Congress: Maliki has greater powers of emergency and fear declaration may be used to postpone the ballot
15-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
Assured MPs that the promotion of close and deputies for the rule of law to the idea of declaring a state of emergency in the country collide with obstacles unconstitutional, in terms of the absence of a law regulating the state of emergency in origin, They pointed out that the legislation of such a law would lead to scalable powers security exercised by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, because at the time Current has greater powers of emergency mode.
They stressed that the group in power talk about declaring a state of emergency or martial law, an attempt to gain time, warning of the scenario following the announcement might include postponement of the elections under the pretext of the worsening security situation, with the presence of indicators Petkbdeh a big loss in the parliamentary ballot scheduled to start after a few months.
The deputies of the rule of law and speakers express its point of view, posed enthusiastically recently, the idea of declaring a state of emergency in the country against the backdrop of escalating violence, as promoted by media close to al-Maliki that the declaration of a state of emergency "has become a popular demand of the citizens," amid anger overwhelming popular on the failure of the government in key areas.
And pushed these statements commentators to wonder about what he wants al-Maliki announced an exceptional situation, because it basically holds all the security services and the full powers, and not due to the parliament something, and manages the army and posted in sensitive positions, acting at odds Conditions constitutional, also declares curfew and organizes campaigns arrests without censorship or restraint.
And require that Article 61 of the Constitution to declare a state of emergency to submit a joint request by the President and the Prime Minister to Parliament, that the parliament voted by a two-thirds majority to come into effect. But a source of high-level political requested anonymity, said the "long" that "team-Maliki discussed in earnest declaration of a state of emergency without cover unconstitutional in the current period," explaining that "the Constitution required the political blocs enactment of a law regulating the powers exceptional given to the Prime Minister to lead the country before embarking on any declared a state of emergency in the country. "
He explained that "al-Maliki does not want the enactment of a state of emergency, because it will be an opportunity for political blocs to hold the prime minister about the powers of security vast exercised without reference to Parliament, and is not unlikely that the parliament specify the powers of security for the government, and the development of standards that delayed its legislation."
He added that "the constitutional articles for declaring a state of emergency and unambiguous, and obliges the President of the government of using the powers granted by Parliament to him exclusively, and force him to come to Parliament and explain the procedures of the security taken during the state of emergency in detail, while the refrain Maliki years ago to attend to the parliament to discuss the security situation. "
Paragraph (beer) of Article 61 of the Constitution stipulates that "the state of emergency declared for a period of thirty days only be extended with the consent in each time by the parliament," either paragraph (coffee) stipulates that "authorizes the Prime Minister of the necessary powers that enable him to run the country through a declaration of war and state of emergency and regulate these powers law including does not contradict with the Constitution, "and indicated in paragraph D, that" The President of the Council of Ministers on the Council of Representatives the measures taken and the results during the period of declaration of war and state of emergency within fifteen days from the date of termination. "
A member of the Legal Committee of the Iraqi List MP Raad Dahlaki in a statement to the "long" that "the country is in a state of emergency since a long time and are not new to the political and economic life."
He added that "Iraq needs to convergence and goodwill of some partners in order to stroll things according to the principles and standards of sound does not resort to declare a state of emergency that might rupture the unity of Iraq and its entity," noting that terrorist incidents and undo security large and spread of security forces indicate the presence of a state of emergency .
He added that the "coalition of state law to resolve all the files of contention with the rest of the blocks and naming security minister instead of promoting the idea of declaring a state of emergency," noting that the intent of the declaration of emergency is to gain time and escape forward unchanged if 100 demanded by al-Maliki earlier " .
He Dahlaki that "there are intentions of some political parties (unnamed) to postpone the next parliamentary elections, which argue down security and escape of prisoners from the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Taji," That's where these blocks set an example to postpone provincial elections in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh, noting that the security situation not settled in these two provinces, despite the postponement decision.
He added that "the implementation of the decision of the state of emergency is applied in state institutions is not a country like Iraq, which is led by a man and one party," adding that "the feasibility of Parliament to pass a law regulating the state of emergency is useless because al-Maliki سيتجاهله easily as long as it enjoys now the powers of an absolute," noting that "the enactment of the emergency of whether or not the security situation will remain unchanged or may worsen."
To that reported Kurdistan Alliance MP Hamid Buffy "long" that the economic and political situation and security reached a critical stage because of the wrong policies pursued by the government, and said that "the declaration of a state of emergency تتوجب refer to the Constitution and then to the Parliament in order to be seen and the decision by" , adding that "what is needed is a radical solutions do not search for Triqiei solution of my time."
