" The Dinar Daily " .......... Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Iraqis see some irregularities in provincial vote
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Associated Press – Sun, Apr 21, 2013.. .
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi election monitors on Sunday reported multiple irregularities in the country's first provincial vote since U.S. troops left, but were unclear as to whether results would be affected.
In an initial report, two non-governmental organizations, Shams and Tamoz, said over 300 irregularities had been recorded by the seven thousand monitors they had sent across Iraq to cover Saturday's polls.
The vote was a key test of Iraq's short experience with democratic elections because it was the first one run since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011. Allegations of vote fixing are not uncommon following elections in the country.
In one instance, Hoger Jato of Shams said some security force members had helped specific campaigns while on duty, with some advising voters at polling centers on who to support. Elsewhere, electoral commission employees reportedly failed to check the identities of voters, allowing them to cast ballots on behalf others.
The groups did not say whether the irregularities were widespread enough to significantly affect the election's outcome.
On Sunday evening, a bomb went off in a popular kebab shop in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, killing eight and wounding 25, according to police and hospital officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to reporters.
Violence has ebbed sharply since the peak of Sunni-Shiite fighting that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. But insurgents are still able to stage frequent high-profile attacks.
Earlier in the day, Iraqis began counting votes, unloading hundreds of ballot boxes from trucks and tallying the figures in the heavily guarded counting centers. Employees of the country's independent electoral commission went through the ballots under supervision of political party representatives.
Votes are first manually sorted before being entered into a computerized system. Final results are expected in several days.
Despite widespread violence in the run-up to the election that left at least 14 candidates dead, Saturday's voting was mostly peaceful. A few mortar shells and small bombs struck near polling centers, wounding at least six people.
The turnout stood at 51 percent, the same as at the last provincial elections in 2009. When some eligible voters complained they did not find their names on the voting rolls, the election commission blamed them for not updating their information.
Hours after closing the polls, the U.N. Special Representative, Martin Kobler, praised the vote as well-organized and peaceful.
"Credible elections are critical to the country's stability," Kobler said in a statement.
The voting took place in 12 of Iraq's 18 provinces. Voting was not scheduled in the ethnically-mixed province of Tamim, where ethnic groups have not reached a power-sharing deal. The last election for local officials there was in 2005. Elections were also delayed in two provinces because of unstable security conditions, and the country's autonomous three-province northern region was not included.
Thousands of candidates from 50 electoral blocs are vying for 378 seats on provincial councils. The Iraqi constitution does not give wide powers to provincial councils, but they have some say on security matters. They also negotiate local business deals and allocate funds.
Allawi's list uniform back after the election of the gate questioning the fairness
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
Returned the Iraqi List led by Iyad Allawi, which divided the provincial elections that took place last Saturday to several lists and blocks, uniform now, but from the gate questioning the fairness of these elections. Electoral violet ink is not dry yet while ululating rise began by the staff of a lot of the polling stations whenever declared the winner State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the first prize in this or that electoral center, according to uncover leader of the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr.
While called the Iraqi List, to cancel the elections and return them because of what they considered fraud as well as the operations of tightening security that prevented people from the regions and governorates of certain of access to polling stations, it is, according to the announcement by the leader of the Sadrist MP Jawad al-Jubouri, who was assigned by the leadership of the power to supervise the elections in the northern Babil province south of Baghdad «Despite the security restrictions that took place there, the thing that draws attention that the staff of the polling stations were firing joy only when he announces offer of a coalition of state law in this or that place. Jubouri stressed that «at a time when they are entitled as citizens to empathize with those who tend to it as an entity, but this gives an indication of lack of neutrality first and the large number of those supporters of the coalition of state law at the polling stations. He Jubouri that «the success of the elections is important, but the success of democracy is more important is what did not happen, unfortunately, because the process of tightening that got robbed of the right of citizens to express their democratic right by the right bloc also struck democracy in the heart by the party or bloc and therefore I can say: that the election was born births Caesarean lame and distorted, a process incomplete but they remain a cherished experience because it lays the foundation for building a democracy in Iraq and that was a big loss, but future results may be greater.
