Kurds renew claim to oust al-Shahristani
18-07-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Omar Star
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Demanded the bloc «Kurdistan Alliance» yesterday dismissal of Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani after being accused of smuggling oil Kurds, and confirmed that «provokes the crisis to cover up the failure in the management of electricity.
It was al-Shahristani said in a press statement that «the oil contracts concluded by the Kurdistan region with foreign companies illegal. He pointed to «the existence of cases of oil smuggling across the borders of the region».
The leader of the bloc «Kurdistan Alliance» Farhad Atrushi during a press conference held in the parliament building yesterday: »there are statements launched a few days ago the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani on the smuggling of oil from the Kurdistan region», adding that «Iraq belongs to everyone and does not belong to national or The person Kurdistan and the Kurdish people are part of this country.
He explained that «the wealth of the country belongs to all the Iraqi people and there is no guardian of this country has the eligibility to dispose of this wealth, accusing al-Shahristani« fabricating crises to cover up its failure in the case of electricity, which has become intractable despite the disbursement of billions of dollars.
He asked: «If there is actually smuggling of oil from the Kurdistan region Why Shahristani traveled to the United States to persuade them to invest in the southern fields? And how to deal with the oil companies escape from the region?, Do you deal with the oil companies steal the Iraqi people? ».
The MP pointed out that «al-Shahristani wants to take us back to the central abhorrent that will never come back, we were hoping for him to handle the existing problems in the oil sector, including corruption and reduce production and the problems faced by the testimony of international experts fields.
He called Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to «unacceptable action against al-Shahristani, who failed more than seven years in solving the problem of electricity.
It is noteworthy that al-Shahristani promised on more than one occasion resolve the electricity crisis in this summer. The new Electricity Minister Karim Aftan Jumaili Monday pledge to overcome the energy crisis in the country in the next year.
Moreover, MP for the coalition Download «rule of law» Mansour al-Tamimi al-Shahristani and Electricity Minister Abdul Kareem Aftan responsibility for the deterioration in energy. He said in a statement that «al-Shahristani and Electricity Minister Abdul Kareem Aftan bear responsibility quotient corruption in the Ministry of Electricity.
He added that «the deterioration in the electric power and reluctance projects came because of their control to all contracts entered into by the ministry what caused a major crisis in energy, paid by the citizen.
Iraq suffers from a significant lack of power, despite the huge funds allocated for rehabilitation.
Vest leading demonstrations Nasiriyah against al-Shahristani
18-07-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Dhi Qar (Iraq) / Ahmed Mohamed
Hundreds of residents of the city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province in the small hours of Tuesday night to demonstrate in protest against the constant interruption of the power supply, stressing that the government has failed to provide power to the citizens. And carrying demonstrators Dhi Qar, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani responsibility for the deterioration of the reality of the power supply to maintain, as the Council approved the province of Dhi Qar recently the failure of all efforts to solve the electricity crisis in the province after the failure of departments and the Ministry of Electricity in the completion of projects solve the crisis.
Dozens of young activists in the province of Dhi Qar began organizing open-ended sit since last month in Habboubi Square in central Nasiriyah to demand the provision of electricity and improve the services and the release of one of their colleagues, who was arrested following a request to agree to sit.
The city of Nasiriyah still see the old Tour of Sheikh Abdul-Zahra Vest, which exceeded a 70-year-old, in the streets of Nasiriyah, a speaker pregnant repeating slogans denouncing corruption and the failure of the central and local governments in solving the problem of electricity for the tenth year in a row.
Barzani approves extension of its mandate and the opposition threatens to boycott elections
18-07-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil - as Francis
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Sadiq President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, the Parliament of the region's decision to extend the mandate of two years, and accused the opposition of 'cooperation', while the opposition described his decision to 'illegal', and threatened to boycott the elections.
And entered the opposition forces and the two major parties for months in a crisis the former demanding re-draft of the Constitution of the region to Parliament to modify, and transform the system of government from presidential to parliamentary, but that «the parties who Ihzian majority in parliament agreed to postpone it until after the extension of Barzani, who completed two consecutive terms, grounds that «not get consensus», and «to avoid a legal vacuum.
The Commission on Coordination opposition in a statement issued after a meeting yesterday in Sulaymaniyah, that «the authentication Barzani's decision to extend his mandate an illegal», and threatened that «the decision to an opposition boycott of the elections will be open, in the absence of a provincial election in conjunction with the parliamentary elections, and to ensure fairness, and withdraw its recent decision Electoral Commission to conduct the counting of votes in specific centers, rather than at the polling stations.
She stressed that «the two parties created political crisis Basrarhma the extension of the mandate of the President, after the loss of hope can extension and according to the law of the presidency, and we believe that we have the right to resort to civil methods to express our objection.
