President of Kurdistan Region will meet with representatives of the Kurds in the federal government and parliament
05-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: Mr. Massoud Barzani met with President of Kurdistan Region today Saturday, 05/10/2013 in Salah al-Din ministers and representatives of the Lord all the Kurdish blocs in the Iraqi National Council, and at the meeting, they discussed the draft law of the Iraqi National Council elections, views and suggestions on the electoral system which is due to being the end of April 2014.
The parties agreed to participate in today's meeting with President Barzani to be for all parties Kurdish unified position towards the election law of the National Council of Iraq, and decided to form a committee of representatives of all the political blocs Kurdistan represented in the Iraqi National Assembly to identify and accurately on the views and positions of Iraqi political parties on the points detailed contained in the draft law to work after the preparation of the final position of the Kurdish blocs on the Law of the Iraqi National Council elections.
Election law is open to all options .. Including postponement of polling 2014
06-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD - David Ali
Entered the draft law on parliamentary elections 2014 in a complex circumstance, threatens to vote on it on Monday in the House of Representatives, because of disagreements multiple vehicles on the leading and most important of its clauses.
The Electoral Commission of Iraq needs to the law regulating the voting process by about six months ahead of schedule.
But political differences on the law, threaten the commitment deadline, opening the door to charges for some of the political blocs that they want to "postpone the vote on the law," to postpone the legislative elections next year.
The Iraqi parliament to vote on the election law several times because of disagreements on some of the political blocs paragraphs, even though he voted, last September, to determine the hearing on 2 October now, as the last day to vote on the law, but it has been postponed.
And concentrated political differences on the law on "the nature of the electoral system," and limited compatibility between the two options, the first is supported by Ktlta Sadrists, the Supreme Council, a system of Saint Lego, which guarantees, according to observers of the electoral process, presence is acceptable to the powers small, and ensures a versatile inside the House of Representatives, While defending the State of Law coalition led by Nuri al-Maliki, all the way, "Hundt," which prohibits the biggest loser of the "rest of the votes," and convey the voices who did not pass the electoral threshold to the biggest winner.
The MP said the coalition of state law, Khalid al-Asadi, the "world", said that "there are several points of contention between the political blocs on the election law, the most prominent of the system of calculation of votes and seats, as well as compensatory seats and method of calculation."
The al-Asadi, one of the leaders of the Dawa Party, the organization of Iraq, that "the parties to the National Alliance, have divergent views on the calculation of seats, the most important opinion of the adoption system (Saint Lego) the rate at which adopted the Sadrists and the Supreme Council, and the system (Hundt) the rate at which adopted the rule of law and some of the parties the other political. "
But unlike last between the National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance on compensatory seats.
Asadi said that "the resolution of the compensatory seats is extremely difficult because of the wide disagreement upon between most of the political blocs."
Asadi went on to say, "The Kurds want to be counted out of the vote, while the National Alliance and see some of the other parties calculated on the basis of the output of the seats."
He said a member of a coalition of state law, "the dispute still exists, but there is a continuous dialogue to reach a compromise formulas in this regard."
Asadi concluded that "the National Alliance and especially the rule of law, is keen to be issued this law in line not only by voting, because this is a sensitive and important law adopted by the staff of the political process in the country."
In contrast, said Khalid Huani, president of the Kurdish parliament's legal committee, "world", "The Kurds are demanding a single electoral constituency to achieve justice in the distribution of compensatory seats."
The Huani went on to say, "the difference now is the adoption of a single constituency or multiple departments, and there is a compromise between these two options is the adoption of multiple departments with increased compensatory seats."
But the "compromise", says Huani, commissioned Unlike new to the mechanism for the distribution of compensatory seats. Kurds are demanding the distribution of those seats according to the mechanism and the percentage of votes obtained by each entity, while the National Alliance demands that distribution will be according to the proportion of seats and this means that the process of re-allocation of seats and the arrival of some of the candidates to the parliament who did not vote for them by the masses.
Legal experts say, that in the event no agreement is reached on the amendment of the electoral law will be to postpone the elections because he can not work the law old after it has been set aside articles which by the Federal Court, the first relating to the distribution of seats, it takes Parliament to amend the law and new legislation, The other thing is to increase the number of seats for the Iraqi components that are considered in terms of the number of minorities.