At the time of competing Shiite Big Three (State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki and the Sadrist movement led by Moqtada al-Sadr and the Supreme Council headed by Ammar al-Hakim) to harvest seats in the center and south, the Iraqi List, which is still awaiting elections Anbar and Nineveh in order to clarify weighing electoral expressed concern about the outcome that will end to the election. The spokeswoman said the list Maysoon at a press conference held yesterday at the headquarters of the National Accord Movement with deputies from other «Iraq» that her coalition doubted the integrity of the provincial elections, adding that «this question was due to security measures unprecedented election day and the actions of leaders and security in most of Iraq's provinces including Baghdad, as well as the imposition of a curfew because of the prevention of many citizens of access to the ballot boxes. She stressed that «the government take responsibility for the bulk of these violations, in addition to the Electoral Commission for elections, calling on the United Nations to change its representative Martin Kobler.
For his part, the leader of the Iraqi List, Arab Hamid al-Mutlaq said that «the government bears the above election of political performance, which represent بالتناحر and the performance of a government unable to tackle corruption, bribery and delivery of services and inability to achieve national unity, in addition to targeting more than 14 activists from the (Iraqi) and some deputies of the (Iraqi) on Airport Road and Ameria cafe bombing two days before the elections ».
According to the announcement by some election monitoring networks as well as leaks of some of the main blocs in the central and southern governorates, the heated competition in those areas between the State of Law coalition and the Sadrists and the Supreme Council. And replaced the list of state law, led by Nuri al-Maliki in the first place in the provincial elections in Basra so far with citizen block (Supreme Council) came in second place, followed by the Liberal bloc bra. In Karbala befell the list of coalition rule of law in the first place, while Liberal Movement occupied the second place and (brigade) led by Joseph Habboubi third with a coalition of the Supreme Council came fourth in the standings. While still picture is not clear in the central and southern governorates, although other reports the progress of Maliki's coalition in Wasit, Babil and Diwaniyah, Nasiriyah, as well as in Baghdad.
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MP rules out postponing endorsement of hindered laws to next Parlaimentary rotation
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:42 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Adil al-Maliki, of the State of Law Coalition ruled out postponing the endorsement of the hindered law drafts to the next Parlaimentary rotation.
Speaking to AIN, he stated “The remaining time for the current parliament’s term is one year so it is too early to speak about postponing the law drafts endorsement to the next rotation of the parliament.”
“There is enough time for the parliament to endorse many laws,” he remarked.
“Some laws involve many problematic points and they took a long time pending like the Oil and Gas, Parties and Infrastructure laws but this does not mean they will be postponed,” he concluded.
*** THE CRISIS IN HAWIJA HAS A DIFFERENT " FEEL TO IT : WHERE, WHAT AND WHO IN HAWIJA ? ***
Iraqi Mufti: there are Iranians among the forces stormed Hawija Square.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Iraqi Mufti, Rafi'a al-Rifai said: "there are Iranians -speaking Persian from the Revolutionary Guards among the forces that stormed the sit-in yard in Hawija and attacked the protesters."
He said in a press statement today 23, April "they started by using abusive words on people and their sanctities and then shot them adding that there were within these forces people speak Persian from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Department of Defense: the killing in the sit-yard Hawija are al-Qaeda and the Baathists and we were shooting and killing our soldiers
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Range Press / Baghdad
Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that the attack on the Square sit-in Hawija came after a exhausted all peaceful solutions, "asserting that the killing in the arena are the militants and extremists and lurking, as charged," based on the squares sit-in, the responsibility of harboring terrorist elements and allow them to carry out their plans malicious ", stressed" the need not to let the insurgents and terrorist elements and troublemakers temptation to exploit Yards demonstrations and attacks on the armed forces. "
Gathered to defend the rights and freedoms Nineveh calls break the siege as protests Haweeja
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Nineveh
Students gathered to defend the rights and freedoms in Nineveh province, on Tuesday, the government and the security forces break the siege of protests are Hawija, and not to repeat the threat of storm yards sit-ins and demonstrations in Iraq, saying that the deal this way will increase the insistence of the angry crowd and suggests devoting law of the jungle.
