PUK Begins High-Profile Reshuffle after Poor Poll Results
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, wife of ailing Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani, has relinquished her post as head of the party’s main bureau in Sulaimani, following the PUK’s poor showing in last month’s parliamentary elections.
After the PUK’s poor performance in the September 21 polls for Kurdistan’s 111-seat parliament, party leaders vowed that changes would take place inside the party.
“I apologize for not being able to serve you as needed or be your source of hope,” she said in a statement Monday, published on the bureau’s website.
Ahmed, who is known as Hero Khan, said that she left her post to rejoin the party’s political bureau. Her husband, who is also Iraq’s president, suffered a stroke in December and has since been under medical care in Germany.
“I tried hard to undo some of the injustices, particularly property ownership issues, public services, workers, employees, students and other sections of society,” Ahmed said in the statement.
She directed some of the blame at the Kurdish government for her inability to address people’s grievances, saying, “The solution to many of those issues lay with the government and we tried to mediate between the government and people, but in most cases all we got was promises and the problems remained unsolved.”
With 95 percent of the votes from the polls counted, the Election Commission revealed last weekend that PUK won 18 percent of the votes, thus losing its status as Kurdistan’s second-largest party.
That position is now held by the Change Movement (Gorran), which has won 24 percent of the counted votes.
PUK officials have announced they intend to hold a plenary party meeting in which they expect to reshuffle many leadership posts.
Ahmed’s resignation as head of the PUK Sulaimani bureau coincided with a high-level meeting of senior PUK officials who gathered to study the causes of their failure at the election.
The leaders presented three proposals for change: A speedy change in the party’s organizations, holding a plenum, and looking to fix party defects through reform and change.
The earliest call for changes in PUK policies came from its Deputy Secretary Barham Salih, who hours after the elections said, “We must pay attention to this message and not block our ears.”
“In light of the final results it (PUK) will revisit its own policies and style of work,” Salih wrote on his Facebook page.
“We should do a grassroots reassessment of our policies and hope that people will give us back their trust in the next election,” he added.
Late on Monday, a well-placed source within the PUK told Rudaw that Omar Fatah, a senior PUK leader who once served as prime minister, has decided to resign from his post as head of the political bureau. The source said that Fatah is planning to hand in his resignation at the party’s next plenum.
Last week’s bombings in Erbil came as a shock, but hardly a surprise: The autonomous Kurdistan Region is attached to the rest of violent and chaotic Iraq in the south, and the very dangerous and complex civil war in Syria is next-door to the west.
No part of the world is immune to terrorism. It has happened in London, Madrid, New York, and Boston -- places that have larger security budgets and better intelligence means than Erbil.
The Kurdistan Region has been blessed with peace and stability, while the rest of Iraq still continues to be strangled by daily violence that includes kidnappings and car bombs.
Kurdistan's remarkable security can be attributed to various factors. The most important is that Kurdistan is largely ethnically homogeneous so strangers -- particularly citizens from other parts of Iraq – easily stand out. It is hard to move about without being noticed.
The security, including along the volatile southern borders, has been enforced by the Kurds’ own disciplined and war-hardened Peshmarga forces.
Yet, on Sunday, it was the headquarters of the Asayish intelligence services in Erbil that were attacked. Militants exploded at least one car bomb outside the complex checkpoint, before four armed guerrillas tried to storm past the guards. In the end, all six gun- and grenade-wielding attackers were killed; six guards also died.
One could ask why, despite many other soft targets such as ministries and government buildings, the attackers chose to target the Asayish headquarters.
The answer could be that Asayish was attacked for doing too good a job: The agency has defused multiple planned attacks over the past several years. Sunday’s attack was the first in the Kurdistan Region since 2007, when the same Asayish facility was attacked in a similar fashion.
Many potential attackers have been killed by Asayish. Therefore, Sunday’s attack could be revenge against the intelligence service and an attempt to tarnish its good image.
Had Sunday’s attackers succeeded in storming into the building they could have killed many security personnel, including senior officers whose experience and skills have been an important bulwark against past and future attacks.
The attackers failed to break into the complex because security guards outside stopped them with their guns, even before the outer walls.
But in the wake of these attacks the Kurdish government may need to reassess its security and intelligence mechanism.
For instance, Sulaimani and Erbil have different rules for allowing visitors from the rest of Iraq into the autonomous region.
Checkpoints leading into Erbil and Duhok are strict and the rules of entry are rigid, while Sulaimani province is more lax, opening a sort of backdoor into Kurdistan.
There must be one policy and an integrated system of running checkpoints across all the three provinces.
Also, more human resources and intelligence collection may be needed in areas that separate the Kurdistan Region from the rest of Iraq.
But among things that must happen, there is one important thing that should not: Such attacks should never be used as an excuse for an indiscriminate punishment of people and suspects.
