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    " The Dinar Daily ", Wednesday, 16 July 2014

    COLOR="#008000"]It is EVICT MALIKI DAY + SEVENTY - SEVEN (77) or " E - M DAY + 77 " [/COLOR]


    "..... 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.

    [* a source said in a statement to the Agency ((eighth day)) that there is an agreement semi-final between the U.S. and Iran to take on Ahmed Chalabi as prime minister for the next government as a compromise candidate.]

    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 [ * HAS ] begin [ * BEGUN ] as the conflict moves from its electoral aspect into the closed negotiating rooms and deals among the elite. - - from al Monitor


    Officially, Speaker, his 2 Deputy Speakers assume their posts

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:23

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Speaker of the Parliament and his two Deputy Speakers assumed their duties officially.

    The Parliament succeeded in electing Speaker of the Parliament, Salim al-Jebuori, and his first Deputy, Haider al-Ebadi, as well as his 2nd deputy, Aram al-Sheikh Mohamed.

    The Parliament will assume task of elect new President then to form the Government.


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    Iraq: Election Jubouri opens the door to the formation of a new government

    Iraq: Election Jubouri opens the door to the formation of a new government

    Tue Jul 15 2014 23:59 | (Voice of Iraq)

    [A] line of the Iraqi parliament a major step towards the launch of the political process to elect MP Salim al-Chairman. In this step, paving the way for parliament to form a new government, the requirement to get rid of the "knot Maliki's insistence" on the run for a third term.

    The Iraqi political blocs big step on the road to re-launch the political process, while on the election coincided Salim al-President of the Parliament. He received Jubouri, candidate major Sunni powers of parliament's 328 deputies, on 194 votes out of votes 273 deputies attended Tuesday's session (July 15, 2014) and participated in the voting process, note that the number of votes required to win in this position is 165 votes.

    Although agreed upon, the Jubouri not sole candidate, as Navsth MP Sunrise Alabegi on the job and got 19 votes, while 60 were sorting paper vote invalid. Another development happened is winning Shiite MP Haider al-Abadi, a member of a coalition of state law, led by al-Maliki, the post of first deputy head of the Iraqi parliament. Abadi and got 149 votes during the process of a secret ballot and the counting of votes in the parliament.

    Jubouri descended from Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, the most influential Sunni Islamic parties. The re-issue of election of the President of the Parliament launch the political process in Iraq and pave the way for the start of negotiations to form a new government is facing challenges that beset this country, especially the relentless attack waged by armed extremists for more than a month, led by the organization "Daash" who announced the founding of the state of succession.

    The Iraqi parliament failed in its first meeting on the first of July to elect a president, according to him what the Constitution provides. The parliament failed in its second also last Sunday, to be overwhelmed by the political consensus on today's session.

    The Constitution provides for the election of a new president within thirty days from the date of the first of the Council, that the president assigns the candidate of the parliamentary majority to form a cabinet within fifteen days from the date of his election. And according to the custom of political practice in Iraq, the prime minister will be a Shiite and a Sunni speaker of parliament and head of a Kurdish republic.

    With the election of a Sunni politician Salim al for the presidency of the parliament and the receipt of information on the compatibility of the Kurdish political forces to nominate Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government President former Barham Salih, to head the country's successor to the outgoing president, Jalal Talabani, the remaining node in office importantly any prime minister.

    The cast stuck Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki's nomination to head the government cast a dark shadow on the political scene in the country, after he confirmed that he will not give up "never" for seeking to stay on top of the government for a third term, despite the criticism of internal and external to him and the accusations against him of monopolizing power and marginalization of the year.

    And demanding Maliki's opponents politicians, including the year, the block "National Alliance" - the largest coalition of Shiite parties - the nomination of another politician from his bloc, while insisting it on their eligibility to form a government based on the win list the largest number of seats in parliament (92 deputies) compared blocs other.