The head of the assembly Yahya Abdul restricted in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The demonstrations and sit-ins is a legitimate right and is guaranteed in accordance with the laws and international legislation, and violation is a violation, but demolition at the core system of rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and international conventions."
Mahjoub called on the government and security forces to "break the siege as protests Hawija, and not repeat the threat of storm Yards sit-ins and demonstrations in Iraq," adding that "the deal in this way will increase the determination of the angry crowd and devote the case of lack of confidence and suggests devoting the law of the jungle."
The restricted solidarity "with the masses of protesters in the streets of the protest, which refuses to peacefully policies and calls to change the constitution and elect a government that represents the Iraqi people and do not use the power and security forces in suppressing the people of the country," pointing out that "the duties of the army constitutional is to protect the people and not to bring weapons against him no matter what the circumstances, and that address the violations that may occur will not be raided peaceful demonstrations. "
Mahjoub called the parties to the political process to "leave the ivory أبراجهم and hated arrogance and get off at the desire of the masses and to respond to the legitimate demands."
The head of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi expressed, on Monday (April 22 2013), the United Nations representative to Iraq, Martin Kobler unease and deep concern for the position of the UN Mission in the field of human rights, asking him to action strong backed reports are clear, as revealed send parliamentary delegation last Add to the previous delegation sent, last Sunday, to inspect the situation in Kirkuk Hawija.
And gave the leadership of ground forces in Iraq, the first on Sunday (April 21 2013), as protests Hawija several hours, to deliver the attackers at the checkpoint near the Square sit tight, it will inspect tents protesters and removed, accused the organization of the Naqshbandi-led demonstrations judiciary to create "dissension."
That came after the injury of two demonstrators army fire "during their return to their homes," according to what was confirmed by a spokesman for demonstrators Hawija Abdul-Malik al-Jubouri, while Command announced the band 12 of the operations of the Tigris in Kirkuk, killing one of the employees of the band during a clash with residents of Hawija, also accused A Matla demonstration platform in Hawija, inciting and attack on security forces and government institutions.
The preachers prayer consolidated in some provinces called, in the (April 19, 2013), to declare civil disobedience in the governorates of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala and Baghdad, which is witnessing demonstrations, to express their protest against the policies of the central government and the pressure to implement their demands.
And witnessing the governorates of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahuddin, Kirkuk and Diyala and some areas of Baghdad, since (25 December 2012), demonstrations weekly rallies attended by religious scholars and tribal leaders and local officials, demanding the abolition of the law of accountability and justice, terrorism and the adoption of the amnesty law and the release of prisoners and detainees innocent and prosecute "violators Symptoms of "prisoners, as well as change the course of government.
Kobler calls to sustain self-control concerning Hawija events
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:20 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Martin Kobler, assured that he is following up the situation in Hawija closely as he keeps on his contacts with the concerned sides.
A statement by the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq, UNAMI, received by AIN quoted Kobler as saying “I urge the security forces to sustain the highest level of self-control while preserving the laws and I call the demonstrators to keep on the peaceful nature of their demonstrations.”
Breaking News … Joint security force breaks in Hawija demonstration
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:58 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –A joint security force broke in the demonstration square of Hawija district of southwestern Kirkuk.
A security source stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) “A joint security force comprises SWAT and IA elements broke in the demonstration square of Hawija district to search for the doers of the attack against the security forces on last Friday.”
