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    " The Dinar Daily ", Saturday, 3 May 2014

    *** NOW WHAT ? ***

    The countdown to election day is over. Will Maliki be evicted ? The coming days will be telling. First, we await the tabulation of votes, challenges and appeals must run their course, and then we should have a certification of the results and know which cluster received a plurality of the vote. Let the political maneuvering begin. Fasten your seat belt. It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + THREE (3) or " E - M DAY +3 ".

    *** Following the last election the new parliament opened on 14 June 2010 following the election on March 7th. Iraq set a record for the longest period of time without a government which lasted for about ten (10) months. ***

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    After the conclusion of national elections, the Iraqi constitution stipulates that the CoR ( Council of Representatives / Parliament ) will vote for senior positions in the Iraqi government, including the President, the Prime Minister and his deputies, and the cabinet. Although each CoR ( Council of Representatives / Parliament ) member contributes an individual vote, in practice this voting occurs only after an agreement has been reached among the senior leaders of the political groups, invoking party loyalty and voting discipline thereafter. The selection of the cabinet requires an absolute majority of the CoR ( Council of Representatives / Parliament ) members’ votes (165 votes). In the final negotiations over government formation, even small groups can play a decisive role if they are able to provide the last few votes a governing coalition needs to clear this constitutional hurdle.


    A worker from the Independent High Electoral Commission walks among ballot boxes in Karbala, May 2, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed)

    Iraqis defy terrorists to vote in elections

    In a country where democracy has recently been introduced, such as Iraq, elections are much more than just a transition from one government to another. They represent the course of democratization and its manifestations in the country, based on the improvement or deterioration of the people and political entities' democratic conduct and practices. Based on the foregoing, the quantity and quality of participation and the preliminary declared results in this electoral round revealed a remarkable, positive development in the transition to a gradually stable democracy.

    In these elections, just as in the previous ones, voices called for prohibiting the electoral process or not recognizing its results, but these voices did not find a significant echo and, on the contrary, calls for active participation to change the situation were made by almost all of the Iraqi components.

    Sheikh Abdul-Malik al-Saadi, a senior Iraqi religious authority, issued a fatwa on April 28, deeming participation in the elections to be haram (religiously forbidden), for voters and candidates alike. He based his opinion on that previous elections did not produce any positive outcome for the Sunnis of Iraq. Saadi even accused those calling for participation in the elections of practicing political exploitation by using ignorance and deception. Groups from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) distributed leaflets in Sunni areas a week before the elections, stating “The voter and the elected are unbelievers departing from the Islamic religion, and the barrels of our rifles will be aimed at their heads."

    Yet, the majority of Sunni religious authorities agreed on the necessity to participate in the elections, stressing that the failure to participate would be unlawful, given the more significant harmful effects of this failure. These authorities included Sheikh Abdul Karim Zaidan, the former comptroller general of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq, Sheikh Ahmad al-Kabisi, a prominent senior cleric in Iraq, and others.

    Moreover, statistics showed a high percentage of participation in Sunni regions, despite security difficulties and threats and even the impossibility of holding elections in several areas of Anbar province. The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced that the general participation rate in Iraq reached 59% of the total number of voters, and more than 70% of those who were able to obtain electronic cards entitling voters to participate. In Anbar, in particular, this percentage reached 30%.

    In terms of the nature of the voters’ trends, many preliminary reports on the vote-counting indicated a wide diversification...

    It became certain that there is no possibility for the emergence of a majority government for the State of Law Coalition, as was advocated by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose term has expired. It has become almost certain that Maliki does not have any chances for a third term,

    ...and this in turn will help consecrate democracy in a country ruled by dictatorship and whose rulers remained in power for a long time.

    The Iraqi voters showed a strong tendency to elect according to political programs and not just on ethnic and sectarian affiliations. Shiite and Sunni votes were distributed among multiple lists. This was in addition to the emergence of nonreligious lists that gained votes from all Iraqi communities. This reduces the level of sectarian alignment in favor of political affiliations common in stable democracies.

    Iraqi voters also showed wide inclinations toward civil programs and away from nationalism and sectarianism slogans. Civil powers have emerged for the first time in the history of Iraqi elections in the form of a clear alliance dubbed the Civil Democratic Alliance. The alliance won between eight and 13 seats according to initial reports, a very significant number compared to its size and modest potentials. The major Islamic blocs such as the Islamic Supreme Council led by Ammar al-Hakim opted for civil slogans rather than religious slogans. They adopted citizen-based slogans and submitted civil projects. This was also the case, albeit with varied extents, for the other blocs that placed civil services and programs as electoral priorities.