    Maliki is under pressure from Shiite religious authority also, as several sources confirmed that the Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a coalition of state law by choosing other Shiite figure from among its members is al-Maliki to head the government unpopular with the other components in the country. Will do cluster, which approved the other ingredients more or less right in the selection of a prime minister and abandon al-Maliki?


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    The Iraqi Parliament Elects Its New Speakership

    The Iraqi Parliament Elects Its New Speakership

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:05

    Claims and counter-claims continue to dominate Iraqi media as far as the military battle against ISIS in the north of the country, with reports about renewed action around Tikrit today. But whatever the exact situation may be in Tikrit, the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad today scored a very significant victory in the battle against ISIS: The election of a new parliament speakership in accordance with the relevant constitutional provisions.

    The vote today was historical also for reasons beyond the ongoing struggle against ISIS. Above all, it is the first time in Iraq’s post-2003 history that Iraqi deputies have followed the constitution to the letter and held a separate vote on the parliament speaker and his two deputies. Previously, the speaker vote has been subjected to more far-reaching package deals also covering the presidency and the premiership. Indeed, as late as during the first session of the new Iraqi parliament just 2 weeks ago, Sunnis and Kurds demanded that the Shiites decide on their premier candidate before a vote on the speaker. Now, that knot has been disentangled, hopefully with positive and liberating side effects for Iraq’s political process.

    The votes on the new speaker and his two deputies were in themselves interesting, although not much is known about voting patterns because of the secrecy (paper ballots) with which the votes were conducted. Firstly, Salim al-Jibburi (originally of the Sunni Islamist Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) from Diyala and currently part of a wider Sunni alliance headed by Usama al-Nujayfi, the former parliament speaker), won the speakership itself with an impressive 194 votes, far more than the required absolute majority of 165 votes. His challenger, Shuruq al-Abaji (a female MP) from a smaller secular bloc got only 19 votes, whereas 60 blank or invalid votes seemed to indicate some sort of protest though it has not been tied to any particular political bloc so far.

    The first deputy vote was more dramatic, with Ahmed Chalabi mounting a surprise internal Shiite challenge to the official Shia alliance candidate, Haydar al-Abbadi of the Maliki list. There was also a third candidate, yet again a secularist. Abbadi did win the competition with Chalabi 149-107 but that was not enough for an absolute majority. Chalabi then withdrew and Abbadi won the second vote with 188 votes, though 76 deputies voted blank.

    The second deputy vote was more of an acclamation, with the Kurdish candidate from the Gorran party, Aram Sheikh Mohammad, gaining 171 votes and with 70 blank votes.

    Not all of this is easy to interpret. The blank votes seem to have been quite consistently in the range of 60 to 70 deputies, though this has not been tied to any particular bloc. The bomb represented by the Chalabi challenge may have been an attempt at testing the waters for a forthcoming premier candidacy and his ability to attract votes outside the Shia alliance, although it has been suggested that it is difficult to compare the Abbadi-Chalabi struggle with a future Maliki-Chalabi struggle because Abbadi has more friends than Maliki outside his own faction. At any rate, it was quite impressive for Maliki’s coalition to gain 149 votes for Abbadi in today’s heated political atmosphere, where the advance of ISIS has been so marked that it could now be hurting Maliki more than it is helping him.

    Perhaps the most important result of today’s vote was the leap of faith that Iraqi politicians conducted despite wavering to the last minute. Shiites and Kurds voted for the Sunni Islamist Jibburi as speaker without any guarantees regarding the deputy speakers – not to speak about the president or the PM. This in turn could have positive side effects, and hopefully the president will be duly elected in the same manner and with adherence to the constitutional timeline – 30 days from the first parliament meeting on 1 July.


    Who is Jibouri ? Visser gives more background info : Jibburi was part of IIP which was always the Sunni party most willing to work within the system post-2003. Participated in drafting of constitution and first Maliki govt etc when others boycotted. AMS far more militant. Much later, a conflict with Maliki emerged circa 2009 when Ayad al-Samarraie of IIP replaced Mahmud al-Mashadani as parliament speaker against the wishes of Maliki. Following IIP’s near disintegration and the almost wholesale adoption of its members into Nujayfi’s lists since 2010 the level of conflict between Jibburi and Maliki intensified. It was suggested that the attempt to exclude Jibburi from the latest general election on legal grounds was politically motivated.


