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" ..... despite the superiority of Maliki’s electoral coalition, the competing Shiite forces, the Kurds and the Sunnis, are together able to form a comfortable majority to prevent Maliki from remaining in office. "...................... Maliki likely fears that if he rushes to do business with parties outside the Shiite alliance, his Shiite rivals would do the same and that they may have a better chance to win over the Kurdish and Sunni forces, because there is a general consensus among them to not keep Maliki in power.
At the same time, the rest of the Shiite groups fear that this consensus is not solid enough to withstand discussing the details, and that going alone to the Kurdish and Sunni forces may put them in a weak bargaining position and make them appear responsible for breaking Shiite unity.
An important factor here are the choices that the Sunni and Kurdish forces will make. If the Sunnis and Kurds rush to form ethnic and sectarian alliances, then the Shiite alliance may do the same.
Some are proposing scenarios such as replacing Maliki with another figure from the State of Law Coalition as a compromise to ensure the continuation of the Shiite alliance. Yet, such a solution may come at a later stage, after the favored options by most parties have been exhausted. What is certain now is that a harsh negotiating season will begin as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite. - from al Monitor
Generally, all are " waiting for the National Alliance to name its candidate, formally , to start negotiate with him. "
To Wit :
MP: The National Alliance has not raised a figure for the post of head the next government so far
BAGHDAD / NINA / The MP, of the Ahrar bloc, Mushriq Naji confirmed that the National Alliance has not been raised a figure for the post of prime minister so far.
He said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The National Alliance demanded the State of Law Coalition to submit another alternative for prime minister post," noting that "the candidate for the post of head of government that will emerge from the National Alliance, will be discussed within the National Alliance and when agreed, will be announced to the other blocs.
Naji stressed the keenness of the Ahrar and the citizen blocs on the unity of the National Alliance, and to be the prime minister from it, but according to the frameworks and set by the National Alliance, and its new bylaw."
Commission suggest the completion of the audit appeals "after a week" and ruled out any "significant changes" in the results
Mon Jun 09 2014 19:55 | (Voice of Iraq)
long-Presse / Baghdad
The Electoral Commission ruled on Monday, "for significant changes affect the results of the election" after the completion of the audit appeals, and showed that while the changes will be at the level of "single list", likely to be completed by appeals "after a week."
Said a member of the Electoral Commission Kolshan Kamal, in an interview with the (long-Presse), "We have a committee in the election commission to consider appeals, and if there was a change after the completion of the appeals will not be significant and would not affect the results," adding that "change is among the candidates within the existing one. "
Kolshan and suggested that "the completion of the appeals after a week and it is up to spend," pointing out that "the number of appeals was stabbed to 890."
The Electoral Commission for elections, announced in (the 19th of May 2014 the current), the final results of the elections for the House of Representatives, under which the coalition of al-Maliki, the 95 parliamentary seats, while the replaced blocks Sadrists came in second with 34 seats, the coalition of citizen, ranked third with 31 seats, as the coalition Najafi, the fourth place with 23 seats, while Allawi's coalition won the fifth place with 21 seats out of the seats in the House of Representatives 328.
The election of thirtieth April 2014, is the third in the country since 2003 and is the first to be held to elect a parliament after the withdrawal of U.S. military from Iraq by the end of 2011, it also saw the use of electronic voting card for the first time.
Liberals expect to delay ratification of the election results for the granting of the blocks "enough time" to negotiate
Tue Jun 10 2014 05:30 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Mohammad Sabah
I expected the Liberal bloc, on Monday, to press some of the political blocs on the Electoral Commission to defer action on the "electoral appeals" in front of it to make way for the completion of negotiations to form the next government.
This suggested to the circles of political asylum to a breach of the blocks first meeting quorum to circumvent the "open meeting" that prevented the Federal Court, and gain more time to negotiate.
