Governor of New Baghdad of the law instead of Ali al-Tamimi after the announcement of the decision of the Federal Court on Sunday
27-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - Iraq Presse -26 September: A senior judicial source said for / Presse Iraq / that next Sunday will see the announcement is an important decision for the Court to approve the approval of the appeals made by مشتكون the participating provincial election 2013 more than the province of the most prominent of the capital Baghdad.
The source, who spoke by telephone from Baghdad on condition of anonymity described the decision includes at least five appeals, including acceptance Baghdad and Najaf, Salah al-Din mostly.
For his part, close to the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council's / Iraq Press / to appeals made by the coalition of state law against the first session of the new provincial council have been accepted for the benefit of the rule of law is what it takes during the next week to form a government of the province of Baghdad after being champions of the current government, which Sadrists and shape are united and the Islamic Supreme Council. The source predicted that the re-election of Salah Abdul Razzaq for the position of state law, despite the nomination of deputy Izzat Shabandar, but the face of objections from the leaders of the Dawa Party.
On a related matter, said a source in the mass of the Supreme Council, led by Ammar al-Hakim's / Iraq Press / The Baqir al-Zubaidi as president of the bloc citizen made an appeal was also against the formation of the provinces of Najaf and Babil, Dhi Qar, three provinces maximum Board composition and related appeals the session's first choice President of the Council and his deputy on the base "Mbna on falsehood is false," it means the invalidity of the election of the governor and his deputies and his aides, and that the appeals focused on that winning is half plus one, that is unless it is achieved in three boards, where is the Supreme Council of what happened is half plus half.
The source added, for example, in Najaf, said the number is the 29-member council meaning it requires 14 and a half plus one 15 and a half but the election of the President of the Council were only 15 members and the right is 16 members.
Parliamentary Foreign appreciates the efforts of the Kuwaiti ambassador in Iraq and calls for confidence-building
27-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: praised the parliamentary Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, the great efforts made by the Kuwaiti ambassador to Baghdad, to the insured, while Kuwait named Ghassan Al-Zawawi as its new ambassador to Baghdad
The President of the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Sheikh Hamoudi, during a meeting today (Thursday), former ambassador to the insured at the headquarters of the House of Representatives on the occasion of the end of his duties in Iraq as an ambassador for his country on the "need to build confidence between the two peoples and the two brotherly countries and approved in all that is agreed upon between them," adding " We worked and after the liberation of Kuwait from Saddam's aggression directly to rebuild the confidence that tore the fabric of the Baathist regime criminal collaboration with other countries. "
The ambassador said the insurer in the meeting, "The Kuwaiti diplomat Ghassan Al-Zawawi succeed him in his mission and will arrive in Iraq in the next few days."
Proposed National Oil Company to Give Erbil More Control over Oil Industry
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region has announced a major plan that would give it full control of its oil industry and create a monetary fund whose revenues would be directly shared with the enclave’s five million citizens.
Ashti Hawrami, minister of natural resources in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told Rudaw television last week that his ministry had sent two proposals to the Kurdistan parliament, one for the creation of the Kurdistan National Oil Company (KNOC) and the other for the monetary fund.
“Two separate draft proposals to establish (KNOC) -- and a monetary fund where its revenues would go -- have been sent to the Kurdistan parliament for approval,” Hawrami said.
“Its revenue will go directly to the Kurdistan citizens,” he said, adding that each family would end up receiving $1,200 once oil output targets hit one million barrels per day in 2015.
“The annual revenue for each family would be somewhere around US$1,200, if Kurdistan’s oil export rises to one million barrel per day,” Hawrami said. He advised citizens to invest their shares for the benefit of future generations.
KNOC would account for three percent of Kurdistan’s total oil revenues.
“The initiative pushes Kurdistan’s oil industry into a whole new level,” Hawrami said.
Hawrami’s announcement came in the midst of Kurdistan’s parliamentary election campaigns, in which the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has secured the largest number of votes, according to early results from Saturday’s polls.
Hawrami said he hoped that the draft projects would be the next parliament’s priorities for discussion. He said he hoped that KNOC would attract more oil companies, train hundreds of Kurdish employees in oil-sector jobs and give the KRG complete control over its oil industry.
The proposed plan is likely to sour Erbil-Baghdad relations even further. Baghdad insists that Erbil does not have the right to sign direct oil exploration and sales contracts without the central government’s intercession. Erbil maintains it has the constitutional right, and has largely ignored Baghdad’s terse objections.
Hawrami said that the Kurdistan Region’s oil law has clearly mentioned the establishment of KNOC.