IS MP: Announcing emergency at current time, against democracy
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:46
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Raad al-Dahlaki, of the Iraqiya Slate stated that announcing the emergency at the current time in Iraq is against democracy and the political process.
Speaking to All Iraq News Agency (AIN), he said "There is no benefit over announcing the emergency situation because we had it for the last ten years and nothing changed," noting that "There are no authorities for the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to announce the emergency situation."
"Announcing the emergency state at the current time is against the democracy and hindering the political process," he concluded.
Kurdistan Democratic Party gets 38 seats in the Parliament of Kurdistan
Arbil / NINA / A source in the election commission said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party won 38 seats in the elections of the Parliament of Kurdistan.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The Change Movement (Tageer) won 24 seats while, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan on 18 seats and the Jama'a Islamiai I (JI) ten seats.
The preliminary results of the elections of the Kurdistan region, which took place in 21, Sept. showed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party headed by Massoud Barzani, president of the region, is came first followed by the opposition (Change Movement) headed Necherwan Mustafa second place and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by Jalal Talabani, Third
Kirkuk's Arabs are to form a unified list in the elections
Kirkuk / NINA / The Arab Political Council in Kirkuk, which is one of the most prominent representatives of the Arab component, announced his intention to form a unified Arab List, demanding Iraqi national blocs to support its step.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Minshid al-Assi, Chairman of the council told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that Kirkuk's Arabs are going to the provincial council elections with an Arab list that includes all spectrums without discrimination or exclusion.
He appealed all national forces to stand firm to achieve the will of Kirkuk's Arabs and blessed all the good efforts that support this trend.
He added that the Arabs are not part of territory or foreign agendas, but are the first to raise the national project.
Rubaie: the insurance sector establishes a financially secure market
10/02/2013 12:00 AM
BAGHDAD - Farah pumice
Called for private sector companies in the insurance industry official bodies to support the amendment of the Insurance Act No. 10 of 2005 , which it said he did not Ancefha , to be able to exercise its role which contributes to the economic development process in the country.
Expert insurance and a representative of the private sector insurance companies Saadoun problem -Rubaie said in a statement (morning) : "The insurance is a financial institution which is one of the cornerstones of the economic development process ," urging the support of these companies to be able to exercise its role to contribute to the process of economic development . Rubaie added that " the absence of insurance awareness led to the neglect of the sector , so there was no support for a clear and explicit to him ," pointing to the existence of 29 private insurance company , including 5 companies in the province of Christan . acknowledged expert that insurance companies in the region, more lively and effective and work for other companies, however , he said: that companies in Baghdad and other provinces do not receive support to be activated , as it was lifted notes to the Office of insurance and the Ministry of Finance included identifying problems and constraints faced by the private insurance companies , calling on the Office of insurance and the Ministry of Finance as the regulator and supervisor of the this sector to pay attention to the suffering of this sector , specifically private insurance companies , as well as the amendment of the Insurance Act No. 10 of 2005 which did not Ancefha . indicated that the insurance Law No. 10 of 2005 aims to regulate the insurance sector and supervision to ensure the development and secure market open, transparent and safe financially, and strengthening the role of the insurance industry to ensure that people and property against risks to protect the national economy. between Rubaie, he has to be an awareness of insurance to cover the risks faced by citizens , including the dangers of credit faced by banks , ie can not open adoption to import any goods unless they are covered by insurance , as well as other types of fire, theft, life insurance and personal accident and everything related to it, explaining that Article 81 of the insurance Law allowed to choose the insurer to the type of insurance required by . said the expert institutions of the state are insurance companies have government insurance , as in securing oil licensing and card orange , which accounts for 60-75 percent of them , saying : "There are allegations that private companies did not have the financial power to cover this large insurance ." and pointed out that the private insurance companies have huge capital , you can cover a lot of projects, suggesting that did not have the financial capacity for this type of insurance , it can be granted this insurance cover through the complex shared by all insurance companies to be able to own the required insurance coverage . The Committee on Economic Affairs in the Council of Ministers has decided to provide for the Ministry of Finance to study the reform of the insurance sector with the help of global systems on the subject and submit periodic reports to the Economic Commission in this regard , in order to develop the insurance sector , both public and private sectors .
Regarded as Senior Director for the insurance company Iraqi Abdul- Sada al-Saadi said insurers civil healthy phenomenon will create an atmosphere of competition with state-owned companies , and therefore improve by these companies is a step forward to provide more protection for the national economy and create more chances to compete in the Iraqi market.
Training 5 thousand a member on Finance and Banking
10/02/2013 12:00 AM
Baghdad - Mostafa Hashemi
Said director of banks at the Ministry of Finance , Dr. Hilal Taan that the center of the financial and accounting training to the Ministry of Finance 's systems during the current year specialized courses for more than 5000 trainees in the financial and banking departments and accounting .
