Alusi: any easing of sanctions on Iran's oil exports will affect the Iraqi economy
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
The president of the Iraqi Nation Party, Mithal al-Alusi, Wednesday, that any easing of sanctions on Iran's oil exports will affect the budget and the Iraqi economy, while Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to claim his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama that is not American-Iranian rapprochement at the expense of Iraq.
He said al-Alusi in a statement issued today, and received "Alsumaria News", a copy of "The Iraqi government cover the deficit of oil in some international markets due to declining Iranian oil exports and international sanctions on the Iranian regime," adding that "any easing of sanctions on oil exports, Iran will be at the expense of Iraqi exports and thus seriously affect the budget of Iraq and the Iraqi economy. "
Alusi called for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to "claim his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama that is not American-Iranian rapprochement at the expense of Iraq," stressing the need to "discuss this topic at the upcoming meeting which will bring together Obama Maliki in Washington."
The U.S. Senate approved a November 30, 2012, new economic sanctions intended to impose additional pressure on the sectors of energy and maritime transport to Iran, and a year after the approval of Congress harsh restrictions against Tehran, and imposed Western countries since the start of the 2012 oil embargo on Iran on suspicion of seeks to provide a nuclear weapon under cover of a civilian nuclear program, which Tehran denies.
And led those sanctions to a decline in production and export of oil, and a shortage of foreign currency has led to the collapse of the rial is compounded by inflation, and includes incision new sanctions imposed by the European Union additional restrictions on the transfer of fuel, and to prevent the import of Iranian gas, and prior to the imposition of Western sanctions against Tehran was Iran exports about 18% of its oil sales to European Union countries.
Iran revealed, earlier this year, for its oil exports fell by 40% during the past nine months, and as approved by the Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi before a parliamentary committee, attributed the drop to Western sanctions imposed on his country.
The focus of U.S. sanctions currently on the sector, money and energy, including oil exports, is still six countries import oil from Iran, namely, (China, India, Turkey, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan), according to the U.S. State Department, but as these countries reduced import of Iranian oil since 2012 the administration is exempted from the penalties, the new law will be asked from these countries to make an extra effort in this area in order to maintain this exception through the reduction of one million barrels per day of imported Iranian oil until, that is almost a ban on Iranian oil exports.
The document reveals concern Barzani's party of the death or disability of Talabani
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: Shirzad Shikhani of the
Three events coincided together raised speculation about the health of Iraqi President patient Jalal Talabani, and returned the controversy about his health and its association with the fate of his party, who is suffering from a crisis of leadership banner, shortly after the defeat time that he suffered in the recent parliamentary elections, as well as the fate of the changes expected at the level of the top leadership of the party, to fill the vacuum created by the absence of Talabani, lying in a German hospital for more than 10 months. Add to that raised by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi, and the leader Moqtada al-Sadr recently for lack of propriety of keeping the post of head of state is empty, because of the lack of knowledge of the fate of the Iraqi president.
The three events, which coincided yesterday is a statement made by the spokesman of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Azad جندياني, where he confirmed in an interview journalist «stuck to the leadership of his party, led by Talabani, as long as he was alive», categorically that «does not talk about the position of Secretary-General and the alternative at the moment », stressing the lack of appropriate bilateral presidential formula (participatory) for the National Union.
In the same vein, the newspaper «Hawlati» Kurdish independent of a document published location «Wikileaks» in the first of the month of September of 2011, and its content is about the interview took place between the President of the Government of the Territory current Barzani, the political adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Iraq that time Thomas Kratichski, which Barzani expresses his concern about the increased Iranian interference in the areas of the influence of Talabani's party, Sulaimaniya governorate, in the event of death or disability Talabani from carrying out his duties.
The document, citing Barzani, saying the counselor U.S. The death of Talabani or inability to create a state of chaos and confusion will lead to give a chance for Iran to increase its interventions affairs of the National Union, in the region of Sulaymaniyah, pointing out that «Party members Barzani eager to pray for the survival of Talabani members of his party, to ward off the dangers that may result from his absence.
In a related context, announced publisher notes Iraqi President Iranian writer Irfan contented person for the first edition of notes political Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, documenting the path of his political career for the period from 1933 - 1966, which notes located at 5500 pages, was printed in Beirut, and published in both Arabic and Kurdish.