    Speaker of the House
    Salim Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri, was born on 12 August 1971 to spend Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, eastern Iraq, holds a master's degree in law from his company tagged the actual comparative study, and a Ph.D. dissertation about tagged "protect Internet Network Information, a legal study."
    Jubouri work as a teacher in the Faculty of Law at the Universities of rivers, Diyala, and served as director of the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq in Diyala province for a month, in addition to his accession to the position of editor in the Journal of Hammurabi.
    Jubouri was nominated for membership in the Council of Representatives of Iraq in 2010, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, and managed to win membership of the Council, and after the end of the previous parliamentary session was nominated sound the same in 2014 elections for the list of "Diyala our identity" and won the election.
    Joined the list to the Union of the national forces, which included most of the Sunni forces, and was nominated by the Union to take over the presidency of the Iraqi parliament, and enables Jubouri = win in this position, where asking Speaker older Mehdi al-Hafez, on Tuesday, my name is Salim al and MP for the coalition of civil democratic Sunrise Alabegi to vote In order to choose one of them for the presidency of the new parliament, where Jubouri managed to win a majority of votes where he received 194 votes out of 273, while Rep. Alabegi got 19 votes only.

    Last edited by chattels; 07-16-2014 at 10:16 AM.

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    Parliament opens the door to run for the office of President of the Republic from tom

    Parliament opens the door to run for the office of President of the Republic from tomorrow and to raise its next Wednesday

    Tue Jul 15 2014 19:33 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Sumerian News / Baghdad

    The President of the House of Representatives, Salim al, on Tuesday, opening the door for nomination for the presidency in front of all citizens, from tomorrow, with the adjournment of parliament on Wednesday of next week.

    Jubouri said during his chairmanship, today, the parliament session attended by "Alsumaria News", "The nomination for the presidency will be open to all citizens starting on Wednesday for three days," stressing that "the position of President of the Republic is not restricted to the political blocs."

    The Jubouri that "the parliament session on Wednesday to raise the next week."

    The House of Representatives voted at its third meeting held on Tuesday (July 15, 2014), a majority on the assumption MP Salim al-president of the Council in the new session, after his rivalry with the candidate Rep. Sunrise Alabegi.

    With the vote on the MP for the coalition of state law, Haider al-Abadi for the post of First Deputy Chairman of the Board after receiving 188 votes, and MP for the mass change Aram Sheikh Mohammed, to the post of Second Vice-President of the Council after receiving 171 votes.


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    Parliament is elected presidency and Chalabi offers "an interesting" and Maliki "outs

    * From a Friend *

    Parliament is elected presidency and Chalabi offers "an interesting" and Maliki "outside hisbah"

    Wed Jul 16 2014 05:50 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad / term

    Not on Tuesday ordinary day in the history of parliamentary sessions, the ceremony package surprises caliber, and chose the House of Representatives their president and his two deputies manner carry several political messages, both internally and externally, on the one hand was forced Prime Minister outgoing, to leave in the snapshot will continue to carry highly symbolic, the seat of the legislature without much involved in the debate or vote on a frequent speaker of the parliament, and that when he called the National Coalition leader Ahmed Chalabi, the exit of each one is currently the deputy executive positions, where not entitled to in this case and the legislative.

    Not only did Chalabi's claim to leave al-Maliki, but has about a sudden go out on a "consensus" of the Shiite bloc, and his candidacy for the post of Deputy Speaker of Parliament, where he succeeded in preventing Haider Abadi, candidate of the ruling al-Maliki, win, and then returned and withdrew his candidacy Vitzha the way for his election in accordance with the consensus The initial, revealing in this step for the ability of Maliki's opponents to disrupt any deal secondary, and highlighting their weight in numerical Parliament.

