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    " The Dinar Daily ", Sunday, 27 April 2014


    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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    57343 Sadrist Movement declares its candidate / Sadrist offers five candidates

    Sadrist Movement declares its candidate for PM post

    Najaf / NINA / The Ahrar, the political wing of the Sadrist movement announced its candidate for the prime minister post, which will hopefully be announced after the end of the next parliamentary elections.

    A media source from the Ahrar bloc, refused to be named, told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "Ahd Radio, of the Sadrist movement, announced the name of its candidate for prime minister, the governor of Maysan Ali Douai."


    A Sadrist Governor Is a Folk Hero to Iraqis

    Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

    ‘It doesn't make a difference if you are Sunni or Shiite or Christian. I don’t differentiate between anyone.” Ali Dwai, governor of Maysan Province


    Published: May 3, 2013

    AMARA, Iraq - CLAD in his trademark blue auto mechanic’s outfit, the governor was mobbed by his constituents as he walked the dust-choked streets of the old city here, where the poor sell textiles and pet birds.

    One man poked his head in the scrum and said, simply, “I just wanted to give you a kiss.”

    Another man, sweat pouring from his brow, explained the commotion: “He’s gold. He takes care of everyone. He doesn’t make any difference between a Muslim or a Christian. You won’t find one person here who doesn’t love him.”

    For Iraqis around the country, most of whom are fed up with poor services, sectarian politics, and violence, the governor, Ali Dwai of Maysan Province, provides a rare example of democracy’s potential.

    On one popular Facebook page where Iraqis gather, a man wrote, “If it was in my hands I would make a coup and hand him the state.” Another wrote, “If we had one of him in each province, Iraq would be better than Dubai.”

    Everyone, it seems, loves Mr. Dwai, a follower of the anti-American Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr and perhaps Iraq’s most popular politician. In a country where leaders are separated from the people by bodyguards and blast walls, and where the space between politicking and bribery is thin, Mr. Dwai has become something of a folk hero.

    And not just here. Through social media, Iraqis everywhere can see for themselves his intimate interactions with citizens, or his delivering on promises to improve services and fostering investments in everything from bridges to sewage systems to amusement parks.

    “A leader must be close to the people,” Mr. Dwai said in an interview in his cavernous office after a morning touring public works projects where at each stop he was accosted by citizens offering thanks or asking for favors.

    Mr. Dwai’s popularity, though, reflects something more than excitement for a hard-working politician. As the only provincial governor of Mr. Sadr’s political party, he represents the maturation of a grass-roots political movement that has sought to mimic Lebanon’s Hezbollah by fusing Shiite faith, military strength and a concern for the common citizen to build political power.

    Mr. Sadr, who inherited his authority from his father, a revered cleric who was murdered by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, once directed a militia, the Mahdi Army, that fought the Americans and, during the country’s sectarian war, Iraq’s Sunnis. Now, he is seeking power through peaceful means, in part through politicians like Mr. Dwai, who was installed in 2011 after a deal in which Mr. Sadr agreed to back Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a second term.

    “What they are trying to do is demonstrate that they can deliver services in the south,” said Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, a fellow at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War who has written about the Sadrist movement. “This is part of their transformation. They can no longer make the case that they have to be there to protect the Shiites from Al Qaeda or other Sunni groups.”

    She added, “The Sadrist strategy is to find areas where they can win the art of political argument.”

    MR. SADR emerged from the national elections in 2010 as a kingmaker whose support allowed Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to secure a second term. With the majority of results in from the recent local elections, it appears Mr. Sadr’s support has diminished in much of the south — where leaders have not had the same success as Mr. Dwai — with the exception of Maysan Province.

    The results underscored two things: that Mr. Sadr has more work to do in expanding his constituency through governing in much of the south, and that Mr. Dwai is the movement’s brightest star.

    Amara, the capital of Maysan Province, lies in Iraq’s Shiite heartland not far from the Iranian border. The area was once a bloody arena for Hussein’s 1991 crackdown on his rebellious Shiite population and later, under the American occupation, a battleground for militias backed by Iran.