National oil companies play a significant role in developing local economies as well as their oil sectors. Oftentimes, they require technical support and skilled manpower and seek partnerships with big oil companies.
According to the United States Energy information Administration, NOCs account for 52 percent of global oil production and control 88 percent of proven oil reserves.
Kurdistan Elections: Unpredictable Outcome Unpredictable Government
By Niyaz Barzani
According to initial results, last Saturdayís elections for autonomous Iraqi Kurdistanís own legislature place the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in first place, followed by the opposition Change Movement (Gorran) and then the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) trailing in third place.
Now, the big question is: Would it be wise for the PUK to join the government?
By: Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor Posted on September 26.
NEW YORK — The United States and Iran made diplomatic history Thursday as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked for a half hour on the sidelines of a multilateral meeting on Iran’s nuclear program.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took the first step to reaching a deal by speaking together for half an hour today.
Author: Barbara Slavin
Posted on: September 26 2013
The meeting, which Zarif described as “more than a chat,” took place at the United Nations, and marked the highest-level and most-substantive encounter between officials of the two sides since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Zarif made the announcement at a gathering of think tankers and journalists addressed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The comments upstaged the president, who, when asked his reaction, told his interlocutor, Josette Sheeran, president of the Asia Society, “You ask for the first step. They [Kerry and Zarif] took it.”
Among the White House: the countdown began for the post-Maliki
27-09-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Range Press / Washington
Gather indicators pointing to intersections US-Iran formed key factor in assigning power to the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki three years ago, fell سقوطا full, and at a distance of a few months of elections in 2014 parliamentary elections, everything indicates that the accounts after the battle does not look like what came before.
Recent evidence of this fact can touch of Nuri al-Maliki himself, who canceled at the last minute trip that he intended to do to New York because Barack Obama apologized for the second time in less than a year for a meeting, even though the atmosphere US-Iranian better than ever, Since more than ten years.
Observers may record that the Iraqi prime minister this century cancellation nervous as he said the words, addressing أخصامه of politicians that "murder of identity ... but no matter what you did will not Ttzlmoa power."
It is no secret that the U.S. president had refused a year ago Exactly, to arrange a meeting with the President of the Government of Iraq, following a request by Maliki's office, through the channels of diplomacy, that day Declined man from participating in the session of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations, did not explain his reasons for his this decision.
In an attempt to disguise this fact among the prime minister volunteered that day, saying that "al-Maliki did not receive an invitation to give a speech Iraq" as if the U.S. government is that invitations to attend a regular session of the General Assembly.
For its part, the White House sources leaked at the time (September 2012), the U.S. president wanted to "punish" al-Maliki to allow Iranian aircraft to cross Iraqi airspace, so that the movement of weapons, equipment and fighters to Syria, in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
At convinced observers and analysts Americans that the position of the U.S. administration of the reservation of the reign of al-Maliki, not only for his cooperation strategic alliance with Iran in support of the Syrian regime, but beyond this cooperation to neglect or dropping all the understandings signed between Washington and Baghdad before the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the understandings are as a whole, "Strategic Framework Agreement" (November 2008) that govern US-Iraqi relations in the post-withdrawal.
At convinced U.S. officials that al-Maliki did not do anything to maintain close contact with the United States, but did everything to prevent Washington from retaining what is left of their interests and influence in Iraq and in neighboring Iraq.
It seems that the United States is to have a new opportunity to revitalize relations with Iraq through the "Strategic Framework Agreement", and in front of other opportunities for the implementation of projects with significant effects on the bilateral relations between the two countries at the security and oil together.
The White House sources say that the elections preparing her Iraq in the spring of 2014, a significant milestone in re "correction" of bilateral relations, and that the post-Maliki is supposed to make that correction.
In the view of many observers that the United States helped after the 2010 elections, the reversal process of forming the government in the direction of al-Maliki, and supported by believing that it is able to maintain internal stability, but the experience led Washington to conclusions opposite, as evidenced by events and crises enormous through which Iraq today , after Pat continuation of al-Maliki in power synonymous with each small and large disasters.
Is the countdown began to replace Nouri al-Maliki?
Among the White House insists that the elections of 2014, is considered a "moment of success or failure," the level of US-Iraqi relations, while accelerating international consultations to re-install the region militarily and politically and strategically.
She adds that "increased bilateral cooperation, before this election, or in preparation her, Aattabravdil and means to rebuild US-Iraqi cooperation on the basis of more pronounced."
All this means that the phase-Maliki expired or almost to expire, the American perspective at least.