Three events which coincided together, raised doubts among Al-Sharq Al-Awsat about the existence of the Iraqi president's health developments, so I contacted a leading source close to him, and asked him about those events and synchronization frequency two weeks ago of the possibility of the death of the President. The source, who requested anonymity: «three events coincided came purely by chance, president Vmzkrat was ready for printing, and was expected issuance of more than two months ago, but technical reasons necessitated the postponement to now. The statements spokesman for political office, they in turn confirm the positions of the previous leadership of the party not to abandon the leadership of Talabani, and walk on his approach, and waiting for his safe return of his treatment, and by the way, I would like to point out that there are similar cases to put President Talabani recovered completely, for example, one of the sisters of former Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi suffered from the same status as President Talabani but recovered and lived for another 11 years, and this is what we hope for and call of the president. As for the comments and concerns of Mr. Barzani, this is a fact, there are already fears of exploitation of Iran to develop a National Union, in the absence of the president of his death, God forbid.
He noted the source of tax paid by the National Union due to the absence Talabani from the political scene in Kurdistan and Iraq, and said: «For Iraq, missed the wise man who was able to bring together all on the same table, and was the seat of the president full of always litigants and the political parties who were postponing their differences, and seek to resolve them the table of the President, and it is the hope for the unity of Iraq, and here you can see now the situation where Iraqi political marched absence. As for Kurdistan, it was missing the most influential, especially at the level of his party, if it is present among us of what got the current crisis leadership, as well as we did not expect electoral defeat his presence among us, in addition to the positions of the party blundering in the recent period, which resulted from the absence of Talabani, such as the position of the Convention Dbachan with the MDC opposition, and the extension of the mandate of President Massoud Barzani, who sparked a wave of discontent within the rules of the National Union, and other failures indicated by the spokesman of the Political Bureau the day before yesterday, who said bluntly that there was a lot of decisions and attitudes of the Leadership Council of the party Politburo failed to abide by.
And about his vision for the future of the National Union, in the event of a long absence Talabani, especially with the approaching date of the caucus IV, and whether will resolve the issue of the presidency of the party, the source said: «I do not think that there will be radical changes, it is true that there is considerable pressure from the rules and cadres the need for exclusion or exemption number of the current leaders at the level of the Political Bureau and the Leadership Council, may get it, but I think that the conflicts and blocs will remain, though there are calls for grassroots deducted to ensure the unity of the party organization, the subject of the presidency, I think that no one dares to ask or go where in the next phase, as long as President Jalal Talabani is still alive ».
Kurdish differences attached to the Iraqi parliament session
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Erbil: «Middle East»
Signed yesterday Mlasna between two deputies Kurdish during their engagement session of the Iraqi parliament devoted to read the text of the election law on the province of Kirkuk, which led chaired the hearing suspended for more than an hour to contain the situation that erupted between the Chairman of the Legal Committee for the Kurdistan Alliance bloc Khaled Huani, and the head of the Movement for Change Sheikh Mustafa nice.
In connection with the spokesman for the Kurdistan Alliance bloc supporter Tayyip expressed «Middle East» regretted the occurrence of Almlasna between MPs Kurdish, and refrained from making any statements about the incident, pointing out that there was an agreement got into the Kurdish groups not to raise this subject the media to ensure that amplified , and we are committed to this agreement. But Kurdish deputy who requested anonymity confirmed the «Middle East» that the origin of the dispute between the Kurdish blocs (the Kurdistan Alliance and the Movement for Change) centered on elections law province of Kirkuk and added «more accurately, I can say that the dispute is not between the blocks in itself as it is among the members of limited to those blocks, there are deputies oppose the issuance of a law on elections boards of Kirkuk, and there are others who see the need to release, and the problem is that the elections have not been in Kirkuk for two previous occasions, and therefore it is urgent and necessary now is to organize for the next session, but there are deputies, Arabs and Turkmen maintaining demanding enactment special law on elections boards province of Kirkuk, but there are deputies others reject it on the grounds that Kirkuk Iraqi province does not differ from the others and is supposed to hold elections and according to the law of provincial councils of Iraq, is not entitled to Kirkuk to enjoy the status of a private or deviate from the general rule, and finds those that issuing any special law in Kirkuk would be included, among other items and materials that are incompatible with the Kurdish interest, and so you do not have to open the this contentious doors ». On the dispute between MPs Kurdish source said: «out of contention due to the intervention of a House of Representatives Turkmen during the initial reading of the electoral law, where he asked not to rush to read and this is supported by the head of the change, but the head of the Legal Committee MP Khalid Huani insisted on completion of the reading, and Event تلاسن between them which led under the chairmanship of the Council to suspend the meeting. The «although the difference was not significant in this regard, but the differences between the two blocs background caused to happen Almlasna, if at all has their reconciliation efforts of the members of the two blocs.
