters among Sunnis and secularists and making his constant references to a “political majority” to something more than rhetoric. Already there are interesting signs that whereas the Sadrists are attacking the bill (as are members of the Badr), Maliki allies in parliament are defending it. For their part, Iraqiyya MPs would thoroughly stultify themselves if they reject the bill (which will benefit many members of their constituencies) out of sheer personal opposition to Maliki. Accordingly, with the Kurds currently boycotting parliament and often uncommitted in de-Baathification questions, Maliki now has the chance to cast himself as a moderate after he failed to play that role when de-Baathification came on the agenda during the months leading up to parliamentary elections in March 2010.
In sum, the progress in the Iraqi cabinet on the de-Baathification bill indicates an atmosphere very different from the visions of partition and regional conflagration that dominate media commentary on Iraq at the anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. Ironically, 10 years on, it seems that the pragmatic nuts and bolts of reinstating officials of the hated Baath may serve as a bridge-builder towards national unity as much as a source of conflict for Iraqis.
*** AS IN AMERICAN POLITICS, SOME PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN SILENT AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL RATHER THAN TO OPEN THEIR MOUTHS AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT, OR IF THEY HAVE A THOUGHT SHOULD KEEP IT TO THEMSELVES ***
Maliki's Coalition calls Kurds to rejoin government, parliament
Saturday, 20 April 2013 10:40 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Abdul Mahdi al-Khafaji of the State of Law Coalition called the Kurdish ministers and the MPs to rejoin the government and the parliament.
Khafaji stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) on Saturday "It is better for the Kurdish side to resume their office at the parliament and the government since they have no other alternative."
He stressed "It is not good for the Kurds to move away from the political decision-making whether their demands are answered or not," noting "This step will not achieve any benefits for them."
Maliki: Iraqi participation in elections is a message to the enemies that we will not retreat.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Iraqi participation in provincial elections is a message to the enemies of the political process that we will not retreat.
He said in press statements following his vote in provincial elections that these elections are also reassure message that Iraq is okay and its people are determined to exercise this democratic experiment.
He added that he sends a message to all politicians that they have to prove to the world that they are the people to lead Iraq.
He explained that these elections is taking place for the first time after the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq, which means that the Iraqis are capable of holding the elections and ensure its success.
Electoral Commission: more than 300 international observers are watching suffrage
20-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Announced the Electoral Commission for elections, Saturday, that more than 300 international observers are watching the provincial elections, stressing not recorded any breach of electoral seriously.
A member of the Commission Kolshan Kamal Ali said in an interview for "Alsumaria News" that "more than 300 international observers, in addition to 60 thousand local observers and 300 agent political entity are present and observing the polling stations in Baghdad and the provinces," asserting that "The Commission did not register yet any breach electoral dangerous. "
Ali added that "all the logistics have been provided before the start of universal suffrage," noting that "all the polling stations opened at seven o'clock this morning."
She continued that "the turnout at polling stations is still moderate", expressing the hope that "the participation rate rises after 12 noon."
Began, on Saturday morning, in Baghdad and the provinces of several process suffrage for the provincial elections in 2013, and opened Polling stations at seven o'clock in the morning to receive voters, as competing more than eight thousand candidates for seats in the provincial councils, except the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh
Urgent….Iraq closes borders with neighboring countries
Saturday, 20 April 2013 10:18 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -The Iraqi authorities blocked the border inlets with the neighboring countries within the security measures taken to secure the polling process of the local elections being conducted in Iraq.
The border inlets that were closed are: Rabiya inlet in Nineveh, Trebil inlet in Anbar, and Safwan inlet in Basra at the borders with Kuwait."
The voting centers were opened on Saturday to receive the voters in 12 provinces