Chattels ~ " Evict Maliki " Countdown is 33 Days until the SCHEDULED Election ***
* NOTE that the countdown notice has been amended to qualify the Election as " Scheduled " to give emphasis to the tenuous state of political / constitutional affairs in Iraq in recent days and specifically the mention in the news of a possible delay in the election due to the Anbar diaspora.
Maliki Accuses Parliament of Trying to Delay Elections
RUDAW / ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused parliament of trying to delay next month’s legislative elections, a day after the Iraqi High Electoral Commission (IHEC) resigned en-masse, apparently to protest a decision cancelling its powers to disqualify candidates.
“The government stands behind the Electoral Commission for whatever it needs, from money and facilities to contractual procedures to make everything ready for the elections,” Maliki said, after IHEC commissioners submitted their resignations in protest to legislative and executive pressures.
Maliki accused parliament of trying to delay the April polls.
The Iraqi parliament’s Kurdistan Alliance lamented that the commission has become a political victim. In the meantime, it accused unidentified parties of attempting to delay the polls.
In a statement, the US Embassy in Baghdad weighed in support for the commission and the democratic process.
“The United States fully supports Iraq’s democracy and democratic institutions as defined and established in the Iraqi Constitution, specifically Article 102, which provides for the independence and neutrality of the Independent High Electoral Commission,” the embassy said.
“We urge the commissioners to continue this important work, to ensure elections proceed as scheduled, and affirm that the United States will stand behind the full independence of IHEC over the weeks and months ahead,” it added.
The special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Iraq (SRSG) Nickolay Mladenov hailed the professionalism of the IHEC and reaffirmed the UN’s full support. “The IHEC has demonstrated a high level of professionalism in planning and conducting complex elections, including the next Council of Representatives’ elections, despite security concerns,” he said in a statement posted on the UNAMI website.
“UNAMI reiterates its full support for the independence and the integrity of the IHEC, he added.
Meanwhile, Maliki said there was “a wave of anger” against some of the IHEC’s decisions, particularly over the disqualification of candidates.
“A wave of anger and resentment has risen from the decisions of the commission relating to the process of exclusion or admission of candidates, in accordance with powers granted to the commission, which is in accordance with the applicable law under which it operates."
"We cannot object to something now because this is part of the rights granted by the law," he noted.
Maliki urged those who think that there are flaws in the procedures to make new laws or amend the current ones.
He also denounced a decision that would force the IHEC to cancel its process of vetting candidates.
That would be, “a violation of the law, a violation of the authority of the judiciary, a violation of the authority of the IHEC and a dangerous behavior," he said.
The quarrel between parliament the executive and the IHEC began after the legislature decided on March 19 that the IHEC could not ban candidates who have court warrants against them.
Maliki said he fears "of attempts to postpone the elections.”
Iraqi political parties have accused the prime minister of settling political scores through banning candidates, believing that the government is behind the bans. The bans includes many candidates from the Iraqiya list of former premier Ayad Allawi and the Ahrar list of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
According to reports, some other political dissidents of the prime minister are among the banned candidates. The most notable one is Izzat Shabandar, a former close associate of the prime minister who broke away from him at the end of last year. ARTICLE LINK
Vice Barzani: If you do not accept the evolution of Kurdistan and Baghdad understands the rights of the Kurds to secede or not the Confederate
Alsumaria / Labeled vice president of the Kurdistan Regional Government Imad Ahmed, on Thursday, remarks by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on the killing of journalist Mohamed Bedaiwi as against "the Constitution and the co-existence" in Iraq, noting that if you do accept Baghdad growth of the Kurdistan region and Ataatvhm rights of the Kurds to not turn the system in Iraq to the confederation or separation.
Ahmed said during an interview with the Kurdish section of the Voice of America that it had seen "Alsumaria News", "The prime minister's comments on Iraq Nouri al-Maliki murder of journalist Mohammed Bedaiwi illegal and irresponsible," viewing it as "against the Constitution and the coexistence in Iraq."
Ahmed said that "it was taking legal action against the accused," pointing out that "if it is to exploit this issue to stir the emotions and feelings of the citizens and used as the elections against the Kurds would be a political mistake."
Ahmed pointed out that "if Baghdad did not accept the growth and development of the Kurdistan region but do not understand the rights of the Kurds for not understanding the separation instead of war," indicating "not to switch to a confederation or an independent state without causing damage to any party."
The Presidency of the Kurdistan region, expressed in (March 25, 2014), expressed regret for the death of academic and journalist Mohamed Bedaiwi in the city of Baghdad, and insisting on the need to lead the judiciary role in this file away from the desire of some politicians, illegal, called on the central government to sit down for an end to this troubled relationship "if they do not want Sisterhood."