In the context of related election law currently before Parliament called on the Democratic Union Kurdish Feily to allocate five seats (quota) for the component, said in a statement received «Middle East» read «show news from the corridors of the Iraqi Council of Representatives to the existence of support in the parliamentary blocs various members of the Council To get the component Iraqi Kurdish Feily a legitimate right to be represented in the Iraqi Council of Representatives by a quota system. So the Kurdish Democratic Union looks forward Feily Faili Kurds generally to be a number of seats in the quota of the Kurds Faili fair and proportionate to the population number both Residents of them in Iraq or deportees him forcibly by the former regime. The statement added that «the immense suffering and economic losses of gross incurred by this component calls to deal with them justly and fairly, and fully justifies giving them a minimum of entitlement project, which is at least five seats quota, even though they deserve more than that, because they make up six per cent of the total hearts Iraq (two million of 31 million), which they deserve 20 seats in the House of Representatives that ستزاد to 340 seats. Kurdish Union demanded Feily all parliamentary blocs and all members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives to adjust and support the Faili Kurds demand fair project and allocating at least five seats in the quota for them in the House of Representatives.
Kurdistan Alliance: Kirkuk election law is inconsistent with the Constitution, to pin down the key components functions
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Mohammad Sabah
Demanded the Kurdistan Alliance yesterday of the Presidium of parliament to withdraw election law Kirkuk Provincial Council "for being inconsistent with the decisions of the Federal Court, which overturned the first paragraph and the second of Article 23 of the law," stressing the need to harmonize the law with the Constitution and the opinion of the Federal Court, to avoid problematic future.
The Federal Court overturned weeks before the two paragraphs of Article 23 of the province of Kirkuk election law which provides for the inventory of the main functions in the province the main components of what constitutes a contradiction with the principle of equal opportunities, and makes the material contravention of the provisions of the Iraqi constitution, according to the opinion of the Court.
He said the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mehdi Haji in a statement to the "long" The election law Kirkuk province must approve legally, especially after the Federal Court decision that overturned the first paragraph and the second article (23) of the Electoral Act your Kirkuk, noting that Parliament form a small committee composed of MPs Khaled Huani and Mehdi Haji of the Kurdistan Alliance and Abdullah west and Omar al-Jubouri of the Arab component, Arshad Salhi and Zalah نفطجي and the Turkmen of the component, to discuss amendments. "
He added that "the Commission continued to discuss the election law Kirkuk for more than ten meetings with the Presidency of the Council of Representatives and the presence of representatives of the United Nations", pointing out that the problems and differences that occurred between the political blocs belonging to four paragraphs is how the distribution of seats, the choice of the security committee for the protection of counting centers and counting , and how to deal with the voters' register, and the mechanism of the distribution of seats on the winning blocs. "
And that "the agreement was about to submit a proposal election law, Kirkuk Provincial Council by MPs Abdullah west representative of the Arab component and Mehdi Haji for component Kurdish for the first read," adding that "the abolition of the Federal Court to the first paragraph and the second of Article 23, paid to the demand of the body Presidency of the parliament in 3 of the current month to withdraw this proposal because it is necessary to accomplish the proposal complies with the Constitution and consistent with the opinion of the Federal Court, did not agree with the President of the House of Representatives on this demand. "
I got the text of the law term Kirkuk Provincial Council elections where Article 1 states that "Kirkuk elections are held under the provisions of Law No. (36) of 2008, as amended, except as stated otherwise provided in this special law and at the same date for the election of the House of Representatives."