    Regarding the relationship between religion and politics, most of the religious authorities chose to stay neutral and not to directly interfere in favor of one party against the other, despite the violations by some clerics who are not that influential in the Iraqi street.

    The percentage of the recorded irregularities and violations was not high enough in these elections to call for questioning the results. These elections were held under the supervision of several local and international organizations according to international standards, as confirmed by Nikolay Mladenov, the special representative of the secretary-general of the United Nations for Iraq. The latter said, “The parliamentary elections in Iraq were held in conformity with international standards and the Iraqis have proven that they are keen on their right to vote.” This is very important since these parliamentary elections are the first to be held since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011, and serious concerns were raised about their fairness and the possibilities of fraud or postponement.

    Finally, all of the positive results and high hopes depend on the commission in counting votes and quickly announcing the results, since this will prevent questioning elections’ results and will prevent large blocs from influencing the results in different ways. Moreover, the scene of future alliances will show how likely Iraqi political parties are to invest the positive outcome of these elections or exploit them for partisan interests, and thus leading the country into further deterioration.

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    Re: Othman: Any bloc will not be able to form the next government, but to ally with a

    Othman: Any bloc will not be able to form the next government, but to ally with at least two blocs

    03/05/2014 08:33:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The independent MP, of the Kurdistan Alliance, Mahmoud Othman said that "Any bloc cannot form the next government, but at least ally with two blocs, according to the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections that took place on last Wednesday."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The State of Law coalition would win first place in this election, but it will not able to achieve the same number of parliamentary seats obtained in the last parliamentary elections, as well as the other blocs that may get more seats than got in the last parliament, therefore a bloc or two blocs cannot form the next government alone."

    Othman called on " the leaders of political blocs to sit together and hold talks immediately after the announcement of the final results, to avoid the delay in forming the next government, and to choose the form of the next government, whether political majority or a national partnership," calling on the IHEC to speed up the announcement of the election results, because the delayed would cause great controversy and problems between the political blocs. "


    MP calls for political blocs to ally with the State of Law to form the next government as soon as possible

    03/05/2014 08:51:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the State of Law coalition, Sadiq al-Labban called for: "the national political blocs to ally with the State of Law coalition to form the next government as soon as possible, after the release of the election results."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The State of Law coalition won the highest number of votes and seats in most of the provinces of Iraq, especially in Baghdad, according to observers of political entities, therefore the rest of the political blocs have to recognize the results of the elections, which will be issued by the IHEC and start allying to form the next government on national standard. "

    It is mentioned that political sources suggested that the State of Law coalition tops the other political blocs in number of seats in the next parliament. Preliminary and informal statistical pointed out that "the State of Law won more than 70 parliamentary seats, followed by the citizen bloc with 48 seats and then Muttahidoon with 37 and the Sadrists with 31 , and the Kurdish parties with 40 seats, with variation of the number of seats the other blocs. "

    The elections of the next Parliament was held on Wednesday 30, April preceded by the vote of Iraqis abroad on 27 and 28 , and the vote for the employees of the security agencies , the patients and prisoners on 28.


    *** JUST SAY, " NO ! " , TO THE SLC. ***
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    MP: Citizen's Bloc seeks to build a modern state

    MP: Citizen's Bloc seeks to build a modern state

    03/05/2014 11:16:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the citizen bloc, Habib al-Turfi confirmed that "Citizen Bloc wants to strengthen the National Alliance to build a modern state the Iraqi people wish."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that " what the citizen bloc got of preliminary results in the parliamentary elections gives an evidence of the success of its policy and its future program to build the country on base of security, stability and reconstruction," noting that " the strengthening of the National Alliance, which includes the forces representing the ratio of the largest of the Iraqi people, is the main goal of the bloc. "

    He added, "The coming period, especially after the announcement of election results in its final, requires speed an agreement between the political blocs to form a government able to overcome crises and transfer Iraq to the better."
    It is mentioned that political sources suggested that the State of Law coalition tops the other political blocs in number of seats in the next parliament. Preliminary and informal statistical pointed out that "the State of Law won more than 70 parliamentary seats, followed by the citizen bloc with 48 seats and then Muttahidoon with 37 and the Sadrists with 31 , and the Kurdish parties with 40 seats, with variation of the number of seats the other blocs. "

    The elections of the next Parliament was held on Wednesday 30, April preceded by the vote of Iraqis abroad on 27 and 28 , and the vote for the employees of the security agencies , the patients and prisoners on 28.


