Update the electoral register next week
07-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad, Omar Abdel-Latif
Open the Electoral Commission for elections three days after the voter registration update centers and continue to do so until the fifth of December next, in preparation for elections to the House of Representatives on the thirtieth of April next year.
The deputy chairman of the Board of Commissioners كاطع Zobaie in a statement the "morning": that "UNHCR has a timetable is set for the electoral process," noting that the law requires the commitment Palmdd Alnhadddh, indicating that the period of 26 days will be enough for those who wish to add the names or correction or deletion or transportation.
He pointed out that in the case found the Commission need to extend this period, the Board of Commissioners will decide about it at the time, warning that there are a number of religious events that Sttkhall this period, stressing that the Commission took into account these interruptions in the work of government departments or cases curfew that you might get.
Among Zobaie have been allocated some of the centers to update records of displaced people in the general areas of Iraq where they can be reviewed within the period specified, adding that he was buying Protozoa of the Ministry of Commerce, there are special committees with the UNHCR is working to update all of these records to prepare the record voter discreet and integrated after contracting with important for international companies to print.
Moreover, member of the Board of Commissioners Safaa Ibrahim Moussawi, spokesman for the UNHCR, the 1079 center for voter registration update will open its doors on Sunday to receive citizens who wish to do so.
Al-Moussawi said in a statement singled out the "morning": that the goal of this process to happen voters their data according to the latest developments, especially those who wish to change the center اقتراعه or correct its data or delete the deceased. Between the process of updating the voter register this time will gain greater importance because the light will be give them a card Electronic ballot own.
Musawi said: that the Commission urges citizens to the need to update their data within the deadline, because there are people who have changed their places of residence and in the process, they maintain their right to vote and the center which is close to the place of residence.
The citizen may lose the right to participate in elections if they do not take the initiative to modernize the electoral record, because any error in that lose the right to vote for those chosen from the candidates.
American expert believes that Iraq needs 20 years to get out of the current crises
07-11-2013 | (Voice of Iraq)
Washington: Mohammed Ali Saleh
Despite the continued killing of Iraqis each other, and increase Finally, until he almost does not matter the number of deaths every day, despite the continuing sectarian tensions, ethnic, says expert American specialist on Iraq he was optimistic than pessimistic, adding that «the tunnel Iraq is long, but at the end of the light».
D said. Michael Knights, an expert at the Washington Institute for the Near East, said that «After 20 years, I think that Iraq would be out of the current ordeal, and will be a leader, and tolerant, and open». He added that «a lot of media images about the problems of Iraq where exaggerations: many killings, but less than it was. Also, murder is not in Iraq alone. And refuses Knights describe what is happening to the civil war, and says: 'I was in Iraq during the most difficult years 2006 and 2007, but were not those years of civil war. Not now. Although many Iraqis criticize the government of Nouri al-Maliki, remains two factors: first, many political parties keen to stay in parliament and in the government, and secondly, the Kurds are keen not to enter into a military confrontation with the government in Baghdad.
Asked about what it represents al-Qaeda threat in light of escalating attacks Finally, Knights said: «not only withdraw our troops from Iraq, withdrawn, too, spying devices, surveillance and stalking. Withdrawn giant linking capabilities satellites what is happening on the ground, probably in every street, in every home. Thus, we gave the (base) a chance to re-coordinate their activities, and continues to murder. The second reason is that the (base) benefited from the general public anger against the government, anger at corruption, chaos, and failure to provide services. Apart from the regional and sectarian affiliations and ethnic ». He continued: «The third reason is that (al Qaeda) has increased its activity in neighboring Syria, and western Iraq became a center, not only to be killed there, but, also, to finance the killings in Syria.
Asked about his expectations about the future, Bates expressed his belief that Iraq will emerge from the current ordeal after twenty years, he said, adding: «I think, too, that the Iraqis will come out of the current predicament, more aware, and progress, and effectively. Inside the home and in the region. Asked about it is probably the only one who seems optimistic about the future of Iraq, he replied: «unmistakable Fahmi. Iraq in a very difficult situation at the present time. But I think that officials in Iraq, we will benefit from our mistakes in Iraq. After the invasion, we استهدفنا year by the fact that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a Sunni regime in the foundation. And Khaltna between Sunni fighters and peaceful year. Here are the Maliki government committed the same error, nor must it will arrive at where we are we are. This is what I focus on it. Not at the present time, but in the future.
