Urgent .... Tuesday parliament session to settle nominating Speaker
Monday, 07 July 2014 03:09
Baghdad (AIN) -The Parliamentary blocs will meet together next Tuesday in a new session for the Parliament within the Thurd Parliamentary Term to nominate the Speaker of the Council.and his two deputies.
Parliamentary source reported to AIN "The parliament session will be held next Tuesday July, 8, 2104 at 11 AM," noting that "The agenda of the session, which will be chaired by MP Mahdi al-Hafidh, will include nominating the Speaker and his deputies." /End/
INA, UNPs stress adherence to constitutional timings over nominating 3 Presidencies
INA, UNPs stress adherence to constitutional timings over nominating 3 Presidencies
Monday, 07 July 2014 11:47
Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi National Alliance and the Union of the National Powers stressed the importance of adherence to the constitutional timings to nominate the 3 Presidencies.
A statement by the office of the INA Head, Ibraheem al-Jaafary, received by AIN "Jaafary headed a meeting for the two sides at his office in Baghdad on last Sunday."
"The meeting was attended by Khudair al-Khuzayi, Karrar al-Khafaji, Ayad al-Samarayi, Saleem al-Jobouri, Mohamed al-Karbouli, to discuss the recent dialogues among the political sides to nominate the three Presidencies," the statement concluded.
Hakim coalition: the National Coalition can form a government and we have understandings with the state law in isolation from Maliki
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Confirmed Kiedian in coalition-wise, on Sunday, on the need to choose a candidate of the National Alliance for the premiership line between its components as well as other political blocs outside, and when he called Maliki to offer an alternative candidate for leader, the ability of the National Coalition to form the next government in isolation from a coalition of state law, revealing the "understandings" with some of the initial components of that coalition in this regard.
The MP said the bloc Jihad and construction, we repart of a coalition of citizen, Hassan sari, in an interview to the newspaper (range), "The components of the National Alliance are all in agreement that it is called a candidate for the presidency of the government, not acoalition of state law, or the National Coalition alone," noting that "the choice of the candidate will be the compatibility between the components of the National Alliance."
He declined applicable, that "The mass of asingle subject," noting that "the candidate for prime minister also will be subject to the consensus national forces outside the National Alliance."
He called the former minister, a coalition of state law to "provide an alternative candidate for leader, Nouri al-Maliki, to accelerate the formation of the next government," stressing that "the National Coalition is still insisting on the provision of an agreed candidate by the components of the National Alliance."
He revealed sarees, for "the determination of the National Alliance meeting on Monday evening to discuss the nomination of candidates for the three presidencies," and continued that "the meeting will discuss a candidate in one or several candidates and presenting them to the other national blocs outside the National Alliance."
Did not rule out the leadership of the mass of the citizen, of the Islamic Supreme Council, headed by Ammar al-Hakim, "the possibility of forming a national coalition government coming apart from a coalition of state law," stressing that "the National Alliance insists on protecting its unity and cohesion."
And went in effect, that "at the National Coalition understandings with some components of the coalition of state law to resolve the issue of the presidency of the new government in the event of adhering to Maliki's nomination for the position," adding, "But these understandings have not reached a compromise formula for the selection of a specific candidate for the position of head the next government, because it requires more time. "
The president was the older of the Council of Representatives, Mehdi al-Hafez has raised the first meeting of the new Council of Representatives, which was held last Tuesday, (the first of July 2014 present), for lack of a quorum, after trading with the heads of political blocs, in the hope of reaching a political consensus to choose the presidencies three.
And on preparations conducted by the National Alliance and the rest of the political blocs to hold a parliamentary session of the second, next Tuesday, predicted MP for mass jihad and construction" not resolve the issue of the three presidencies during that session because of disagreements within the National Alliance and outside candidates," likely "to adjourn the meeting again to provide an opportunity in front of the largest political blocs to agree. "
In the same context, MP for the mass gathering of justice, internalized within the coalition of citizen, Amer winner, that "it is not possible for a coalition of state law overtaking on the components of the National Alliance and other political blocs outs to give al-Maliki as prime minister for a third," returned to "Maliki's coalition will not unable to form a government in isolation from the national coalition."
The winner, in an interview to the newspaper (range), "The National Alliance has 182 parliamentary seats, the share of the coalition of state law, including 95, and the National Coalition with the Reform Movement, and virtue, and some other blocks 87 seats."
