Continuing disagreements Iraqi blocs on election law
15-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Member denied the dialogue Bloc MP for the coalition in Iraq to meet Mehdi pink, to be part of the mass of the outstanding differences on the proposal to amend the law of the upcoming parliamentary elections, noting that the dispute is confined between the PKK and national coalitions.
The pink that the Iraqi List seeks to approve the law as soon as possible and continue the dialogue with all the political blocs to reach political accommodation, but added that the Kurdistan Alliance objected to the compensatory seats and method of distribution, while sticking the National Alliance, the electoral system and the mechanism of the distribution of votes.
And linked the leadership of the Iraqi List, and Wesal Slim, resolve outstanding differences between the political parties the existence of trust between the blocks and develop strategic solutions to those differences, noting that the continued absences for members of the House of Representatives disrupt the work of the parliament.
In a related context warned MP for the coalition in Iraq and Walid Abboud, of the continuing differences between the political blocs on the adoption of laws and significant impact on the security situation in the country.
Abboud said that the security problems suffered by country basis of political disagreements about the laws broken, especially since the election law did not pass to now, which largely reflected the impact on the security situation in the country.
He explained: One of the most important reasons why the political process forward is through reconciliation and understanding with each other blocs in order to reach the desired results to satisfy all the different parties. The Kurdistan Alliance MP longings dry, threatened to boycott the elections by the alliance in the lack of justice in the election law. Dry said in a statement that the differences over the election law is still in place until now, but does not resolve the law, some blocks want to withdraw entitlement to another block, so there should be justice in those laws.
For his part, predicted MP for the Kurdistan Islamic Union Bakr weft friend, to increase the security and political situation worsened with the start of the countdown for the upcoming parliamentary elections. He said in remarks, if the political process continues as it is now, the political and security situation will get worse with the start of the countdown for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
He added, "There is not any horizon to resolve the outstanding differences between the political parties because the executive and not security duties so this Alirhasat is."
With the approach of the elections, the Iraqi parliament scheduled for April / April of next year, expect observers to yield results of the ballot for the overthrow of Bechtel political window on the map parliamentary, as pointed out that the new powers will specify the electoral system for the election law, which is witnessing a struggle between the political blocs to modify it. (Agencies)
Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent series of bombings in Iraq
15-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
New York ASHA
Strongly condemned the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon on Monday a series of bombings which killed and injured dozens of people, including school students, in all parts of Iraq over the past few days.
The Secretary-General described - in a statement released by his official spokesman yesterday - these despicable acts attacks, and said it comes at a time when stretching hands to the needy in the Eid al-Adha.
And re-Ban Ki-moon emphasized his call for Iraqi leaders to work in order to achieve political unity and lift the country from the brink and sectarian violence, stressing that the United Nations Mission in Iraq, "UNAMI" is committed to continue to support the Government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful country, democratic and prosperous Iraq.
And Ban Ki-moon expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Iraq, and his wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured.
Sadr Trend rejects any compromises regarding General Amnesty law
Monday, 14 October 2013 21:53
Baghdad (AIN) –Ahrar Bloc, affiliated to the Sadr Trend, assured rejecting any compromises related to including the general amnesty law within a basket of laws to be ratified all at one time.
MP, Iqbal al-Ghurabi, of the Ahrar Bloc, reported in a statement received by AIN ''Ahrar bloc refuses to include the general amnesty law within a bunch of laws to be ratified all during the Parliament session to be held after the EID.''
''The Sadr Trend rejects any political negotiations or compromises related to including the general amnesty law with the group of laws,'' she added, stressing that ''The general amnesty law should not include criminals who murdered Iraqi people.''
Sistani assures his rejections to hang his photos on public areas
Monday, 14 October 2013 23:13
Najaf (AIN) –The office of the Supreme Religious Authority, Ali al-Sistani, assured once more his rejection to hang his photos on walls of public areas and governmental institutions.
Sistani's office reported in a statement directed to the Head of Najaf Provincial Council received by AIN ''We have noticed in few cases that the photos of the Supreme Religious Authority, Ali al-Sistani, are hanged on walls of some governmental institutions, such as your offices, and public areas, thus we would like to assure our pervious appeals not to hang the photos on walls of public areas.''
''We hope you to instruct the concerned sides to consider our appeal,'' the statement concluded.
U.S. to delay release of TIC, currency reports due shutdown
WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:46pm EDT
(Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury said on Monday it would delay the release of reports on exchange rate policies and international securities holdings due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Treasury said it was postponing a semi-annual report to Congress on foreign exchange policies, which was due on October 15. That report often chides nations such as China for keeping their currencies undervalued in order to boost exports.
The government will also delay release of monthly data on securities holdings, which provides estimates on stock and bond purchases around the world. That report, known as Treasury International Capital data, or TIC, was due on October 16.
(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)
MP, describes the execution of some detainees who have been sentenced to release as a shameful process.
Baghdad/ NINA /-- MP. Talal Zobaie for the IS coalition described the execution of some detainees who recently were sentenced to be released as a flagrant encroachment on human rights regulations, and pursuant shameful.
