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    " The Daily Dinar ", Tuesday, 9 September 2014

    It is the first day of a new era in Iraq. Maliki is no longer Prime Minister. It took 131 days from the date of the elections to " evict " him, but yesterday the Iraqi parliament voted upon the ministerial program and appointments of Haidar Abbadi, the new Prime Minister. A new count forward has been proposed by Josie from the chat room. Today is day one of victory in the eviction of Maliki or " VEM - Day 1 ". We continue to wait and watch for our liquidity event. Godspeed the completion of the Iraqi banking sector reform project. God bless us everyone that we may in turn be a blessing to others.

    Note : Parliament adjourns session

    Monday, 08 September 2014 23:24

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi parliament adjourned its session till next Tuesday September 16, 2014.



    Breaking News .. The start of the session the House of Representatives

    09/09/2014 12:52:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The House of Representatives started on Tuesday afternoon a session headed by Speaker of the House Saleem al-Jubouri, and the presence of 203 MPs.

    The agenda of the meeting includes a vote on the permanent committees of the House.


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    Obama congratulates Iraqi PM on new government

    Obama congratulates Iraqi PM on new government

    Last updated Mon 8 Sep 2014

    US President Barack Obama has spoken to Iraq's prime minister by phone to congratulate him and the Iraqi people on the approval of a new government.

    US President Barack Obama.

    'Both leaders expressed their support for a strong, strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq,' the White House said. Credit: Reuters
    Obama and Haider al-Abadi agreed during the call that it was important for the new government to "quickly take concrete steps to address the aspirations and legitimate grievances of the Iraqi people," the White House said in a statement.

    "Both leaders expressed their support for a strong, strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq, and the President underscored his commitment to coordinating closely with Prime Minister Abadi and his government and we advance our strategy to combat Isil," it added.

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    Kerry calls new Iraqi government 'a major milestone'

    Kerry calls new Iraqi government 'a major milestone'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the formation of a new, inclusive Iraqi government "a major milestone" for the country as it fights Islamic State militants.

    Kerry told reporters at the State Department that the government formed earlier today in Baghdad had "the potential to unite all of Iraq's diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united Iraq and give those communities a chance to build a future that all Iraqis desire."

    Earlier US President Barack Obama called Iraq's prime minister to congratulate him and the Iraqi people on the approval of a new government.

    Obama and Haider al-Abadi agreed during the call that it was important for the new government to "quickly take concrete steps to address the aspirations and legitimate grievances of the Iraqi people," the White House said in a statement.



    Remarks on the Formation of the Iraqi Government

    John Kerry
    Secretary of State
    State Department Briefing Room
    Washington, DC
    September 8, 2014

    SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Tonight we mark what is unquestionably a major milestone for Iraq, and what President Obama has made clear will be a cornerstone of our efforts against ISIL.

    Just a few hours ago, overcoming the obstacle of ethnic and sectarian divides, the Iraqi parliament approved a new and inclusive government, one that has the potential to unite all of Iraq’s diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united Iraq, and to give those communities the chance to build the future that all Iraqis desire and deserve.

    Now is the time for Iraq’s leaders to govern their nation with the same vision and sense of purpose that helped to bring this new government together in the first place. And in that effort, they should know the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iraqis as they implement their national plan to overcome the longstanding political and economic grievances that have for too long divided their country.

    Tonight Iraq has a unity government. Tomorrow I will travel to the Middle East to continue to build the broadest possible coalition of partners around the globe to confront, degrade, and ultimately defeat ISIL.

    On Wednesday, President Obama will lay out in even greater detail our coordinated global strategy against ISIL.

    As we build this coalition, I want to underscore that almost every single country on Earth has a role to play in eliminating the ISIL threat and the evil that it represents. For some that will mean military assistance, both direct and in the form of training, arming, and advising, equipping. For some it will mean contributing to the desperately needed humanitarian relief effort. For some it will mean helping to identify, track, and cut off ISIL’s funding, and prevent the flow of foreign fighters. For still others it will mean demolishing the distortion of one of the world’s great peaceful religions and counteracting the propaganda ISIL uses to recruit new supporters. And for all it will mean publicly supporting the new inclusive government in Iraq.