A member of the coalition of the wise, that "the National Alliance will be discussed at tomorrow's meeting Monday, what has been put forward by other political blocs on the position of the Speaker and his deputies," stressing that "the discussion will focus on who represents the National Alliance as first vice speaker of parliament, as well as the Vice President of the Republic and ministers. "
The president of a coalition of state law, renewed yesterday the first Friday (the fourth of July 2014 present), adherence to the nomination for a third term, amid worsening opposition to the majority of political forces.Therefore, most notably the Sadrists and Sunni Arab blocs, as well as acoalition of national led by Iyad Allawi, to do so.
Iraqi deputy PM: 'I was mistaken' in joining government
Iraqi deputy PM: 'I was mistaken' in joining government
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, head of the al-Arabiya Coalition, has said that a political solution is the only way to unite the positions of Shiites and Sunni tribes and isolate armed groups and called the fall of Mosul a natural result of the faulty structure of the Iraqi army.
Summary⎙ Print In an interview with Al-Monitor, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq speaks about the roots of the crisis in Iraq and stresses the need for a political solution.
Author Mustafa al-Kadhimi
Posted July 4, 2014
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Mutlaq said it had been a mistake to accept the post of deputy prime minister within the context of partisan and sectarian agreements. He affirmed that the policies of oppression and marginalization from which the Sunnis suffered are what pushed them to call for their own region. He stressed that the United States is responsible for what is happening in Iraq, as it ousted a dictatorship full of flaws yet with functioning state institutions.
The text of the interview follows:
Al-Monitor: The surprising agreement among Sunni forces to enter parliament in a single coalition drew the attention of observers. How did that happen?
Mutlaq: We do not believe in any alliances that are built on sectarian, ethnic or doctrinal bases. The primary foundation of our alliance is nationalism and public interest as well as achieving the demands of citizens. We exerted as much effort as possible prior to the elections to find a cross-sectarian national front, yet other forces were — and still are — insistent on dividing the people of a single nation into various groups, sects and races. Our final alliance was based on the importance of consensus and implementing the demands of the provinces that held sit-ins and demanded the preservation of their residents' dignity.
Al-Monitor: Do you have a vision for a way out of the crisis Iraq is experiencing? You stress a political solution, but can a terrorist group like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [ISIS, now calling itself the Islamic State] be confronted through politics alone?
Mutlaq: A political solution can unite the positions of Shiites and Sunni tribes. This will provide a chance to first isolate armed groups and then fight them and expel them easily, as happened in previous years when the authentic Iraqi tribes came together and expelled al-Qaeda overnight. Moreover, a political solution can contribute to lifting the injustice from large segments of Iraqi society and restoring their rights, which they lost as a result of unjust decisions and laws put in place during the days of the occupation. [These decisions and laws] became a sword hanging on the necks of the people, and canceling these laws will necessarily lead to unifying Iraqi society and strengthening national unity again.
Al-Monitor: In your opinion, how did Mosul fall? You are the deputy prime minister, and you have adequate information on the security situation in Iraq. How could the army collapse in this way?
Mutlaq: The truth is we did not participate or offer advice for a single day in managing the security file or any issue relating to this file. These issues were confined at all times to the commander in chief of the armed forces and the office of the commander in chief alone. We believe that the fall of Mosul into the hands of terrorist groups was a natural result of the policies of faulty structuring of the Iraqi armed forces, which led to a clear malfunction in the military doctrine and known defense mechanisms. Furthermore, a soldier must arm himself first and foremost out of love for the nation, loyalty to the people and faith in nationalist issues, rather than thinking about joining the ranks of the army as merely a means to provide him material resources. Thus, we stress that the malfunction was clear and we had warned about it many times. We demanded on multiple occasions that the conscription law be reformulated, given the positive effect this would have on keeping the military institution removed from political and sectarian competition. When the former Iraqi army was dissolved, we lost hope that Iraq would remain united because of the absence of a true force to guard the unity of Iraq.
Al-Monitor: Are you a candidate for an executive position? Have you been nominated for speaker of parliament? How will [political parties] come to an agreement on this position among all of the proposed names?
Mutlaq: We are not seeking any executive or legislative office, aside from that which is imposed on us. Our national duty toward the Iraqi people makes us not hesitate for a single moment to provide our services in any place where we think we are able to reform and remove harm. We have always announced that we would not participate in a government like the current one, and I note that I was mistaken when I accepted the position of deputy prime minister in a government restricted by partisan agreements. [This government] committed a series of mistakes because of policies of individualization and marginalization, as well as the lack of clarity concerning powers and the lack of an internal system to specify [the work] of the Cabinet.
