Zubaidi's Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Khalafaty with al-Maliki is not personal but related to the management of the state
05-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad: Hamza Mustafa
Said Bayan Jabr, a leading figure in the Islamic Supreme Council and the head of the citizen's parliamentary commissions of the Council, led by Ammar al-Hakim, said that «differences with al-Maliki is not personal, but they are disagreements professional on how to manage the state during the past years in terms of policy formulation and implementation, and most importantly that there is no a clear vision and sound state administration as well as the spread of corruption significantly.
He said al-Zubaidi, who has served since the fall of the former Iraqi regime in 2003, three ministerial portfolios are Construction and Housing (during the period of the Governing Council in 2003 - 2004) and the Ministry of Interior during the government of Ibrahim al-Jaafari (2005 - 2006) and the Ministry of Finance through the Maliki government, the first (2006 - 2010 ) in dialogue with the «Middle East» that «the Supreme Council was not a party to form a government headed by Brother Nuri al-Maliki now, and we were opponents as had been negotiations took place in Erbil between the State of Law coalition and the Kurdistan Alliance and the Iraqi List and the Sadrist movement has resulted in this government which was and still is as we launched it from the outset the government crisis.
He revealed Zubaidi that «Maliki had signed a secret agreement with Mr. Massoud Barzani did not tell us in the National Alliance is composed of 8 points and therefore we did not share them except through the position of vice president he held for a period of Dr. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who submitted his resignation later In response to the call and reference pressures popularity.
In response to a question about parking the Islamic Supreme Council deduced from the process of withdrawing confidence from Maliki's government last year, said al-Zubaidi, said that «Vision Board in this matter was released from the repercussions and the dimensions of the two modes Iraq's internal and regional levels, as conditions were not allowed in our view it, but with So what foiled project confidence is not our position because we did not practice influential on the decision because we have 17 votes while collecting the owners to withdraw confidence about 178 votes, enough in practice to withdraw confidence regardless of the position or not, but I got the developments of their own, including the withdrawal of President Jalal Talabani and even the Sadrist movement, led to the failure of this project », pointing out that« the Supreme Council had wanted to conduct the process of withdrawal of confidence within the National Alliance and not through the political blocs as there is a big difference between the two as the National Alliance (.. .), but the problem is that the National Coalition was not on the complex process of withdrawing confidence from the Maliki at the time.
In response to a question regarding the status of the National Alliance, the ruling Shi'ite as a political bloc and the largest parliamentary, Zubaidi said, that «the problem of the National Alliance is that the limbs did not comply with the decisions and resolutions of the National Alliance Therefore I can say that the National Alliance so far failed to turn into an institution real so that is the kitchen back to the government and the parliament, which will work during the coming period to become an effective institution capable of policy-making.
And on the exchange of accusations between the State of Law coalition and the Islamic Supreme Council in the wake of local government elections in Iraq, said al-Zubaidi, said that «it is not so where the problem was in the nature of the committees which had been negotiating with us At a time where we were we in the Supreme Council of the power of one, the State Law was in fact 7 and all forces negotiate with us has been a clear lack of coordination among them which has led to this imbalance. And on his view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, Zubaidi said that «the best for us to go to elections, both individually and when the results come back to unite within the framework of the National Alliance, which is bound to remain strong, coherent and survival of a collateral political process» expected at the same time that «يتشظى coalition of state law because There is damage to the inside In the introduction of the damage is to the Dawa Party, which is led by al-Maliki himself. It was considered that «if the Dawa Party, has entered the election solo got better results than obtained, calling him« to enter the next elections alone and is considered the brothers in the Dawa Party as me advice.
In response to a question on the declaration of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a strategic alliance with the Supreme Council without there being a clear response by the Supreme Council, Zubaidi said that «the Supreme Council and the Sadrists are part of the National Alliance, as well as the rule of law and, accordingly, we do not want to follow the policy of axes Despite being close to each other and coordinate together.