Hawijah, located approximately 60 miles south of Kirkuk City in the Kirkuk province, historically held center stage to the region's worst violence against civilians, Iraq security forces, and coalition forces by extremists
Hawijah calls for "Jihad" to topple Al-Maliki and the Constitution
Called demonstrators defiant Hawija (45 km South West of Kirkuk), Fri (meet the blood of the martyrs of Fallujah and elk on ya zalem), "Jihad" while shooting down Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Constitution, while tribal leaders called for the United Nations to take Ibrahim's active role in meeting the demands of the protesters.
The demonstrators chanted who gathered since the morning in pride and dignity "near Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk)," people want to drop Al-Maliki, both to the Constitution and the people of Hawija, calling for Jihad until the demands of the protesters.
The representative of the Coordinating Council in Hawija, Abu Mohammed Al-Juburi told (range) "this Friday is the fourth of the crowd and is most prominent with participation of more than 10,000 people of hawijah demonstration despite low temperatures and difficult access to the arena because of rain.
He said "we have today we shake with the sons of Fallujah, Samarra, Mosul and Baghdad and will not back down until the Government drops the Constitution and meet the demands of the protesters.
As a member of the coordinating committees V12 zakaa told the (term), "we did not defeat when resisted American tanks and guns and planes so they will just sit back and demand achieve our demands", stating that "slogans the protesters to drop the head of Government and the Constitution and even Jihad came after ignoring clear to our demands."
Sheikh said Ali Awad al-almhaush clan of the tribe of albu Ubaid in Hawija, "we now hold a peaceful demonstration but we may get to civil disobedience in Hawija as a solution for the Government to ignore our demands," the United Nations to take active role in meeting the demands of the protesters.
Coordinating committees announced Tehran balhoigh (55 km southwest of Kirkuk), Thursday 31 January, completed preparations for a "more unified prayer" and promote justice in preparation for the sit-in Friday titled "you on ya zalem", expressing fears of possible problems with the military.
In Central the city of Kirkuk, a member of the popular movement lilsalvador1985, one of the leading organizers of demonstrations in the city, told the (term), "around 2,000 demonstrators, who gathered in the courtyard of the festivities, uniform, prayed for the blood of the martyrs of Fallujah, and stuck with the decision of hawijah, demanding the Government to leave and stop deceiving the Iraqi people."
Almafraji noted that the protesters unfurling banners "(both marginalized) and (both injustice and Yes to Iraq), also called for the amendment of the Constitution and the release of prisoners and detainees, to put an end to the secret lab, and rebalancing", aggravated that all SIP "doesn't return until demands."
And coordinating committees in Hawija confirmed on Thursday that "the people of Hawija will proclaim their commitment to support the decision of Fallujah, Samarra, Mosul and their support for the legitimate demands to abolish the laws of accountability, justice and the fight against terrorism and the detective, as well as the release of prisoners, including those detained by the authorities of the Kurdistan region and support national unity and uphold the commandments religious leader Abdul-Malik Al-Saadi".
The people of Hawija Kirkuk began, Monday 14 January 2013, an open sit-in in solidarity with the demonstrators in Anbar, Salahuddin and Nineveh, while demanding the release of detainees and prisoners and the abolition of political marginalization and exclusion.
He was Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Friday 1 February 2013, that the Government is ready to implement the demands of the protesters "legitimate" provided that their commitment to the law, while the progress in the work of the Ministerial Committee established to follow up the demands of the protesters, he stressed that the Government "does not find the lowest level" move aggressively to implement the demands of who do not want to abolish the Constitution.
I took the Iraq protests for more than a month, giving me the escalation and challenge especially after the Iraqi army used fire against demonstrators in Fallujah which killed 11 people and injured more than 60 others, accusations launched by the Government to the protesters that they were the initiators to shoot the army and that some were from Al-Qaida, and that raised my family in Fallujah and other cities in sit-in over Al-Maliki.
AL-HAWIJAH, Iraq—A decade after U.S.-led forces overthrew Saddam Hussein’s regime, some of his associates and followers have banded together with other Sunni groups to launch the most substantial bid for Sunni power since the strongman’s downfall.