And Article 2 that "the gathering of valid votes obtained by the open list in the constituency are divided on the denominator election to determine the number of seats allocated to that list, and seats will be distributed to the candidates of the open list and re-sequencing of candidates based on the number of votes obtained by the candidate and be the winner of the first is who got the highest number of votes in the open list, and so on for the rest of the candidates to be a woman at the end of every three winners, and give the vacant seats when the existence of the lists Open winners that received the highest number of votes according to the percentage of what I got from the seats to complete all seats allocated to the constituency. "
Article 3 on the sharing of sovereign positions on the components of Kirkuk in proportion to win each component, and positions are conservative and vice-president of the provincial council, head of the provincial council and deputy governor, First and Second Vice-Governor, Deputy Governor, Second divided other positions and general directorates and districts in proportion to win each component . "
As Article 4 stipulates "the formation of a committee after the election to review and audit all data and records relating to the situation of population, including the voters' register and submit its recommendations binding in accordance to the Electoral Commission and to identify the abuse on public lands and private in the province of Kirkuk before and after April 9, 2003, that the Government will ensure correct Thelk abuses and processed in accordance with applicable laws, and establish a mechanism for sharing administrative and security positions and public office except as mentioned in Article 3 and on the commitment of the decisions of the ministries, Article VIII allocated one seat quota for component Alcaldoachure ".
Najafi announces asylum for the 2010 election law and Barzani threatens boycott
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Union: threatened the President of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani, to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections in the event of the adoption of the electoral law which was the old Parliament elections in 2010. Barzani said during a meeting with a number of managers offices Iraqi channels and Arabic in Kurdistan that "the election law the old failed and bad and unfair, and we saw that Iraq will be a single electoral constituency," adding, "We will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections, if held by the old law" and that " the old law had previously agreed to a single electoral cycle to solve all outstanding problems, the most important statistics and Article 140 of the disputed areas, "according to the agency," all of Iraq. "
The President of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi resorting to the current electoral law in the event of continuing differences between the political blocs on the amended proposal. A statement from the Department of Media Council that "Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi headed Tuesday morning in the hall constitutional meeting of the heads and representatives of parliamentary blocs, the presence of Qusay al-Suhail and Aref Tayfur Vice-President of the Council, and devoted the meeting to discuss the proposed law on the Federation Council and the draft contract law treaties and the draft law reconstruction of infrastructure and sectors SOA and the proposed law on elections of the House of Representatives. " The Najafi, according to the statement that "the time remaining life of the current parliament will be devoted to vote on a number of important laws," hoping "to reach an agreement to resolve outstanding differences on them," stressing that "the Council will resort to the law of election of the current parliament in the event of failure to reach agreement on the proposed law amended. " The statement continued, "It was decided during the meeting, the Law of the Federation Council to vote next week also decided to form a committee comprising representatives of parliamentary blocs to discuss amending the House of Representatives election and to reach a final version of the law within the time specified voted by the House of Representatives the end of this month."
For his part, "between Aref Tayfur Vice-President of the House of Representatives Committee Chairman problem on the bill reconstruction of infrastructure and service sectors that the committee agreed on the three sectors in the law namely health, education and housing," adding, "It will be added to the road sector and other sectors in the future meetings of the committee."
He revealed the decision the House of Representatives Muhammad Al-Khalidi refused heads of parliamentary blocs proposal made by House Speaker Osama Najafi about the nomination of Deputy of each block to be negotiated with him on the election law, said Khalidi at a news conference the parliament building that "the Presidency of the Council of Representatives headed by Osama Najafi, Chairman of the Board met Tuesday with the heads of parliamentary blocs in order to find solutions to pass laws contentious, "noting that" Najafi suggested the nomination of Vice bloc in the Council in order to reach a final solution for the Law of the parliamentary elections, has refused to heads of parliamentary blocs this proposal on the pretext that the law related to "Bzaaamat blocs" they are the first line and they determine the compatibility it or not. added that "the meeting included five proposals for laws which the Law Council of the Union conferees reached a final resolution on it after the agreed upon and will be put on the Council's agenda next week."