In terms of the security file and the suffering of the deterioration is remarkable, especially what happened recently in prisons Taji and Abu Ghraib and the flight of hundreds of prisoners and detainees of senior leaders and elements of al-Qaeda, Zubaidi said that «the imbalance security exists, unfortunately, is diagnosed by everyone, but I personally against referral failure security into the hands of third-party or as it is and regardless of whether this is true or not, the security agencies are responsible which must bear the consequences of this failure. In response to a question about the lies the real flaw in this area, Al-Zubaidi said that «real flaw lies in that we did not put the right man in the right place from the top of the pyramid of power to the last official as well as the lack of cumulative experience.
And on the debate about the mandate of the three presidencies and opportunities for al-Maliki to win a third term Zubaidi said that «the law of the mandate of presidencies have been approved by Parliament and challenged by state law before the Federal Court, which has not yet been able to determine it is no longer ahead of time and that by the end of this month, and if the Federal Court did not say she will be regarded as the law takes effect and we do not need because the same person stays in the same position. In response to a question as to whether it is the next candidate for prime minister, al-Zubaidi said that «this would depend on the outcome of the upcoming elections and the decision of the Supreme Islamic Council.
U.S. intelligence: the escape of prisoners and intercepted a letter from al Qaeda was behind the closure of embassies in the countries of the Middle East, including Iraq
04-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
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Said American news network CNN on Sunday, "It is learned that the decision of the United States of America embassies today in a number of countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa due to intercept U.S. intelligence to a letter from the leader of al-Qaeda."
The network Alakhbarbh showed the U.S. that "the decision to close was made after U.S. intelligence intercepted a message issued by one of the leaders of Al Qaeda."
The network has indicated that it will not give further details on the subject at the request of an official in the administration of President Barack Obama insisted on not to publish any additional information because of its "sensitive".
She added that a number of U.S. officials have confirmed that they observed the increased risk of "terrorist" emanating from Yemen in recent weeks, and pointed out that the approach of the end of the month of Ramadan and frequent accidents for the escape of detainees from some prisons in the region, including Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, contributed to making the U.S. administration decision to close embassies in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
It is noteworthy that the doors of the U.S. embassies and consulates were closed on Sunday in both Iraq and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Djibouti, Bangladesh, Qatar, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Mauritania and Yemen. It is expected to remain closed on Monday as well, and perhaps until the end of Eid al-Fitr.
Conflicts about the retirement of Moqtada al-Sadr for political life in Iraq
04-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Sources close to the Sadrist movement, in the late evening of Sunday, abandon their leader Moqtada al-Sadr political work in the country, while other sources denied that.
A source linked to Sadr's "Twilight News" "failure of security forces to maintain security, and floundering some affiliated with al-Sadr paid Commander (referring to Muqtada al-Sadr) to retire from political action."
Another source said that al-Sadr also decided to shut down his profile.
Other sources said that Sadr thwarted because of the continuing political crisis in the country, which began "unique to one person," referring to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Press reports indicated the existence of "other reasons" without being addressed.
This could not be reached for "Twilight News" access to any of the spokesman for al-Sadr, who played a prominent role in the political life since the fall of the former regime.
But a source in the media of the Sadrist movement Male for "Twilight News" that al-Sadr did not retire from political life, but he decided to close his private office in Najaf Vqz.
He said the closure of his office came to protest against the clashes that took place recently between the "Mahdi Army" and "League of the Righteous" in Baghdad's Sadr City, which is confirmed leader of the Sadrist movement.
Rouhani wishes stability, safety to Iraq
Sunday, 04 August 2013 20:21
Baghdad (AIN) –The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian people wish the stability and safety to Iraq.
Al-Alaam Satellite Channel quoted Rouhani while meeting the Vice-President, Khudhir al-Khuzaiye, as saying "Iran always ready to make Iraq make use of its experiences to sustain stability and security."