He attributed Buffy causes worsening problems in the country not to activate the principles of the Constitution and dealt with selectively from some quarters and this is not true, pointing out that the Constitution stipulates that the management of the country by all its components and have a post in the administration of the security file and the political and economic. "
He added that "it needs to be re-structure the government to form an army be his task to protect the security of Iraq, there can not be beyond the powers", and pointed out that everyone will stand against the request to declare a state of emergency. "
Osama beautiful: the conflict within the National Alliance does not lead to تشتيته
14-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
The MP for Islamic Union Alchristani the Osama beautiful, that the conflict within the components of the National Alliance does not lead to the dispersal of the coalition, but for several reasons, including the fear of the loss of the post of prime minister of them. Jameel said in a statement (of the Agency news): conflicts between the political blocs, state the nature and this gets between all the blocks and not in التحاف national only, noting: that the conflict is a struggle for power, but to exploit the emotions of citizens and government institutions to beating others, will generate damage on the country. He pointed out that, of the conflict between the components of the National Alliance does not lead to the fragmentation of the coalition or the dispersion of its components, attributing this for two reasons, fear of the loss of the post of prime minister of them because they make up the largest bloc, and the other reason for the existence of external pressures. The looming horizon indicators conflict between the components of the National Alliance, which is the largest bloc in the House of Representatives, to take over the post of prime minister for the next session, in the presence of movements indicate the desire of a coalition of state law, one of the components coalition renewing the mandate of the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term.
Iraqi Youth Seek New Direction
For Failed Politics
By: Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on August 14.
It is no longer a secret that the Iraqis, the youth in particular — the most effective and educated class — are growing desperate due to the futile democratic process in their country.
Disaffected Iraqi youth are increasingly doubtful of the country’s potential for democracy.
Iraqi Youth … Choosing Between Sharia, Democracy and Military Coup
Author: Adnan Abu Zeed
Posted on: August 14 2013
Translated by: Steffi Chakti
Categories : Originals Iraq Security
This angst highlights questions that are constantly on the minds of Iraqis: “Are we waiting for an Iraqi 'Sisi' to turn the tables?” What’s more, the rhetoric that extols the “advantages” of dictatorship has become a loudly-voiced, widespread debate, which indicates that the glimmer of hope the people once had is fading away.
Ahmad al-Bayati, a student at the University of Babylon (south of Baghdad), told Al-Monitor, “Many extremist youth are talking about an Islamist republic led by a religious seminary, while others prefer a totalitarian system over the chaos of democracy.”
Other than them, there is a minority of “leftists” who analyze the situation as a “normal result of the intermarriage between religious and Western powers, which have brought about change by using weapons. Therefore, a fragile entity that cannot survive for long was born.”
As the 2014 parliamentary elections approach, the awaited decisive results are taking their toll on the psychological state of the Iraqi voters who are still seeking a [competent] state, something they have heard about but never seen. Qassem Hussein Saleh, a psychological expert and head of the Iraqi Psychological Association, describes what is coming to pass in Iraq as “absurd.” In a statement to Al-Monitor, Saleh notes that the reason behind this “absurdity” is that “the ruling elite of various sects, affiliations and designations do not believe in the concept of the state. The reality on the ground gestures more toward 'statelets' represented by governmental institutions. Therefore, one notes great discrepancies between ministries.”
Ahmad al-Husseini, a political science academic, told Al-Monitor, “Elections are supposed to bring leaders and representatives who seek to serve the people and reinforce their security. This, however, did not happen and it will lead to a reduced turnout at the polls in the next elections, since people are convinced of the futility of this process.”
This is what happened in the provincial elections that were held in April. Many Iraqis, however, as they spend a hot summer day without electricity and subpar public services, do not seem to surrender to this despair pervading their minds. They, instead, humor hope through solutions that are a far cry from being “realistic,” embodied in phrases such as “Iraq is on the verge of a political and military coup.”
Issam Hassan, however, believed as he relayed his impressions to Al-Monitor that “those [who say this] are certainly going to hell.”
Yet, Kareem al-Fatlawi, a religious man who bases his prophecies on religious convictions, told Al-Monitor that he expects “the imminent collapse of the political process. The alternative will be a religious authority that leads the people to the right path with the support of metaphysical powers: God and imams.”