He said in a statement today that: "Instead of taking measures to end injustice suffered by detainees in general, unfortunately the government deliberately wasting the blood of Iraqis by executing innocent Iraqi detainees in spite a clear provision to release them due to their innocence of the charges against them./
Chaldean Archbishop urges Iraqi Christians abroad to return home
Kirkuk (NINA) –Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako I called on Iraqi Christian immigrated from Iraq to return home, asserting that their return would make them Third Iraqi ethnic community and II religion in Iraq, to benefit Iraqi component.
In a message on Monday, Oct. 14, Arcbishop Sako addressed Iraqi Christian in places of immigration to come back to their homeland in valey of Niniveh and their cities, towns and villages in Iraq.
He added that by remaining abroad they will get assimilated in the new societies they have immigrated to and forget about their homeland.
Iraq's Sunni Protesters Divided
Over Government Negotiations
By: Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on October 14.
The Sunni demonstrators that have been protesting for more than 10 months are awaiting the results of the talks between Anbar’s governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki about the demonstrators’ demands. On Oct. 3, Anbar’s tribes authorized the city's governor to negotiate with the government. But this authorization caused a split among the demonstrators and was rejected by some tribal elders and clerics.
The formation of a delegation from the Anbar protests to negotiate with the Iraqi government has been stalled by objections within the protest movement, claiming misrepresentation.
Anbar .. Those Who Launched the Protests Are No Longer Able to Stop Them!
Author: Mushreq Abbas
Posted on: October 14 2013
Translated by: Pascale El-Khoury
Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Dulaimi, one of the leaders of the Anbar demonstrations, asserted in an Oct. 3 speech that the Sunni demonstrations have authorized Anbar’s governor to negotiate with the government and that the decision was made in consultation with tribal elders and the main leaders of the demonstrations in the cities. He also said that the objectives of the authorization are to achieve security in the province and stop the government' from claiming that the demonstrations have no one to negotiate in their name.
A spokesman for Anbar protesters, Basem al-Anbari, indicated immediately after the announcement of the appointment that “A meeting was held between the leaders of the protests in Anbar, tribal elders and members of the provincial council, during which they decided to appoint Ahmed al-Dulaimi as head of the committee to negotiate with the federal government on the demonstrators’ demands.”
In fact, Anbar’s governor met with Maliki on Oct. 5 and told him of the demonstrators’ demands. Maliki promised to meet those demands that are “legitimate” because some demands are the prerogative of the executive branch while others are the legislature’s.
Since the Anbar demonstrations started at the end of 2013, protesters' demands have become broader and more numerous. They include releasing detainees in prisons, achieving a sectarian balance in the state apparatus, halting work on the anti-terrorism and de-Baathification laws and amending the constitution. But the authorization of Anbar’s governor to negotiate with the government was not welcomed by some demonstrating circles. A number of protest leaders rejected it, including Ahmed al-Dulaimi, who told Al-Monitor, “There are tribes that have rejected the appointment of the governor of the Anbar province, who is affiliated with the Mutahidoun bloc.” These tribes insisted on the appointment of Sheikh Abdul Malik al-Saadi as the authority over the demonstrations, indicating that the latter confirmed his refusal of any intervention by political parties in the sit-ins.
For his part, the organizer of the Fallujah sit-in, Sheikh Khaled al-Jumaili, confirmed that protesters in Fallujah reject this appointment. He said, "Whoever wants to negotiate with the demonstrators in the streets must directly contact them, without any intermediary.” He continued, “The federal government knows all of the demonstrators’ legitimate demands, in particular releasing innocent male and female detainees, ensuring equitable distribution of power and wealth and holding accountable those responsible for the deaths of protesters in the squares of Fallujah, Hawija and Salahuddin.”
Sheikh Ismail Abdul Abbas, a Fallujah preacher, said in his sermon on Oct. 4, “We will not leave the sit-in squares until we have obtained our full rights, without any omission or change."
Sources inside the squares spoke about the main reason for this disagreement. They confirmed to Al-Monitor that the Mutahidoun bloc — which is led by parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and has supported the Sunni demonstrations since their outbreak at the end of 2012 — succeeded in gaining control of the governorships in the Anbar and Ninevah provinces through a political settlement, and thus achieved the objectives sought by the protests. The sources indicated that the Mutahidoun bloc believes today that the sit-ins have become a political liability instead of a means of pressure or a tool to garner electoral support.
These sources confirmed that the parties wishing to negotiate the breakup of the demonstrations are considering the sit-ins from a political perspective. These same parties previously rejected all attempts to form committees to negotiate with the government.
In the past few months, several political and tribal delegations formed to negotiate with the government, but the demonstration leaders believed they had personal interests. This was stated by Ali Hatem himself on May 30, when he objected to the appointment of the former governor of Anbar, Qasim al-Fahadawi, to fulfill the mission. Hatem said, “Whoever negotiates with the government must not return again to Anbar province.”
It seems that the problem was never the principle of negotiation with the government. This is evidenced by the fact that Saadi, who is considered a spiritual guide for the protesters, announced on May 13 an initiative to form a negotiation delegation and proposed to hold a meeting at the Askari shrine in Samarra, provided the negotiating team is formed by the demonstrators.