"Iran wishes to develop the mutual relations with Iraq in all fields," he added.
For his part, Khuzaiye expressed his happiness for performing the constitutional oath by Rouhani, wishing the promotion to the Iraqi-Iranian relations.
Deputy pm: Al-Maliki will be in jail during the next session and not as Prime Minister
04/08/2013-8: 50 pm
Said Deputy liberal block, Sunday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "in prison" during the next parliamentary session, not as Prime Minister "because of his crimes against the Iraqi people."
Jawad Al-hasnawi said in an interview for "news" that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will be in jail and not on the Prime Minister at the next session, because of his crimes against the Iraqi people ", accusing him of" direct responsibility for the Iraqi blood is flowing.
Al-hasnawi said that "Yemeni, Al-Maliki himself daydreaming by taking a third session after the failures of security breakdowns and lack of success in any file, wondering" how attacking Iraqi control and be more waste of their blood. "
He said Maliki was now in jail, without ruling on the State of law Coalition, who defended staunchly, even eliminating non-politicized with a real Parliament does not defend the spoilers. "
The Kurdistan Alliance was announced on Sunday, expressed his support for Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, the third mandate Government, emphasizing the lack of a legal provision in the Constitution was opposed to it.
The House voted, on 26 January, authenticate by 170 deputies of the three presidencies mandate law amid opposition members of the State of law coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Al-Maliki's coalition said the submission to the Federal Supreme Court appeal by special Act of Parliament mandates the three presidencies as "unconstitutional."
Iraqi Law Maker: U.S. Closed Embassy as a Political Move
by Armando Cordoba
A lawmaker for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition claimed on Sunday that the decision by the US to close its embassy in Baghdad over the weekend was a political move "to attract the attention of the world to the unstable political and security situation in the country."
Turkey’s Genel Energy Stands by Oil Contract in Kurdistan Region
by Armando Cordoba
Genel is a small player in the oil game compared to the multinationals operating in Kurdistan. Nevertheless, it has played a role in the KRG’s active defiance of Baghdad in the oil dispute. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s privately-owned Genel Energy says it stands behind its oil contract with the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), despite political tensions between Baghdad and Erbil over the issue.
“We are very confident in the legality of our contracts. Exxon, Total, Chevron and Gazprom share our confidence in their contracts and the prospects of the KRI (Kurdistan Region of Iraq),” a Genel spokesperson told Rudaw.
The statement comes at a time when the KRG is getting ready to complete the Taq Taq-Khurmala-Fish Khabur pipeline by the end of this year,which Iraqi officials in Baghdad's heavily fortified oil ministry have threatened dire consequences if completed, according to a Reuters article.
The pipeline will allow the KRG and oil companies who have contracts with the northern region to ship crude oil to the world without having to rely on Baghdad’s centrally-controlled pipelines. The new conduit has the potential to alter the balance of power in the region.
Baghdad and Erbil are at loggerheads over the oil issue, with Baghdad claiming that oil contracts in the north are illegal and go against the framework of the Iraqi constitution, and Erbil insisting it has sovereignty over its own natural resources.
“Instability in Iraq would not benefit either the Iraqi people of the companies who operate in the region, and hence is always a key consideration for Genel. However, Kurdistan, where Genel operates has been very stable for many years,” the spokesperson said.
Genel is a small player in the oil game compared to the multinationals operating in Kurdistan. Nevertheless, it has played a role in the KRG’s active defiance of Baghdad in the oil dispute.
In January, after the KRG approved Genel to ship fuel in trucks via the Taq Taq field, the Turkish company sold 240,000 barrels of oil valued at $22 million with German firm Select Energy.
The deputy prime minister of energy affairs for the Iraqi central government, Hussain Shahristani, warned against this and said any exports from the Kurdish Region would be tantamount to “smuggling operations”.