Therefore demands Khaled Huani, "the need for the legislation of the new law as soon as possible and taking into consideration that the delay will enter the country in a constitutional vacuum."
Politicians accuse large blocks blocking the vote on the election law to be postponed, and extend the life of the Iraqi government.
Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Islamic Council, said earlier, "there is consensus on the basic features of the electoral law," but he called for the "adoption of the law as soon as possible after making sure of taking into account the general interests of the components and the political blocs."
Hakim said, "The timing of elections is a red line can not be crossed and everyone respected and sanctification, and the postponement would be a dangerous precedent."
And accused كتلت "citizen" led by Hakim, a coalition of state law and the Kurdistan Alliance to block the adoption of the electoral law.
And said Aziz Okkaily, a member of the Council, in a press statement, "The agreement on the law out because of a coalition of state law to ensure its survival in power." He added that "the Kurdistan Alliance bloc of procrastination is also trying to delay the vote to get more privileges related to compensatory seats." The continuation of the mass and the other blocks in favor of the law "by pressing to speed up the approval."
Urgent … Kurds form committee to discuss elections law with other political blocs
Saturday, 05 October 2013 20:56
Erbil (AIN) –A Kurdish Committee was formed in Erbil to discuss the elections law with all other political blocs.
President of the Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, held a meeting with the members of the Kurdistani Alliance and Kurdish MPs in the Federal Parliament to discuss the suggestions of other political blocs after the failure of the Parliament on last Thursday session in voting on elections law and decided to postpone it till Monday session on the demand of Kurdistani Alliance.
An informed Kurdish source reported to the correspondent of AIN ''During the meeting, the attendances agreed upon to take a union stance regarding the election law draft and to form a committee that includes the representatives of Kurdish political blocs in the Parliament to discuss with other political blocs over the stance of Kurd regarding the draft of election law project.''
''The meeting touched on various suggestions related to the Parliament elections system which is scheduled to be held on next April.
Tahir: All political blocs responsible for monopolizing authority
Saturday, 05 October 2013 11:52
Baghdad (AIN) –Independent MP, Abdul Khudhur Tahir, accused all the political blocs are responsible for monopolizing the authority.
He stated to All Iraq News Agency "The political process have suffered from the confusion since 2003."
"All blocs set impediments to hinder the hand over of the authority because all sides see themselves as having the right for assuming the authority and consider their performance for the interests of the country," he concluded.
$ 16 billion for oil companies from the budget of 2014 and the low investment of 3%
06-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
She Finance Committee parliamentary disappointment of the percentage of completion ministries of last year's budget, which amounted to only 27%, as revealed that the estimated value of the budget in 2014 amounted to 150 billion dollars at $ 90 a barrel and the quantity of export is estimated at 3.0005 million barrel per day, pointing out that the first draft of the budget included a decrease in the investment part, to 36% after it was in last year's budget 39%, while the operating budget for the next year 63% bonus includes students retroactively and allowances for retirement.
With included the first draft prepared by the Ministry of Planning and it is hoped to be approved by the Council of Ministers this week, $ 16 billion كمخصصات for oil companies operating across the country, the share of companies operating in the Kurdistan region of billion dollars, while not include the salaries of the Peshmerga, which is contrary to the agreement between the Baghdad and Erbil, according to one of the members of the Kurdistan Alliance.
A member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Magda al-Tamimi said in an interview with the "long" The draft federal budget law for 2014, sent by the Ministry of Finance to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers on 09.16.2013, pointing out that the project did not come up for discussion within the Council of Ministers to now.
Tamimi added that "the debate on this project requires time ranges from two to three weeks and then sent to the House of Representatives or be returned to the Ministry of Finance said that there were changes that may have occurred upon by the Council of Ministers."