Radicals such as Saad Sami al-Obeidi want to bring an end to the political system established in the years after U.S.-led ground forces first rolled into Baghdad on April 9, 2003, and paved the way for a fragile pan-sectarian democracy.
Mr. Obeidi, a former regime loyalist who spent months in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq for planning attacks against American soldiers, is a leader of a movement—dominated by mass protests and attracting militant Sunnis as well—that has swept through Iraq’s Sunni Arab-dominated provinces.
“Baghdad we’re coming,” read a banner at a recent antigovernment protest in the northern town of al-Hawijah, where Mr. Obeidi is one of the local leaders of the armed wing of Saddam’s now-banned Baath Party.
The goal: upend the country’s post-Saddam power-sharing arrangement, which many Sunnis see as dominated by Shiites and under the sway of Iraq’s Shiite-majority neighbor, Iran.
“The Americans…left behind remnants of their occupation. Now is the phase of removing them,” Mr. Obeidi said, in a reference to the government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite.
Some Iraqis have labeled the movement Iraq’s “Sunni Spring,” in a nod to recent years’ uprisings across the Middle East.
Thousands of Iraqi Arabs attend anti-Kurdish protests
(AFP)–Nov 15, 2008
TIKRIT, Iraq (AFP) — Thousands of Sunni and Shiite Arabs took to the streets across Iraq Saturday to defend Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against criticism from leaders of the country's Kurdish minority.
Demonstrations were held in the northern Sunni town of Tikrit -- the hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein -- the once-restive Sunni town of Hawijah, and the mostly Shiite southern cities of Karbala, Najaf, Nasiriyah, Samawah, and Hilla, AFP correspondents said.
They came out to protest remarks made earlier this week by Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani, who accused Maliki of illegally allying with tribes in areas with large Kurdish populations to expand the power of the state.
In his remarks Barzani had compared the tribal alliances -- which Maliki refers to as "Support Councils" -- to the so-called Jackass Brigades of Kurds who fought for Saddam against Kurdish rebels from the 1980s up until 2003.
The dispute has exposed yet another potentially explosive faultline in a country still scarred by sectarian tensions that until a few months ago had transformed large parts of Iraq into grisly battlefields.
In Tikrit hundreds of Sunni tribesmen demonstrated in support of the Shiite prime minister, waving signs saying, "We want a unified Iraq" and "Kirkuk and Mosul and Diyala are Iraqi," referring to the three most disputed areas.
"The Iraqi tribes are with the national positions of Maliki in preserving the unity of Iraq, establishing the rule of law, and rewriting the constitution," said Farhan al-Aud, an MP and Maliki advisor from the province.
"There are no disputed areas. This is one country," he added.
Maliki has credited the mostly tribal councils with helping his forces route insurgents and militias, while the Kurds have viewed them as a power grab that could endanger their aspirations for a greater autonomous region.
"Those who oppose the plan of Maliki, they want Iraq to remain weak and to continue the project of dividing it up," said Ahmed al-Dulaimi, a member of the Support Council in the Salaheddin province, of which Tikrit is the capital.
In the oil-rich Kirkuk province -- hotly disputed and fractured into Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen communities -- thousands of Arabs gathered at a football stadium outside Hawijah, once a hotbed of the country's Sunni insurgency.
"All of Hawijah calls out to Maliki, Glory of our country!" the crowd chanted, reprising a slogan once used at rallies for Saddam. "With our souls, with our blood, we sacrifice for you, Kirkuk!" they cried.
Sheikh Barhan Mazhar al-Asi, an Arab member of Kirkuk provincial council, said the demonstrators had gathered to assert that "Kirkuk is Iraqi."
Iraqi Kurds, many of whom see Kirkuk's oil wealth as vital to the future viability of their region, have called for it to be placed inside their autonomous zone, a plan deeply opposed by the province's Arab community.