Al-Monitor: You served as deputy prime minister for services affairs. Where lies the flaw in the government's performance in providing services?
Mutlaq: It is known that the services file cannot be isolated from the security file, and any shortcomings in the security file will naturally reflect negatively on services, the economy, investment, unemployment and providing jobs to youth. We have made great efforts in the field of municipal and health services, as well as in the fields of transportation, housing, activating the private sector, developing small and medium enterprises, etc. We undertook many field visits to cities and provinces, and we held many meetings and conferences. We laid true foundations for reconstructing and rehabilitating infrastructure, especially as the country has suffered for many decades — and still is suffering — from a collapse of infrastructure. Work in this regard requires more effort and time, and infrastructure work can only bear its fruit through cumulative and sustainable efforts.
Al-Monitor: You constantly talk about regional interference in the situation in Iraq. How do you view the methods of interference? And how do you think foreign interference can be stopped or undermined?
Mutlaq: Regional interference has become a natural feature of our time, even if it is rejected by the customs and laws of the international community. Iraq has been, and still is being, subjected to a lot of interference, ever since the entry of Western forces, the dismantling of the former state's institutions and the improper building of the institutional structure of the current Iraqi state. This opened the door wide for the interference of Iran and some other regional states in Iraqi affairs, and made Iraq a scene for the conflicts of [foreign] intelligence services. The people of Iraq are paying the price for this interference with their blood.
Promoting national unity [and] the existence of a balanced leadership that acts with wisdom and nationalism concerning issues and developments taking place in the country and that adopts balanced relations with regional countries — this could undermine foreign interference.
Al-Monitor: How do you view the demands for a Sunni region? Do you believe they can be realized? If they were realized, how do you see the future of Iraq? Do you think that Iraq is headed toward division?
Mutlaq: Sunni forces, including both political and popular forces, do not think that they can impose a demand for establishing a region on a sectarian basis. [The Sunni forces] are an outspoken advocate for the unity of Iraq. Were it not for the policies of oppression, marginalization, displacement, unjustified arrests and the looting of rights — which were an inherent feature of the era of the current government — these voices would not have raised this demand. We always warned, on multiple occasions, that there is a limit to what one can endure that cannot be overstepped. We requested that the international community intervene, [especially] the United States, which is the primary one responsible for what Iraq has become today. [The United States] has moral and international obligations that it should not have abandoned. [It should not have] left the country to flail in a sea of problems and complexities that cannot be solved except through division or sectarian infighting. If the current approach continues, the choice [to establish a Sunni] region will outweigh the choices of division or civil war.
Al-Monitor: How do you view the US approach to handing the Iraqi crisis? Do you support a large military intervention, or maintaining the current level of intervention?
Mutlaq: As I said in my answer to the previous question, the United States was the one that should have been most committed to the Iraqi people, given that it was the primary one responsible for the collapse of the institutional state system and the strange structure of the current state. What is happening today in Iraq is all due to the United States. The latter is the one that ousted a dictatorship full of flaws yet with state institutions, and brought about a new regime that is akin to flaws without a state. Moreover, Washington is bound to security agreements with Iraq. Although we are against any large-scale intervention of US forces on the ground, this does not negate the American side's obligations to prevent the spread of chaos in Iraq and prevent the country from falling prey to terrorist forces and militias, as well as autocratic policies and the establishment of a new dictatorship concealed by the guise of elections and imaginary democracy.
Al-Monitor: There is talk about Sunni extremist organizations, as well as other nonextremist ones and tribal organizations. Do you believe that [talk of the existence of nonextremist Sunni groups], adopted by most Sunni forces, is true? If it is true, how can one make distinctions between ISIS and the rest of the factions on the ground? Do you think this is possible? And how?
Mutlaq: Extremism exists in Iraq and is not limited to one sect alone. Yet, the faulty policies are what isolated the government from the people in Sunni regions and provinces and allowed armed groups to enter to try and fill the vacuum. As for how to separate ISIS and other terrorist organizations from the tribes and angered people, this lies in fulfilling the demands of the masses in these provinces. I don't think that [achieving these demands] is difficult or impossible, as they are no more than routine demands, such as putting an end to laws of uprooting and exclusion, and releasing the prisoners who are still languishing in prisons after many years without trial or clear charges. This is in addition to the legitimate demands that could be in the interest of all of Iraq; their benefits are not limited to a single province. All of this will push these tribes to take serious action toward these organizations and isolate them and force them to leave their regions.
