"Evict Maliki " Countdown is 22 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. Add to the foregoing the " threat" of the election occurring under martial law with Maliki as the chief executive officer.
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Contacts between al-Sadr and al-Hakim and Barzani to keep al-Maliki and arrange alliances after the elections
Tue Apr 08 2014 00:19 | (Voice of Iraq)
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Confirmed list of «free» actress of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, they discussed the possibility of an alliance with the «Islamic Council», headed by Ammar al-Hakim, to reshape «National Alliance» (Shiite) condition that is not headed by a coalition «rule of law», led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Do not assume that the latter third term.
The leader of the Supreme Council, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said that «the current power will not succeed in the elections no matter what the potential use state».
Sadr, Hakim received the day before yesterday, and phoned the leader of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani to discuss the election.
A spokesman for the bloc «Liberal» Jawad al-Jubouri's «life» that «Contacts Chest with Hakim and Barzani is to look at the developments of the situation in Iraq, especially in relation to the delay in approving the budget and the deteriorating security situation and the decline in the government's performance in general», adding that «leaders The three are trying to maintain the security and integrity of the country during this period of transition sensitive ».
And the expected post-election alliances, Jubouri said the bloc «successful coalition would be combined with mass citizen (led by al-Hakim), which was approved after the local elections last year, and was a strong alliance and successful in a number of central and southern governorates».
He added: «We have a lot of the participants with the brothers in the Supreme Council and the intention now is to keep the« National Alliance »condition not to be led by the« rule of law »and not to renew the owners for a third term so as not to continue the problems, especially with the Kurds and the western provinces».
He explained: «We have good relations with all parties, especially with the Kurds and the coalition« united »(led by Parliament Speaker Osama Najafi) at a time when income Maliki's coalition in a feud with everyone, what ground forming the next government if you do not re-arrangement leaves the National Alliance».
He pointed out that «the current contacts and meetings shortened a lot of time and effort after the election, especially given that each party would expect Istita weight in the next Parliament».
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region Nechirvan Barzani spoke during a televised interview for the third term, said: «We have no red lines. I do not imagine that it will be as easy as last time, we have a difficult experience and our calculations will be accurate ».
For his part, the leader of the «Supreme Council» former Vice-President Adel Abdul-Mahdi said «stream power will not work no matter what the state and its potential use».
He said in a statement that «hopes were pinned on building a state of an adult based on the Constitution and the institutions and protect the rights and freedoms of citizens and the development of an independent judiciary, and move away from the militarization, any short completion of the state flogged by the people and live on their expense, to the State of the citizen, where the goal of serving the people and the homeland».
He explained that «the conflict in the elections, in essence, between those who want the triumph of the power to govern the country and the people and those who want the victory of the people and the state and authority of genuine, despite the overlapping fronts and intentions and between the links severe blurred vision and circulate the verdicts, in the heart of this overlaps there momentum and behaviors tend to shed and singling out and take everything from the state and the judiciary and the people, into a tool used for himself at the expense of everything else, and another is moving to build a state of citizenship and the people, and this conflict approaches and ideas and visions, we hope to exploit the people in the elections ».
Iraqis do not believe their voices strong case for change after April 30
Tue Apr 08 2014 04:25 | (Voice of Iraq)
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Amid went Iraqis by the end of this month to the polls to cast their ballots in the first parliamentary elections after the departure of U.S. forces in December of 2011, feels Iraqi Many of frustration and disappointment of the performance of the current parliament, who worked 134 days just over 4 years, as reflected by the weakness of important a change in the general situation in their country.
People do not forget the many promises made by politicians for them and all the currents and trends over the past four years.
As the Iraqis say that there is not a law passed by the House of Representatives was possible to ease the economic needs, and what the security situation is still as bad as it always, and corruption remains widespread in the general aspects of the state.