In the meantime, an election expert confirmed the absence of regulations, the Office of the State "time limit" to decide appeals made by the winning blocs, revealing the arrival of a large number of them to the Commission.
And provided the political blocs on May 4, dropped its complaints past results as provided by the laws of the Commission, and timed out after 10 days to appeal. And wait for the political parties to ratify the final results for the start of their negotiations Avenue, but it faces a critical timings in which oblige them to hold the first meeting 10 days after the ratification of the results, and to prevent the Federal Court's "open meeting" which was used to him after the 2010 elections.
Bright says Naji, a spokesman for the Liberal bloc parliamentary, that "after the ratification of the election results is imperative for the presidency call for the convening of the new parliament to choose a major and Parliament of the Republic."
Added Naji "long" that "this call to be during the period of 15 days may be extended to 15 days and the other only once is extendable thereafter be selected major and his deputies and Parliament of the Republic in the first session chaired by the oldest member."
Article 54 of the Constitution states that "The President of the Republic, the Council of Representatives to convene by a presidential decree within fifteen days from the date of approval of the results of the general election, and the meeting will be held under the chairmanship of the oldest member, to elect a president and two deputies, may not be extended for more than the previously mentioned period" .
On the steps expected for after the ratification of the results, explains MP for the Liberal bloc said that "scenarios formation of the current government are different from what happened in 2010 to the presence of a decision of the Federal Court which prevents the parliamentary session open to it baseless legal or constitutional," noting that "the Federal Court shut down the road in front of the political blocs if it wants to resort to the open meeting. "
He favored bright MP Naji said that "the political blocs and the winner will resort to powerful pressure on the judiciary and the Electoral Commission to postpone the ratification of the election results until the completion of transactions forming the next government and the distribution of positions among themselves."
Asked whether there was a "time limit" to decide appeals filed about the election results, says Naji, "according to the rules and regulations of the Commission is to decide appeals during the period of ten days, and then approved by the Federal Court."
In the same context, predicted political circles spoke of the "long" to "turn the political blocs to prejudice quorum call after the first meeting of the presidency to them."
It adds circles familiar with the scenes of the negotiations, saying that "the masses feel in this parliamentary session by pressing the constitutional timings that do not allow them to conclude deals to form the next government Balnho who aspired to."
She spoke circles about the "existence of an agreement semi-final to go to the first session, if there is no agreement on the formation of the largest parliamentary bloc, after inviting the presidency and then breach the quorum Parliament to circumvent the ban on open meeting by the Federal Court," and drew circles that "scenario breach of quorum for the first session will allow all parties to take the time to negotiate the shape of the next government. "
In this regard, confirms Adil al-Lami, an expert in electoral affairs, said that
"the Iraqi constitution includes loose ends did not address the issue of prejudice to the legal quorum for the first meeting."
Explains Lami, in an interview for the "long", "The previous regulations of the Commission had to decide appeals during the period of ten days from the submission and then approved by the Federal Court," adding that "the current regulations do not specify a time limit specified for deciding appeals."
He noted the former official in the election commission said that "the number of appeals received by the Commission amounted to 680 appeal and therefore the judiciary to follow up on appeals will be delayed in deciding it."
Lami and stresses that "in case there are many challenges on the supposed head of the Supreme Judicial Council mandate additional judges of the electoral body for the completion of the appeals in the period specified in the regulations."
61216 Kurdistan oil tanker has reached its destination and will pay 5% of the amount
Kurdistan oil tanker has reached its destination and will pay 5% of the amount to Kuwait
Tue Jun 10 2014 03:40 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad (Iraq) / Yousef Salman
After news emerged about the absence of any oil buyer Kurdish also reminds media belonging to the Dawa Party, the ruling confirmed that the Kurdistan Alliance bloc in the Iraqi parliament and the arrival of oil exported from fields in the province, which was announced to sell it a few days ago in the Turkish port of Ceyhan to world markets without remember the name of the state, which bought the oil.