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    Turkish Energy Minister affirms readiness to start selling oil of Kurdistan Region

    Turkish Energy Minister affirms readiness to start selling oil of Kurdistan Region

    02/05/2014 22:46:00

    Erbil / NINA / Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz declared on Friday that Turkey is ready to start selling oil of the Kurdistan region stored there based on a decision of the provincial government.

    He said in a press statement today that / 1.8 / million barrels of oil of the Kurdistan region stored at Turkey, and will start today the transfer of oil shipments, noting that some / 100 / thousand barrels of oil are transported every day.

    He added that the sale of this stored quantity can be within 3 days or a week, noting that Turkey will pave the way and facilitate the task of the sale of oil, an Iraqi oil , and that the Iraqis themselves are selling them.

    He stressed that the revenues of the oil of will be around 180 to 200 million dollars as net profits, and that it was agreed to deposit them in the Bank of the Turkish people.

    The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nachirvan Barzani has announced that they will start to sell stored oil of the Kurdistan region at Turkey, from May 2 this year.


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    CBI : Currency Auction Report


    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, and it was, the day after the election. The government holiday has thus far included the CBI and may through to Sunday, tomorrow. ***
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    Hakim visits Religious Authorities in Najaf

    Hakim visits Religious Authorities in Najaf

    Saturday, 03 May 2014 11:56

    Najaf (AIN) –The head of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, Ammar al-Hakim, met the Religious Authority in Najaf province on last Friday.

    Reporter of All Iraq News Agency stated "Hakim met the Religious Authority Ayatollah, Mohamed Saeed al-Hakim, and the Religious Authority Ayatollah, Mohamed Isihaq al-Fayadh, in addition to the Religious Authority Ayatollah, Basheer al-Najafi, in the province of Najaf."

    "He discussed the electoral process and the situation in the country," the report added.

    "Hakim thanked the Religious Authorities for their role in urging Iraqis to participate in the elections," he concluded.


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    Maliki's coalition faces a knot

    Maliki's coalition faces a knot

    Fri May 02 2014 23:56 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Toss - (special) of Mohammad Al-Momani

    Maliki now faces a difficult challenge in light of political developments on the Iraqi arena, Vaketl bra, which came in second place opposed to his third term, and accuses him of trying to marginalize the Sunnis and play boat demographic Sunni tribes in Anbar.

    After that the Maliki government was able to make the Iraqi elections on schedule, amid a series of security threats, led by armed militias, especially the "Daash" has become the government before the maturity of peaceful transition of power according to the constitution.

    The next stage looks important watershed in the political life of Iraq, which conducts the first democratic experience after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Maliki government now, the task of applying what Stffersh elections on the ground.

    Increasingly, the design of the Iraqi government, in the light of opinion polls confirm the victory of his coalition, "state law" by a majority of the votes, ahead of the blocks bra and a coalition of citizen, but that alone will not guarantee the owners for a third term, despite what is announced by Maliki's coalition that won a number of alarming seats beyond percent as stated by the leader of the coalition, Khalid al-Asadi.

    The mass of the citizen seems more logical announcing winning forty seats, denying that al-Maliki won the seat a hundred, while the predicted blocks thoracic win more than 45 seats.

    In the view of al-Maliki in what happened to the Iraqi political arena Finally, a resounding success, proving it as capable of leading Iraq amid the current situation, after that Washington had endured part of the responsibility for the deterioration of security in the country, has proven its ability to conduct the elections and move forward in the democratic political process with support from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which al-Maliki did not skimp on the advice during the last days difficult.

    The question remains here, you vary the pace of the violence that accompanied the period of the election campaign and the days of holding elections for what is expected to happen in the coming days to try to thwart what has come from the results of the polls?

    Armed militias - most notably the organization of the state of Islam in the Levant and Iraq - which is based in Anbar province, home to her, what continues to exercise pressure security and operations bombings targeted polling stations and security centers in an attempt to thwart the election, but it will intensify its operations also in an attempt to prevent a democratic transition of power in the light the election results.