    When American troops were preparing to leave Iraq at the end of 2011, the area was still considered so dangerous that American commanders paid local sheiks to clear the roadways of homemade bombs and Iraqi security forces carried out a wide-ranging military operation to drive out the armed groups.



    Sadrist offers five candidates for prime minister, including Douai

    Sun Apr 27 2014 14:16 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad
    Announced a coalition of the Liberal's Sadrist movement, on Monday, for the provision of five candidates for the post of prime minister, including the governor of Maysan Ali Douai.

    The head of the coalition of the Liberal Mohammed Darraji in an interview for "Alsumaria News", that "some political blocs have one candidate presidential Cabinet," noting that "we Kttiar chest of our five candidates for this position, including the governor of Maysan Ali Douai required."

    Darraji added that "the Sadrist movement seeks to build government services and is not a crisis with the participation of all parties and political blocs without marginalization of any party or a component in the next government."

    He Darraji, a housing minister in the current government, that "our goal to provide services and the citizen needs to build a state of institutions able to provide the services citizens", adding that "the trend will announce the names of the four remaining after the elections, as well as political alliances."

    The parliamentary election is the biggest event in Iraq, they determine the cluster, which nominates the prime minister and take over the top positions in the state, is scheduled to take place at the end of the month of April 2014, and subsequently began political movements active in several directions to form alliances in order to contest the election.

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    57345 MP: A meeting next Saturday to discuss the restructuring of the National Allian

    MP: A meeting next Saturday to discuss the restructuring of the National Alliance

    Najaf / NINA / MP, of the citizen bloc, Abdul-Hussein Abtan said that the citizen coalition invited all components of the National Alliance to hold a meeting on Saturday, after the parliamentary elections.

    He added in a press statement today that "the National Coalition is invited to attend the first meeting after the election on next Saturday to restructure the coalition and discuss the results of the parliamentary elections and the mechanism of the formation of the next government to ensure the formation of a strong government able to lead and build Iraq."

    Abtan announced earlier that the prime minister would be from the National Coalition exclusively.

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    57346 Nushirwan Mustafa: We will end the sanctions exercised by (Talabani and Barzani

    Nushirwan Mustafa: We will end the sanctions exercised by ( Talabani and Barzani parties) against political rivals in the past

    27/04/2014 09:24:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The general coordinator for the, (Tagyeer) movement, Nushirwan Mustafa said that his movement " will end the sanctions exercised by the two political parties, (Talabani and Barzani) against political rivals in the past ," expressing his refusal to reduce the salaries of the staff.

    A statement for the Movement quoted Mustafa as saying that " the rest of the political sanctions and cut salaries will be finished as so as the MDC movement reaches the next government of Kurdistan ," stressing that he will allow " people's votes go in vain ."

    He added: " we will be observers on the activities of parliamentarians in Kurdistan, let every political party works to implement a package of reforms ," explaining that the MDC " has been able to achieve part of its goals it promised , and it is working for transparent budget and achieve social justice and narrow the gap between rich and poor and between the city and the village. "

    Mustafa said : " Kurdistan wealth must be distributed equally among the citizens , and we will do as much as we can in the next government to serve the people ," noting that the MDC " will make the Ministry of Peshmerga, a Ministry of sovereign so as not to allow the Kurds using arms against another Kurdish as happened in the past , weapons must be use to protect the borders of the Kurdistan region and the national security ."


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    5734 First voting for Iraqis abroad starts / 23 thousand Iraqis in Jordan start to po

    First voting for Iraqis abroad starts

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:16

    Baghdad (AIN) –The first voting for the Iraqis abroad started in New Zealand at 9:00 a.m. which will be at 12:00 a.m. in Iraq timing.


    AND :

    23 thousand Iraqis in Jordan start to poll

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 12:57

    23 thousand Iraqis in Jordan start to poll Baghdad (AIN) –About 23 thousand Iraqis in Jordan started to poll where 14 electoral centers were inaugurated in various areas for the Iraqis to vote.