He then added, “The time has come for politicians to talk explicitly against the religious authority that is not satisfied with their practices. These politicians have always sought to embroil the authority in their practices. The latter, however, has refused and remained transparent.”
Contrary to that statement, Amjad Hassan, a teacher in Karbala, spoke to Al-Monitor about “the dereliction of the [religious] authorities,” since they should have “taken charge of the situation since 2003, without letting politicians play games with the country and people through a failed political administration and an agenda of corruption that has paralyzed the state.”
He then added, “This authority has given blessings to politicians at some point.”
In a country that has grown accustomed to dictatorship over more than three decades and has practiced an inchoate democracy amid turbulent security and political situations, the dream of democracy does not seem alluring to many. This is a country whose political and social crises continue to proliferate.
The pessimism of the youth seemed a natural result of the failure in keeping promises on development and services, which lasted for over a decade.
Yet, negativity sweeps the minds of the youth, and despair leads them to believe that “the course of the wrong path cannot be altered.”
Writer Wafaa al-Rabii told Al-Monitor that this is due to “corruption pervading the state like a cancer for which there is no cure.”
That is why, as Rabii puts it, “The youth resort to ideas that are a far cry from democracy; some believe that a system based on Islamic Sharia is better for the future of the country, while others prefer military rule.”
It is not surprising within the labyrinth of democracy for Ismail Jaaz, an Iraqi academic who studied law and who has an Islamic background, to say that the “United States has given us the gift of democracy, while we have offered it our country in return.”
Speaking to Al-Monitor, Jaaz added, “There is no solution other than establishing an Islamic caliphate,” noting, “The country has collapsed in light of dictatorship, while democracy has delivered the coup de grace to what was left of it.”
Observers of the Iraqi situation since 2008 see that the inclination of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to monopolize rule within the hands of a small circle of Shiites who opposed the former dictatorship. This inclination dominates the process of naming military leaders and battalion members. It also prevails over the federal courts and the central bank.
The executive body takes charge of all the control procedures that were set to impede any new autocracy from emerging. Jaaz, in a spontaneity that has nothing to do with philosophization, says: “Provide me with security, electricity, water and services, and then talk to me about politics and rules. The most pressing thing for me is that I’m practicing my democracy in a country that is not governed by law.”
In a democratic Iraq, the voice of the left is still faint, regardless of talk that its presence is intensifying. This voice uncovers the will to bring about change peacefully through taking a stand against the Islamization of life. In a statement to Al-Monitor, Iraqi journalist Ahmad al-Muzaffar condemned those who criticize Western democratic values, even though they would never have risen to power if it were not for the Western intervention that toppled former President Saddam Hussein.
Soldiers from Iraqi Army Protest in Order to Merge with Peshmerga
By Armando Cordoba
After the soldiers from the 16th Iraqi Army brigade successfully merged with Peshmerga forces, nearly 600 troops from the 5th Iraqi Army brigade held a protest in Erbil to demand to merge with Peshmerga as well.
The protest was held in front of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Erbil.
During the protest, the soldiers demanded to be deployed to disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil, under the control of the Peshmerga and no longer as a part of the Iraqi Army.
One of the soldiers, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke about the demands and why they felt it was necessary.
“We soldiers from brigade unit 5 demand the merge with Peshmarga forces. Some soldiers who are close from authorities could be integrated with Peshmarga forces, but we could do nothing except protesting in the streets," soldiers
Officials said they would supply the forces from the 5th brigade, but would not approve the request.
Director of Information for the Ministry of Peshmerga, Halgurd Mala Ali, discussed with media about the issue the demand creates with agreements between Baghdad and Erbil.
"We politically don’t agree with their demand as we are still in partnership with the central government as well as its allies. We can’t either neglect the demands of some soldiers when they request something," Ali said.
As Sunni protesters continually stage protest to oust Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the rise of sectarian violence has spiraled out of control in Iraq, the demand of Iraqi troops to merge with the Peshmerga could have a devastating effect on the cohesion of the Iraqi Army and security of Iraq.
Iraq’s Kurdistan Region: Voiceless in Washington
By Yerevan Saeed
Its has been a year since Qubad Talabani, an eloquent, skillful and brilliant diplomat, has vacated his position as the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) representative in Washington DC.
During his tenure, Talabani was able to expand Kurdish networks and influence within the complex Washington government, Congress, NGOs, think tanks and business communities.