And met with the murder of journalist Mohamed Badawi at the hands of one officer regiment presidential Jadiriya Baghdad, denunciations formal and extensive media included occultation dozens of local newspapers for publication last Sunday, as tens of media personnel in the organization of the funeral of symbolic Bedaiwi, while expressing embassies and international organizations and bodies denunciation of the crime, including the United Nations Organization Mission in Iraq, while the Ministry warned Affairs (Peshmerga) in the Kurdistan region of the danger of "exploiting the issue politically," and described the process of encircling the seat of the President of the Republic during the attempt to arrest the killer as a "major problem." ARTICLE LINK
Hakim: No choice but to Iraqis unity crisis and crisis management in all sectors
Baghdad - The President of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, the importance of a clear vision and comprehensive strategy to rebuild Iraq.
A statement for the presidency of the Supreme Council received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of the al-Hakim said during a national meeting of the expanded professors at his office in Baghdad today the importance of adopting the application of the strategic vision to rebuild Iraq team line efficiently, "noting that" the vision and the team harmonious and revolution administrative tools are to gain access to a modern state fair. "
He Hakim according to the statement that "the required political solutions and not giving describe the case and the problems experienced by the everyday citizen in his main concern," stressing that "the discounts do not produce anything, not an option for the Iraqis, but the nation and the unity within the Iraqi project."
The head of the Supreme Council that "higher education is the pillar of the most important in the development project because it deals with the rights and human potential is the key to building a modern state fair," noting "the importance of complementarity between Education and Higher Education and the planning for the construction of private universities sober compete with public universities," pointing to " the need to update the curriculum in line with the development in the world. "
Hakim renewed "emphasis on the Iraq crisis to crisis management in all sectors," calling for "the advancement of the structures greeting Iraqi universities and interest in missions, especially missions, management and distribution in proportion to the population of each province."
And that "universities can contribute to solve the problems of consulting the ministries, and the importance of linking the university to public life because it is an important station to brainstorm which result in a lot of processors," stressing the "benefit of the scientific energies do not retire with science." ARTICLE LINK
Secret agreement between Erbil and Ankara: Oil for independence
GAZETTE~informed sources revealed the signing of the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Barzani during his recent visit to Turkey on a secret agreement include support for the efforts of the Government of Ankara Kurdish secession from Iraq1in return for the region that provides oil and all its derivatives to the world through Turkish territory.
Said sources, quoting agency Ur News that "the two sides have agreed in principle to support Turkey's efforts Iraqi Kurds to the independence of Iraqi Kurdistanand provide them throughout the transition period to judge the independent pensions staff and the conduct of public life and logistical support to the border and intelligence effort against the secret treaty undeclared been the signing of the first principles of the Iraqi Kurdish and Turkish Kurdistan that they should include all oil products to Turkey and then also to the world. "
The source pointed out that Ankara has pledged to Barzani to confront the Iraqi government implicitly and by various means is declared and that is the Kurds where in the interface and confrontation in addition to the Kurdistan separate new will play the role of the Kurdish leadership in the Kurdish parts of the four and the confiscation of the role of the PKK against the development of a strategy of sustainable economic between the two sides and to increase the volume of investments and Turkish companies operating and expertise in various fields.
Barzani visited Turkey recently and discussed with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a number of files and most notably the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil regarding oil wealth. ARTICLE LINK
RED LILY ~ WHOA! I have suspicions that IF the wording in the budget does not change, we may see KURDISTAN'S secession from Iraq.
1secret agreement include support for the efforts of the Government of Ankara Kurdish secession from Iraq
Maliki: the popular uprising that nearly achieved its goal to topple the dictatorial regime of the conspiracy nor the regional and international
GAZETTE~- recalled Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the popular uprising that came out of people from north to south to topple the former regime in 1991, stressing that it almost does not achieve its goal of regional and international conspiracy.
Maliki said in a statement received news agency public opinion (and babysit), we 'recall these days the passage of twenty-three years on the uprising of the Iraqi People's major shook the throne of the regime of Saddam dictatorial regime in 1991, as we recall Championships and the will of the people to defeat the corrupt regime and not to surrender to the policies of repressive " .
He added that "the people of the north to south break in this uprising barrier of fear imposed by the system after long years of repression, deprivation and planting abhorrent sectarianism, and the adventures that squandered the wealth of the country and claimed the lives of thousands of its sons in wars stray was beginning to Iran and most recently the invasion of Kuwait."