    These militias have succeeded in excluding audio Sunni for active participation in the elections in Anbar province, as banishing post about 370 thousand displaced people tried to Iraqi authorities to ensure their elections by securing 82 polling stations for them, including 37 in the province, and the 45 remaining outside, and collected 15 seats to Anbar regardless of the turnout.

    Iraqi elections produced the emergence of a Shiite blocs for the first time, calling for change and override the dissenting voice to the owners, but it will not be a fierce competitor for his movement, "a coalition of state law," except in the case of an alliance against him.

    Maliki now before the maturity take the third term, a difficult challenge in light of political developments on the Iraqi arena, Vaketl bra, which came in second place, opposed a third term for the owners, and that its leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, the Atqadat harsh policies Maliki, accusing him of trying to marginalize the Sunnis and play boat demographic Sunni tribes in Anbar.

    In the case of an alliance - on what appears to be imminent - between the blocks bra and a coalition of citizen, the survival of Maliki as prime minister is impossible, in the case did not succeed in the reconstruction of the Shiite house and end the state of division, and that it is essential Iran, which will have a prominent role in the .

    After four years of disintegration Shiite who was the reason you do not see a competitor clear to the owners, directed attention to the key players in the electoral process, who will they match the specific role of the person next prime minister; They Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani and Moqtada al-Sadr and the head of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, and finally president of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi.

    So, al-Maliki told Options alliance with Shiite blocs to reach the majority, which gives him stick to his job, or the alliance with Sunni component and try to build an alliance with the Anbar tribes and win the votes of their seats fifteen, in addition to gain the trust of the Kurdistan Alliance Alliance, which will play a prominent role in the tip on the other .

    However, the adviser to the presidency of the Kurdistan region, Repin Messenger, Iraqi Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki as "failed", pointing out that al-Maliki did not achieve any progress in the building of the Iraqi state on the basis of democracy.

    Maliki was confirmed, on Thursday, on the need to form a majority government policy away from sectarian quotas.

    The cross in his press conference about his confidence in his ability to form a majority government policy, saying: "We have confidence that we can achieve the political majority, and it does not quotas nor consensual democracy, we are able to achieve more than 165 seats," among the seats in parliament's 328 .

    Rasul said that Maliki's call for the establishment of government on the basis of the majority can not be achieved, pointing out that the Prime Minister could not run the government on the basis of national partnership.

    The Messenger in his speech for the "toss" to form a government on the basis of the political majority can not be achieved under the current circumstances experienced by Iraq and the administration of the country from one party or one political party, noting that Iraq needs twenty years to achieve the concept of the political majority.

    He stressed one of the main Kurdish political Maliki's opponents, that the latter can not have the face of terrorism and extremist parties and Daash only through the participation of moderate Sunnis. He said in this regard, "said al-Maliki lost the moderate Sunnis who are united."

    Three blocks Shia will try to change; Minister, and block citizen candidates, led by the Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq, and the Liberal bloc, which was represented by the Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr withdraw from political life.

    And cracking, which struck Shiite House (National Alliance), considered the Kurdish political Repin Messenger, this dispersion will help the appearance of leading figures other than al-Maliki.

    "The leaders of the Shia prestigious unpopular with the rest of the year and the Shia Maliki's opponents."

    "I can not summarize all the Shiite al-Maliki, was given two chances with the support of U.S. and Iranian and regional, and al-Maliki loses days after the last parts of Iraq because of the existence of terrorism, which has failed to eliminate it or reduce it."

    Summed Repin Messenger put the government led by al-Maliki at the level of security and the economy as a failure, describing "the economic situation of the country," Mounhar "stressing that al-Maliki form a barrier in the unification of the Iraqi people.

    He concluded his statement to "toss" that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi military used the qualifier against sectarian and nationalist Sunnis and Kurds. "

    Observers believe that the post-election maturity is important for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is a challenge no less important than the challenge of holding elections.

    Amidst a battle fought with al-Maliki, his opponents Shiites in southern Iraq, still sounds most people opposed to the policies that caused their sons Pfqdanhm soldiers in the Battle of Al-Anbar, which is still raging spin, so the state will face third-Maliki Iraqi opposition more sophisticated.