Said Ali Mohsen, 33, a resident of Baghdad, said that "the Iraqi parliament creation in recent years countries die when people cheap, and Atnscher poverty in it, and descended to the bottom, until he became so weak that the neighboring countries are all able to intervene in Iraqi affairs."
The political observer Mohammad Al-Kaabi, do not see "Parliament in the world can be compared to the Iraqi parliament in terms of the laziness and the struggle for self-interest."
A report recently issued by the Observatory of the Iraqi parliament said that the Iraqi parliament has only worked 134 days over the past four years, and 100 deputy did not attend any sessions at all.
Al-Kaabi said that Iraqi politicians are mired in their rivalries and no place to the interests of the country in their agenda.
Kaabi said that "political conflicts overshadow the parliament," he said, adding that "these conflicts, which we call a line with (political) are just about the ramifications of external conflicts, free of any post-national".
The Observatory says the Iraqi parliament, who is monitoring the activities of the Parliament in the recent period was proposed more than 100 bill in Parliament, but did not exceed any law, including the first reading.
Among the bills that oil and gas law, which led from the beginning to serious conflicts and political fallout between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.
It is believed that Al-Kaabi, members of parliament are tools, however, their political parties, and that perhaps they have accomplished anything in parliament, then it is to ensure their future.
He says that "the House of Representatives are giving priority to their personal interests before thinking about anything else."
Kaabi and adds that "the pension law is a living example of this talk."
He explains that "the pension law that passed in the House of Representatives quickly and aims to ensure the pension rights of parliamentarians, and as a result of this wheel has contained a lot of imbalance and injustice."
According to what he sees al-Kaabi, the current members of the House of Representatives leave behind a legacy of political wrangling, and conflicts within their parties, and the insults and shouting matches that do not necessarily help the next parliament nor the people as a whole.
Ali Mohsen and suffer from the possibility that people can not change anything ballots. He believes that political parties and members of parliament can not create a system in which elections can make a difference and make a difference.
He says that "citizens do not have the option to change the geopolitical map, because the absence of laws regulating the activities of political parties, they operate according to their agendas and ethnic sectarianism, which qualifies them to run for election again and again in spite of its failure."
And saw the current parliament, and still, all conflicts between the political blocs. All positions are based on a purely partisan interests. The proof is not to pass the budget.
The school says Sri Abbas, 25, from Baghdad, said that "there is no solution to the political process in Iraq, and the only answer to this dilemma is to resort to the political majority in the next government."
The Observatory Iraqi parliament said in its latest report that the House of Representatives in March last held four sessions, which included a 14 paragraph, have not been implemented, including 4 paragraphs, and read the 5 laws of a first reading, and read 4 Rules second reading, and did not vote on any law of which, and achieved Hosting one, and read a statement by one, and held only two sessions of the vote, and did not read the word in the state parliament, the parliament did not take place in March of any interrogation session, and did not submit any report.
Economist: Iraq has taken measures sufficient to protect his assets abroad
Baghdad - and babysit - The economic expert Majid picture, that Iraq has taken measures during the past two years is enough to protect Iraqi funds for the claim is legitimate in general.
And said the picture told (public opinion): "that the claims of the public and private sector have been fully resolved, and there are some claims simple, even sector U.S. private has been settled after payment of 400 million dinars, which is in the process of resolving the debt of the private sector which is the limits of two million billion dollars." . And as much as the picture size of Iraqi funds abroad up to 6.2 billion dollars, adding that "the decision was taken that the Central Bank of Iraq is the one who shall move the money, and according to the central banks these funds are protected and may not be agitated," he said, adding that "claims illegal affect the Paris Club agreement, which stipulates that may not meet all the requests at once. "
The next witness Date 05/22/2014 change economically and strategically a lift protection for Iraqi funds deposited in banks in the United States. Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the previous appearance of Mohammed Saleh: "It's (22 May 2014), will raise U.S. protection for Iraqi funds deposited in the" Development Fund for Iraq, "and will receive the responsibility of the Iraqi Central Bank directly, after the withdrawal of Iraq from Chapter VII in (27 June 2013). "according to the newspaper uprightness
He stressed that: "Deposits Development Fund for Iraq, which come from oil imports have been deposited in the Reserve Bank and the U.S. is a discount of 5% of Kuwait's compensation in accordance with Section VII imposed by the United Nations against Iraq."