"The slogan of the popular uprising first and last is to bring down the dictatorial regime of sectarian apartheid and put an end to recklessness and tyranny and oppression ', noting that' the uprising that nearly achieved its stated goal while enabling invalidation of the expulsion of the ousted regime of 14 provinces mollified, not for the conspiracy regional and international levels and opacity media meant that the regime of Saddam prepared to regain control and commit the worst crimes of genocide. "
He stressed that "this system lawful those provinces and carried out a campaign of arbitrary arrests of thousands of people and buried alive at the mass graves and bulldozed farmland and palm groves and violated the sanctities and holy shrines, which sought refuge with women, children and the elderly were not spared from the tyranny ', valuing' attitude rebel uprising and martyrs who rebelled for the dignity of Iraq and freedom, and those who initially registered the truth what has been achieved for each of the defeats of the system in all provinces of Iraq. "p / h ARTICLE LINK
Iraq and the United States sign a strategic cooperation agreement to address the risks of chemical weapons
GAZETTE~Iraq has signed and the United States in Baghdad a program of bilateral cooperation in the framework of a strategic deal of the risks posed by chemical weapons.
A statement from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad received news agency public opinion, a copy of "The program aims to formulate cooperation frameworks and the efforts of both countries, and efforts to identify the threat posed by chemical weapons and mitigate the impact of threats resulting therefrom through the development of a national plan to deal with these threats and improve Iraq's defense capabilities in this area. "
The statement added, "It is through this framework agreement to identify the nature of the threats posed by chemical weapons, taking into account the capabilities enjoyed by Iraq to deal with such threats."
He pointed out that "the governments of Iraq and the United States encyclopedia of this document during the drafting of the plan to do an assessment of the risks of chemical weapons, and develop plans to deal with the threats of chemical and biological emergency, and the implementation of the exchange and training programs."
"The United States will continue to provide strong support for the Government of Iraq and to cooperate with them as set out in the Strategic Framework Agreement signed between the two countries."
And recently traveled a century in charge of senior Iraqi officials to the U.S. to meet with their counterparts in the government of the United States in order to discuss strategies to protect Iraq from the risk of chemical threats. According to the statement ARTICLE LINK
The death of a candidate for a coalition of Najafi armed attack north of Mosul
GAZETTE~ - According to a police source in Nineveh, on Thursday, that a candidate for the bloc united under the leadership of House Speaker Osama Najafi killed an armed attack by unknown assailants in northern Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad). ARTICLE LINK
Killed seven insurgents "Daash" in military operations in Baghdad and Anbar
GAZETTE~ The Interior Ministry announced on Thursday that the security force was able to kill seven militants one sniper in "Daash", also found on the CDs of the missiles during security operations west of the capital Baghdad, and Anbar (based in Ramadi, 110 km west of Baghdad).
Said Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan: "The strength of the 60 Iraqi Army Brigade managed to kill a sniper belongs to organize Daash in the area west of Baghdad grooms."
Maan added that "the band eighth in the Iraqi army, killed six terrorists and found the CDs of the missiles, as well as the destruction of the excavator was trying to dig a refuge for terrorist gangs during security operations in Anbar province."
It is noteworthy that the security situation in the capital, Baghdad, have been strained since the middle of last year 2013 ARTICLE LINK
The death of two civilians and wounding seven in a car bombing in Amiriyah, west of Baghdad
GAZETTE~ Two people were killed and seven others wounded when a car bomb in the Amiriyah area west of the capital.
A security source said: "The two people were killed and seven wounded after a car bomb explosion in the Amiriya district west of Baghdad, and said the explosion also caused material damage to a number of cars and nearby buildings. ARTICLE LINK
The bombing of five homes for an officer in the army and police in Fallujah
GAZETTE~ A source in Anbar Operations Command, said Thursday that the five houses to officers in the army and police have been detonated by (Daash) and grab seven other houses belonging to local government officials in Fallujah (62 km west of Baghdad).
The source said: "The elements Daash managed, the afternoon of the bombing of five houses belonging to officers in the army and police, improvised explosive devices in the areas of neighborhood Najafi, military and teachers, the center of Fallujah, which resulted in the destruction of homes completely without casualties," noting that "the houses were free moment to detonate. "
The source, who preferred anonymity, that "the organization Daash also seized seven homes Anbar local government officials."
The province of Anbar, based in the city of Ramadi, (110 km west of Baghdad), undergoing large-scale military. ARTICLE LINK
Network arrest armed confessed to killing a senior officer in the Iraqi army north of Baquba
GAZETTE~The Directorate of Police Khalis in Diyala province, on Thursday, said its forces had arrested a terrorist network during a security operation carried out north of Baquba (55 km northeast of Baghdad), as he emphasized that the network acknowledged the assassination of a senior officer in the Iraqi army, and many of the processes armed.
The police chief said Khalis Brigadier General Ghassan Alkhaddran: "The joint forces of the army and the police managed to arrest port assassination is the fourth batch band ninth century in the Iraqi army submitted corner Abbas al-Rubaie, after the ambush between the village of Sfat and Aldogmeh, in Khalis, north of Baquba ".