He Taan told ( morning) has been rehabilitated a large number of employees of the ministries and the three presidencies of the Angels administrative , accounting and financial and banking as well as giving officials at the banks of the class A and B right Authorization instruments issued by banks after their success in the session, which lasts Center organized .
He explained that the center is one of the formations and the Ministry of Finance, was established under Law No. 93 of 1981.
Noting that the center promotes the task and responsibility of developing the skills and capabilities , knowledge and behaviors and patterns of the Angels financial and accounting in the Ministry of Finance and other ministries and departments not associated with the Ministry , including the mixed sector and civil society organizations , explaining that it comes to upgrading the performance of employees in the departments of Finance and others through the establishment of programs and courses rehabilitative and specialized training alike. He noted that the courses organized by the Center involving a large proportion of the staff along with a number of trainees from the private sector. Pointed out that the training center and the development of financial and accounting of the Ministry of Finance has trained about 15 thousand a member of the government departments and the Iraqi private sector during the year 2012. He to the center unique in terms of wages Avatar sessions hosted by ranging amount between 10 thousand and 30 thousand dinars per trainee per dependent so the duration of the program . continued Taan that the center issued an annual plan has organized courses for all disciplines of financial and banking , accounting, regulatory and administrative as well as tax legislation the insurance business to be then give them certificates of graduation courses practiced , adding that the center has subordinate units to him in all provinces . , and pointed out that the courses that Anzaa center training and development of financial and accounting this year include courses for training section of financial planning and public financial management , and training of accounting , and applications of financial legislation / programs affairs customs , and special programs affairs, tax , and special programs affairs, real estate , and special programs affairs, pensions, and programs judicial and other legal , training programs on business banks. and that there are specialized courses for a week or two weeks and each lasts for a month or 3 months and all custom specialization Vdorat cycle directing the Customs and Central departments 3 - month cycles aide banks managers period of two months .
The general budget for the year 2014 holds the attention of experts
10/02/2013 12:00 AM
Before they are discussed in the Council of Ministers
BAGHDAD - Hussein ثغب of Tamimi
Acquires the general budget of the country to the concerns of the economic experts and interested parties, and that the size of the budget , which exceeded 174 trillion dinars barrier , according to the draft budget , and became a figure deserves to stand with him , where it came from claims figures need to be linked to the budget development process .
Economic expert Majid picture , said in an interview for the (morning) that the size of the budget large and is the largest in the history of the country, pointing to the importance that is linked to the budget process of economic development to achieve the goals of the local economy and whose access to the stage of the diversity of revenue through the activation of all the productive and service sectors .
He added that the budget is still to day characterized balancing items , despite the presence of the Commission has been working for years to turn it into the budget development. Indicating that the discussion at this time is positive and there is plenty of time for approval in a timely manner , explaining it was still a draft in the Council of Ministers did not acknowledge until now , and then sent to the House of Representatives for approval.
Suri continued by saying: that the development process starting from the current year and up to the year 2017 and would prefer to have an important part within the budget allocations for next year. He stressed that the budget is still without a clear economic indicators address the important issues in Iraqi society and in the forefront of the fight against poverty and reduce the proportion of the unemployed , they prefer to have a fixed allocation within the ministries and provinces to the overall development process .
In terms of the difficulties faced by the budget said Suri to the importance of that is to resolve differences with the Kurdistan region that relate to oil companies , pointing to the importance that the law applies financial management and the law of public debt so that we can create a budget development and employment of money in different areas feasible economically.
As seen interested in economic affairs Jassim Al Aradi pointed out that the importance of advance preparation for all institutions in the possibility of hiring in budget allocations economically feasible projects , pointing to the importance of promoting administrative and regulatory side through the implementation of various projects.
He Aradi to the importance of that to take an accountant and auditor's legal role from next year and do role for more than it was previously , suggesting to take advantage of local expertise and international centers in this aspect , as well as the possibility of establishing specialized offices to accounting and auditing expertise of local and international produce results quickly In order to maintain the public money.
At a time when sources informed that the Council of Ministers will discuss at a future meeting the draft budget of the country's public for the next year in 2014 in preparation for submission to the Parliament for discussion and approval , which is estimated at $ 150 billion , the highest in the history of Iraq , and drew a source in the Ministry of Finance press statement that his ministry has ended preparation of the draft budget for the country, and sent it to the government as a prelude to discuss the clauses at a future meeting , and forwarded to the House of Representatives for discussion and approval .
He pointed out that the budget calculated on the basis of an oil price of $ 90 per barrel, which is expected to reach the volume of oil exports for next year to 3.4 million barrels per day. He explained that the next budget than its predecessor in 2013 at about 36 trillion dinars (30 billion dollars).