    Iraqi elections will be the new face of the rule despite the fact that the Constitution provides for a fixed map obliges the president to be a Kurd and a Shiite prime minister and the Sunni speaker of parliament, but there is an active role exercised by Iran to determine the most influential person in that map, which the Prime Minister.

    In light of the retreat influential American role after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, highlights the role of Iran in light of the role of the Saudi and Qatari was a "scapegoat" which commented upon by al-Maliki file security tensions in the country.

    Secretions of the electoral process predictors bluntly politician from the Saudi side and country alike, but al-Maliki in front of the stage of the formation of new alliances and in front of the stage will not be absent from some concessions to reach the goal; satisfy ally actor Iran, without losing sight of the Alliance of mainstream Kurdish acquires importance of mechanism come together that make it political force to be reckoned with.

    And the remaining period of the election results and ratified fought the battle of appeals, a critical and critical Satkhallha many obstacles security and political, the law of procedure of the Office of the Independent Electoral requires that it consider every challenge offered by any of the parties that are authorized to do so or relevant, as happened in the last election in 2010, as asking the ratification of the results 86 days tough.

    It seems that the days Stttalbha results for the ratification of this time, will be more critical in light of security conditions deteriorating and opposition Shiite new, what Enpi battle a new kind of finalists take-Maliki; military with armed militias, and politically with his opponents neo who will not provide any opportunity to fight a new kind of opposition acquires character insists on change.


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    Announcement of preliminary results needs at least 7 to 10 days

    Announcement of preliminary results needs at least 7 to 10 days

    03/05/2014 11:16:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The Independent High Electoral Commission IHEC announced that the announcement of preliminary results of the parliamentary elections needs at least / 7 / to / 10 / days, noting that the counting and sorting operations are still ongoing in various provinces.

    The Vice-President of the Board of Commissioners, Qate'a al-Zobaie told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / today that "the IHEC cannot announce any result before the completion of counting in the provinces, indicating that the results announced between now and then are not of the Commission but by the observers of the political entities who are inside the counting stations."

    He added that "The process of counting will continue from 7 to 10 days in Baghdad and other provinces from 3 to 4 days , explaining that the Board of Commissioners in the IHEC is linked to specific duration, including the consideration of appeals and complaints, which needs 10 to 15 days to be resolved, which means the announcement of the final results cannot be announced before May 25."

    The process of counting of the preliminary parliamentary elections began directly after polls closed in the polling stations, while the second phase began yesterday in special centers for the electoral commission that distribute in various provinces.

    The parliamentary elections were held on Wednesday 30. April, on a turnout of 60 %, according to a statement by the election commission.



    IHEC to announce elections results after May 25, 2014

    Saturday, 03 May 2014 13:55

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Independent High Electoral Commission announced that the results of the elections will be announced after the 25th of May, 2014.

    The Deputy Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Qatea al-Zubai, stated to AIN "The announcement of the elections results will be after the 25th of May where the complaint will take 10-15 days to settled."


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    Kurdish Oil to Turkey Resumes; Sales to Begin Soon

    Kurdish Oil to Turkey Resumes; Sales to Begin Soon
    By RUDAW

    The KRG is going ahead with selling oil to buyers at Ceyhan, despite unresolved differences with Baghdad over the issue.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has resumed oil exports of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) through a pipeline to Turkey, where the crude will go for sale in the next several days, Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz indicated.

    "The flow of oil from northern Iraq resumed with a capacity of 100,000 barrels a day,” Yildiz told journalists on Friday in the northwestern city of Bursa. "Turkey only facilitates the procedure and paves the way," he added. “The sales may begin within three days or a week."

    Yildiz reaffirmed that the oil belonged to all Iraqis, and they are responsible for the sale. "The oil stockpiles belong to Iraq and, of course, they will sell it themselves," he noted.

    A senior advisor at Kurdistan’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “We ask buyers to participate in tenders to sell Kurdistan oil.”

    The statements by the Turkish minister and the Kurdish advisor meant that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is going ahead with selling its oil to buyers at the Turkish port of Ceyhan, despite unresolved differences with Baghdad over the issue.

    The oil row escalated at the start of this year, when the Kurds began pumping oil through their pipeline to Ceyhan, and Baghdad declared the exports were “illegal.”