    Make no mistake; these are efforts that we and our partners around the globe are already taking. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have poured millions into humanitarian assistance. The UAE has agreed to take on ISIL’s support networks and beat back against its militant ideological propaganda.

    But we also have Canada sending over members of its military to help advise and assist Kurdish forces. We have Estonia and Albania providing military equipment. Our close allies in France and the United Kingdom are contributing in a number of important ways, including by providing military assistance and humanitarian airdrops.

    And well beyond the region and Europe we have partners in places like Japan, Australia committing millions in humanitarian aid and Australia agreeing to take in thousands of refugees from Iraq and Syria, and to assist in our military efforts.

    Our global, coordinated campaign with a global, coordinated coalition will be built not just in a matter of days or weeks, but it will be built to endure for the months and perhaps even the years to come.

    Much more will be done at the UN General Assembly later this month, but our work together will grow and it will coalesce well beyond this month. What we’re working to accomplish will require hard work, sustained commitment, and unwavering focus from all of us. But we are clear that President Obama and I and the entire team absolutely understand this is something we must achieve, and we will be successful.

    Thank you.

    QUESTION: Secretary Kerry, they still have not filled the two – they still haven’t filled two security posts, sir.

    SECRETARY KERRY: They will.

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    The Iraqi Parliament Approves the Abbadi Cabinet

    The Iraqi Parliament Approves the Abbadi Cabinet

    Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 9 September 2014 1:40

    The new Iraqi cabinet headed by Haydar al-Abbadi has been approved by the Iraqi parliament. Abbadi has 3 deputies and 23 ministers, with some portfolios still not named.

    The programme of the new cabinet, approved by 177 votes, is very general. Still, it goes further than past governments in terms of underlining the need for decentralization as well as implementing reform in the Iraqi armed forces. All of this seems to represent recognition of past failures, which at least constitutes a good first step. It seems clear, though, that no major promises have been issued along the lines of the pompous Erbil agreement of 2010. In itself, perhaps not a bad thing. Also the timing of the whole process is admirable, for the first time entirely consistent with the Iraqi constitution.

    In terms of ministries, Shiite Islamist parties have taken the lion’s share, including several particularly important portfolios. These include Ibrahim al-Jaafari as foreign minister and Adel Abd al-Mahdi of ISCI as oil minister. In addition to the premiership, the State of Law bloc of former PM Maliki also has the portfolios of health, education and work. Fadila continues to control the ministry of justice. Whereas ISCI was awarded additional ministries, Badr and the Sadrists seem to have only one each, though the Sadrists also control one of the three deputy premier positions. Badr was on the verge of boycotting the entire session after they were denied the interior ministry portfolio. As in previous government formations, the PM kept these portfolios for himself, though promising to present candidates within a week.

    Sunni and secular representation is largely by individuals affiliated with the broad coalition associated with current parliament speaker Salim al-Jibburi and previous speaker Usama al-Nujayfi. Together, they hold around 7 ministries, all of them service-oriented (plus Saleh al-Mutlak as deputy PM). The movement of previous Iraqiyya leader Ayyad Allawi, which has remained separate, does not seem to have more than one portfolio.

    As in previous government deals, the Kurds have a relatively low number of portfolios, around 3, but these include the heavyweight ministry of finance. They also have one deputy PM as before.

    A separate chapter relates to three vice presidents approved today as part of the package. The Iraqi presidency proper is a mostly symbolic position, whose main responsibilities largely end with the successful formation of a new government. The vice presidents have even less power, and it is an ironic sight to now have three major players in the previous term – Nuri al-Maliki, Ayad Allawi and Usama al-Nujayfi – in these sinecure-like positions.