On the other hand, the House voted in its meeting held yesterday in the presence of 238 on three bills ended the first reading of the draft Unified Retirement Act. This was followed by MP Mohammad Jamshid statement on behalf of the component networking denounced the terrorist operations cemetery in the provinces of Iraq, particularly targeting homes and property and the role of private worship بالشبك being evidence of attempts to terrorism and schemes of State for stirring sectarian strife and ethnic between the components of the people, calling for increasing numbers of security forces and re-deployment within the areas that occurred where bombings and acceptance of adapting thousand of the sons of the Shabak member of the security services to protect their areas as well as to re-clamp Regiment of area الكيارة to the Shabak villages and the formation of the power to protect the Shabak in their areas as well as compensation for the victims of terrorist attacks and increase their representatives in the House of Representatives. The President of the Council Osama Najafi to the security and defense committee to follow up the issue and make recommendations to the House of Representatives to prevent the recurrence of such acts. Then he read the Fatiha in memory of the martyrs of Iraq in general and the martyrs of private networking component.
Was then vote on the draft law on ratification of the Convention on the multimodal transport of goods between the Arab countries and the Council voted on the draft law on Iraq's accession to Brocukwul Cartagena Biosafety and completed the Council vote on the draft law on ratification of an agreement of partnership and cooperation between Iraq on the one hand, the EU and the Member States on the other hand also began Council to vote on the draft law on the official language as decided by the Presidency to postpone the vote for fueling the law as decided by the Presidency to postpone the first reading of the proposed law on elections of the province of Kirkuk to next week, and broke altercation between the Kurdistan Alliance MP Khalid Shwani and MP for the mass change and a nice Mustafa about the law Kirkuk governorate elections and confirmed Huani for (Union) that Congress insist on Kirkuk provincial council elections nearest opportunity, and Council ended the first reading of the draft Unified Retirement Act. It was decided to adjourn the meeting until tomorrow Thursday.
Rasool: waiting for the formation of a government in which everyone
22-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Mr. Rasool received the First Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, today Tuesday, 22/10/2013, in his private office in Arbil, Bayan Jabr, the head of the citizen in the House of Representatives.
At the beginning of the meeting, welcomed Mr. Rasool Ali guest delegation, stressing the need to be relations of the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad solid relationships and be aimed at the service of citizens in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
For his part, thanked the head of the citizen, the first deputy secretary-general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan for the warm reception, and said: Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party has a history of great feats, and has a lasting and sustained role in the political arena in Iraq and the region.
In another aspect of the meeting, spoke first deputy of the Secretary-General on the current political situation in Kurdistan and Iraq, and said: after the end of the election process Everyone is waiting for the formation of a broad-based government with the participation of all political parties, aims to provide the best services to the people of the people of Kurdistan.
For his part, Bayan Jabr Al-Zubaidi said: Everyone hopes to provide the democratic experiment in Iraq and the region, and to stabilize the security situation in Iraq.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides expressed the hope that such meetings continue, and the development and strengthening of relations between the parties and the political parties in Kurdistan and Iraq.
Election law between decisiveness and rejection within two weeks
23-10-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad morning Muhannad Abdul Wahab
With the continuing differences on the Law of the parliamentary elections and after the assignment by the parliamentary blocs in dialogue with political leaders to reach a final version of the law, the President of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi committee to study the proposed amendment, as it will be to return to the previous law, in case of not reaching to the final version of the law within 30 days.
These developments underscore the continuing disagreement between the blocks to pass the election law, which could mean a return to the previous law, in the event of failure to reach an agreement within the next two weeks, according to parliamentary sources, the "morning." In turn, announced the decision of the House of Representatives Muhammad Al-Khalidi failure of the political blocs to an agreement on the election law so far.
Khalidi said at a news conference attended by "morning", that "the Presidency of the Council of Representatives held a meeting with leaders of parliamentary blocs in the Legal Committee to discuss five important laws in dispute, the first of the Law of the Federation Council, which was agreed on display in the Council's agenda next week, in addition to the law and the law of parties to conclude treaties, as approved by the Legal Committee on the bills next week, too, after it has been agreed upon. "
Khalidi confirmed the agreement on the inclusion of the law for three infrastructure sectors are education, health and housing, as had been agreed between the political blocs to contract with consulting firms before contracting with major corporate executive.
With regard to the election law, the decision of parliament that "in the case did not reach the leaders of the blocks to an agreement by the end of this month, will return to the election law the old, because the time is not enough," noting that the political blocs commissioned House Speaker Osama Najafi dialogue with the first line of leaders politicians to reach a final version to approve the deadline Mahddwaodh law Khalidi said differences between politicians still exist on the compensatory seats per circuit and multiple departments and the province of Kirkuk.