    30 thousand Iraqis participate in parliamentary elections in Egypt

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 12:20

    30 thousand Iraqis participate in parliamentary elections in EgyptBaghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi community in Egypt started the voting process for the next parliamentary elections. About 30 thousand Iraqis participate in the elections that will last for two days.

    Voting process for Iraqi community in UK starts

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 11:48

    Voting process for Iraqi community in UK starts Baghdad (AIN) –The voting process for the Iraqis in the United Kingdom strated. A special report from Londan received by AIN cited "The Iraqis in Britain strated to poll in Londan and three more cities."

    Iraqi community in Iran starts voting process

    Iraqi community in Iran starts voting process Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi community in Iraq started the voting process for the next parliamentary elections. The elections are being held in Tehran for two days. It is worth mentioning that about 23 thousand Iraqis participated in the previous elections.

    IHEC in Dubai announced completing preparations for holding elections for Iraqi community

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 10:44

    IHEC in Dubai announced completing preparations for holding elections for Iraqi community Baghdad (AIN) –The Independent High Electoral Commission in the United Arab Emirates announced completing the procedures to hold the elections for the Iraqis in Dubai. The head of the IHEC office in Dubai, Uday al-Ta'ai, stated "All the preparations for holding the elections are completed and the electors must hold one of the identification card ...

    Elections, over in New Zealand

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:22

    Elections, over in New Zealand Baghdad (AIN) –The elections for the Iraqi community in New Zealand are finished. The electoral centers opened at 12:00 a.m. and closed at 08:00 a.m. at Baghdad timing where the electoral day was finished.

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    57348 FROM 4-26: Council of Ministers next week holiday / Dhi-Qar Governor excludes


    Current week announced as holiday on occasion of Elections

    Saturday, 26 April 2014 22:11

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Secretariat General of the Council of Ministers announced the next week as a holiday for all institutions of the State.

    The Secretariat General of the Cabinet reported in a statement received by All Iraq News Agency ''The Cabinet decided to announce the holiday as of next Sunday dated on 27/4/2014 till the Sunday that comes after it dated on 4/3/2014 preparing to conduct the parliamentary elections in Iraq.''


    *** It had been awhile since I checked the CBI website for this year's holiday schedule, which was not posted as late as February, if memory serves. The 2014 holiday schedule is now posted : http://www.cbi.iq/index.php?pid=TheCbi ;

    Holidays in (2014)in addition to Friday and Saturday

    Jan. 1 New Year's Day

    6 Army Day /1921

    *15 Prophet's Birthday
    Mar. 21 Spring Day
    May 1 Labour Day
    July 14 14th Revolution /1958

    *29 Id Al-Fitr (3Days)
    Oct. *4 Id Al-Adha (4Days)

    *24 Islamic New Year
    Nov *2 Ashoura Day

    Dates noted with asterisk (*) are approximate ; and,

    Presumably the CBI is closed at least on the 1st, which is Thursday, the day after the election. The government holiday begins tomorrow and through to next Sunday. Political campaigning is reportedly to end on the 28th, two days before the election. It will be interesting to observe whether the currency auctions will continue during the government holiday over the next seven ( 7 ) days. ***


    Dhi-Qar Governor excludes some governmental institutions from holiday for elections

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 14:44

    Dhi-Qar (AIN) –The Governor of Dhi-Qar province excluded some governmental institutions from the holiday of Sunday and Monday specified for the elections.

    Source stated to All Iraq News Agency (AIN) "Dhi-Qar Governor, Yahya al-Nasiri, excluded the service governmental institutions and the banks from the holiday of Sunday and Monday specified by the Council of Ministers for the elections."


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    57349 Security parliamentary denies sending Washington of U.S. intelligence to Ira

    Security parliamentary denies sending Washington of U.S. intelligence officers to Iraq

    Sun Apr 27 2014 10:01 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Baghdad
    Denied for security and defense committee parliamentary Saturday, the Washington sending of U.S. intelligence officers to Iraq to provide assistance to the security forces, asserting that Iraq does not need for the officers as much as his need for weapons.