    On a legal and constitutional note, parliament speaker Jibburi made it clear during the vote that he intends to follow a supreme court ruling that says “absolute majority” in the Iraqi constitution means “absolute majority of those present” as long as “absolute majority of parliament membership” is not expressly mentioned. After the new deputy premier Saleh al-Mutlak got less than an absolute majority of the total members, Jibburi simply stopped specifying the exact number of votes received, only referring to the fulfilment of a majority of those present. Exactly like in the sessions to vote for parliament speaker and his deputies, though, the votes that were counted, including the approval of the government programme, were in the range of 140-180 Yes votes, out of altogether 289 MPs reportedly present. This seems to indicate that whereas all blocs may have supported their candidates and made a strategic decision to be inside the government, wholehearted enthusiasm is still not widespread.

    The international community has largely welcomed the new government as somehow being more “inclusive” than past ones. This is largely inaccurate as far as ministerial appointments are concerned. The ethno-sectarian balance, which seems to be the prime interest to these commentators, remains largely the same. What has improved somewhat, though, is the size of the government (it has been reduced in size by at least 25% compared with past governments) as well as language emphasizing the need for reform.

    To what extent Abbadi means business will be seen over the coming week, when candidates for the key positions of defence and interior ministers have been promised. Maliki in 2010 also issued such promises, only to keep the portfolios for himself or close friends acting as ministers without parliament approval for the duration of his term. That, in turn, formed the basis for many of the accusations of over-centralization and mismanagement of the Iraqi security forces that ultimately prevented him from a third term.

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    Iraqi Constitution : Article 72 ; Second, C.


    Article 72:
    First: The President of the Republic’s term in office shall be limited to four years.
    He may be re-elected for a second time only.

    A- The President of the Republic’s term in office shall end with the end of the
    term of the Council of Representatives.

    B- The President of the Republic shall continue to exercise his duties until after
    the end of the election and the meeting of the new Council of Representatives,
    provided that a new President of the Republic is elected within thirty days from
    the date of its first convening.

    C- In case the position of the President of the Republic becomes vacant for any
    reason, a new President shall be elected to complete the remaining period of the
    President’s term

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    House gives confidence to the new government and the Vice President and the Vice Chai

    Parliament Website

    House gives confidence to the new government and the Vice President and the Vice Chairman of the Board
    08 September 0.2014