    Abadi and will get the job, to ambiguity about the National Alliance candidate for prime minister, as it excludes many of Maliki's bloc for the positions together, while repeating most of the state House of Representatives that the third-Maliki became very clearly "out of accounts."

    The president of the House of Representatives older Mehdi al-Hafez, that the voice of the majority of parliament to choose the MP Salim al his head, after receiving 194 votes to 19 for his rival Sunrise Alabegi MP for the Civil Alliance. As happened Haider Abadi, a member of the state of law, in the end, the first deputy speaker of parliament, and was named Aram Sheikh Mohammed, the Kurdistan Alliance candidate for mass change, a second deputy.

    After assuming the presidency of the Council of Representatives Jubouri open the door to run for the presidency of the republic, and the lifting of the meeting to next Wednesday, calling on the House of Representatives to speed up the formation of committees for approval of important laws such as the federal budget.

    The event was most prominent during the meeting the MPs to nominate themselves for the presidency of the parliament and his two deputies, thereby bypassing the "political consensus" that preoccupied the political blocs to put the finishing touches until the late hours of Monday that preceded the meeting.

    And the effects of the nomination of MP Ahmad Chalabi himself for the post of first deputy chairman of the parliament debate between the political blocs, especially blocks of the National Alliance, which appears to be resolved is the nomination of MP Haider al-Abadi. The move raised the ire of members of Chalabi, who demanded state law to elect Vice-Presidents of Parliament in two phases.

    Revealed interventions stated by MP Hanan al and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a Shiite sharp disagreements and suspicion about internal, where supporters of al-Maliki used the terms "treachery" in their comments on the step Chalabi.

    He says Falah Hassan Zeidan, MP for the Bloc are united for reform, "The presidency of the Council of Ministers is limited currently within blocks of the National Alliance, which would nominate its candidate and offer to other blocks," pointing out that "the religious authority is pressing heavily on the National Alliance to provide its candidate for the next government."

    He adds Zidane's "long" that "Maliki's nomination for a third term is no longer an option within the meetings and discussions that take place between the political blocs," stressing that "the position of the Sunni blocs a clear and explicit that there is no third term for Nouri al-Maliki."

    He continues, member bloc united, headed by Osama Najafi, said that "the distribution of positions of Chairman of the House of Representatives and his deputy, the first and the second came in accordance with the agreements between the political blocs in exchange for not Maliki's nomination for a third term." But Zidane confirms that "the National Alliance did not submit its candidate for prime minister and wait for him to resolve this matter quickly."

    In contrast emphasizes mass citizen led by Ammar al-Hakim on "the existence of a great desire by the religious authority to change the government," and stressed that "all the political blocs agreed not to re-election at the head of al-Maliki the next government."

    He says Salim Shawki, a member bloc citizen "long" that "no consensus between the political blocs on the distribution of positions or three presidencies will have already been carried with the presence of a third term for the owners," noting that "understandings recent obtained within the National Alliance and other forces that led to an alternative candidate Maliki. "

    He continued, Shawqi said that "preliminary agreement between the blocks of the National Alliance with the state law, he was serving to provide an alternative candidate chosen by al-Maliki as prime minister, a condition that has the admissibility national," but he also said, "If you do not check this and hit these agreements the wall, then it will hinder the process political and shoved a row the National Alliance. "

    And on the scenarios presented in the case that the al-Maliki to veto agreements with the National Alliance says Shawki, "al-Maliki set aside in case of agreements concluded with him about the presidency of the National Coalition Government will (the Council and the Liberals and their allies) to form a parliamentary bloc to form a government."

    In the same context, confirms MP Najiba Najib, a member of the mass of the Kurdistan Democratic "Everyone is aware that the third session of the owners do not serve the interests of Iraq," revealing that "the nomination of Salim al and his two deputies for the presidency of the parliament was conditioned not to Maliki's nomination for a third term."

    She said Najib's "long" by saying that "the survival of Maliki for a third term would mean to block the political process," calling "to find realistic solutions to the crises backlog of Iraq."

