58862 It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + THIRTEEN (13) or " E - M DAY +13 "
It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + THIRTEEN (13) or " E - M DAY +13 ".
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. News articles report that the foregoing will take about three (3) weeks and after May 25.
" 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. "
REMEMBER, ............... Following the last election the new parliament opened on 14 June 2010 after 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.
WE WAIT, WATCH, HOPE AND PRAY. GODSPEED THE COMPLETION OF THE IRAQI BANKING SECTOR REFORM PROJECT !
58863 MP: The meeting of the National Alliance did not address the prime ministerial
MP: The meeting of the National Alliance did not address the prime ministerial candidate for the next government
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP of the State of Law, Khalid al-Asadi denies news about an agreement among the political forces in the National Alliance for putting mechanisms to choose a candidate for prime minister for the next government .
Asadi told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "Such news is incorrect and inaccurate, and the meeting of the National Alliance , which was held yesterday , headed by Ibrahim al-Jaafari and with the presence of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki , has focused on rebuilding and developing the Alliance and forming its political body for the purpose of preparing a draft of its bylaw. "
He explained that " what took place at the meeting of the alliance is to develop mechanisms and activate it for the success of the work of the National Alliance in the next phase ."
Asadi said, "We have not discussed the issue of prime ministerial candidate at the meeting of the National Alliance , because the topic is premature ," noting " the issue of prime ministerial candidate will be put after the announcement of the election results ."
A source in the National Alliance had announced that the coalition put two principal mechanisms for the selection of the candidate for prime minister from the forces of the National Alliance .
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58864 Sulaymaniyah .. Opening the largest plant for the production of iron and steel
Sulaymaniyah .. Opening the largest plant for the production of iron and steel in Iraq at a cost of one billion dollars
Sulaymaniyah / NINA / The largest plant for the production of iron and steel in Iraq was opened in the province of Sulaymaniyah on Monday in terms of area and the techniques used in the production.
The Web site of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that the plant which was called the / diamond / is located in Bazian in the province of Sulaymaniyah, at a cost of about one billion dollars.
It is expected that the plant will start its production during the month of next August to annually produce approximately 250 million tons of template iron types.
58865 Oil Expert rules out Iraq influenced by Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce
Oil Expert rules out Iraq influenced by Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce its production in the / OPEC /
BAGHDAD / NINA/ The oil expert, Hamza al- Jewahri ruled out Iraq's impact in Saudi Arabia's decision not to reduce oil production ceiling in the Organization of / OPEC / , stressing that Iraq is continuing to raise its oil production ceiling and is ready to compete with oil-producing countries .
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that " Iraq has large oil fields and did not affect in the rising of production ceiling of Saudi oil , pointing that the Iraq's production of crude oil in the month of March 2014 reached to 3.5 million barrels per day ."
He added that " Iraq's oil production will reach 9 million barrels per day in 2020 , as a result of oil plans prepared by the oil ministry and the work of the winning companies in the oil licensing rounds and continuing discoveries of oil fields ."
Saudi Arabia was announced yesterday that it would not considering reducing its production of oil within the / OPEC / despite the rise in Iraq's exports , noting that it looks at the total oil production in OPEC, adding that " Saudi Oil is desirable therefore we do not plan to reduce our production of oil ."
58866 UK Government policy on the Kurdistan Region
Window on Westminster
By GARY KENT
British parliamentarians have picked a good time to examine UK Government policy on the Kurdistan Region given dramatic internal change, imminent and historic oil sales to Turkey possibly without Baghdad's permission, and recent Iraqi elections which may make or break Nouri al-Maliki.
The Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry began with a brisk trot around the key issues through evidence from two foreign policy specialists and one energy expert: Professors Charles Tripp and Gareth Stansfield, who has been visiting Kurdistan since 1997; and John Roberts. My broad survey of this question and answer session gallops through the richness of their evidence which deserves to be read in full.
The questioning started with internal change and reform in Kurdistan following last year's elections. The big issue was whether Kurdistan is democratic to which the answer was a cautiously optimistic yes.
True, some leaders shy away from scrutiny but some of its "aspirational population" speak critically and openly about their leaders.
The negotiations on forming a new coalition government in Erbil are complex and delicate but should be seen as a sign of strength in catching up with the new realities of the end of the KDP-PUK duopoly. Yes, there are what Ann Clwyd called "great gaps between the rich and the poor" but Kurdish leaders are taking this seriously. And the position of religious and ethnic minorities is good, despite inaccurate claims from some vocal opponents based abroad. In all, Kurdistan has the makings of accountable government while the security and political position in Arab Iraq is truly bleak.
As for the Erbil-Baghdad axis, Stansfield said that "Iraq is, in effect, two countries" and the "billion dollar question" is how Erbil and Baghdad can find a political solution to various disputes that would allow the Kurds to be "happy participants" in Iraq.
Maliki, "the great political survivor" of Iraq politics, might have to square the Kurds to stay in power but will it be another temporary fix or a lasting deal? Maliki may not get a third term and other possible Prime Ministers have been more historically sympathetic to federalism. Others in Basra and northern Sunni provinces are also seeking to decentralise power throughout the country and see Kurdistan as an asset rather than a liability.