The MP said Mahma Khalil told the "future" yesterday that part of the oil revenue source from the region will be allocated to fulfill international commitments in Iraq, including the deduction of 5% to the Compensation Fund of Kuwait, and another part will go to pay the salaries of employees and retirees of the Kurdistan region, which stopped by a previous decision of the Federal Government in Baghdad.
Khelil said that the Kurdistan Region will continue to pump and export oil to world markets will not waive that constitutional right (according to the recipe), adding that there are other carriers will carry the oil shipments from the source region to world markets under the specific dates of the official export contracts. He noted that the amount of stored oil in the Kurdistan region of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean amounted to about 2.8 million barrels.
And on the salaries of employees in the region, Khalil said that the provincial government was forced to borrow money from investors, businessmen and commercial companies to pay last May for employees and retirees in Kurdistan. He pointed out that the possibility of citizens affected by the policies of the federal government to resort to the Iraqi justice system to recover their rights due to the decision to stop the salaries of Baghdad.
For his part, MP Mohammad Qasim for "future" on Monday (June 9, 2014) that the province released so far about 2.5 million barrels of oil were sold according to world prices to European countries via Turkey. He said the ship carrying the oil province of Kurdistan has reached the party that I went to it was handled by the daily price.
Mohammed added that the percentage of oil revenues would be delivered monthly via converted into a bank account in the United States and then to Turkey and from there to the region.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the tanker carrying the first shipment of crude oil from Kurdistan changed course after it was on its way to the United States and remained in navigating tortuous path in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea before heading to the port in Morocco. Then the news broke that the United Adrchib tanker loaded with one million barrels of oil left the Moroccan port without unloading.
61217 Liberal candidate for: renew the mandate of a third of the owners would worsen
Liberal candidate for: renew the mandate of a third of the owners would worsen the situation
Mon Jun 09 2014 23:50 | (Voice of Iraq)
Baghdad / Baghdad News
Said the candidate for the Liberal bloc, on Monday, the third renewal of the mandate of the owners would worsen the crises plaguing the country, noting that the last eight years, during which Iraq has suffered from various problems have prevented the advancement of the level of reconstruction and investment and improve the security situation.
Insists the majority of political blocs in winning the parliamentary elections that took place on April 30 last year, not to renew the mandate of a third current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, while the Liberals and threatened Ktlta citizen Palanadwae in the next parliamentary opposition front in the event of a third renewal of the mandate of the owners.
He added Riad Ghali told (Baghdadi News) that "the survival of the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in power will work on the deteriorating security situation and the political and economic within the country from bad to worse," he said, adding that "the past eight years, suffered during Iraq's various problems, so it's time for the advancement of all areas. "
The leader of the Liberal block of the Sadrist movement Dhia al-Assadi, has confirmed in a press statement yesterday, that the mass Stnazavi in front of the next parliamentary opposition, if receipt of the current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a third term.
Ghali added that "the political blocs that were in support of the government began to wake up now and began cooperating with the rest of the blocks in order to change the current government and correct castration experienced by the Iraqi people during the past years."
The candidate stressed the need for the Liberal bloc accounting change and violates the laws that serve the Iraqi people, "explaining that" the country is borne by the government are conditions heated in the absence of change, it will become complicated at all levels. "
The Electoral Commission for elections, announced on 19 May 2014 the past, the final results of the elections of the House of Representatives, and which received State of Law coalition led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on 93 parliamentary seats, while the replaced blocks Sadrists came in second with 34 seats, the coalition of citizen third place with 31 seats, as the coalition Najafi on fourth place with 23 seats, while Allawi's coalition won the fifth place with 21 seats out of the seats in the House of Representatives 328.
61218 House Speaker holds a press conference later today
House Speaker holds a press conference later today
Baghdad / NINA / Iraqi House Speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi holds a press conference in the Council building later today.