    Kurdish MP stressed that "the resolution of the National Alliance candidate is the alternative to al-Maliki in the fastest time possible."

    Commenting on this, Sunrise Alabegi said in an interview for the "long" that "there is the desire of some members of the House of Representatives to break the current sectarian and partisan quotas." She said, "Mr. Salim al deserves the position of Speaker of the House, but what happened today during the voting process is the practice of democracy and constitutionality of which gave legitimacy to the Jabouri as head of the House of Representatives."

    She Alabegi that "the votes of the 19 obtained, to the presidency of the Council of Representatives, was one of the women and men, some of them belonging to the Islamic figures," pointing out that "the system of sectarian and partisan in previous sessions impact negatively on the performance of the parliament, and tried in the current session of the judiciary the sectarian practices in violation of the Constitution. "


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    Iraq Sunni deputies elected (moderate) chairman of the parliament in a move to get ou

    Iraq Sunni deputies elected (moderate) chairman of the parliament in a move to get out of the political deadlock

    Wed Jul 16 2014 01:22 | (Voice of Iraq)

    BAGHDAD (Reuters)

    Iraqi politicians elected a Sunni moderate to head the House of Representatives on Tuesday in a long-overdue first step towards forming a power-sharing government desperately needed to save the country from division in the face of a Sunni uprising. But after choosing Salim al directly to the presidency of the parliament deputies entered in bitter debate for hours about his deputy, Shiite, suggesting that they are still far from reaching an agreement on a new government or a decision on the fate of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

    The army launched an Iraqi Shiite militias offensive to retake the city of Tikrit of Islamic militants who defected to al-Qaida and called themselves the Islamic state and allied militants who seized it in mid-June in a surprise attack from the north. The astonishing progress achieved by the hard-liners in the past month to threaten the survival of Iraq with the attainment of the House of Representatives deadlocked over the formation of a new government since elections in April.

    The take-Maliki - who won the most seats the coalition but needs to be allies to form a government since elections - the position of acting prime minister, defying the demands of the Sunnis and Kurds to step down that figure is less polarized. Washington has made ​​clear that the formation of a broader-based government in Baghdad requirement for military support against the militants.

    According to the system of government in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein constitution provides, which was adopted in 2005 to be the Prime Minister of the members of the Shiite majority and the Sunni speaker of parliament to operate on the Kurdish president largely ceremonial. And each of these three deputies of the other two groups.

    And choosing the head of the Sunni parliament first task but Sunni leaders had previously refused to assign one to be done to reach an agreement on the prime minister. The front of the Parliament now has 30 days to elect a president will be in front of him 15 days to choose a prime minister.

    The Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who took over as Prime Minister of Iraq before al-Maliki and now heads the Iraqi National Alliance, an umbrella organization comprising state law, led by al-Maliki that an agreement was reached most comprehensive is that the coalition will vote in favor of the selection Jubouri and expect to get the support of Sunni politicians in return. Jaafari said that the nature of any agreement is to be any mutual commitment and it does not make sense to give the Shiites support them they do not provide support for the Shiites. However, it did not specify whether the Shiites now intend to Maliki's nomination to take on a third term as prime minister or choose another candidate.

    Parliament chose Haider Abadi, a member of a coalition of state law to be a Shiite MP Speaker of the House, albeit came after three rounds of voting and hours of discussions of controversial Navsh which is expected to Ahmad Chalabi, a former ally of the United States.

    However, the decision to grant the post of Deputy Speaker of the ally of the owners could increase the probability that the stepping down of Prime Minister pointed aide to Kurdish politician, a senior, who asked not to be named to that in the past chose the Shiite parties as Vice-Chairman from outside the bloc of Prime Minister to maintain the unity of the Shiite factions.

    And enables the Army of Iraq and the Shiite militias to stop the advance of the allied Sunni fighters north of Baghdad, but in an effort to restore the land and made ​​several attempts so far to restore Tikrit.