Despite this, Genel encourages the completion of the pipeline and hopes to use it to ship an estimated 45,000 to 55,000 barrels of oil a day, generating revenues of $300 million to $400 million, according to Genel CEO Tony Hayward.
“We believe the pipeline will be a positive political benefit, allowing increased exports of oil from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with regular stable payments that will benefit Iraq as a whole,” the Genel spokesperson said. “Revenues will be shared between Baghdad and Erbil in accordance with the Iraq Oil Law of 2007,” the spokesperson added.
By: Ali Abel Sadah for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on August 4.
Iraqi politicians and activists are discussing the possibility of forming a “national salvation government,” following a July 24 suggestion by Fakhri Kareem, an influential politician and prominent journalist. The deteriorating security situation and muddled politics led Kareem to do what some other decision-makers have previously done in making the call.
Iraqi politician Fakhri Kareem has called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a national salvation government and step down.
Will the “National Salvation Government” Option Succeed in Iraq?
Author: Ali Abel Sadah
Posted on: August 4 2013
Translated by: Steffi Chakti
Categories : Originals Iraq
Kareem had been a leftist opponent of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, and after 2003 became one of Iraq’s most prominent politicians. Since 2008, he has acted as a political alliance maker in the formation of Iraqi governments through his ties to leaders of prominent coalitions. Kareem is also influential in part because of his ties to leaders in the Kurdistan region, maintaining strong relationships with Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in addition to ties with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. He used his connections in the Arab world and the region to play a leading role in helping Maliki’s government out of crisis following the 2010 elections.
Kareem stated in an open letter to Iraqi politicians, “If Prime Minister Maliki continues to neglect the life of the citizens, he will be left with no choice but to announce his full readiness [to] form a national salvation government and call for genuine national reconciliation.”
Observers of the Iraqi scene believe that the ongoing political and security tensions are leading the nation toward a dead end. Iraqis are concerned and pessimistic about the future of their country. The mood has not been helped by the raid conducted by armed members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that freed 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison, including leading members of the extremist organization.
The shock that followed the operation coincided with 17 areas in Baghdad and the provinces falling victim to car bomb attacks, leaving 300 dead and wounded.
Kareem, in his open letter, lamented, “Enough is enough. Oh dear friend [Maliki], you have neglected your duties of friendship and loyalty. Pride will not do you any good. [You should] take an unprecedented historical move and step down, sacrificing your own personal conviction that gives you the illusion of being able to move past [what is happening] and correct the path in a way that pleases the people.”
He also asserted, “Both political work and the country are slipping toward danger, which puts us — along with Maliki, his party and his supporters — on the edge and leaves us with no hope.” Invoking the Arab Spring experience, Kareem referenced events in Libya: “I was hoping that Maliki would dwell on the scene where Moammar Gadhafi was crying, begging, tainted with sewage, taken like an animal to his inhumane slaughter.”
Kareem contended, “What we have come to [in terms of the deteriorating security situation] has no solution but your removal.” He then said that the “scenario of the national salvation government will be [carried out] according to the results of the 2010 elections.” Kareem counseled Maliki, “Head to the parliament, propose this option and resign.”
The call for the resignation of the prime minister elicited varying reactions from politicians representing parliamentary coalitions. Mayssoun al-Damlouji, spokesperson for the Iraqiya List, said in a statement that her coalition “has already called for forming a national salvation front — after the political crisis reached the phase of ‘no solution’ — to avoid the problems that are coming to pass right now due to the inability of the government to manage the security and services issues.”
Jassem al-Helfi, a member of the Communist Party political bureau, told Al-Monitor, “The idea [of a national salvation government] has begun to develop, yet the civil leaderships need to coordinate their efforts, especially after the deterioration of the security situation following the operations that freed hundreds of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib and Taji jails.”
Ali Abel Sadah is a Baghdad-based writer for both Iraqi and Arab media. He has been a managing editor for local newspapers as well as a political and cultural reporter for more than 10 years.