A source in the council told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "The House Speaker, Osama al-Nujaifi will hold a press conference in Council building to review the political and security developments in the country."
61219 Bayati denies government's intention to impose state of emergency
Bayati denies government's intention to impose state of emergency
BAGHDAD / NINA / A member of the parliamentary Commission on Security and Defense MP, of the State of Law coalition, Abbas al-Bayati denied the government's intention to impose a state of emergency in the country, after the fourteenth of this month, against the backdrop of recent security incidents in Anbar, Mosul and Samarra.
Bayati said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The news regarding to this is baseless, on the grounds that the government does not need to impose a state of emergency and martial law in the country because the security forces in Baghdad and its edges are enough to repel any possible attack by terrorists." pointing out that" the terrorists blow up car bombs and roadside bombs in Baghdad and its edges, and this does not require the imposition of a state of emergency in Baghdad. "
Bayati added,: "After the fifteenth of this month, we will head to the first session of the new parliament and form a government, after the Federal Court approved the names of the winners of the election."
He explained, "The aim of this news about imposing a state of emergency or martial law in the country is to disrupt the talks on forming a new government and dialogues between the blocs."
It is mentioned that news indicated that the government is intending to declare a state of emergency after June 14, in certain regions and provinces, after the serious deterioration of security in those areas.
*** The significance of this article is not so much for the headline denial by Bayati of the accusations about the imposition of martial law, but information about the process of forming the next government. ***
NOTE that the federal court approval of the election winners may be as late / early as Monday, 16 June 2014, based upon other news articles
Kirkuk / Nina /--Security committee in the province of Kirkuk, imposed a general curfew from eleven o'clock at late last night until four o'clock in the morning.
The security forces imposed across the province the status of the alarm in anticipation of attacks, or repeat the scenario of what happened in Mosul, Samarra and Fallujah, in light of the escalating of violence.
Daash armed groups seized entire control on the city of Mosul as it moves toward Salahuddin province, as earlier warned Speaker Osama Najafi in a press conference today.
61222 Mahmoud looking with a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme
sczin11: Improve and learn from the UN...progress
Mahmoud looking with a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme to develop the skills of staff in the judiciary 10-06-2014 01:26 PM
Baghdad (news) .. Search Head of the Judiciary of the Federal Medhat al-Mahmoud with a delegation from the United Nations Development Programme, to develop the skills of staff in the judiciary, especially on the side of the investigation.
According to a statement of the judiciary received the Agency (news): The 'Mahmoud accept it at the beginning of the meeting, the formations of the judiciary in Iraq, stressing that the work went on to provide the bills for these formations as soon as'.
He explained Mahmood to visiting delegation tasks entrusted to the public prosecution, noting that 'the public prosecution has seen an increase in the terms of reference with the role of President represented the control of the legality of the decisions of the judges, also touched on the duties of the presidency of the body of judicial oversight and the extent of coordination happening between them and the heads of the appeal and their deputies'.
He called on the judiciary chief to 'adopt practical aspects in the development of judicial expertise, especially the investigation file and move away from the theoretical aspects', pointing to 'the possibility of the transfer of international experience to serve the type of cases before and inform the Iraqi crews directly on how to resolve them.'
He pointed out: that 'the judicial authority is keen to raise the expertise of investigator way that would enable it to complete its work to the fullest', noting that 'the judicial Development Institute is ready to receive the practical development courses that will benefit the judicial staff'.
For his part, the delegation during the meeting, his willingness to 'provide all the expertise to Iraqi judicial system', expressed their admiration for the 'great support provided by the judge Mahmoud provide better services'. /
61223 Baghdad Owes Kurdistan $6b, International Conference Told
Baghdad Owes Kurdistan $6b, International Conference Told
By Judit Neurink
KRG Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir speaking at the conference.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The government in Baghdad owes the Kurdistan Regional Government $6 billion for the six months it has not paid the Kurds its share of the Iraqi budget, KRG Spokesman Safeen Dizayee told international businessmen at a conference in Erbil.