    The central government has said that the revenues from the Kurdish oil sales must be controlled by Iraq’s own State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). When the Kurds insisted on controlling sales and revenues, Baghdad cut off the KRG from the national budget.

    Last week, KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said in exclusive interview with Rudaw that Kurdish oil would be sold in early May. He said that, until now Kurdish oil was stored at Ceyhan but not sold, and that the selling would begin in early May.

    The MNR adviser said that the statements by Barzani and Yildiz were quite obvious: “Kurdistan will sell oil at the beginning of this month.”

    According to Yildiz, stored Kurdish oil at tanks in Ceyhan now totals 1.8 million barrels, close to the total storage capacity of 2.5 million barrels.

    The Kurdish advisor said that Erbil has taken the step of resuming exports and beginning sales after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki took the strong step of cutting off budget payments to Kurdistan.

    As a sign of “goodwill,” and after intensive US mediation, the KRG had agreed to export 100,000 bpd via the Iraq-Turkey pipeline (ITP), starting April 1. But that did not happen because of technical problems with the ITP and constant sabotage of the pipeline by Sunni insurgent groups.

    So far, there has been no comment from Baghdad about the KRG’s latest declared intention of beginning oil sales imminently. In the past, Baghdad has been quick to comment on Kurdish moves over oil exports and sales.

    Baghdad has threatened to sue any company lifting Kurdish oil at Ceyhan.

    The resumption of Kurdish oil exports comes just two days after Iraq held its legislative elections. Preliminary results show the formation of the next government will be a daunting and lengthy process, as religious and ethnic forces that have been at serious odds with Maliki try to come together in a government.

    According to the formula the KRG has proposed, the revenues from oil sales are to be divided between Erbil and Baghdad. The Kurds would get 17 percent of the revenues, equal to their constitutional share of the budget. The rest would go to the federal government, after five percent is given to Kuwait for reparations and compensation that Iraq is obliged to make under UN resolutions.



    Turkey agreements with the Kurds over oil held its relations with Iraq

    Sat May 03 2014 19:44 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD / translation Baghdadi News

    Ankara announced earlier that the oil which is controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government will flow to world markets via Turkey may cause global diplomatic crisis widely, according to sentiments, Saturday, Voice of America site.

    Since the month of December last the flow of oil province of Kurdistan to stations Turkish port of Ceyhan is still oil reservoir there with energy ministers said in the Kurdistan region and Ankara that they expect to see sales the first of it this month, where it is also expected that exports would increase at a rate of 100 000 barrels per day to Turkey, according to analysts in the oil industry.

    The political writer Turkish Kadri Gursel of newspaper Mlili Turkey has warned that "these sales will have serious consequences in the long term," he said, adding that they represent "a step forward towards strengthening the independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which puts into question the integrity of Iraq in real time what After Saddam's regime so that the oil is what keeps Iraq together today. "

    Regional analysts said it "looks at the process of the sale of oil independently as strengthening the hand of Iraqi Kurds and with energy agreements, the Kurds are betting that close cooperation with Turkey will strengthen their economy and their policy and ultimately makes the process of independence for them closer-by-step."

    But Turkish expert in political science and a family of energy Amir said, "This kind of cooperation is threatening Turkey's relations strategy in Washington."

    He added that "Washington is concerned about the intention of strengthening the independence of the Kurds So Turkey will face a problem with the United States in this regard has been blamed for strengthening the independence of Kurdistan from the rest of the parts of Iraq."

    Washington, for its part, had been charged repeatedly criticized Turkey that any agreement with the Kurdistan in the field of energy will exclude Baghdad insists the central government, for its part it is the entity authorized only in the sale and distribution of energy reserves in the country and warned the government of al-Maliki that the share of the Kurds from oil revenues amounting to 17 percent only and are therefore subject to the obligation to sell oil through the oil companies owned by the central government with the Kurds, but it ignored warnings and Baghdad have sold one million barrels of oil to Turkey.

    Political writer Turkish Semih Idiz said that "Ankara did not take these warnings seriously, but Ankara can in fact will have a reaction only if the United States said it was concerned in this regard and replayed it that if America is concerned, it will have first to prevent oil companies large U.S. force in the Kurdistan region of dealing with the Kurds. "

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    Re: Kurdish Oil to Turkey Resumes; Sales to Begin Soon

    Thanks chattels, I'd buy that t shirt, just say no to the SLC

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