Congress of Kurdistan: the budget will not recognize without taking the 17%
Tue Apr 08 2014 04:16 | (Voice of Iraq)
The vice president of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc Mohsen al-Sadoun, on Monday, said that the draft federal budget will not pass without compatibility with the Kurds and without taking our share of them, which is 17%.
Sadoun said that the Parliament has not been able to resolve the draft budget without compatibility with the Kurds, in addition to the President of the Parliament refuses to approve the budget without us in order to preserve our alliances in the future.
"They [state law] claim that they are able to pass the budget without a majority of the Kurds, but for several sessions were not able to complete the quorum for meetings.
"I can not pass the federal budget without reference and compatibility with the Kurds."
The central government has called on the Kurds to export oil through the marketing company SOMO, and pay amounts of oil exported from the region over the past year compared to exchange the region's share of the budget, which angered the Kurds.
For his part, denied the prime minister in the Kurdistan Regional Government, Barzani, the region and agreed that the company issued "Sumo" of oil from the region alone. "We did not agree never to be a company (SOMO) is the only party to the export of oil., We can not do it."
The deputy prime minister for energy, Hussain al-Shahristani, has said recently that the Kurdistan region has agreed to export oil through the company "Sumo" national.
Promised the Kurdistan Alliance bloc, on Monday, demanding the federal government to form a joint committee is working to determine the actual capacity of the Kurdistan region to export oil, "late", calling for the need to deal with the Kurdish proposal as the beginning of the crisis Halhh.
He revealed Ali al-Moussawi, media adviser to the prime minister on Saturday, are prerequisites for the development of the federal government to approve the proposal for the export of 100 000 barrels of crude oil from the region are to ensure continuity in the export and hurling a committee to determine the actual capacity of the region to export oil.
A member of the bloc, and the decision of the Parliamentary Committee on Oil Qasim Muhammad that "the federal government was supposed to work on the formation of the committee in coordination with the KRG before the drafting of the federal budget and placed under the province exported 400 000 barrels of oil per day."
Mohammed added that "the budget in the House of Representatives and the government has to deal with the proposal of the Kurdistan region to export 100 000 barrels per day as the beginning of resolving the crisis between the two parties."
The President proposed the Kurdistan Regional Government to start exporting region 100 000 barrels per day in the first of this month, but the Ministry of Natural Resources in the province said that the export was postponed after a request and the Federal Ministry of Oil.
The House of Representatives decided on Sunday to form a committee Quad new alternative on the Tripartite Commission, which failed to reach an agreement on the contentious budget items this year.
For his part, the Deputy Speaker Arif Tayfur, Monday, criticism of the National Alliance and the political blocs and the clergy and the Iraqi civil society organizations on what he called the silence on the inhumane practices by the government against the Kurds by cutting the salaries of the staff of the Kurdistan region.
Across Tayfur said in a statement surprised the existence of working for the return of "central abhorrent and totalitarian regime" in the country, expressing regret for "deliberately" the federal government in Baghdad to follow the policy of imposing sanctions on more than eight million people in the Kurdistan region and cut off their livelihood through continued prevent financial dues for projects and salaries intentionally due to the lack of approving the budget.
He said he did not see any opposition to the National Alliance and other blocks for these behaviors and practices, pointing out that employees in all of Iraq's provinces get paid monthly and ongoing service projects.
He considered that this method not only explains the purpose of "pressure and persecution," noting that these methods have been used previously against the Kurdish people during the former regime.
