Sistani, Iraq's parliament warns of blocking reforms Abadi

Erbil Reuters - Warned Shiite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Parliament Friday from the exploitation of his concerns about legal reforms announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as a pretext to block it.

Parliament voted unanimously Monday in favor of preventing the government from implementing reforms without his consent in an effort to derail efforts Abadi, who announced these reforms unilaterally to change the system of government which he said encouraged a form of corruption.

He said al-Sistani in a speech that his assistant reforms gave some hope for obtaining real changes can be moving the country towards the desired goal.
From the outset it has been to emphasize the need for such reforms going in the paths do not come out on constitutional and legal frameworks.

But to be here also it emphasized that there should not be unnecessary care of the constitutional and legal path taken way by the legislature or other to circumvent the reform steps or procrastination in carrying out exploitation of waning public pressure at this time.
After mass protests and a call for reform launched by al-Sistani Abadi announced measures in August aimed at eliminating nepotism and inefficiency that undermined the battle for Baghdad with al organization of the Islamic state.Hours after the speech delivered by al-Sistani aide said Friday appeared to be trying to assert his authority Abadi.The comments broadcast on state television quoted an undisclosed source in his office in which he confirmed that the three Vice-Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the three ministers who have their posts abolished by these changes already stopped a few months ago 'salaries.

The source said that they do not engage in any work of government in their capacity as pointing out that he does not retreat from the decision.

The source added that he can not withdraw the authority or any obstacles set by the corrupt to stop the march of reform, referring to the vote in Parliament earlier in the week.
Reuters could not immediately be Balebadi or other officials.And Director of the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF in Iraq Peter Hawkins said that an outbreak of cholera in Iraq has spread to Bahrain, Kuwait, there is a danger of its transformation into a regional epidemic ready with large numbers of pilgrims to go to Iraq.

And monitoring of the disease, which can lead to death from dehydration and kidney failure within hours if not treated to the west of the capital Baghdad in September and hit Since then, at least 2,200 people and caused the death of six.
Hawkins said on Thursday it this epidemic is already active regionally and can increase the risk of this is the arrival of people from across the region to Iraq.

Hawkins had said that cholera has spread to Bahrain, Kuwait and Syria, but UNICEF issued a statement later in which he said that the incidence in Syria are uncertain but adding in the light of the scope of the outbreak in Iraq, the risk of the spread of cholera outside the borders of Iraq is still great.
And flocking large numbers of Shiites in Iraq in December to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein.Hawkins said that UNICEF is working with religious figures in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala to provide information on ways of protection from cholera, which is endemic in Iraq.

The reason can be traced outbreak of cholera in Iraq to a number of factors, including low water levels in the Euphrates River and winter rains which led to the pollution of the river and shallow wells with sewage.

And contributed to the fight against Islamic militants organize State who control large areas of land in northern and western Iraq in the outbreak.
The conflict has caused the displacement of more than three million people, many of whom live in camps under conditions conducive to the spread of cholera Eating contaminated food or drinking water contaminated enough to infection.

Hawkins said that UNICEF does not allow him to enter the areas under the control of the Islamic State, which swept the Syrian border in mid-2014 in an attempt to establish a state succession areas.

And it caused increased military spending and other expenses related to fighting Islamic militancy in the worsening liquidity crisis in Iraq, a large oil producer, has suffered from the decline in global crude prices over the past year.

Hawkins pointed out that a larger proportion of the government budget spent on security at the expense of other services such as infrastructure, including water supply.

UNICEF said in a statement that there is a child in every five confirmed cases in Iraq.
And delayed the start of the school year in large areas of Iraq for a month as a precaution.

In response to a cholera outbreak, UNICEF provides water and oral rehydration tanks and bottled water but suffers a severe lack of funding, such as most of the humanitarian operations in Iraq.