    Granting of the House of Representatives fourteen minutes, which was held today under the chairmanship of Mr. Monday 09/08/2014 Saleem al-Jubouri President of the Council and in the presence of 289 deputies of confidence to the new government headed by Mr. Haider Abadi, as well as the vote on the Vice President of the Republic and the election of Sheikh Hamoudi to the post of first deputy chairman of the Council of Representatives.
    At the outset of the meeting, which opened the national anthem by the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, led sworn 4 of the MPs who did not allow his performance to them earlier.
    He welcomed Mr. al-Jubouri, ladies and gentlemen, Excellencies present to vote on the form the new government in important and sensitive stage experienced by the country, adding that Prime Minister-designate Send CVs of the new ministers.
    Mr. Haider Abadi, head of the Council of Ministers in charge of the House of Representatives before the ministerial platform for the new government, where he stressed the country looked forward to building security through advancement in all fields through development plans, taking into consideration the challenges.
    He plans utensils is the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Almmhafezat through providing all the necessities of life with the expulsion of the terrorist groups and the reconstruction of the wrecked enemies.
    He said Mr. Haider Abadi that the plan long term include specific targets formulated at the hands of experts, subject to the study of the Council of Ministers, pointing committed government, the government program of Khalalal activation of decentralized management and redraw the relationship between the state and various activities for the benefit of the provinces on the one hand and in favor of the private sector and starting a revolution administrative to rebuild state institutions, civil and military, and the application of e-government and to maximize the financial resources through several means and activating the principle of accountability through the development of criteria for evaluating the performance periodically and annually.
    He noted Mr. Abadi said the government's plan to separate the positions of political, administrative and keep institutions from political influence and to achieve balance in the various institutions and the adoption of consulting offices in areas that require the use of expertise in projects and expand the framework of systems of social security and retirement pointing to the importance of cooperation and coordination with the House of Representatives in the field of control of the service citizens as well as the inventory of weapons, however, the state and the prohibition of armed formations outside the framework of the state and Alhmutir lead security forces duties to protect citizens.
    The prime minister-designate strict adherence to the principle of human rights and subdue differences and legal issues to the competent institutions and paying foreign policy on the basis of fruitful cooperation and rally the international face of terrorism, stressing the government's commitment to document the political agreement agreed upon by the parliamentary blocs and according to the constitution and resolve differences Kan addition to his commitment to solving problems between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government in accordance with the Constitution.
    He said the government's plan in the last chapter of this year include the formulation of the government's plan for the next four years and the adoption of the rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers and the preparation of emergency action plan to address the issue of displaced families and to support military operations in all areas until achieving success as well as the exchange relations with the States in accordance with the principles of common interests and not interference in the internal affairs.
    He said Mr. Abadi to rebuild the armed forces and be representative of all components of the Iraqi people, with the application of the experience of popular mobilization through formation system of the National Guard synonymous to the army in several cities and support the Peshmerga forces and work to repair the ration card system and improve the situation of services in addition to strengthening the role of women in society in various fields and promote the transition to the private sector through several procedures and increase oil and gas production and regulate the relationship of the Federal in the distribution of powers between the province and governorates not organized province and address the issue of unemployment in Iraq and activating the role of civil society organizations as well as to address the manifestations of corruption and completion of economic and financial reform and the adoption of legislation stimulate investment Local and international work on improving the system of financial management and budget.
    Then followed the MP, but Talabani's statement of Kurdish blocs on the government program which indicated that the delegation of the Kurdistan enjoy flexibility in negotiations with the National Alliance, despite the reluctance apparent sign that the Kurdish leadership gave the government three months to achieve the demands and the formation of a joint committee to pay a share of the region during the week of the formation of the government, as well as discuss the issue of oil and gas during the 3 months and address controversial issues about the Peshmerga, aviation and Article 140 and others, stressing that the Kurdish leadership will decide the measures to be taken in case of non-application demands.
    Then the Council voted to approve the government program submitted by Mr. Haider Abadi, the prime minister-designate.
    Council also voted to give confidence to the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Mr. Saleh al-Mutlaq, Deputy Prime Minister and Mr. Hoshyar Zebari, Deputy Prime Minister and Mr. Bahaa al-Araji, the deputy prime minister.
    Council also voted to give confidence for each of the following:
    Mr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Mr. Rose Nuri Shaways finance minister
    Mr. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and the oil minister
    Mr. Salman Jumaili and Minister of Planning
    Mr. Hussein al-Shahristani, Minister of Higher Education
    Mr. Haider spokesman and minister of justice
    Mr. Muhammad Mahdi al-Bayati, a minister for human rights
    Mr. Falah Hassan Zeidan and minister of agriculture
    Mr. Naseer Kazem al-Issawi and Minister of Industry
    Mr. Kassem Fahdawi minister of Electricity
    Mr. Tariq Kikhany Minister of Reconstruction and Housing
    Mr. Bayan Jabr, Minister of Transport
    Mr. Kadhim Hassan Rashed and communications minister
    Mr. Mohammed Xiaa Sudanese Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
    Ms. Adela Hammoud health minister
    Mr. Qutaiba al-Jubouri, the minister of environment
    Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Omar and Minister of Education
    Mr. Abdul-Karim Mlas trade minister
    Mr. Knight Jeju and Minister of Science and Technology
    Mr. Raundozi Minister of Culture
    Mr. Abdul-Hussein Abtan Minister of Youth and Sports
    Mr. Ahmed Abdullah al-Jubouri, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and the Ministry of State for Parliamentary Affairs
    Mr. Abdul-Karim Younis, Minister of Municipalities
    For his part, Mr. Haider Abadi, he will run the ministries proxy temporarily pointing out that he will submit a list of names of the ministers of interior and defense in one week.
    Gentlemen, then led the prime minister and his deputies, ministers, marking the constitutional oath Ptullém their new positions.
    In turn, Mr. Saleem al-Jubouri, head of the House of Representatives congratulations to Mr. Abadi for his accession to office and all ministers to hold sway confidence, stressing intensive follow-up to their work and their achievements, which will be channeled to serve the Iraqi people.
    The Council voted on each of the following Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and Iyad Allawi, Osama al-Nujaifi and Vice-President of the Republic Mr. Fuad Masum, where Wadhwa then sworn.
    The Council elected through secret ballot MP Sheikh Humam Baqir Hamoudi to the post of first deputy chairman of the Council of Representatives.