    Said committee member Rep. Qassim al-Araji, said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "The news that talked about sending Washington officers of U.S. intelligence to Iraq incorrect and uncertain", noting that "such news aim to disrupt the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and a coalition of state the law. "

    Araji said that "Iraq does not need a foreign officers as much as it needs to provide him with weapons," pointing out that "Washington awaiting the results of the elections and the formation of the next government because there are some partners who are pushing it towards failure to provide Iraq with weapons."

    The agency "Reuters" quoted exporters government and a former U.S. official as saying that "high-level team from the U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon) is currently in Iraq, to ​​assess the potential assistance to Iraqi forces in their fight against the armed groups."

    It is noteworthy that most of the capital Baghdad and other provinces of the country is witnessing acts of violence almost continuously, is detonated car bombs and improvised explosive devices and the adhesive, resulting in the death and injury of dozens of citizens and members of the security services.


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    57350 Barzani: We will not kneel in front of Baghdad and the results of the electionz

    Barzani: We will not kneel in front of Baghdad and the results of the elections would solve the problems

    Sat Apr 26 2014 23:30 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Alsumaria News / Duhok
    The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday, that the province "will not kneel" in front of the pressures exerted by Baghdad to cut salaries, among the active participation in the elections will be the largest response to Baghdad, it was considered that the results of the ballot boxes that will solve all the problems.

    Barzani said during a ceremony to support the candidates of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan in the northern city of Zakho, Iraq maximum, and attended "Alsumaria News", that "the process of reconstruction and development would continue in the Kurdistan region," noting that "the region will not kneel in front of the pressures of Baghdad."

    Barzani added, "we never expected that Baghdad cut the salaries of staff and budget to put pressure on the Kurdistan region," calling on the citizens of the Kurdistan region to "active participation in the elections."

    Barzani stressed that "the broad participation in the elections would be the best response to the Baghdad authorities," adding that "the results of the polls is that all the problems will be solved."

    The relation between Baghdad and Erbil because of the tense atmosphere of the Kurdistan region to export oil without the knowledge of the federal government, in an attempt by the federal government to put pressure on the province to freeze the pay of staff of the region for the past month, and then returned and approved the disbursement.

    The next parliamentary elections are the biggest event in Iraq as a block that defines nominate the prime minister and take over the top positions in the state, began the forces and political movements are active to form alliances in the post-emergence results of the upcoming elections that will take place in 30 of the current month.


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    57352 Anbar council denies news about storming Fallujah

    Anbar council denies news about storming Fallujah

    27/04/2014 14:58:00

    Ramadi / NINA / Anbar Provincial Council denied news spoke about implementing a major military operation to storm the city of Fallujah to free it from the control of the militants , adding that the storming of Fallujah will be immediately after the elections.

    Faleh al- Issawi, deputy head of the provincial council told the reporter the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the news of some media reported about implementing a major military operation by military units to storm Fallujah is baseless and there is no validity for this information on the ground . " noting that" the process of storming Fallujah and free it from the control of the militants will be after the next elections due to be held end of this month . "

    He added that the local police and emergency regiment formed by the sons of Fallujah will liberate the city without the intervention of the army immediately after the parliamentary elections .

    A security source had said earlier that a joint force of army, police and the Awakening began a military operation to liberate the city of Fallujah from a terrorist organization (ISISI) today.


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    57353 Kurdistan Region’s Oil and Gas: Curse or Blessing?

    Kurdistan Region’s Oil and Gas: Curse or Blessing?
    By Alexander Whitcomb

    Some speakers focused on the role oil and gas could play in leading the Kurdistan Region to independence from Iraq.

    SORAN, Kurdistan Region - Will oil and gas wealth lay the foundation for Kurdish independence? Or will the Kurdistan Region follow the path of countless oil-rich states whose resources ultimately weakened both their economies and democratic institutions?

    This is the question that drove last week’s debate at Soran University’s first annual symposium, “Kurdistan’s Oil and Gas: Curse or Blessing?” Businessmen, academics, journalists, oil experts and students gathered for the two-day event at a new luxury resort atop Korek Mountain, to talk about the role of energy in the region.