Foreign and Iraqi businessmen at the second Kurdistan Projects conference were briefed about the opportunities in a region where investments have already passed the $30 billion mark, and about as much are needed for investments over the next six years.
As their incentive to spend money is highly influenced by the political situation, the speeches of the only two ministers attending were eagerly awaited. Ministries were mainly represented on a lower level because, some nine months after elections, the new Kurdistan cabinet is still under construction.
Their presentations showed that projects are suffering from the present conflict between Baghdad and Erbil over sharing the revenues from oil produced in the Kurdistan Region, which led to the budget freeze for Kurdistan.
A number of water management projects are delayed because of lack of government funds. Commercial enterprises are suffering, too: Steelworks in Kurdistan, for instance, stopped receiving scrap metal from Baghdad. As the Kurdish scrap is not sufficient, the scarcity has led to a doubling of the price.
While spokesman Dizayee stressed that the Kurds would like a settlement “to contribute to the future budget of Baghdad for all Iraqis to profit,” at the same time he painted a picture of an Iraqi government unwilling to cooperate with the Kurds.
Baghdad had not expected oil to be found in Kurdistan, said Dizayee, and when it was, it called the Kurds “not fit” to extract it, warning oil companies even about the “family business” they would have to deal with – a reference most probably to the ruling Barzani family.
“And now that we have the pipeline to Turkey, they put us in the draft budget for 2014 for 400,000 barrels a day, an amount we do not have.”
Kurdistan now produces around 120,000 barrels a day, the conference heard. That Baghdad would cut the budget has long been a Kurdish concern, admitted the spokesman.
“We feared Baghdad would someday use the financial pressure card. That future is today. We are trying hard to increase our own revenue to pay the salaries and our payments to the oil companies,” Dizayee said.
Based on the 2013 budget, Kurdistan should receive $1 billion dollars a month.
Dizayee admitted that, for the first two months, Baghdad had paid the part of the budget for the salaries of civil servants.
At the same time, Kurdistan suffers from the bad security situation outside the region, he pointed out. “For the past seven years flows of people have left Iraq, be it Sunnis, Christians or others, and now again from Mosul and Anbar. We consider them as internally-displaced and cater for them.”
“No other entity would accept to be deprived of part of its legal budget,” Foreign Relations Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir pointed out. Both he and Dizayee stressed their conviction that Kurdistan is in the right: Cutting the budget is illegal under the Iraqi Constitution and the budget laws.
If no solution is found for the conflict -- and both ministers showed little hope that it would -- the Kurds will for six more months have to bridge financial gaps. According to Dizayee, by the end of the year they expect to produce the 400,000 barrels per day needed to cover the money from Baghdad.
Yet that will only work if Kurdish oil can be sold. A first shipment of 100,000 barrels of Kurdish crude was stopped recently on its way to the US, and got stranded in Morocco, as minister Bakir admitted. Earlier, the Americans stopped Kurdish oil to be transported out of Turkey, and denounced it being sold outside the Iraqi system.
The role of the Americans, whom the Kurds considered as friends, is a bitter one. “The Americans say they are neutral, but they are putting more pressure on us than on Baghdad,” said Bakir, who spoke of an “economic war against the region.”
One of the experts at the conference made the assumption that once the oil was transferred from the storage in Turkey to the tanker, it was paid for. That is why, what happened to the vessel did not really need to concern the Kurds anymore.
Confirmation for this was not to be had, but Bakir made clear that there is no turning back -- not to the dark past of isolation and poverty, but also not on Kurdish oil endeavors.
“We have started this now, and will not give up,” he vowed. “For us this is a turning point, and one not without challenges. Our policy is to continue exporting oil.”