She added that "the budget in 2014 which increase the operational budget, which amounted to 63% and a decrease in the investment budget and up to 36%, while the investment in the last year's budget ranging between 38 and 39%." She pointed out that "the total federal budget for the year 2014 amounted to 174 trillion dinars, about $ 150 billion," asserting that this budget will give students and retroactively as allocated trillion dinars accrued to oil companies operating in the Kurdistan region and wait BSA completion of the preparation of the report final report on these benefits, "pointing out that" the percentage of completion of the ministries and state institutions amounted to 27%, according to the final report issued by the Ministry of Planning and without advances. "it explained the Kurdistan Alliance MP Najiba Najib said the draft budget included granting students and increase the salaries of employees and retirees, While allocated funds estimated at 16 trillion dinars receivables for oil companies operating across the country.
Said Najib in connection with the "long" The Council of Ministers distributed Finally copies of the draft budget law to his ministers in order to prepare for discussion at the earliest possible opportunity this week or next, noting that the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Safaa Net told parliament that the cabinet will approve the the draft budget during this week. "
She a member of the Finance Committee in Parliament Najiba Najib that "there are numbers exist in the budget for 2014 came according to the vision of the Ministries of Planning and Finance will not be final, and therefore possible to change during the discussion in the Council of Ministers and we can not be considered an official not in the event of a vote the government out and sent to the parliament" . He added that the budget for 2014 amounted to 174 trillion Iraqi dinars, on the basis of calculating the price of a barrel of oil at $ 90, the amount of the export of three million and five hundred thousand barrels per day, pointing out that the Kurdistan region's share of the budget included 17%. "
She explained that "entitlements oil companies operating in Kurdistan did not put them only trillion dinars ($ billion) and this is contrary to the agreement signed between the provincial government and the federal regarding the payment of all dues, amounting to four trillion and three hundred billion dinars to the year 2013."
Najib demanded the federal government commitment to the agreements signed with the Kurdistan Regional Government in the payment of the debt of oil companies and the salaries of the Peshmerga in the budget year 2013, adding that these financial benefits are not all included in the budget 2014.
It showed that "there are 16 trillion dinars allocated in the budget of the year 2014 accrued to oil companies operating in the center and south," noting that the granting of university students and students with increased salaries of employees of the lower and retired the (trillion four hundred billion dinars for retirees only) ensured all in the budget year 2014 . "
13 provinces threaten civil disobedience against the privileges officials .. The security differentiates demonstrators Baghdad
06-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Press-term
Thousands of demonstrators renewed in 13 provinces condemnation of pension privileges officials with the participation of local officials, and threatened to continue the protest and civil disobedience are not excluded to achieve their demands, and asked ripped to the public pension law issued by the government,
And considered a circumvention of the will of the Iraqis, while I took the some demonstrations occasion to raise slogans of national unity, where the lifting of Karbala demonstrators slogan "Sunni and Shiite brothers this Menbaah home", while stressing demonstrators Fallujah and Tikrit their full support to their peers amid demonstrations and south of the country.
In Baghdad, preventing hundreds of members of the military and police, protesters from reaching Tahrir Square, after being preempted security forces later demonstration بتحشيد military since the dawn on Saturday and had to cut off streets in Sadoun, البتاوين, as well as prevent the media about presence near the arena while chased some of them to within the lateral branches of by photographer novel "term", who was covering the event and found himself within these pursuits.
In Wasit Dozens of people of the province (180 km southeast of Baghdad), to demand the abolition of pensions for members of the House of Representatives and the three presidencies, and threatened to continue demonstrations until their demands, with the exception of the President of the Provincial Council participating Baltazahrh "national duty."
Square witnessed the celebrations corresponding to the provincial council building central Kut gathered dozens of people and Wasit to demand the abolition of pensions for members of the House of Representatives and the three presidencies, and demonstrators raised banners calling for the abolition of these salaries.
Dozens of residents of the province of Basra, yesterday, and threatened to continue demonstrating until their demands achieve all denied the coordinating body for the abolition of pensions campaign organized a demonstration yesterday, confirmed that it "will organize a demonstration in the 26th of the current month in all the provinces."
In Babylon Hundreds of residents of the province of Babylon, and called to cancel the allocation of salaries for the mujahideen, As Amhluwa the government and the parliament 20 days to approve the law, threatened to organize a sit-open in the case of "failure to respond to their demands."