He also expressed surprise at the Scott clerics in Iraq and civil society organizations all the powers of national and local governments and individuals active in the political arena of what is happening from the practices of "inhumane" against the people of the region, calling on everyone to pause and purely national support of the Kurdish people and an end to the policy of destruction of livelihoods and not to make Territory victim of political disputes and political miscarriage in electoral battles.
And resulted in differences between Arbil and Baghdad on the issue of the export of oil to the region delayed the House of Representatives in approving the budget for the current year.
Maliki's opponents are expanding circle Tfihamathm against his third term .. The coalition insists it
Tue Apr 08 2014 04:05 | (Voice of Iraq) -
Baghdad: «Middle East»
Expanded opponents of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki circle Tfihamathm recently at a time the propaganda campaign for the upcoming elections on 30 April, the current peak. After announcing his retirement from politics a few months ago he returned the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to the forefront of the political scene strongly after announcing support cluster that trace his movement «block free» in the upcoming elections, which, according to observers, the loose coalition of state law, led by al-Maliki audience promise closest to him , a public movement, from the premise that the founder of the Dawa Party, which is led by al-Maliki's uncle Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
A day after meeting with the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim in his headquarters in Najaf in order to coordinate positions for the next stage, especially with the announcement of the Sadrists put up an independent candidate for the post of prime minister in the framework of understandings with each of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc «united» led by Osama Najafi was a telephone conversation between the chest and the head of the Kurdistan region, Massoud Barzani. A statement issued by the Presidency of the Kurdistan region that «both sides they discussed during the call about the latest political developments in Iraq and the bad security situation that pervades many areas of the country, hoping to get out of Iraq as soon as this crisis». He also stressed the two sides according to the statement «the need to be conducted in the House of Representatives elections in an atmosphere of calm and timely decision, expressing the hope the participation of all Iraqis in which enthusiastically to get the desired change demanded by all parties».
In turn, said a spokesman for the Liberal bloc, Jawad al-Jubouri, told «Middle East» that «the leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr and the Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim is not would discuss the details of positions and locations with conviction full we are in the Sadrist movement and the Liberal bloc that there must be change For reasons that are not well-known secret to a ». The «see that the meeting may involve what is more important than it relates to a vision of the reality of the country and what should the clergy work for the next phase and how coordination between their followers even be visions integrated toward emphasis on the unity of the country and confront all the conspiracies hatched against Iraq», describing the meeting as «a mapping work for politicians from both sides of that we are today at a critical juncture and large together requires not only coordination of positions, but to take action to reduce the continuing deterioration in the security situation in addition to the upcoming election and what it represents a critical choice for Iraqis towards change for the better» .
But Alfalh, leader of the coalition of state law, he said, «Middle East» that «does not have a coalition of state law, an alternative program to work on it during the last period, which was in spite of all the problems and obstacles stage achievements articulated in the history of Iraq must be completed during phase next ». He stressed Alfalh that the presence of al-Maliki, the head of the next government «is necessary to complete the requirements of those tasks and achievements and that is the key issues, notably the output of the U.S. occupation according to the agreement known, had insisted on al-Maliki in the timing of known and remove Iraq from Chapter VII of the United Nations and the fight against militias relentlessly , as well as respect of the oil wealth which belongs to all Iraqis (in reference to the dispute with the Kurdistan region), as well as the position of Iraq's unity against attempts on behalf of the federal hashed ». He Alfalh that «Iraq today faces the challenges of serious military and the military establishment in all its ramifications need to be a man like al-Maliki, both in terms of completing the process of arming or training or doctrine».
Kurdistan: Snkadhi Mishan Jubouri his remarks threatened the unity of Iraq
Mon Apr 07 2014 23:48 | (Voice of Iraq)
BAGHDAD / Baghdadi News
Counting the Kurdistan Alliance, on Monday, statements of the candidate for the elections Mishan al-Jubouri on his platform, which aims to anti-nation-Kurdish and Turkmen, (b violation of constitutional explicit) as they represent a mortal threat to national unity emphasized by the Iraqi constitution, revealing that the Kurds and Turkmen sue Jubouri result of his statement yesterday on Arab satellite channel.