    Then the Presidency decided to adjourn the meeting to next Tuesday 16/09/2014.

    The information department
    Iraqi Council of Representatives

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    Hummam Hammodi first deputy House Speaker

    Hummam Hammodi first deputy House Speaker

    08/09/2014 22:56:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / House of Representatives voted with majority on the nomination of Hummam Hammodi as the first deputy of the House Speaker.

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    Breaking News .. The start of the session the House of Representatives

    Breaking News .. The start of the session the House of Representatives

    09/09/2014 12:52:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / The House of Representatives started on Tuesday afternoon a session headed by Speaker of the House Saleem al-Jubouri, and the presence of 203 MPs.

    The agenda of the meeting includes a vote on the permanent committees of the House.

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    Ebadi: "I have not chosen all ministers"

    Ebadi: "I have not chosen all ministers"

    Monday, 08 September 2014 22:14

    Baghdad (AIN) –The Designated Prime Minister Haider al-Ebadi stated during the parliament session "I have demanded all the blocs to nominate female ministers and candidates from different Iraqi provinces, especially Basra province," stressing that "I have not chosen all these candidates and the blocs did not give me the right to choose the candidates so I will leave some ministries run by acting ministers."


    * This is from yesterday and the import of it is unknown to me * Thoughts or comments welcome ?

    and , also related on the face of it,

    Hanan al- Fatlawi: al- Jubouri received from Abadi the names of 18 ministers out of 30

    09/09/2014 13:49:00

    BAGHDAD / NINA / MP for the coalition of state law Hanan al-Fatlawi announced on Tuesday that House Speaker Salim al-Jubouri received from designated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi the names of 18 ministers out of 30.

    Al-Fatlawi said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the number of ministries, which is a subject of contention among the blocs are 12 Ministries, and thus it was in the case of voting on the cab of government, it would be incomplete.

    Speaker of the House of Representatives Saleem al-Jubouri said last night that Prime Minister Haider Abadi delivered him the program of his government and the political agreement paper to the House of Representatives, while he delivered him today the ministerial cab .

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    Kurds Undecided among Themselves, Despite Endorsing Iraq Cabinet

    Kurds Undecided among Themselves, Despite Endorsing Iraq Cabinet
    By RUDAW

    Kurdish party leaders meeting in Sulaimani, ahead of the cabinet vote in Baghdad late Monday.

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurds have not finalized their candidates for ministerial posts in Iraq's new government, despite endorsing Haider al-Abadi as prime minister on Monday, a Kurdish official in Baghdad said.

    The Kurdish negotiator said that Kurdish political parties have yet to agree among themselves over the positions.

    Leaders of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Change Movement and the two Islamic parties met in Sulaimani on Monday, hours before voting in the Shiite prime minister’s cabinet.

    The head of the KDP parliamentary bloc said that the names of Kurdish candidates read in Baghdad yesterday were not final.
    Meanwhile, the leader of the Islamic Union bloc in the Iraqi parliament said that the Kurds showed a very weak hand in Baghdad and their vote for Iraq's new prime minister was conditional.

    He explained that, “We voted for the new cabinet to respect the Kurdish leadership and maintain our unity.”

    “We have voted for this new cabinet conditionally, and it has to make its commitment to the Kurds clear within one week,” said Muthana Amin.

    He said the Kurdish leaders had voted for Abadi under pressure from the United States, Iran, and the United Nations.
    But on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Kurdistan Region presidency dismissed claims that the Kurds had come under any pressure, particularly from the United States.

    Western leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have been insisting on a new government in Baghdad, ever since last June when Islamic State militants began a military advance that has seen large parts of northern territories fall in their hands.

    Obama, who is to unveil the US war strategy against IS forces in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, had stressed there must be a government in place in Baghdad before Washington intensifies military support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces against the IS armies.

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