61224 Fighting and Chaos in Mosul as Insurgents Seize Airport, Governor’s Office
Fighting and Chaos in Mosul as Insurgents Seize Airport, Governor’s Office
ISIS fighters are reportedly in control of parts of Mosul, including the airport.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Heavy fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces reigned for a fourth day in Mosul in northwestern Iraq, with insurgents reportedly taking over parts of the city, including the airport and governor’s office.
Local officials reported chaos in the city, with Iraqi army units aimlessly shelling populated areas for days. Most of the attacks by the al-Qaeda splinter group were reported in Mosul’s west bank and the city center.
In a telephone interview with Rudaw, Nineveh Governor Athil al-Nujaifi said that his staff is preparing to move the office to another building.
"The ISIS was able to get near the governorate building and gain control of it quickly," said Nujaifi. "We have prepared another building to perform the administrative affairs."
Meanwhile, Nineveh’s local government in the provincial council strongly denounced the Iraqi army for failing to counter the insurgents in Mosul.
"The Iraqi army is in chaos in Mosul,” said Bashar Kiki, the provincial council chief, who also demanded immediate intervention by Kurdish forces to repel ISIS attacks. He said that a curfew had been declared since Thursday, but that Iraqi forces had been shelling populated areas in vain.
"I want Peshmarga forces to come to Mosul at least in the east bank of the city, as there are lots of Kurds and other important government departments,” Kiki told Rudaw. “Even the governor of Nineveh demands the deployment of Peshmarga forces. He asked me to convey this message to the Kurdistan Region,” Kiki added.
In Erbil, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said that the KRG had tried its best to help with security in Mosul, but that efforts had been stymied by the negative response from Baghdad.
“In the past two years we tried our best to cooperate for the defence of Mosul, but unfortunately the response from Baghdad wasn’t such that could help us cooperate,” Barzani said in a statement.
He also urged people in the Kurdistan Region to spare no efforts to assist refugees fleeing Mosul, but emphasized that, “any assistance has to be done within legal and security framework.”
Barzani appealed to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to come to the help of Mosul refugees, and reassured Kurds living in territories outside the Kurdistan Region that “the security forces and the Peshmarga are as always in full readiness to protect those areas.”
Jabar Yawar, chief of staff at the Peshmarga ministry, explained that that the KRG could not legally deploy forces outside the Kurdistan Region without prior agreement with the federal government.
"Western Mosul is not related to the Kurdistan Region, and is not even a Kurdish area," said Yawar.
He added there was no excuse for more Peshmerga forces in the city’s east, because ISIS insurgents had not entered there. “Peshmarga forces are already in the east bank now, and have coordinated with the Iraqi army, but more deployment is not necessary for now," he added.
He said that information coming out of Mosul was also murky. “There is conflicting intelligence about the extent of ISIS control over the west bank.”
Brigadier General Saad Ma'an, spokesman for Iraq’s interior ministry, told Rudaw there is coordination and communication between Peshmarga forces and Iraqi security forces in Mosul.
"Until now, we have not requested the cooperation of the Peshmarga forces, but if required we will,” said Ma’an.
He said that Iraqi security forces had cleared out some areas of Mosul from ISIS fighters, and expected the whole city to be under control of government forces within 24 hours.
But several Kurdish and local officials in Nineveh gave different accounts of developments in the city, stressing that the army is losing control over Mosul’s west bank. ISIS militants started new attacks on the areas at the heart of Mosul after 3 pm on Tuesday.
"ISIS wants to raid the Nineveh operation command in Mosul. They have warned people in the area to evacuate so that they would attack the base," said Saeed Mamuzin, spokesman of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul.
According to officials, more than 60,000 Iraqi security forces are based in Mosul. In addition, special forces SWAT teams have been deployed in the city. However, there are accounts of desertions and many soldiers defecting to ISIS.
"Many Iraqi soldiers and police defected or left their bases, and ISIS could confiscate lots of weapons and ammunition," said Mamuzin.