A member of the Coordinating Committee to cancel the pensions Babil province Ibrahim Yousef in an interview (range Press), "The draft pension law new presented to parliament includes valuable some of its articles and paragraphs of the violation of the Constitution", calling for the "abolition of paragraph (c) / 1 of Article 19 relating to the Service and the abolition of jihadist allocate salaries Mujahideen ".
In Kirkuk Dozens of residents of the province of Kirkuk, threatened to continue demonstrations in the event of failure to achieve their demands, said President of the Federation Authors and Writers Kirkuk Mohammed Khader al-Hamdani, one of the organizers of the demonstration in an interview with a number of media, including, (range Press), said that "dozens of people of the province of Kirkuk came out, yesterday morning, in a demonstration near the building to maintain the city center, demanding to cancel the pensions for the three presidencies and special grades being overburden the country's budget. "
In Najaf Dozens of residents of the province of Najaf, and called to deal seriously with the demands of the demonstrators and not "Tsuifaa" and chanted cheers (Sunni and Shia Brothers this country Manbeah).
A member of the Coordinating Committee of the motionless popular in the province of Najaf, Hadi al-Salami said in an interview to (range Press), said that "dozens of people of the province of Najaf came out, yesterday morning, in a demonstration Square Sadrain, the city center, demanding to cancel the pensions of members of the House of Representatives," asserting that "popular movement in the 31 of the month of August 2013, is paid by the Council of Ministers to move this law and throw Stadium in the House of Representatives."
Hundreds of residents of the province of Karbala, and threatened to sit in front of the Green Zone in the event of failure to meet their demands, criticized the draft law on parliamentary elections.
A member of the coordinating demonstrations in Karbala Maythem Zebra in an interview to (range Press), said that "hundreds of people of the province of Karbala came out, yesterday morning, in a peaceful demonstration Street Qibla, the center of Karbala, demanding the abolition of pensions for members of the House of Representatives with the participation of the various components of society."
And organized hundreds of protests are Fallujah, a demonstration yesterday to demand the abolition of pensions for members of the House of Representatives and the three presidencies, said spokesman Square sit-in, Mohammed Bijari in an interview to (range Press), that "we are out, evidence to support our people in the south, center and north and west of Iraq, in demanding abolition of pensions for parliamentarians and lift the injustice on the people and the provision of services "as the people of Tikrit, a demonstration systems with similar slogans.
Hundreds of residents of the province of Muthanna, and called to defend pensions "to the weak layer," as hundreds of people protested the city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar in Habboubi Street with the participation of the city's governor.
Sadrist MP urges government to respond to demonstrations
Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:21
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Hussein al-Shireifi, of Ahrar bloc confirmed that the government must respond to the demonstrations that call for canceling the MPs and three Presidencies' pensions.
He stated to AIN "The demonstrations that were conducted in a number of provinces must be considered by the government by handing over the General Retirement law to the parliament to present for a vote as soon as possible."
"The parliament submitted the law back to the law to the government due to the defects like Jihad service article," he added.
"These demonstrations that are considered as the second within a month come as a response to the public and religious authority's demands," he concluded.
MP calls Nujaifi to put the proposed elections law to vote as agreed by the political blocs
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Iraqiya coalition, Haider al-Mulla asked the House Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi to put the proposed elections' law to vote at the meeting on Monday as agreed upon by the political blocs and close the door in front of imposing wills.
Mulla said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The past few weeks have seen discussions among the political blocs on the election' law resulted in the consensus on major issues."
He added, "If one bloc imposes new conditions, it means that we will emerge from the case of compatibility to imposing wills."
It is hoped that the House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on the election' law, which has been postponed several times for failure to get consensus between the political blocs around it, and continued disagreement on some of its paragraphs.
The dispute mainly revolves on the mechanism of elections; whether close or opens list and electoral constituency as well as compensatory seats.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, Ammar al-Hakim discussed with the head of the Iranian Shura Council, Ali Larijani, in Tehran, issues of common concern as well as the region and the world.
Iran's Fars news agency cited that: "The two sides stressed, during the meeting, the need to develop cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in the economic level."
Fars news agency added that Ammar al-Hakim discussed with the head of the Expediency Council in Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani the political and economic situation in Iraq.
The head of the Islamic Supreme Council, Ammar al-Hakim arrived in Tehran on Saturday.