MPs examined the danger of military confrontation. Maliki may have more men under arms than Saddam but it is mostly a major job creation scheme and these armed forces are weaker in reality. An Iraqi battalion defected in 2012 to the Peshmerga, which are more cohesive and effective. But more capable and destructive Iraqi air power, thanks to planned sales of American F16s, is stoking real fears in Kurdistan, which can be summed up in one word - Anfal.
Mike Gapes MP asked about the UK Government's refusal so far to follow the example of the UK Parliament and formally recognise the genocide. Stansfield strongly argued that denying the genocide is insulting and deeply upsetting to the Kurds.
MPs wondered if the KRG had put too many eggs in the Turkish basket and if Ankara could be trusted. PM Erdogan once joked that he would oppose a Kurdistan even if it were in Argentina but Turkey's need for Kurdish energy supplies was changing things. The Committee Chair quipped that "pipelines can be a nice little earner."
One MP asked what Britain's status as "partner of choice" means in practice. Some think Britain has not capitalised on its good standing.
Others argue that a dilemma for the UK is reconciling support for the integrity of Iraq and relations with the Kurds. That tension may become more acute.
Where now? This column has avoided advocating particular outcomes. I can certainly see the attractions of independence for Iraqi Kurdistan as we near the centenary of the fateful decision to force the Kurds into Iraq. But that isn't easy for a landlocked country whose southern boundary is not settled and where the burning question in any divorce would be "what about the children," meaning the status of people in the disputed territories.
I can also see the attractions, not least for Arab Iraq, of the Kurdistan Region staying in what could become a binational confederation, with Kurdish autonomy and links to a "virtual Kurdistan" and more widely. I know there is a debate about whether it is better to live in a 2 million or an 8 million barrels a day economy. Iraq could yet move from being centralised and dictatorial to being a diverse and democratic country that therefore values the Kurds.
The official inquiry has made a good start to an informed appraisal of these and other questions from a British perspective. That there is even an inquiry illustrates that understanding of the Kurdistan Region has moved from the margins to the mainstream of policy-making.
58870 Maliki Wants a Third Term, Reaches Out to Kurds and Others
Maliki Wants a Third Term, Reaches Out to Kurds and Others
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has expressed his intention to remain in the premiership for a third term and has reached out to all political groups, including the Kurds, for negotiations, sources told Rudaw.
A source in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Kurdish party shown to have won the largest number of votes in last month’s parliamentary elections in early counts, said that his group leaders had received a letter signed by Maliki as the head of his State of Law party.
"We have received Maliki's letter and have reviewed it, but we will not respond to the letter now," said the KDP source, speaking to Rudaw on condition of anonymity.
The six-page letter is composed of two parts, covering the basis for the formation of the next Iraqi government and outlining strategic duties, with the most important centered on maintaining the territorial integrity of Iraq.
Khalid Assadi, a leader of State of Law, confirmed that the same letters had been sent to all Iraqi parties, including the Kurds, for early talks about forming the next Iraqi government.
It is widely believed it will take months before the various political groups can strike a deal and form the next government.
Maliki has especially estranged the country’s two largest minorities, the autonomous Kurds in the north and the Sunnis. Maliki’s last term was possible only after the Kurds threw their backing behind him. However, over the past year relations between Maliki and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have gone from bad to worse over energy rights and the budget.
The letter is said to include details of programs and views of the State of Law about the next government.
"The letter asks all the parties to start negotiations with State of Law to form the next cabinet based on the constitution and the parliamentary elections results," said Assadi. “Maliki has outlined the program and views of State of Law about the next government, saying it should be based on national principles and not repeat past errors."
Maliki’s letter comes at a time when the results of the April 30 elections have not been officially announced. However, Maliki’s State of Law has made self-proclaimed victories in several southern provinces, saying it has outdone the other political parties.
58873 Maliki meets with Hakim and Chalabi / MP Attitudes decline
Maliki meets with Hakim and Chalabi
BAGHDAD / NINA / Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with the head of the Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim and Head of the National Congress Ahmed Chalabi.
Informed sources told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the meeting, which was attended by the leader of the Supreme Council, Humam Hamoudi and Balig Abu Kalal, spokesman of the citizen bloc, addressed several topics, including the strengthening of the National Alliance and the promoting its cohesion and new alliances in the light of the parliamentary elections.
BAGHDAD / Nina /--Head of the Islamic Supreme Council in Iraq , Ammar al-Hakim met with a delegation representing Almowatin coalition , with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ,and discussed the political situation, the latest developments on the Iraqi arena and the issue of parliamentary elections.
According to a statement by the Supreme Council today " the meeting, also witnessed an agreement to continue the dialogue between Almowatin coalition and the State of Law coalition to reach a common vision for the next phase.