In response to the policies of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, says Knights: «through us and our presence in Iraq, we said that the problem was not Saddam Hussein, as far as the central Iraqi regime was strong. For this, we focused on decentralization, and this we set فصلناها in the Constitution. But, after that we came out, al-Maliki returned to the central Saddam Hussein strong (...) and surrounded himself with a group of angry Shiite, if not revenge. They dominated the nominations for the armed forces, courts, and the central bank. He adds that «the basis of Iraq's problems is no difference between Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and Kurds. But between centralization and decentralization. Between that governs all the territory of the same, and that control of Baghdad Iraq sentenced strong, and again, I say that the Iraqis, someday, will choose decentralization.
On the responsibility of the United States of what is happening in Iraq, illustrates the Knights: «We are happy because we are out of Iraq. Alice we are out evidence that we were convinced that we were wrong? I prefer not to focus on the past, but avoiding mistakes, and focus on the merits. Asked about this 'beauties', he replied: «if not anything else, decentralized constitution, which we have set, which I think it solve Iraq's problems, as I told you. It is clear from your question that you say that we deliberately forget about Iraq, and expelled from our memories after that we came out of it. This was true during the past two years. But, here is the Minister of Foreign Affairs John Kerry is trying to put an end to this neglect, or oblivion.
Othman: External pressures led to adopt the election law hastily
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the coalition of Kurdish blocs, Mahmoud Othman said that " the external pressures from the United Nations and the United States and some other countries , led to the adoption of the election law hastily , explaining that" the electoral law does not meet the aspirations of all the political blocs . "
Othman said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / The election law was passed after the compatibility of some political blocs, even though it does not satisfy the ambition of all the political blocs, because of some paragraphs, stressing dissatisfaction of the Kurdistan Alliance to this law, because it does not meet all demands."
He explained, "It was supposed to give a seat to the Fayli Kurds from the seats of the quota, and give the component Yezidi two seats instead of one, and this applies to the Shabak minority, the Armenians one seat as well, and this did not happen.
Othman expected not to challenge this law in the Federal Court from any bloc or a specific party, because of external pressures on all political blocs to hold the elections on schedule, according to the law, which was passed recently. "
Baghdad owes the Kurdistan region $19.5 billion 6.11.2013
November 6, 2013
ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— The Iraqi Federal Government owes the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) 27 trillion ID, (approximately $19.5 billion); while the KRG has sent $1 million to Baghdad, a Kurdish official says.
Rasheed Tahir, the KRG Deputy Minister of Finance, told Basnews that the federal government has yet to pay the Kurdistan region its share of the Iraqi budget, which includes the sovereign and governance expenses and Kurdish national forces’ (Peshmerga) budget, amongst other sectors.
Tahir insists that KRG leaders should be more forceful in their attempt to receive money from Baghdad. It is the Kurdistan Region’s right, he said.
“We have already discussed the issue with the Kurdish representatives, in an attempt to work on the issue in a more intensive way,” he added.
“We have already sent an official letter to the Iraqi government, asking for unpaid expenses between 2004 and 2012 to be paid back to the KRG,” the official said.
According to Tahir, Baghdad has accused the KRG of not sending oil revenues to Baghdad, but “we have sent $1 million in revenues,” he said.
Tahir said that the KRG received the 2008 complementary budget, but that the Iraqi government has not paid since.
Najiba Najib, a Kurdish MP in the Iraqi Parliament, said that they have tried to get Kurdistan’s financial rights back.
Disagreements between Baghdad and Erbil over oil revenues and budget are on-going and appear to be worsening.
According to the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi government should send 17% to the Kurdistan Region,www.Ekurd.net but Kurdish officials have often said that Baghdad only sends 10-11%.
By Shwan Barzinji. Published by Ekurd.net in cooperation with Basnews.
Iraq minister, BP CEO visit Kirkuk to win support for oil deal
Wed Nov 6, 2013 10:26am EST
* Iraq oil minister, BP CEO visit Kirkuk oilfield
* Kirkuk governor pledges full support for BP deal
* BP to boost output from Kirkuk oilfield
KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Iraq's oil minister and the chief executive of BP paid a rare visit to the northern Kirkuk oilfield on Wednesday to win over the local government before the UK major starts to revive the field, which straddles the border with autonomous Kurdistan.
Baghdad signed a deal in early September for BP to develop the giant oilfield, allowing the company to negotiate access to significant reserves in the north in return for helping to arrest a huge decline in output.
Kirkuk's oil riches are at the centre of a crisis within the national government of Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish parties over how to share power. The KRG rejects BP's Kirkuk pact as illegal, because it has not been consulted.
The project has, however, won crucial support from Kirkuk's governor, Najimeldin Kareem, a Kurd.
"We will provide complete support for BP to develop Kirkuk oilfield because it will generate a significant benifit for the province in relating to petrodollar revenues", Kareem told reporters in Kirkuk.
Oil officials with Iraq's state-run North Oil Co (NOC) said Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi accompanied BP CEO Bob Dudley to the 78-year-old oilfield - where output has slumped to around 280,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 900,000 bpd in 2001.