The leader of the Kurdistan Alliance MP Khalil's Mahma (Baghdadi News), "The threat of a binational Mishan Jubouri Kurdish and Turkmen and is a clear threat to the public and does not need any justification for it represents a threat to national unity, which confirmed the Iraqi constitution."
"The attack on the Kurds Jubouri strange and must be held accountable," calling at the same time to "reconsider his record of political and Artbatth suspicious."
Khalil said, "The Kurds and Turkmen sue Jubouri to oppose his remarks with materials Iraqi Constitution, which provides for the preservation of the bug and the unity of Iraq," adding that "Jubouri was accused in many issues and there are many complaints against him, but do not know how they were brought back to the race within hours."
Mishan al-Jubouri was announced earlier that the Iraqi judiciary dropped all charges of "terrorism", which was directed against him, and confirmed his return to Baghdad in early April, after retrieving his "rapist" by the former Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani.
The House of Representatives decided in September of 2007 Jubouri cancel membership, because its channel width Zora which was founded in 2005 to show scenes of military operations carried out by terrorist groups against Iraqi forces and innocent citizens and the glorification of the President of the former regime of Saddam Hussein.
Kurdistan Tightens Security Ahead of Elections
By Judit Neurink
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Security is a major concern before and during this month’s parliamentary elections in Iraq, not only in the south where bombings happen almost daily, but also in the peaceful northern Kurdistan Region. The attack in broad daylight on the headquarters of the Kurdish security forces (Asayish) in the capital Erbil last September, shortly after the results of the elections were announced, is still on many people’s minds. “Since then, we are always prepared for any attack,” says Director General Tariq Gardy of the Interior Ministry in Erbil. “We hope nothing similar will happen. But I can confirm it is very safe here.” Strengthening checkpoints at the main entrances of all Kurdish towns is one of the measures taken, with some 300 new surveillance cameras already installed at those facilities. During the election campaigns controls would be even stricter, Gardy predicts. On election day, police and security forces will be out in strength, freed up for the task by casting their own votes a few days in advance. On that day, says Gardy, all traffic between the cities is prohibited, except for the media, NGOs and those with special permits.
“Past elections have shown that Kurdistan is different from the rest of Iraq. Here, we have no conflicts and I do not expect any,” he says. “Foreign NGOs, the UN and other foreigners have come here to monitor and we have not heard any complaints.” According to the Iraqi election commission, almost 700 foreign observers will monitor the April 30 polls. Abdelhamid Abdullah, of the electoral committee of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), says that his party has suggested to the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to have police guarding the polling stations, while Asayish forces could also keep an eye “from a distance.” Abdullah claims that during the September elections the Asayish had picked up around 60 members of the PUK, without giving any explanations.
Meanwhile, in a shooting incident at a polling station in Erbil, the head of the PUK team for the station was injured and his son killed. “He was filming after the closing of the polling station, when people were climbing over the walls to still cast their votes,” Abdullah explains. “Police and Asayish gathered, shots were fired and that was the result.” To prevent such incidents, Abdullah urges all parties to respect a new law adopted by the Kurdish parliament last year, stipulating that protecting the polling stations is the task of the police, and that Asayish can only be involved if asked by the head of IHEC. “Police have a stronger relation to the people, and a more soft way of communicating, while the Asayish belongs to the political parties and has a tougher way of dealing with people,” says Abdullah. Mazin Abdelkader, IHEC general manager for the Kurdistan Region, promises the commission will make sure the new law is applied by placing police officers in the first and second lines around polling stations. “What the Asayish does elsewhere in the city is not related. But if the planning of the council does not reflect the law, we will interfere,” warns Abdelkader. Director General of the Kurdish Ministry of Interior, Gardy, sees no cause for concern. He says that provinces and towns are responsible for details of their security policies. In general, the police will be protecting the polling stations and the Asayish the streets, he maintains.