Hakim, during his meeting with al-Maliki emphasizes the "need to strong and harmonious partnership team to lead the nation
BAGHDAD / NINA/ Head of the Islamic Supreme Council Ammar al-Hakim and a delegation from the citizen bloc that included, Humam Hamoudi, Ahmed Chalabi, Mohammed Assadi and Balig Abu Kalal discussed with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in his home in Baghdad , " the political situation, developments on the Iraqi arena, the parliamentary elections and the atmosphere of democracy that accompanied the elections ."
A statement for the Supreme Council cited today that the meeting, which was attended by Maliki's Advisor, Abdel Halim Zuhairi, Yassin Majeed and leader in the Dawa Party, Tarek Najm , also saw "the agreement to continue the dialogue between the citizen coalition and the State of Law coalition to reach a common vision for the next phase and activate the role of the National Alliance as to make it an effective institution. "
The statement noted that " they applauded, during the meeting, the role of the security services to protect polling stations, arguing that the experience of the election is to enhance the experience of democracy in the new Iraq , praising the transparency that prevailed in the atmosphere of the elections and the International parties such as the UN and the EU , especially for their role in supporting the democratic experiment in Iraq with pointing to some of the violations that accompanied the electoral process . "
In turn, al-Hakim confirmed, during the meeting , according to the statement " the need for strong and harmonious partnership team who owns a unified vision to lead the country for the next stage from the National Alliance ."
MP: Attitudes' decline of the political blocs toward al-Maliki is a proof of State of Law's progress in election results
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the State of Law Coalition, Ihsan al-Awadi said that " the decline of the attitudes for the political blocs toward al-Maliki is a proof of the great progress for the state of law in the results of the parliamentary elections , which took place late last month ."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "There is a realistic reading to the Iraqi political scene by the blocs within the National Alliance and what has emerged from the results of the election showed a progress for the state of law led to the decline of the political blocs for their attitudes toward al-Maliki and his chairmanship of the upcoming government for third time ."
Its mentioned that a leader in the Supreme Islamic Council, Sheikh Humaid Ma'ala announced that there is no red lines to the citizen bloc on any character from the National Alliance to have the post of prime minister. "
He said that " the issue of the post of prime minister will be discussed after the release of election results within the supreme political body of the National Alliance, which formed yesterday, pointing out that" the new supreme political body is the same of the eight members that formed by the National Alliance to lay the foundations and bylaw of the National Alliance in the next phase " .
58877 Maliki agrees to the demand of the National Alliance's rejection of the third
Maliki agrees to the demand of the National Alliance's rejection of the third term on condition of pursuing it with a group of his close judicial
Baghdad / Iraq News Network - A source in the National Alliance, that the head of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki agreed to a demand blocks the coalition's rejection of the third term for him.
Source said: "The prime minister of the outgoing realized that winning a third term is impossible after obtaining his coalition on less than 80-seat parliament according to the results supplied by the Electoral Commission for elections. added that the most feared al-Maliki is the prosecution and legal resulting from the mismanagement of the government during the last four years and the operations of financial and administrative corruption that accompanied the work which exceeds 300 billion dollars. added that the head of a coalition of state Law handed the coalition parties the main document waiving conditional, and the most important clauses not prosecuted "and legally" with 15 leading figure of the Dawa Party and associates, including the director of Real Estate State in the Green Zone, and his son Ahmed Nouri al-Maliki and senior agent of the Ministry of the Interior Adnan al-Asadi and Saadoun al-Dulaimi, the defense minister and the agency and the team Farouk al-Araji Director of the Office of the Adjutant General and Lieutenant-General Ali Ghaidan, the commander of the ground forces and Zuhair Gharbaoui head of the intelligence agency and the team Qassim Atta, director of operations, intelligence, and Lt. Gen. Hussein al-Awadi, the commander of the federal police and former Gen. Mahdi Gharbaoui operational commander of Nineveh, Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the militia headbands right and Kamal al-Saadi and Hanan al and Ali al-Adeeb The team called Hgati head of counter-terrorism as well as to close the file and former Secretary of Commerce Abdul Falah al-Sudani final.
"This was a political body of the Iraqi National Alliance met on, on Monday, its components all, and in the presence of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in the office of President of the Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
58878 Kurdistan Alliance: We are working for the establishment of a confederation in
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Kurdistan Alliance: We are working for the establishment of a confederation in Iraq
Dated: May 13, 2014
Baghdad / Iraq News Network - The MP for the Kurdistan Alliance Muhsin al-Sadoun, on Tuesday, the alliance will be a partner with the blocks that represent the citizen and apply the Constitution and guarantee the rights of the people, adding that such alliances will be after the announcement of the Commission for the election results are final. Sadoun said: "The Kurds will not agree with any political partner without the guarantee of the rights of Iraq and the people of Kurdistan, "while he hoped" the consolidation of the speech Kurds in Baghdad, and work for the establishment of a confederation in Iraq. "and added that" the presidential office is the maturity of the Kurdish people and not the maturity of a person or a particular party "He expressed his hope that" the presidency of the Republic of the share of Kurdish nationalism. "and stressed" the importance of the unification of the Kurdish speech in Baghdad, "stressing" continue to demand the establishment of a confederation in Iraq.