    The Defence Ministry said troops launched the latest attack on the port city on the Tigris River at dawn on Tuesday from the south and fought militants in the southern regions. An officer involved in the attack on Tuesday that the volunteer fighters and militia forces, including the League of the Righteous militia fighting alongside with the army, but they were receiving orders from their leaders.

    The attack began from the village of Ouja, about eight kilometers to the south of the city. The army regained control of Saddam's hometown of Ouja third evening of July and since that time trying to progress northward.

    The officer and another soldier said the fighting centered on Tuesday across the area south of Tikrit SHISHIN They added that the army also heading towards complexes of Saddam's palaces, which holds the last presidential militants organizing the Islamic state prisoners and conducting trials Islamic own. The soldiers also are fighting to regain control of Tikrit hospital, which is located on a high spot strategy. And across the Tigris River to the east dropped paratroopers from the Army in Albu Ajil where Iraqiya state television said that some of the gunmen fled. He said one of the army officers involved in the fighting, they were surprised that the resistance they faced were less ferocity than expected.

    A local police officer said five civilians, including two young girls and an elderly woman killed by a stray bullet from a helicopter belonging to the army.

    In Fallujah, which fell into the hands of Islamist militants and other insurgents in January began shelling and air attacks near dawn and lasted until morning. And Fallujah, a hospital doctor said five people were killed and 17 wounded, including a child.

    The hospital source said the town helicopters dropped drums are explosive in the town of Garma, which lies to the north-east of Fallujah, killing four civilians and wounding 22. Say the source hospital subjected to heavy shelling later so that he was unable to receive patients.

    (Additional reporting by Maggie Vick in Baghdad - Preparation Refky Honorary Arab Bulletin - Edit Saif Hamdan)

    Last edited by chattels; 07-16-2014 at 09:08 AM.

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    With Iraqi roads blocked, demand for flights from Baghdad soars

    With Iraqi roads blocked, demand for flights from Baghdad soars

    On June 15, five days after the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) occupied the Iraqi province of Ninevah, Baghdad International Airport was jammed with passengers. The worsening situation prompted families to flee Baghdad, especially after the armed group announced its desire to occupy the capital.

    Summary⎙ Print The continued instability in Iraq is forcing residents to flee. With land borders blocked by fighting, people are forced to wait more than a month for plane tickets.

    Author Omar al-Jaffal

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Translator(s)Sami-Joe Abboud

    With the rapid fall of Ninevah, now in the hands of insurgents, Baghdad’s residents are voicing great fear that attacks will be launched on the capital. On June 15, after Muhammad Naeem shouted at an employee of Iraqi Airways because of a three-hour delay of his journey to Erbil, the employee responded, “We are facing increasing pressure, and there is nothing I can do.” Naeem's family members, who were very nervous, had to wait at the airport.

    Naeem bought a small apartment in Erbil three years ago in anticipation of another civil war in Iraq — the previous one having ended in 2008. He hails from a Sunni family and fears the return of militias to the streets, especially after Shiite religious leader Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa promoting “righteous jihad” to fight IS. In an interview with Al-Monitor, Naeem said this meant that the civil war had already started.

    An employee in the Department of Statistics at the Ministry of Displacement and Migration in Baghdad said in an interview with Al-Monitor, “Work is degenerating to the worst [level], as internal and external migration has dramatically increased after the Mosul events. Turkey is the primary destination for those fleeing Iraq, followed by Jordan and Lebanon.”

    The employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “The ministry expects the migration of Iraqis to increase in the coming weeks, and the security and political situation suggest the same.”

    Jordan's interior minister, Hussein Hazza Majali, said, “The demand for visas from Iraqis has doubled," and asserted that “land transport between the two countries declined by half after the accelerated security events in Iraq.”

    The worsening security situation in Iraq has resulted in the displacement of more than 500,000 families from Ninevah, as well as the movement of families from Anbar province, which has witnessed military operations since the end of last year.