During the parliamentary election campaigns in September there were media reports of street confrontations between party supporters, particularly in Sulaimani. This year however, the Change Movement (Gorran) has asked its activists to stay off the streets after dark. Gorran won 24 seats in the Kurdistan parliament and is currently negotiating its terms to join the new cabinet. The movement has imposed a 9 PM end to its street rallies. Other parties do not appear to have such plans and their supporters can be seen out past midnight.
State of Law MP asks Maliki to launch a major operation to cleanse Fallujah from ISIS
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the State of Law coalition, Sadiq al-Labban demanded, "the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Nouri al-Maliki to instruct the military to do a major operation to cleanse Fallujah from terrorists of ISIS, and open dams that ISIS closed them in Fallujah and Tharrar."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / " closing dams by the ISIS terrorists and cut Euphrates water to reach Babylon province, is a serious challenge, and it should not pass unnoticed, without a firm and radically response by military units to flush out and kill the terrorists and those who stand behind them in Fallujah and some other parts of Anbar, to bring back normal life and stability to Anbar province . "
He called "Everyone, especially the political blocs that take a national position, to be unified and support the army against terrorism in Fallujah and other areas of Anbar."
The office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Sunday that elements of / ISIS / stationed in Fallujah cut off water from the central and southern regions, threatening to use maximum force against them.
Othman: the calls of forming a political majority government is a premature
BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent, of the coalition of Kurdish blocs, Mahmoud Othman said, "The calls of some politicians to form a government of political majority in the next session is a premature because the shape of the next government will depend on the results of the election."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "There are many problems in the country, which need dialogue and consensus among all parties and the components, and this matter does not exist now, so marginalize any component or party would cause bigger and deeper problems."
He made it clear that "The formation of the government needs alliances between some of the political blocs, on the grounds that any bloc wins the election cannot form a government on its own," pointing out that" the absence of any component in the government of political majority, claimed by some politicians, would cause problems , we do not need." Adding "these calls of the political majority to form a government at this time come as election campaign."
It is mentioned that a member of the House of Representatives, of the state of law coalition, Mohammed Saadoun stressed that the formation of a majority government would be a major turning point to improve the level of political, security and service in Iraq.
/ Shell / Company dig out the first barrels of crude oil from Majnoon oilfield
Basra / NINA / / Shell / oil company announced on Monday that Majnoon oil field , which is run in partnership with the South Oil Company and / Petronas / Oil Company and Missan in southern Iraq , has successfully exported the first of its crude oil in favor of the company / Shell / what is the beginning of a new phase for this field oil .
Vice Chairman of the company in Iraq, Hans Nejkamb said in a press statement today, that this moment is a historic event for the energy sector in Iraq , and that the first shipment of oil from Majnoon field is of great importance for us and our partners in the government.
He added, that this achievement is an evidence of our joint progress and marks the beginning of the journey towards more revenue for the Iraqi economy in the long term, noting that progress in the field of Majnoon oilfield would not have been accomplished without the support of the South Oil Company and the partners in the Petronas Oil Company and Missan.
He continued that this achievement comes after the production of Majnoon oil field reached to its current rate of 210 000 barrels per day, surpassing by that with a good difference of 175 000 barrels per day, which was the goal of the first commercial production, which would be called the process of cost recovery and that has been done after an extensive rehabilitation work in the field.
The Company / Shell / and its partners succeeded in resuming production from Majnoon oilfield in September 2013 after the completion of the main works , which included clearance of an area of 28 square kilometers , and the process of comprehensive rehabilitation facilities abandoned to ensure safety standards , and the building of new facilities, including CPU which is the largest that has been built in the past decade in Iraq to allow for greater production .
The company has so far drilled 18 new oil wells, while the project provided more than 2,850 jobs for Iraqis from the surrounding communities of the field.