"The Support Brigades are nothing more than a way of providing stability and security, to restore the balance among state institutions and guarantee the rights of all communities in Kirkuk," Asi said.
At a similar demonstration in the Shiite holy city of Karbala south of Baghdad hundreds of tribesmen demonstrated in front of the governorate.
Provincial governor Aqil al-Khazali rejected Kurdish accusations that the Support Councils are unconstitutional.
"Where is the violation when the government embraces the Iraqi tribes for the future of a new Iraq," he told the crowd.
"Do they want to talk about the list of (their) violations? Is allocating 17 percent of the budget (to them) constitutional? Are the Peshmerga constitutional?" he said referring to the powerful Kurdish militia.
Most of Iraq's roughly five million Kurds live in the three northernmost provinces, which are governed by Barzani and are largely autonomous. The Kurds have long wanted to expand the zone, however, to include other Kurdish areas.
Iraqi protesters demonstrate in the Iraqi town of Hawijah, south of Kirkuk, on March 8, 2013
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Iraqi protesters hold a sign reading "Revolution of free Iraqis" as others flash the victory sign during a demonstration in the northern Iraqi town of Hawijah, south of the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, on March 8, 2013. Gunmen killed an anti-government protest organiser in north Iraq on Sunday, while a city council member and a farmer were shot dead in other attacks, police and doctors said.
270 people fall between killed and wounded in clashes Haweeja
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
PUKmedia age strange / Kirkuk
Resulted in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Hawija southwest of Kirkuk, to the martyrdom and the injury of approximately 270 people, today Tuesday, 23/04/2013, after security forces stormed Square sit in judgment.
According to a security source in the district Hawija, for PUKmedia of, that "operations forces stormed the Tigris Square sit-in protesters around 4 am, trying to impose their control on the Square sit-in, which led to clashes with protesters killed dozens of martyrs and wounded."
He added that "the people of Hawija began preparing their weapons and Athaon to attack checkpoints and checkpoints and the headquarters of the army against the backdrop of intrusion."
Witness Yards sit in Hawija in Kirkuk province since Friday under tight security after a soldier was killed and two officers were wounded in an attack on a military blister outbreaks according to a statement to the Ground Forces Command, and demanded the army as protests Hawija delivery who attacked the checkpoint. Ended 35 m
The source added that the "Tigris forces imposed control over the sit-yard and burned tents protesters."
In the same regard, another security source said, for PUKmedia, that "because of these clashes have been cut all types of communication for the judiciary."
US: PCs elections, important step in democratic history of Iraq
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:19 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –Patrick Ventrell, the Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US Secretary of State stated that the elections of the Provincial Councils in Iraq re important step in its democratic history.
A statement by the US SoS received by AIN cited “We do congratulate the people of Iraq on holding provincial elections this past Saturday. In the face of security threats, millions of Iraqi citizens cast their ballots in 12 provinces across the country to choose new provincial councils. This is an important step forward for Iraq’s democratic future, including preparations for its spring 2014 national elections. So it’s now essential that the councils be seated, select new governors, and begin work on behalf of the Iraqi people.”
Rep. excluded unit Jumaili the ability of the House of Representatives to achieve any kind of important projects that help build the Iraqi state during the remaining year of his age.
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Ruled out the MP for the Iraqi List and the unit Jumaili House's ability to achieve any kind of important projects that help build the Iraqi state during the remaining year of his age.
She Jumaili in a press statement today: "The House of Representatives سينشغل after vacationing legislative issue of appointment of governors and heads of local governments, which will take approximately four months of age Parliament and then will start the campaign for many who intend to re-nominate themselves for the upcoming parliamentary elections, the parliament will be disabled after vacationing legislative by 60 to 80% will not be able to achieve any kind of important projects that help build the Iraqi state. "
Jumaili attributed not to the possibility of legislation important laws in the House of Representatives to the short remaining life of the government and parliament, as well as deliberate to weaken the government of the Parliament. "
And likely to achieve the parliament during this year's bills only two electoral law and the law of the general budget for 2014 and accomplished simple thing to amend the law of accountability and justice, who arrived in Parliament, in addition to the endorsement of some international conventions and treaties that not feed hungry mouths of the Iraqi citizen. "
He confirmed: "The wheel will remain as it is and remains a citizen complains about the lack of services, unemployment and the deteriorating security situation will remain the demonstrators complain of lack of response to their demands."