Al-Monitor: In your bloc, the al-Arabiya Coalition, contradictory voices have emerged regarding a position on Iraqi Kurdistan. Some voices seem extreme in their stance on the region, while others view it from a different angle. How do you view the policies of the Kurdistan Region, especially regarding Kirkuk and the other disputed territories?
Mutlaq: This situation regarding the relationship with our Kurdish brothers is like that of any Iraqi problem. No one is working on solving it in a serious manner according to the legal and constitutional framework. This has made it grow more complicated day after day, until it reached the point where some are following strange policies that have not reached the level of responsibility. These include the policies of "stubbornness," shuffling cards or using people's daily livelihoods as a political pressure card. We, for our part, think that any problem can be solved — including the issue of Kirkuk and the disputed areas — if we abandon the personalization of issues, act according to constitutional bases and adopt a spirit of tolerance, stopping bloodshed and not denying the rights of others to live, especially since Kirkuk is an Iraqi city that includes all nationalities and sects. This feature can be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
An Iranian news agency listed six ways in which the Arabic-language media is misrepresenting the crisis in Iraq that reveal hostility toward the Iraqi government.
Summary⎙ Print Fars News has criticized Arab-language media coverage of Iraq, revealing some of Iran's concerns about the crisis.
Author Arash Karami
Posted June 25, 2014
The list by Fars News Agency, which has close ties to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, reveals some of Iran’s concerns and the positions of the Iranian right toward the crisis in Iraq, especially on speculation about US-Iran cooperation on Iraq. The article also reveals Iran’s concerns regarding sectarianism in the region and the attempts of some officials and media outlets to downplay sectarianism and highlight the issue of terrorism.
Since the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) took over parts of north and west Iraq, the Al-Qaeda offshoot has altered the balance of power within Iraq and threatened to advance to Baghdad. Iran’s political closeness to the central government in Baghdad, its overall influence in Iraq and memories of an eight-year war fought against former leader Saddam Hussein has put Iran’s political elite and western border guards on alert.
According to article, Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic, Sky News and other Arabic-language print and television media in the Persian Gulf are engaged in a kind of psychological warfare by misrepresenting the events in Iraq. While most of the media outlets named above are government-funded, the article made a point of identifying which ones are funded by Saudi Arabia.
The first issue the article noted with the Arabic-language media was the use of the terms "tribes" and "Iraq’s Sunnis" instead of ISIS. For instance, Al-Arabiya reported that “Tribal revolutionaries are on their way to Baghdad.” At the same time, these media organizations will refer to “Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s forces” or “Maliki’s militias” instead of “Iraqi forces.”
The second point was the exaggeration of the ISIS advance in certain parts of Iraq. Some Arabic-language publications, such as Sky News, reported that Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the town of Baiji had been taken over by ISIS. While there have been conflicting reports about Baiji, these outlets continuously report on the advances by ISIS.
The article also criticized newspapers such as Ashargh Al-Awsat for stating that leading cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s fatwa would increase sectarianism, whereas his fatwa was for the defense of Iraq. They accused these media organizations of creating differences by making the crisis a Shiite-Sunni issue rather than one of terrorism that even many Sunnis are fighting against.
These media outlets, according the article, have been attempting to portray Maliki as Iran’s guy in Baghdad and highlighting Iran’s interference in the country. The article stated that exaggerating Iran’s presence in Iraq gives an excuse for ISIS to attack Iran.
The fifth point, perhaps the most revealing, concerned speculation that the United States and Iran would cooperate in Iraq. Al Jazeera asked, “Would Iran work with the Great Satan?” and Al-Arabiya claimed, “American drones next to Iran’s Quds Force …” The article described these claims as political disinformation meant to portray Iran as the enemy of Sunnis and the United States as the enemy of Islam, collaborating against Iraq’s Sunnis.
The sixth point was the promotion of disintegration of Iraq or changing the structure of power of the central government. The article read that the recent parliamentary elections' failure to change the balance of power against Maliki disappointed countries such as Saudi Arabia.
As a news agency, Fars News' English-language page is a scaled-down but much more ideological site that at times publishes dubious reports. Its Persian-language site offers timely and mostly accurate reports from across the country. Still, the Persian side is not without its political leanings. For instance, articles refer to the 2009 post-election protests with the politically charged term “sedition,” whereas media organizations more sympathetic to the protests refer to the highly sensitive issue as “the events” of 2009.