    Despite the altitude, this was not a lofty academic forum. Nor was it marked by the self-congratulatory optimism of oil and gas industry conferences. Everybody who attended agreed that the Kurdistan Region stands at a crossroads: It could become Nigeria -- where enormous oil reserves have famously de-industrialized the nation and created a class of oligarchs -- or it could become Norway, a thriving democracy that has used petrodollars to enrich the nation as a whole.

    Organizer Dr. Nahro Zagros holds that the symposium transcends the usual debates over pipelines and revenue control, pitting Erbil verses Baghdad.

    “We wanted to debate the bigger strategy behind Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) oil exports, specially the KRG and Turkish relations. We also wanted to know how crucial the oil and gas really is,” he says.

    “Our main target is: We don’t just want statements from officials or politicians. We want everyone to be aware about all the underlying implications of oil resources in Kurdistan. We need to develop solutions now for future oil and gas issues.”

    Some speakers focused on the role oil and gas could play in leading the Kurdistan Region to independence from Iraq.

    Dr, Kamal Kolo of Soran University stressed that Kurdistan was never suited to be part of Iraq. He believes low levels of oil exploration in the region before 2005 were a way of suppressing Kurdish independence ambitions. Now things have changed, as Kurdistan has taken steps of its own to harness its resources, moving closer to its natural place: Apart from its southern neighbors.

    According to him, it is Kurdistan’s right to go the way of South Sudan or East Timor in declaring itself an independent state following the principle of self-determination.

    This step is possible because “Iraq doesn’t have the elements of control necessary to control its sovereignty.”

    In order to be ready for independence, however, the Kurdistan Region must redistribute oil revenues through direct taxation, “the best safety valve for a viable Kurdish state.”

    Students rose to give Dr. Kamal a standing ovation, thrilled by the prospect of oil-financed statehood.

    Robert Bell, CEO of Archomei, a marketing and logistics consultancy, believes recent events in Ukraine may compel European Union countries to recognize a Kurdish state.

    “The cards on the table have been changed by Russia,” he says. “German factory owners are wary of fluctuations in energy prices,” and may look for alternate energy corridors to supply gas and oil. Not only could Kurdistan deliver oil through Turkey, it could be a transit state for Iranian hydrocarbons once sanctions are lifted.

    Citing the return of a well-educated Kurdish diaspora to the region, Bell tells the audience that Kurdistan “is in the unique position to be an energy and a skills hub for the region. You have a lot of experience as a nation.”

    Skills, he emphasizes, will be even more important than energy rents for lasting prosperity. This means building entire supply chains for oil, not just signing production contracts with foreign companies. It also entails supporting industries that can capitalize on oil wealth, such as hospitality and tourism.

    All participants acknowledged the danger of the Kurdistan Region remaining a “rentier state,” a government whose budget relies on exporting or licensing use of its natural resources rather than taxing goods and services in the economy. Over 90 percent of Iraqi revenues come from oil.

    “The Kurdistan Region is inheriting some of the historical pathologies of the Iraqi state,” says Dr. Denise Natali of National Defense University in Washington DC. “There is virtually no export diversification. Almost nothing being exported from the region is made in Kurdistan.”

    This places Kurdistan in a vulnerable position if there was a fall in global oil prices. “The more a country relies on natural resource rents, the more likely it is to be unstable,” she notes. There is also a clear trend for “natural resource rents as a percentage of GDP to be negatively correlated with the democracy index.”

    In order to prevent a “resource curse,” Natali suggests the creation of oil revenue management laws and a sovereign wealth fund, a dedicated public trust. Norway and the United Arab Emirates both have funds with investments worth approximately $800 billion. Plans for a fund in Kurdistan have been discussed since 2007, but never implemented.

    These and other conference recommendations will be collected in a report and presented to various KRG ministries. While the politicians have been excluded from the debate, they will ultimately decide if Kurdistan is to become the next Nigeria or Norway of the Zagros Mountains.


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