The problem, then, resides with the party delegated to negotiate, whether it indeed represents demonstrators and, more importantly, whether it is able to authoritively announce the breakup of the sit-ins.
The figures that sparked protests in Anbar on Dec. 23, 2012, against the backdrop of the arrest of bodyguards and staff members of Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, include, in addition to Issawi, tribal sheikhs such as Ali Hatem, Ahmed Abu Risha and other leaders. They subsequently formed the Mutahidoun electoral bloc, which includes Ahmed al-Alwani, Dhafer al-Ani and Nujaifi.
It is clear that those figures are no longer in control of the sit-ins and must seek a general consensus. Such a consensus must include the parties demanding the formation of an semi-autonomous Sunni region — the majority of whom are either Sunni clerics or tribal leaders close to the Islamic Party — and the parties refusing the formation of a Sunni region, led by Saadi and his supporters.
Following 10 months of daily and weekly demonstrations in the provinces of Anbar, Ninevah, Salahuddin, Diyala, Kirkuk and parts of Baghdad, the demonstrations have lost much of their momentum. Achieving the intended objectives is no longer a priority, at least according to Sunni politicians who have been providing these demonstrations with financial and moral support for months. The most significant evidence in this respect, however, is that the demonstrations no longer serve the desired electoral purposes for politicians who exploited these demonstrations during the provincial elections in April 2013.
Mushreq Abbas is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse. He has been managing editor of Al-Hayat’s Iraq bureau since 2005 and has written studies and articles on Iraqi crises for domestic and international publication.
Iraq Plays Politics with Security
As Elections Approach
By: Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse Posted on October 14.
There comes a time when we must pause and re-evaluate all that has transpired. Iraq, in its entirety has been transformed into a ballot box. There remain no moral or human deterrents that prevent the conversion of Iraqi life into an electoral issue, into a win or a loss, a victory or a defeat.
Iraqi politicians treat security as an electoral matter, while security disintegrates throughout the country.
When Security is Transformed Into an Electoral Issue
Author: Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Posted on: October 14 2013
Translated by: Kamal Fayad
But wait — this is no democracy. Nations possess rules and historic moral frameworks that prevent them from gambling with the security, future, unity and harmony of their societies. In Iraq, however, things are completely different. Daily scenes of bloodshed, destruction and threats to people’s lives leave no doubt that the ongoing events all figure into mere electoral gambling.
Contenders in Iraq are not competing for the chairmanship of the country’s board of directors. In reality, they hope to hijack it in its entirety, making elections an existential threat that threaten to blow up in the faces of everyone.
This characterization might seem perplexing, unless we come to understand that the Iraqi state still lacks the majority of necessary regulations to govern its functions. It must also be understood that it is still deficient in political, constitutional and partisan traditions and that is has not yet emerged from the shadow of a deep-rooted dictatorial legacy. It has failed for the last 10 years to transform elections into a competition bound by even a modicum of honor.
On the subject of honor, it would seem that the successive events and series of security catastrophes have led people to forget about the “honor”-bound document signed by senior Iraqi leaders in the hope of putting an end to the extremely dangerous security and sectarian difficulties.
No one seemed to remember, nearly two months after that document was signed, that security cannot be achieved through a document signing session, without mechanisms in place that can be effectively implemented on the ground.
Iraqi politicians have certainly not forgotten. The electoral campaigning that actually begins in Iraq more than a year prior to any elections prevents the resolution of the security crisis and stands in the way of taking the necessary steps needed to achieve social peace.
Why is this? The answer is that all competing factions consider any progress on the security, political, or service levels to be an electoral card that must be exploited in Iraq. Supporters of the regime view progress as an effective card to be played during electoral campaigns. Meanwhile, their opponents strive to prevent such progress from being attained prior to elections, because they know that it would be exploited by others at their expense.
It is a vicious and extremely complex cycle of death. It cannot be escaped without a return to the main principle upon which states are established: to Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his The Social Contract, to a redefinition of the Iraqi state’s central mission to safeguard the security, rights, freedoms, and welfare of its people. States must be tools by which these “contracts” are implemented. It is wrong for the populace, and Iraqi politicians in particular, to erroneously believe that the term “government” equates to “state”.
Security must not be made into an electoral issue. Security and military forces must not be transformed into a tool used by governments or parties. They are the people’s right arm and their protector.
It feels strange to write about such obvious matters, as it is hard to understand and accept what is transpiring in Iraq without delving into such fundamental principles. Yes, it is true that there are people in Iraq who think that the government is the eternal owner of the state, that the army is owned by the party, that a collapse of security is an opportunity to break the back of political opponents, and that progress on the security level is a means by which parties can be harmed or even destroyed.
In a country where 30 car bombs explode every week, where the dead and wounded are but mere statistics, we are bound by duty to go back to the fundamentals. Those fundamentals, misunderstood in Iraq, teach us that the state is not the government, that the government is not confined to the party, and that the party is not one single individual.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is an editor and columnist for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse. He is an Iraqi writer specializing in defense of democracy. He has extensive experience in documenting testimony and archiving documentaries associated with repressive practices.