" The Daily Dinar " ............. Sunday, 26 May 2013
SLC MP supports Hakim's initiative to settle crisis
Sunday, 26 May 2013 10:50
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mohammed al-Sayhoud, of the State of Law Coalition supported the call of the head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, over gathering the political sides to conduct dialogue.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "There are many calls to conduct dialogue among the political sides where we hope these calls to settle the crises in Iraq."
"There should be the real intention and adherence to the constitution in addition to avoiding the foreign interferences while releasing such initiatives," he added, noting that "If the political blocs adhere to the foreign sides, there will not be any benefit from holding the initiatives."
US to interfere again in Iraq militarily in case of civil war, says MP
Sunday, 26 May 2013 10:13
Baghdad (AIN) -MP, Mahma Khalil, of the Kurdistani Alliance confirmed that the talks conducted by the US Vice President, Joe Biden, with the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, and the Speaker, Osama al-Nijaifi, were focused on the escalated tensions in the country.
He stated to AIN “Biden’s call for Maliki and Nijaifi showed that the Americans are worried about the situation in Iraq.”
“According to the US-Iraqi Strategic Agreement, the US has the right to interfere in Iraq again in case of any foreign or internal threat against Iraq like the civil war,” he added.
“The Agreement obliges the US to defend the political process against any threat,” he stressed, noting that “Iraq is undergoing serious political crisis.”
“The disputes must be solved through the dialogues that are based on the constitution,” he concluded.
Kobler meets with Kirkuk components
Kirkuk / NINA / The representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Martin Kobler met on Sunday 26, May with representatives of the components of Kirkuk Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen to discuss the proposed formulas to hold the elections in the province to ensure the participation of all.
A source in the province of Kirkuk said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the meeting included representatives of the components of Kirkuk provincial council and the parliament, the governor of Kirkuk, the head of the provincial council in the presence of Mps, Imad Youkhana, Khaled Shuani, Arshad al-Salhi and the Chairman of the Arab Group in the provincial council, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Assi.
Barazani discusses Iraq's current situation with Mohammed al-Haidari
Erbil (NINA) – President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barazani, discussed with the leader of Tadhamon bloc, Mohammed al-Haidari, the current situation in Iraq and effects of recent provincial elections on the country's situation.
A statement issued on Saturday, May 25, by the Region's Presidency said that Barazani met with the outstanding religious and political personality, Mohammed al-Haidari, and the delegation accompanying him.
It added that in the meeting discussion covered an alliance of all Iraqi components, stressing the necessity for the political process to be built on a base of cooperation between all components.
The statement pointed out that the delegation talked about the Iraqi Center for Information and Studies, stressing the need for cooperation and coordination between the Center and research centers in Kurdistan Region to exchange and coordinate points of view.
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Backtracking on Democracy?
By Delovan Barwari
Changing the current political system of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region from one where citizens directly elect the regional president to one where the parliament is empowered to do so, is a step back from democracy.
The change, which is demanded by opposition parties and has been the most controversial issue in the Kurdish media for weeks, would reduce the powers of citizens and their involvement in the political process.
The opposition has been demanding an amendment to the draft constitution, which was overwhelmingly approved by 97 members of the Kurdistan parliament, and has been awaiting a popular referendum for final approval.
The current political system of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is often referred to as a “true democracy” in the world of academia, because citizens vote directly for their presidential candidate. It places the authority in the hands of the people; it makes the politicians accountable and encourages community involvement in the political affairs and decision making.
In essence, the KRG’s political system is an amalgam of presidential and parliamentary systems. The president is head of the Kurdistan Region, possessing the highest executive authority, and is elected into office through popular vote. The prime minister is appointed by the majority block and has substantial powers over the cabinet. Moreover, the Kurdistan National Assembly, or parliament, is a democratically elected legislature.
Among other things, the timing of the proposal is highly inappropriate: The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, has overtly consolidated state powers in Bagdad and has taken steps to eliminate and marginalize the Kurds and Sunnis. Thus, the central government and the KRG are in the midst of a deep political crisis.
Moreover, the Iraqi army and Kurdish military forces are at a near stand-off in the disputed areas. In such circumstances, the opposition’s initiative will likely elevate tensions in the Kurdish political arena, and can potentially weaken the Kurds.
The main opposition Change Movement (Gorran) has been leading the charge for the constitutional amendment. Yet, in its internal dealings, it does not abide by direct vote: In Gorran's first National Assembly in January, members were appointed by the party chief, Newshirwan Mustafa, not by direct vote.
The rationale for changing the political system has no merits. Comparing the efficiency and success of the political system of the KRG and Baghdad proves the opposition wrong.
The parliamentary system in Baghdad is clearly not prone to dictatorship. Maliki has been accused of dictatorship by his opponents and has repeatedly violated the constitution. Moreover, the central government has been completely dysfunctional, as its cabinet has not been able to function efficiently. The government has also been unsuccessful in providing basic services to citizens.
On the other hand, the KRG system of governance has proven to be a success story, even when compared to the entire Middle East.
The changes proposed by the opposition are worrisome and ought to be of major concern to the citizens of Kurdistan. A parliamentary system would minimize their influence and involvement in the political process. It would be a step back from democracy.