He added that «the presidential election postponed because Barzani did not have the right to run, and two parties Mtakovan the provincial elections and tend to disable them, and they seem to Echtaran Bm'zajhma and for the interests of the date of the elections, and then Aagelanha.
The Barzani pointed out in a letter late Tuesday to the citizens of the region that «it was faced with two choices: either to adopt a law presidency of the region No. 1 of 2005 as amended and the draft constitution and which is elected president of the province directly from citizens, or be in accordance with the view of some parties demanding the election of President in Parliament, is born political crisis », and pointed out that« the opposition did not cooperate during the dialogues that took place in Parliament and recess, after refusing to post the other parties in the meetings », and pointed out that« compatibility is not restricted to the opposition and the Democratic National Union but includes everyone ».
The Barzani that «the draft constitution approved by the 36 parties and movements after dialogues representatives of all nationalities», pointing out that the opposition «not satisfied with anything and believes that compatibility means to impose their views, and proved during the past four years, and invite her to be a capacity chest and acceptance of the other», and increased : «I did not aspiring to positions, I do not want to compromise on historic struggle for it, but I signed the law to extend the session of Parliament in order to avoid getting a legal vacuum, was that the votes of the majority with blocks of political parties and ethnic groups represented in parliament and independents except opposition bloc, without my person and my signature does not mean I with the law in form and substance, and I'm in front of a moral responsibility to maintain the alliance with the dear brother Mam Jalal (Jalal Talabani), who produced already this stability and progress majora in the region », concluded his letter saying:« recognition of the votes of the majority and to avoid non-Aharajhm, I call to find a mechanism to achieve consensus on the constitution immediately after the election of September / September, and after the election of a new president, I'll be the vice president is ready to cooperate with him, is not permissible for one to monopolize the chair, and the people alone have self-determination and no one can يسلبه this right ».
He described the «National Union» position Barzani b «step responsible due to its importance to the people of the region and the political forces», stressed in a statement on «the need to find a mechanism in line in order to deal with a modified draft constitution in a positive way» and expressed «appreciation for his move (Barzani) not to desire in the running for a third term.
Furthermore, the head of Government of the Territory Barzani after a meeting with the leadership of «National Union», »We are in the Democratic Party believe that the National Union from the perspective of a sense of responsibility towards the status quo has spared no effort, and the proposal made by the other political parties to overcome the crisis is the subject of respect and appreciation and a tribute.
Iraq at a Crossroads
Posted on 18 July 2013. Tags: Martin Kobler, UN, UNAMI, United Nations, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Iraq at a Crossroads
At the end of this month, Martin Kobler will finish his two-year term as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq, and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
While his tenure has not been without controversy — he has, for example, been strongly criticised by some for his handling of the situations at Camp Ashraf and Camp Hurriya — few would argue with this comment from his address to the United Nations Security Council earlier this week:
“The country can continue to make important strides in deepening the roots of democracy, pursuing reform, embracing diversity, as well as improving its stature in the international community. Or, Iraq can go down a dangerous path, potholed with political impasse and sectarian violence at each turn, leading to increased instability.”
In his closing remarks, he highlighted four principles that he deemed important at this time:
◦First, the Constitution should be upheld and implemented in full;
◦Second, Iraq’s resources should be utilized efficiently and distributed equitably;
◦Third, the environment should be protected; and,
◦Fourth, the Government should scale up and implement a national policy on women while helping young Iraqis shape their own futures in the land of their birth.
Mr Kobler is moving on to head the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), and Iraq Business News would like to take this opportunity to wish him well in his new post.
Solving Kirkuk problem lies in applying Constitution's 140th article, says MP
Thursday, 18 July 2013 08:20
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Mohamed al-Sayhoud of the State of Law Coalition stressed that the key to resolve the problems between Baghdad and Erbil over Kirkuk is to apply the Constitution's 140th article.
Sayhoud told AIN "The issue of settling the dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over Kirkuk is important and strategic and the radical solution for it lies in applying the article No.140."
"There are several steps in the article 140 including the normalization, census, and the referendum, consequently the solution to resolve the problems radically is to apply these step of the article," he added.
Tayib: Disputes between Baghdad, Erbil not to be resolved through Maliki, Barzani's reciprocal visits
Thursday, 18 July 2013 08:40
Baghdad (AIN) -The spokesperson of the Kurdistani Alliance, Mu'ayed al-Tayib confirmed that the visit of Kurdistan President, Masoud Barzani to Baghdad will not resolve the problems between the center and the Region, noting "Settling the disputes needs Political consensus."
Tayib stated to AIN "Part of these disputes are related to the executive authority while the other part are correlated with the legislative authority such as the Oil & Gas law, assuring settling the disputes needs political consensus at the parliament."