Most importantly, he was able to establish the first Kurdish-American Congressional caucus and the first American -Kurdish business Council, to encourage and improve Kurdistan-America trade and business relations.
Now, Talabani is in Kurdistan, presiding over the Department of Coordination and Follow-Up in the office of KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, and his departure has left big gaps.
The office seems to have been paralyzed, with its website outdated and no visible activity that would promote Kurdistan in a positive way. When Talabani was in DC, he followed a busy schedule of meetings, always promoting Kurdistan and the Kurdish issue.
The people of Kurdistan should have the right to ask why the DC office has remained vacant for a year at such a critical time. If it is rivalry between the KRG’s two ruling parties – the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan – that has kept the position vacant, then the future of Kurdistan is still being decided by internal frictions of the ruling parties.
And if it is because there is no qualified or competent person to be found among the five million population of the Kurdistan Region, then maybe we should hire a competent non-Kurd to represent and promote Kurdistan in the US capital.
The Kurdistan parliament, which is supposed to be a watchdog over government, needs to raise this issue in the legislature, so that the matter can be resolved as soon as possible. Nothing seems to be more important and urgent than this issue, at a time when our rivals in Baghdad, Tehran and Ankara have the best lobbying powers, undermining the image of Kurdistan and its status in the Middle East.
Thus, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani needs to act and decisively push for an appointment at the DC office, regardless of personal and partisan interests.
Nothing seems to be more important and urgent than this issue, at a time when our rivals in Baghdad, Tehran and Ankara have the best lobbying powers, undermining the image of Kurdistan and its status in the Middle East.
I have heard many accounts – including by President Barzani and Iraqi Kurdish President Jalal Talabani – of the difficulties of attracting any Western journalist in the 1970s and 1980s to talk about Kurdistan and Kurdish suffering under the vicious regimes of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. They tried hard to meet even low-ranking officials in Paris, London and Washington, but to no avail.
Today, we have a great office in the world's most powerful capital and spend millions of dollars to maintain it. But it does not seem that we appreciate and use it to the benefit of our people.
Having a representative in Washington does not help only the Kurdistan Region. It can also be used to explaining the situation in Syrian Kurdistan. The representative can explain the killings that are being committed by the Al-Qaeda against Kurdish civilians, and influence the US administration to act to protect Syrian Kurds – in the same way that Iraqi Kurds were protected through “Operation Provide Comfort” in 1991 against the brutalities of the former Iraqi regime.
For the Kurds, the current Middle East situation somewhat resembles that of the eve of the 20th Century, when France and Britain drew artificial borders through the heart of Greater Kurdistan, cutting it into four pieces. That happened because we did not have a lobbying power in London or Paris. We did not have anyone to represent us in various conferences held on the future of the Middle East after the First World War. We depended on our guns to defend ourselves and achieve our rights. We failed!
Now in the 21st Century, the same thing could happen if we cannot represent ourselves. We have guns, and in the meantime we can have representatives and diplomats in every world capital. We could still depend on our guns and ignore diplomacy, but the risk would be too great, and we could see history repeated.
We can send Peshmarga forces to western (Syrian) Kurdistan, but our ability to change the outcome of the Syrian civil war through military force is very limited.
What we can do is to send a competent diplomat to Washington, to influence policies and garner assistance for Syrian Kurds without risking what we already have, and without turning other regional powers against us.
For decades we have been accusing and blaming others for our failures, for not having a state and experiencing a century of repression. This indeed has been a scapegoat. If we fail this time, we have no excuse but to blame ourselves.
* Yerevan Saeed is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. He is a regular commentator on Kurdish and Middle East affairs in the international media.
Foreign Minister visits the U.S.
14-08-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari at the head of a high level delegation on an official visit to Washington DC, on the evening of Tuesday, 8/13/2013 to preside over the meetings of the fourth round of the Coordinating Committee of political and diplomatic common emanating from the strategic framework agreement in addition to conducting a series of meetings with government officials and research centers and the media.
And met with the Minister and the delegation accompanying him on 14.08.2013, the Deputy National Security Adviser Mr. (Tony Pellnkn) at the White House, and during the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and strengthen the strategic partnership and the security and political cooperation between the two countries.
The two sides also discussed the important political files, including security cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the latest developments in Syria and the efforts of the Geneva conference (2) efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
The meeting was attended by Iraq's ambassador to the United States, Mr. Luqman Abdul Rahim Feily.