"BP has ambitious plans to boost production from the Kirkuk oilfield to achieve big benefits for Iraq and the people of Kirkuk," Luaibi told reporters.
The company would work on the Baghdad-administered side of the border on the Baba and Avana geological formations. Kirkuk's third formation, Khurmala, is controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and being developed by the Iraqi Kurdish KAR group.
The agreement allows the British oil major - which already operates Iraq's biggest oilfield, Rumaila - to boost its exposure in the world's fifth biggest holder of oil reserves.
Baghdad hopes BP will eventually sign a technical service contract at Kirkuk like the one for Rumaila, an Iraqi oil source said. The company expects, however, to negotiate better commercial terms for this contract, industry sources said.
At the start, BP will spend up to $100 million to help stop Kirkuk's decline and carry out surveys to get a clear picture of the field. Iraqi officials have said they would like BP to raise production capacity to around 600,000 bpd in five years.
Iraq's central government and the KRG are locked in a widening dispute over control of oil exports, oilfields and territory that is fraying the country's uneasy federal union.
Baghdad insists it alone has the sole authority to sign deals and export oil, but Kurdistan says the constitution allows it to agree to contracts and ship oil independently of Baghdad.
Exxon, Chevron and Total have infuriated the central government by signing lucrative production sharing agreements with the KRG. BP has no interest in pursuing upstream opportunities in Kurdistan, industry sources said.
"Today's visit succeeded in securing the complete support from the local government of Kirkuk and that's exactly what was needed for BP to start developing the Kirkuk oilfield," a senior oil official told Reuters.
As a result of damage to paper currency .. Re-use of mineral claims for small monetary categories
As a result of damage to most of them, can not maintain their quality for a long period of use, has become the currency with small groups into grumbling and resentment of the citizens as a result of digging majority, thus opening the door to calls for restoration of the coin for these categories of money they are not affected by various factors that are exposed during circulation for long periods.
To talk about this topic, I found newspaper (public opinion) that some dialogue about it, was following her Poses with some of the interviewed:
Citizen Jabar Ali (retired) told us about it, saying, "This phenomenon exists in all countries of the world, but they are dealing with naturally contrary to what exists we have, it is assumed that the banks isolating banknotes affected and printed new alternatives to them; so as to facilitate the handling of such currency on an ongoing basis, wondering, why do not you print new currency instead المتهرئة the distribution?. This is what we suffer through pension Tkadhina our salaries every two months, are often torn.
Aqeel al-Saadi citizens (employees) adds that "the majority of Iraqi banks impose those currencies on account managers, who in turn distribute salaries to employees, and who will suffer in the dispensing commands to later in markets that are not accepted by."
While Hussein Mohammed pointed out (taxi driver) to the National that our currencies are made of paper is good, and print is good, which displays it to be damaged, sometimes we are forced to accept these currencies damaged citizens after the despair of the existence of other good.
She drew the Mona Ghalib (employee) to consider the need to be replaced ministry Currency damaged and pumped to the market a new currency of the categories themselves, and the launch of currency small; to stop the rise in prices as a result of the absence of these categories, as well as re-work coin to preserve the paper from damage.
And Kausar complained Zuhair (housewife) rejection of most of the shop owners and taxi receipt of the some pretext damage currencies note she got from during Tdaha to the needs of the home of one of them.
The Amar Abdullah (dealer), referring to another problem experienced by the majority of colleagues his career from the Iraqi currency, which it does not fit in business dealings; because the largest category in which a small value to our work, as well as the speed of damage to the poor quality of the paper used in the industry, so we are forced to deal in foreign currencies (the U.S. dollar) for easy carrying and the difficulty of forgery and good quality.
Director banks Hilal Taan explained that the currency is currently composed of six categories: twenty-five, and ten thousand, five thousand, and this is very good not complain of any problems, but the imbalance is happening in the categories of Alpha and Alkhmsmih and two hundred and fifty dinars, being smaller and frequent trading in them.
He added that the Iraqi currency printed by a foreign entity and difficult to forge, but the younger categories suffer rupture being the most in the deal, nor harm from dealing in these currencies as a general situation in all countries of the world and naturally used and accepted by everyone.
He stressed that if citizens can repeat this case back to the banks and replace damaged currency with new ones, and this issue does not pose a threat to the movement of the Iraqi market.
With regard to the lack of small coins as a result of exposure to damage, explained that the need to can these categories refer to the banks and replace the large groups that possession of small ones and new ones.
Hilal Taan stressed that the project coin exists in all countries of the world, but in Iraq need to be a period of time to accustom citizen them again, as well as the implementation of the plan to delete the three zeroes, pointing out that in the earlier agreement was reached between concerned to postpone the project until the end of 2015 , then deleting the zeros "means the currency's strength in dealing small in size" becomes there is a need to launch a coin.