"The disputes canno(t) be settled through Barzani's visit to Baghdad or the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki's visit to Erbil," he added.
"We are optimistic towards the results of the recent progress that happened in the relations between the Region and the center," Tayib stressed.
Iraq suffers bitter political situation, says SLC MP
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:17
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Kamal al-Saadi of the State of Law Coalition described the political situation in Iraq as bitter.
Saadi told AIN "Iraq suffers bitter political situation that needs good will to resolve it, and this will springs from the serious intention to do the solution and making concessions, patriotism, and considering the risks that surrounds the country."
"These things are considered to be conditions to ensure the success of any step in this direction, but the political compliments will not settle any of the existing problems," he emphasized.
MP calls to hold consultative meetings during Ramadan to settle pending laws
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:40
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Abdullah al-Naeli of the State of law Coalition called to hold consultative session among the political blocs during Ramadan to agree on approving the pending law drafts.
Naeli told AIN "Holding such sessions is very important since the leaders of the political blocs may reach agreements that can be adopted within the meetings of the Council of Ministers and the parliament."
"We wish the blocs will agree on approving the pending laws through these meetings, if held, such as the Federal Court Law and the Oil & Gas law and others," he assured.
Economic side within agenda of Ahmadinejad's expected visit to Iraq
Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:18
(AIN) -Former Iranian President Assistant, Saeed Lu stressed that the economic side is one of the topics Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will discuss during his expected visit to Iraq on Thursday.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive to Baghdad today, for two-days visit to meet the Iraqi officials and visit the holy shrines.
The Iranian Faris News Agency quoted Lu as saying "The former President's visit to Iraq includes discussing the economic situation as well as upgrading the bilateral relations, noting "The trade exchange between both countries rose during 2013 in light of the efforts exerted in this regard."
Ahmadinejad Assistant pointed out "The trade exchange with Iraq is up to $ 13 billion and we'll export 25 billion sq meters of gas to Iraq and will export 1300 mw of electricity to Iraq per year."
"Many of the infrastructures activities are underway in Iraq where many Iranian companies are conducting projects and investments," he added.
Kurdish MP: we insist to pass the law of the provinces administrative border
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Jola Haji confirmed the Kurdistan Alliance's determination to pass the law of administrative demarcation of the border between the provinces because it is one of the important laws to correct administrative situation in the country.
Haji said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "The former regime changed many provinces demographically and we must all work to restore the right things."
She added: "The Kurdistan Alliance insists to pass this law in the House of Representatives because it is one of important laws for the alliance that will solve a lot of problems and crises that we are experiencing, particularly the problem of the disputed areas and the distribution of wealth."
President Jalal Talabani made, in October 2011, a bill to parliament for re-demarcation of the administrative border of the provinces covered by Article 140 of the Constitution to what it was before the change.
The Talabani's proposal stipulates to cancel all decrees of the former regime on the administrative border of the cities and towns and bring it back to its former, ie, before 1968, the year in which the Baath Party came to power in Iraq.
*** I SUSPECT THAT THE BILL FOR RE-DEMARCATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BORDERS IS INTENDED TO EFFECTUATE REPATRIOTIZATION AND THE RETURN OF THE PREVIOUS DEMOGRAPHICS ( NORMALIZATION ) IN THE DISPUTED AREAS. I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR NEWS OVER SOME TIME NOW THAT MAY INFORM US THAT THE DISPLACEMENT POLICIES OF THE BAATHIST REGIME HAVE BEEN CORRECTED AS THE FIRST STEP IN THE ARTICLE 140 PROCESS. THERE HAS BEEN SOME NEWS MENTIONING THE CENSUS AND OCCASSIONALLY THE REFERENDUM TO FOLLOW. IT SEEMS CLEAR THAT NO CENSUS HAS BEEN DONE ; THEREFORE NO REFERENDUM IS POSSIBLE, AND I CONTINUE TO SEARCH AND QUESTION WHETHER EVEN THE FIRST STEP OF NORMALIZATION BY THE RETURNING OF ARABS AND KURDS TO THEIR PRE-1968 LOCATIONS AND THE COSTS ATTENDANT THERETO HAS BEEN FUNDED, MUCH LESS BEGUN AND COMPLETED. THE POWER TO ADMINISTER IS ARGUABLY THE POWER TO INFLUENCE , DECIDE AND CONTROL WHICH MAY FUNDAMENTALLY AFFECT WHO IS RELOCATED TO WHERE RESIDENTIALLY ( IF ONE DOES NOT RESIDE PHYSICALLY IN A DISPUTED AREA THEN THEY WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE CENSUS OR A FORTIARI, THE REFERENDUM : E.G., PEOPLE