The source said that the budget allocated 64 trillion dinars ( $ 60 billion) of investment projects. He pointed out that it included the allocation of 132 thousand degrees and careers , including 72 thousand degrees to the owners of contracts, and 60 thousand new degree , explaining that the budget focused on the allocations of financial in-class basis on the energy sector both its oil and electricity , in addition to the security sectors of defense and interior ministries due to instability security , in addition to the housing sector.
For its part, said a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Magda Tamimi press statement that the draft budget has allocated 38 trillion and 901 billion dinars for the energy sector by 11 trillion dinars to the Ministry of Electricity , 27 trillion and 901 billion dinars for the oil ministry , referring to the allocation of 7 trillion and 960 billion dinars for the Ministry of Commerce , including 5 trillion and 416 billion dinars allocated for the ration card .
She said that the share within the Department of Defense budget has reached 6 trillion and 376 billion dinars , and the Ministry of the Interior 10 trillion and 323 billion dinars, and the National Security Council 302 billion dinars. And so had the security sector and armament assignments reached the amount of about $ 14 billion.
She explained that the workforce of the ministries and departments centrally funded numbered 3,000,063 thousand employees, therefore budget allocated $ 3 trillion dinars salaries of new , as allocated to the agricultural sector the amount of 3 trillion and 248 billion dinars, and the industrial sector 2 trillion and 405 billion dinars , construction and reconstruction trillion and 978 billion dinars.
She said Tamimi told ( center news for the Iraqi Media Network ) that paragraphs budget for next year also included the allocation of $ 99 billion and 240 million dinars for the presidency, and 4 trillion dinars and 153 billion dinars general budget of the Council of Ministers, and 380 billion dinars a counterbalance to the House of Representatives , pointing to allocate $ 5 billion , and 305 million dinars for the energy Committee , chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani , and 10 billion dinars economic Committee , chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ruz Nuri Shaways, and 14 billion dinars services Committee, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al - Mutlaq .
She said that the amount of 10 trillion and 656 billion dinars had been allocated to local administrations ( provincial ) and investment bodies in the provinces, and 15 trillion and 910 billion dinars debts domestic and international , including the compensation of the State of Kuwait , which amounted to 6 trillion and 511 billion dinars , while the budget of the Kurdistan region 18 trillion and 936 billion dinars , including constitutes 17 percent of the budget, which also allocated $ trillion dinars ( $ 860 million ) for the oil companies operating in the Kurdistan region , which is expected to produce 250 thousand barrels per day of crude oil.
Government acknowledged that the banking sector is the mainstay of the wheel in the footsteps of advanced development and economic progress as a key tributary to finance projects and investments .
This text is adapted from the word secretary-general of the Council of Ministers during a speech opening the conference of the Iraqi banking first on behalf of the Prime Minister , which sponsored the conference , in reading between the lines of the floor and found many questions need to be answered art by people of competence and respect among these التسؤلات that in front of the banking sector a tremendous opportunity to expand and important about what Iraq is witnessing a growing financial resources and development projects how to get this expansion? .
The answer is simply that the shared responsibility in achieving this important goal between the banking sector and government institutions relevant Concerning called on the government to provide specific proposals to make some adjustments legislative, regulatory and promised to work with them and adopted in order to achieve the work of banks with ease and effectiveness of what is required of banks determine their requirements and according to available.
Well, the ball is now in the court of the banking sector and it is the responsibility of dealing with these trends , which has long advocated by which they are presented in front of him on a platter of gold, required to move in the light of these facilities transparent and clear how ? To recede recommendations in part of what enabled the Secretary- General 's paper , even for this stage and when the execution will go Palmtalib other because the ceiling set by the floor
( Make some adjustments legislative and regulatory ) to help overcome the obstacles repeat that ceiling demands must be equal to the supply of available procedures .
Then the responsibility of the second located on the relevant bodies of the executive who oversees plans and directs monetary and fiscal policy towards the correct path of the banking system and seeks to repair him to respond and be a catalyst for the promises of the government in bringing about a change of course and the performance of the banking sector and thus complete the picture in the construction of a bank reacts with the orientations of the state and contribute to the process of construction and development and perhaps what is recommended to recall him to invite the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers the central bank to develop mechanisms Vaalhohadfah for coordination between the government and private banks and justice between them and only lead some failures and excesses of some banks to harden harmful through measures unfairly in the words of Secretary-General .
Our part to see that the central bank , which is keen on maintaining the national economy and prevent any harm by irregularities will be a catalyst in achieving the goals and directions of the government towards activating the role of the banking sector in general and banks in particular, and in his hand the success of this mission .
The success of the Conference of the Iraqi banking first in the program of work , research and regulation we hope perpetuating through the commitment of banks to stay away from irresponsible practices and indulge in finding products and banking services serve the citizen in the first place and then programs the construction and reconstruction and development so looked a picture conference and this is the vision evaluative him which Snazzha a follow-up to what will be achieved in the near future .