Hadi economist Kamal stressed the need to reconsider the relation damaged money by the central bank by toggling the damaged ones new ones فوجودها the longer a nuisance to the citizens, especially in their dealings and mobility markets.
He hinted that in all countries of the world there is a rate of 5 percent can be added by the Central Bank to currency trading related to gross national security and the financial result of the damage and to increase the number of residents and transactions, as well as trade activity, and this is what is working even in countries with economic systems conservative, adding that the Government of Iraq credit card is weak and adoption of macro-trading cash should be considered in the renewal of banknotes damaged and distributed among citizens in order to facilitate their dealings, stressing the role of the law in this aspect, since there is no need to impose a fine on those who do not accept the money.
A member of the Finance Committee: the House of Representatives responsible for the failure of the banking sector
07-11-2013 04:50 AM
Baghdad (news) .. Download a member of the Finance Committee MP / coalition of Kurdish blocs / Dler Qadir, the Iraqi parliament responsibility for failure of the banking sector, not being able to enactment of the necessary local banks to develop their work. said is capable (of the Agency news): The CBI does not assume responsibility back winning the work of the banking sector, because it's obligations and busy now how to develop and support the monetary policy in the country, especially the sale of hard currency and the stability of the Iraqi dinar. explained: the House of Representatives and in particular the committees of Economy and Finance النيابيتين bear why he did not keep up with local banks, the evolution in global banks, so as to not being able to legislation of a special law supports local banks and encourages them to develop their work. added: that Iraq needs to be integrated banking sector and comprehensive works according to modern electronic systems so as to advance the development of the country.
Albzona: electoral law will change the map of alliances and new blocks will have a role in the change [audio]
Thursday, October 07, 2 / November 2013 08:30
[Baghdad - where]
Likely independent MP in the House of Representatives Jawad Albzona, change the political map of alliances following the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The House of Representatives has approved last Monday on the parliamentary election law after long negotiations between the political blocs.
He said Albzona told all of Iraq [where] that "the electoral law passed by the Parliament lends itself openly lists among themselves rather than be isolated in its current form and possible to change alliances as a result of the law that allowed the blocks small to get the votes to enter parliament and therefore do not think that the map of alliances will remain on the unchanged both in the State of Law coalition or Iraqi or other that was really bent on law Hundt put 100 thousand votes electoral threshold of Iraq in general. "
"We will see what happened in the larger provinces, considering that the public were not high confidence in this small blocs in local elections and this confidence will grow and we will see new competition blocks have a role in making change in the next stage."
The House of Representatives has approved on Monday, an amendment to the election law controversial, depending Law Saint Lego average to become the number of seats in the next parliament 328 seats, 310 of them original and 18 compensatory, including 8 seats for Kota minorities were distributed among the five seats for Christians and one seat for each of the Shabak and right and Yazidis as has been allocated 3 seats in the provinces of Kurdistan Region three, and 7 seats agreed to distribute between the National Alliance and the Iraqi List and include the provinces of Baghdad, Babylon, Muthanna, Dhi Qar, Basra, Diyala, and Anbar.
As opposed deputies from the provinces of Wasit and Salah al-Din on the number of seats allocated to Mhafeztém also objected deputies the Yezidi demanding component four seats instead of one seat and threatened to challenge the law in federal court. "
For his part, ruled out House Speaker Osama Najafi, that advancing a political appeal to the court of federal election law, "adding that" the law was approved by all parties, "he said, warning of" catastrophic consequences if the law has been challenged and the postponement of elections.
Hakim stresses the importance of the strategic vision to address the crisis
Thursday, October 07, 2 / November 2013 09:09
[Baghdad - where]
The President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim on the importance of the strategic vision to address the crisis.
A statement by the Office of the Supreme Islamic Council has received all of Iraq [where] a copy of it today that "al-Hakim stressed in his speech on the second night of the month of Muharram in the Council of Solace, which was held in his office that the strategic vision is to treat the problems and crises, returned them synonymous with feature insight , indicating that the lack of foresight of the most important challenges of the Iraqi and Arab society that created improvisational and confusion and ill-conceived attitudes. "
He added that "enables human insight to make the right decision at the right time, noting that the strategic vision related to daily life, and the nation that possesses insight not fail and do not hesitate to they diagnosed track, stressing that provided insight recipe Islam to address the problems."
And between Hakim said that "terrorists today do not have the honor and courage as they stretch for the killers of Hussein [p] and his enemies, explaining that Hussein [p] carry the message of life and sacrifice in order that others live, calling to benefit from the experiences of history so as not to be an individual lesson from through.