WHO RESIDE IN TENNESSEE DO NOT VOTE IN SOUTH CAROLINA ) , THE INTEGRITY OF THE CENSUS AND UNTIMATELY THE REFERENDUM VOTE. " THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD. " THE KURDS HAVE REPEATEDLY STATED THAT WITHOUT THE RE-DEMARCATION LAW THAT THEY ARE NOT " PLAYING BALL " - AT ALL. I AM INCEASINGLY FEARFUL THAT WE HAVE POLITICAL GRIDLOCK AT LEAST UNTIL THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. MY HOPE IS THAT THIS CONDITION WILL NOT RESULT IN THE DEATH IF THE "PATIENT" ( IRAQ ) WHICH IS IN SEMI-CRITICAL CONDITION IN A FRACTIOUS, VIOLENT AND UNSTABLE GEO-POLITICAL PART OF THE WORLD. SYRIA AND IRAN, TWO OTHER PATIENTS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE ROOM MAY INFECT AND KILL THE PROGRESS MADE BY OUR " PATIENT ". I AM PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE WHETHER GOD INTERVENES TODAY, TOMORROW OR NEXT YEAR, I WILL CONSIDER IT ANSWERED PRAYER. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT FRIENDS, HOLDING ONTO FAITH, YOUR DINAR, AND GOOD CONSCIENCE. MAY WE SURVIVE TO WITNESS THE GOOD FINANCIAL HEALTH OF OUR BELOVED " PATIENT ". GOD SAVE US EVERYONE. ***
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Hassan Jihad rules out the vote on election law soon
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Hassan Jihad ruled out voting on the election law soon.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "There is difference in opinions between the political blocs, where there are forces in the National Alliance / unnamed / reject the open-list system with one constituency, which was put by the Kurdistan Alliance, noting that there are some parties are trying to adopt the close-list system. "
He added that "this law needs time for compatibility between the various political blocs until reaching final formula to be voted in the near future."
*** IF THERE IS NOT A SOONER RESOLUTION TO THE ELECTION LAW THEN THERE WILL BE INCREASING IDEATION / TALK / PRESSURE ABOUT POSTPONEMENT OF THE GENERAL ELECTION AND WITHOUT A SHUFFLING OF THE DECK POLITICALLY, THE GRIDLOCK IN PARLIAMENT MAY CONTINUE ***
D. Qusay al-Suhail with the Legal Committee discusses the upcoming parliamentary election law
18-07-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Chaired by First Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives, Dr. Qusai Abdul-Wahab al-Suhail meeting of the Parliamentary Legal Committee. A statement from the Information Office of the Deputy First that "Dr. Suhail with the Legal Committee discussed the proposed law on the upcoming parliamentary elections and the differences views around him and the possibility of reaching an agreement on the proposals." Dr. Suhail noted the importance of the adoption of this law as organizing the upcoming parliamentary elections at the same time stressing the need to be finished by this law and parliamentary elections on schedule.
On the other hand, Dr. Suhail discussed with the Finance Committee a number of laws that relate to the work of the Commission and especially the general budget and the need to prepare them in a way that ensures benefit from them in a timely manner.
Legal Expert: extension of the electoral session of the House of Representatives is in the case of postponement of legislative elections
18-07-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Legal expert said Mohammed al-Samarrai The extension of the electoral cycle, the House of Representatives is in the case postponed legislative elections as a result of legal or political reasons prevent the holding of general elections on schedule.
Samarrai said in a statement received by the Agency (news) copy of it: it is extended chapter legislative session of the Council of Representatives shall not exceed thirty days to accomplish the tasks that require it at the request of the President or the Prime Minister or the President of the House of Representatives or at the request of The fifty members of the Board members.
Samarrai said that the electoral cycle for the House of Representatives is four calendar years Tbdoua with the first session and ending by the end of the fourth year that the House of Representatives are elected again before the forty-five days from the date of the end of the previous election cycle and This Manst by the provisions of Article 56 of the Constitution.
He pointed out: that of the House of Representatives session of the annual two legislative standing eight months and sets the rules of procedure how انعقادهما and اينتهي legislative term which has been the general budget only after approval and in accordance with the provisions of Article 57 of the Constitution.
This described the blocks solution parliamentary internalized in the coalition in Iraq in previous statements extend the work of the House of Representatives theft of the people's rights and building of dictatorship advocate religious leaders and national political forces secured work democratic and civil society organizations to reject the establishment of tyranny cloak arguments Constitution for the purpose of burying the hidden intentions pursued by some political parties to ensure the continuity of power and governance and seeks to extend the work of the House of Representatives in violation of the Constitution and the will of the Iraqi people '.