He added that the sedation process was based on "accurate intelligence," adding that "the detainee admitted criminal process is implemented with a large group of terrorists were arrested in the vicinity of the villages of Sfat and container."
He continued sedation, that "the detainees confessed to implementation of a lot of terrorist operations from Khalis to the borders of the capital Baghdad," he said, adding, "it was their words authentication elementary and prosecuted will receive just punishment and revenge for all the martyrs in Khalis."
The band is the fourth batch ninth century in the Iraqi army submitted corner Abbas al-Rubaie, was killed in a bomb explosion in a cemetery in the valley near the village of Arcop Sfat adjacent to Salahuddin province. ARTICLE LINK
Partial agreement between Baghdad and Erbil revives chances resolved
MPs reckon approve the budget during the next two weeks
GAZETTE~ With the continuation of talks between the central government and Kurdistan and the announcement of the final agreement to export oil through a pipeline network of national (SOMO), likely deputies approving the budget during the next two weeks with the exception of analysts and experts in the legal and political affairs of this agreement as a missionary to end the differences between the parties.
A member of the State of Law MP Furat al-Shara, the presence of deputies of the Kurdistan Alliance parliamentary session to be held next Sunday, as an important step toward speeding up the adoption of the budget.
Shara said, in a statement to the (newspaper public opinion), that "the next meeting on Sunday, will be charged with it in the second reading of the general budget and this is a very important step in order to speed up the approval
Expressing his belief that "after the announcement of the approval of the Kurdistan export oil through the pipeline network of national (SOMO) and confirm the presence of deputies of the parliamentary session to be held next Sunday, there will be no other problems hinder the adoption of the budget."
Pointing out that he "could be approving the budget within fifteen days or less if the situation continues as it is."
For his part, said a member of the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohsen al-Sadoun, the continuation of talks between the central government and the Kurdistan for an end to the outstanding problems and speed up the adoption of the budget.
A member of the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohsen al-Sadoun, in a press statement that "the Kurdistan Alliance constant search for an agreement that satisfies Baghdad and Erbil to end the problems of the financial budget."
He pointed out that "the tripartite committee in charge of Parliament will provide its final report to the Presidency of the Parliament this week, after the Finance Committee reduced the share of oil of Kurdistan."
Al-Saadoun said that "There are talks and negotiations are underway between Baghdad and Erbil on the number of barrels produced by Kurdistan in order to reach an agreement ending the outstanding problems facing the adoption of the federal budget."
The Iraqi Council of Representatives, has finished in its day Sunday, 03.16.2014, read the budget bill a first reading.
Legally, sees the legal expert Tareq Harb, said the amount of oil agreed with Kurdistan and b of (100) thousand barrels less than the amount of production, likely to vote on the budget bill with the beginning of the month of April next.
He said the war in a statement singled out by the (newspaper public opinion), that "the amount of oil agreed with Kurdistan and of b (100) thousand barrels less than the amount of production of up to 400 thousand barrels and thus was worthwhile increased to 200 thousand for resolving all outstanding issues between the central government and Kurdistan. "
He pointed out that "the presence of deputies of the Kurdistan Alliance to the meeting of the Council of Representatives to be held next Sunday, the definitive guide and clear to reach a tentative agreement between the central government and Kurdistan in order to speed up the adoption of the budget," he said, adding that "the speech deputies Kurdistan Alliance during the current period, heralds the approaching approving the budget. "
Likely "to vote on the budget bill during the beginning of the month of April next year."
The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, had announced earlier, to resume the export of crude oil, the amount of 100 thousand barrels per day in the first of April next, through a network of pipelines national (SOMO) and continue to export to while solving the outstanding problems between Kurdistan and Baghdad.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives, announced on 24 - March, for the second reading of the budget will be next Sunday, adding that the meeting will discuss other laws. ARTICLE LINK
RED LILY ~ In recent reports we have seen that the Central Government has not agreed to Barzani's "Goodwill Gesture" of 100,000 barrels of oil a day off the top as the 2014 Budget stipulates. Keep in mind that Barzani has put forth effort in regards to this and SOMO as well. However, the Central Government still wants to play hardball. In the article above, it looks like the Central Government may counter-offer Kurdistan with 200,000 barrels of oil off the top PER DAY. So the beat goes on.. we wait and see ...
*** Real change is often occassioned only by failure and disappointment. I will be surprised if either " side " alters their position on the greater and permanent issues before the election. To do so may adversely affect their election prospects in their view, so I expect that there will be a short term budget resolution until we see what happens with the election ***
Presidency of the parliament budget included in the agenda of the session next Sunday
GAZETTE~ - decided Presidency of the Council of Representatives, on Thursday, the inclusion of the budget formally on the agenda of the parliament session which will be held next Sunday, in order to accomplish its second reading. ARTICLE LINK