Refugees' neighbourhood in Kirkuk...Photo Karwan Salhi
The Kirkuk refugees who are eligible for compensation under Article 140 are to take a piece of land.
A source from Kirkuk Governorate said, “In Sunday’s session between the governor of Kirkuk and the head of the Article 140 Implementation Committee, a decision was made to give each refugee who is eligible for compensation a piece of land.”
The meeting also focused on speeding up the process of compensation in order to complete the process soon. Kakarash Sidiq, head of the Article 140 Implementation Committee also told the NRT Channel that the process of distributing lands to refugees would start soon.
Prime Minister General Commander of the Armed Forces, Mr. Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a ministerial committee to investigate the events of Hawija
23-04-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
The face of the Prime Minister General Commander of the Armed Forces, Mr. Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to form a ministerial committee headed by Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and the membership of the Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani and Minister of Defense Agency Mr. Saadoun al-Dulaimi and the Minister of Human Rights Mr. Muhammad Xiaa Sudanese Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Safaa net debt, to investigate the circumstances of what happened in Hawija and identify defaulters and hold them accountable, as guidance on an urgent basis to compensate the families of the victims and treat the wounded inside and outside Iraq if necessary.
One vote: An Iraqi couple display ink-stained fingers after voting in the country's provincial elections in Baghdad. Photo: Reuters
Iraq held its first election since the withdrawal of US troops under security so tight that the only way for many voters to reach polling places was to walk.
The election, for local councils, took place largely free of violence, even as apathy prevailed among many Iraqis who questioned what benefits they have received from a young democracy still marred by political dysfunction, corruption and violence.
In many cities, roads were closed to prevent car bombs and suicide attacks, a particular worry as al-Qaeda in Iraq has been resurgent in recent months. Across Baghdad, streets normally choked with traffic became playgrounds for young boys to enjoy soccer games.
A handful of people were wounded in explosions and mortar attacks in several parts of the country.
The results of the election are mostly regarded in symbolic terms by an international community that had nervously waited to see whether Iraq could keep voters safe and prevent widespread fraud. The election could have far-reaching implications for Iraq's political direction, though, because it is a test of support at the grass-roots level for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite Islamist party.
A strong showing for his party could embolden Mr Maliki to expand his control, further alienate his Sunni Muslim rivals by moving towards a majority government dominated by fellow Shiites and propel him to a third term as prime minister in next year's parliamentary elections.
The vote for local representatives, in which 8138 candidates competed for 447 seats in provincial councils, is an important barometer of the standing of the political elite before next year's parliamentary elections, because local candidates are affiliated with the national parties. By winning at the local level, national parties can control provincial governments and deepen their power bases before that vote.
''The provincial elections are like the preseason,'' said Ramzy Mardini, a fellow at the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, which is based in Beirut. ''They gauge the viability of the parties, and the alliance configurations.''
For the provinces that voted, the turnout was 50 per cent, about the same as the overall turnout for the 2009 local elections but lower than the 62 per cent during national elections in 2010.
''We consider this percentage very high considering what we are living with these days,'' Mukdad al-Sharifi, an election official, said at a press conference on Saturday evening in Baghdad.
Analysts said they expected Mr Maliki's coalition, called State of Law, to perform well in the provincial elections, whose results will be released in the coming days by Iraq's electoral commission.
With sectarian tensions on the rise in Iraq, partly over fears of victory by Sunni rebels aligned with al-Qaeda in Iraq in the Syrian civil war, Mr Maliki's popularity among Iraq's Shiite majority has increased.