    Ali Niazi, the owner of a travel agency in the province of Basra in the far south of Iraq, told Al-Monitor that there is “a sharp rise in the demand of tickets to the Kurdistan Region (of Iraq), Turkey and Jordan.” He said, “Those booking for Erbil and Sulaimaniyah will have to wait for more than a month, [because] we do not have seats. The number of flights have increased to five a day, where they were previously limited to two, [but] we cannot accommodate the number of passengers.”

    Niazi, who increased his working hours from eight to 12 because of the demand for tickets, said, “Most travelers book one-way tickets to Turkey,” and jokingly added, “Turkey has turned into an Iraqi province.”

    He said, “Some of the travel offices have taken advantage of this demand for tickets and doubled their prices." This prompted Iraqi Airways to issue new regulations and sanction travel companies that raise ticket prices. However, “These instructions have not been applied yet,” Niazi said.


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    MP: Chalabi has high admissibility as a candidate for prime minister

    MP: Chalabi has high admissibility as a candidate for prime minister

    16/07/2014 09:41:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the civil democratic coalition, Faiq Sheikh Ali said that "Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi has high admissibility if nominated for the post of next PM."

    He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that "getting 107 votes in the parliament session yesterday for the post of the first deputy speaker of parliament has proven his chances." noting that "there are those who want him in the parliament and it is very possible that he has same chances in prime minister."

    On the crisis that Iraq is witnessing, he said, "The crisis in Iraq is of two types, the first one is security, and the second is Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's tenacity to the third term, if one solved the other will be solved automatically."


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    Jubouri President of the Parliament and Maliki spoke on condition his support against the pass Abadi

    Wed Jul 16 2014 03:27 | (Voice of Iraq)

    Baghdad (Iraq) / Yousef Salman

    Iraqi Council of Representatives voted on Tuesday to nominate MP Salim al-national forces of the alliance an absolute majority as speaker of the legislative session third, and got Jubouri on 194 votes out of 273.

    As has been chosen MP Haider al-Abadi for the rule of law first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament.

    The victory came Abadi 188 votes after the initial round competitive with Ahmed Chalabi, did not succeed due to lack of any candidates get an absolute majority.

    According Matoffer for "future", citing the deputies of the National Alliance, a sharp dispute between the components of the coalition pre-empted the voting session focused on the nomination for the post of first deputy.

    He told the House of Representatives, "the future," said a coalition of state law stipulated that passing any candidate for the positions of the presidential vote against the candidate for prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, prompting the mass of the citizen to withdraw the nomination of Attorney Hamoudi, who was the top candidate to take over for the National Alliance.

    And said the House of Representatives that a coalition of state law to pay the nomination of MP Haydar Abbadi before entering MP Ahmad Chalabi on line competition in his personal capacity is not representative of the bloc to decide President of the Age of the House of Representatives, voting members on both candidates for the post of first deputy followed later withdrawal of Chalabi, at the request of the components of the alliance Abadi majority to move and get a job.

    In the meantime candidacy for the post of second deputy speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Aram Sheikh Mohammed for mass change after a dispute between the coalition parties and Kurdish forces around nominate its candidate for the position after it was put forward names centered around Muhsin al-Sadoun and Khosro Goran.


    * It seems as though Abbadi was a Maliki / SLC man and Hamoudi favored by other Shia. Hopefully the concession to the SLC means no more Maliki or SLC for Prime Minister *

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    Kurdistan ( * requested ) Maliki is forced to leave the parliament session

    Kurdistan Maliki is forced to leave the parliament session

    Wed Jul 16 2014 03:28 | (Voice of Iraq)

    [A]fter about a quarter of an hour of the meeting, he left the Prime Minister outgoing Nuri al-Maliki, accompanied by a number of ministers, governors Hall of Parliament at the request of the Kurdistan Alliance bloc because they did not perform the constitutional oath. He told deputies, "future" yesterday that the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohsen Saadoun asked the prime age for the House of Representatives to order the Mehdi al-Hafez leave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the ministers and governors of the parliamentary session because they did not perform the constitutional oath and are still engaged in their work within the executive branch.


    * poster's note

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