Announcement No. (2452)
The latest daily currency auction was held in the Central Bank of Iraq on the 15-Aug-2013 . The results were as follows:
Number of banks 17
Auction price selling dinar / US$ 1166
Auction price buying dinar / US$ -----
Amount sold at auction price (US$) 163,702,000
Amount purchased at Auction price (US$) -----
Total offers for buying (US$) 163,702,000
Total offers for selling (US$) -----
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Hasnawi: Maliki attack Sadr because he is sure that we will stand against his candidacy
09:14:15 / 08/2013
Khandan - Liberal bloc confirmed, that the reason for the escalation media exercised by a coalition of state law against it is "opposing the Sadrists nominate a prime minister for a third term."
The Liberal bloc MP Jawad Hasnawi newspaper Al-Hayat that "the origin of the dispute with al-Maliki back to the beginning of the formation of the National Alliance, which took a sectarian character because of the ambitions of the Prime Minister for a second term."
He added: "We were against the renewal of the owners, but not the pressure and Ktlna sounds to be able to stay in office. Maliki is sure that we will stand against his candidacy for a third term so attacking the Sadrist movement in every occasion."
He continued: "There will be an alliance based on sectarian or ideological in the upcoming elections and the Sadrist movement has extensive relationships with all the components of Iraq and that is not hoping for a coalition of state law."
He pointed out that "the recent local elections proved a popular retreat Maliki's coalition will not get the majority being able to access to the prime minister again."
Deputy for Maliki's coalition denies the existence of an alliance with al-Mutlaq and Barzani to ensure take over the prime minister a third session [Audio]
Thursday, August 15 / August 2013 06:00
Denied MP for the coalition of state law, on the Keywords, having alliances with Dialogue Front, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, to ensure that attaches Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as prime minister for a third cycle.
The Keywords told all of Iraq [where] the day that "so far there is no alliance or commitment with any block and we bloc sovereign studying the political reality of Iraq and software blocks that could ally ourselves with them, noting that" we are now in the process of study, it is premature The entering into alliances. "
He added that "there is a tendency to be open to multiple political blocs."
It was one of the media have published reports on the tongue source close to the coalition of state law indicates that the Islamic Dawa Party, led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the mobility of a number of political parties to form an electoral alliance ensures that a third term for Maliki as prime minister indicating that "mobility yielded agreement principle with Massoud Barzani and Saleh al-Mutlaq, under certain conditions, and that the first signs agreement with Massoud Barzani, is the exclusion of the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani of the presidency of the Committee on Energy.
The source noted that the position of Saleh al-Mutlaq was positive from the alliance expected but stipulated that dropping the charges against the vice president sentenced in absentia Tareq al-Hashemi, Minister of Finance accused Rafie al-Issawi, and that al-Maliki expressed his agreement in principle, but it is obligatory to reject some members of his own party, including Ali al-Adeeb and Sami al-Askari, stressing that Maliki still making efforts to persuade opponents and naysayers of his party members in order to persuade them to move to the implementation of the agreement and the formation of the coalition. according to Helms in the way the media]. "
Iraqi adviser: the House of Representatives will change the faces of his deputies (80%) in the next parliamentary session
15-08-2013 11:00 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Sign adviser / coalition in Iraq / Hani Ashour, that the witness of the House of Representatives next change in the faces of his deputies by not less than 80%, and that does not exceed the new blocs sectarian alignments node in the light of the deteriorating security situation.
Ashour said in a statement received Agency (news) a copy of it: that the formation of political blocs season to enter the next election stats from now, and features profiles are emerging in spite of the difficult security conditions experienced by Iraq.
He added: that the most prominent features of the formation of blocs, which began last month, its dependence on new faces and try to exclude the old faces and traditional leaders, which have been associated political crises or corrupted files, or failure in the management of political and economic files and services.
He explained: that there are political blocs will be the focus of new alliances, as will new blocks intentionally those alliances, at the expense of political blocs precedent, likely to be the Supreme Islamic Council hub new alliances in part, offset by an attempt to return to the form of the Accordance Front, on the other side, in what would be the blocks New cross-shaped multi-religious and sectarian coalition will gain importance from among themselves.
He pointed out: that Baghdad and the capitals of neighboring countries began experiencing dialogues and dynamic range for the formation of political blocs, but the most important thing in those configurations it will not return to form in the last election in 2010. And the reason for that is its dependence on the results of the provincial elections in the composition of their frames new, indicating that the capital will play an important role in shaping the blocks new and especially some leaders who favored during the past four years and no longer need external support.