GAZEBO ..................... news from Iraq ................. 10.16.2012
Maliki's coalition recognizes that there is no 'reforms', Allawi and the Kurds waving renewed interrogation
Acknowledged «coalition of law», led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time that there is no «paper for reforms», saying it «They are great», with renewed Ktlta «Iraq» and «Kurdistan Alliance» Theloahama invoked questioning Maliki prelude to withdraw confidence from the government.
The MP from the «coalition of state law, Saleh al-Asadi said in a statement that« paper reform advocated by politicians is an illusion », indicating that« what some say of Representatives on this paper is only a personal opinions.
He was president of the National Alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced that «National Alliance will present a paper reforms include 70 paragraph, based on the activation of national partnership in power and balance in public civilian and military.
The announcement Jaafari after a series of meetings and consultations and procedures for blocks «Iraq» and «Kurdistan Alliance» and «Sadr» in Erbil, Najaf, which concluded the need to interrogate al-Maliki as a prelude to the withdrawal of confidence from it, but the withdrawal of al-Sadr in the last minute and announced «National Alliance» which includes «coalition of state law intention announcement broad political reforms, pay to the freezing interrogation procedures until found« paper reforms, and to give another chance for political consultations.
But Al-Iraqiya excluded «there is no intention to Maliki and his coalition in the reform. The MP said the appearance Janabi told «life» that «the issue of paper reforms was a lie from the beginning and try to gain time and delay not only».
«We have agreed to give a chance to the National Alliance of respect for our partners Kurds, expressing his conviction that« the situation will remain as it is until the next election cycle. He warned that «Iraqi Kurds and even al-Sadr will not stand idly by, but would re-activate the procedures interrogation of al-Maliki as a prelude to censure him. Kurdish leader revealed just Berwari told «life» «having committees of the Kurdistan region to negotiate the State of Law and al-Maliki and the National Alliance», stressing that «the committees do not reach a satisfactory solution, it will do interrogation procedures Maliki.
He considered a leading figure in the «coalition of state law» Yassin Majid told a news conference that the «Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani represents a real threat to Iraq's economy and national security», pointing out that «wants to be there a political role to Erbil at the expense of Baghdad, and be Peshmerga alternative of the Iraqi army.
Majid felt that «objection (Barzani) arms deal with Russia emphasizes his opposition to the existence of a powerful military establishment in the country, accusing Kurdish leader that« seeks to be stronger Kurdistan from Baghdad.
And briefed President Jalal Talabani leading his party on the outcome of his consultations with the leaders of the various political blocs, said politburo «Patriotic Union of Kurdistan» that «the current situation needs to continue to make efforts and endeavors to find appropriate solutions be subject to acceptance by the parties to the conflict, in order to remove Iraq from crisis experienced by ».
The statement stressed the need to «Kurdistan Alliance plays its role in resolving the current crisis, and conduct a dialogue with the political parties and take advantage of the positive results reached by Talabani during recent meetings held by them.
Talabani was held during the past two weeks, a series of meetings with various Iraqi factions, including al-Maliki and parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and the leader of the Iraqi «Ayad Allawi and Barzani.
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niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad | 27.09.2012 Despite billions in oil income, Iraq says it cannot afford to build the infrastructure citizens badly need. A draft law allows Iraq to borrow money to get various jobs done. But the proposal seems to be going nowhere fast.
A few days ago Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened to move forward with a draft law on Iraqi infrastructure – with or without parliament’s approval.
The law, which has been in the pipeline for several years already, would allow the government to enter into contracts with international firms on infrastructure projects in Iraq, improving services in areas like water supply, power and education. All of these are things that ordinary Iraqis would very much like to see working properly in their country.
The infrastructure law would allow the Iraqi state to basically take out “loans” with companies tasked with the jobs and then repay them at a later date.
But the law’s political opponents have a different opinion: they believe that the conditions of the law might allow foreign firms that are not paid on time to take control of Iraq’s oil, the country’s major source of income.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been trying to push the law through for some time. It had previously been rejected by all political parties except for al-Maliki’s own. The law was also added to the 2012 federal budget – however when parliament voted on the draft budget, the related paragraph was removed.
And on September 15, the Prime Minister addressed Parliament to impress upon the 225 gathered MPs the importance of the infrastructure law. Al-Maliki said that the law was so important that if the MPs did not vote for it, then the government would proceed with the law in other ways that didn’t involve them.
Some of those present said the law is badly needed and that it would provide jobs and longed-for services.
Local economist, Kamal al-Basri, recently appeared at a seminar in the capital and said he supported the idea of the law. “The delay in passing the law will further delay bridging the gap between Iraq and other countries and will eventually lead to a failure in important infrastructure like ports, bridges and other construction,” al-Basri argued.
“The infrastructure law is for all Iraqis and not just for the politicians,” MP Abdul Salam al-Maliki, a member of Prime Minister al-Maliki’s State of Law bloc, told NIQASH. “But there are some politicians who don’t want this country to develop.”
Meanwhile critics of the law are united in opposition – almost every political party other than al-Maliki’s own expressed doubts about the bill’s current draft. Even other parties in al-Maliki’s ruling coalition were opposed to the bill in its current state.
“The bill has huge political and economic repercussions,” Mahma Khalil, an MP from the Kurdish Alliance, told NIQASH. “The law violates the Constitution and Iraqi financial management laws which restrict state spending to within the annual federal budget.”
Khalil explains that, in its current draft, the law guarantees any foreign firms payment for their work with interest. Should the country be unable to pay the firms for their work, or payments be delayed, then it is possible that Iraqi oil payments could be forfeit. “This is very dangerous and has serious political and economic repercussions,” Khalil noted, adding that the law doesn’t take into account the possibility that the price of oil falls or that Iraqi oil production could halt for as yet unknown reasons.
Khalil concluded by saying that his bloc - the Kurdish bloc which often holds a balance of power in the almost-evenly-split Iraqi Parliament - wouldn’t be voting for the law without further amendments and information.
“Because of the ambiguity in the legislation with regard to how money will be spent and how it will be managed, this draft law opens the door even wider to financial and administrative corruption,” argued MP Haider al-Mula, a member of the main opposition bloc, Iraqiya.
Another opposition MP, Wael Abdul-Latif, stated that it was important that parliament, not the executive branch, “supervised the implementation of these projects and approved them”.
And behind the scenes, further reasons were given for the antipathy being directed at a legislation the country really seems to need badly: the upcoming elections. Al-Maliki is not a popular man – a large group of MPs have recently tried to oust him from his position. And with upcoming elections, they’re worried that his main motivation with a law like this – which relates to many things that the Iraqi voters need and want – is to increase his own popularity with electors, without concern for consequences.
As of this week, Iraqi politicians appear to have done what they often do when they reach an impasse: formed a committee to investigate and postponed voting until a later date. NO LINK YET
Kurdish delegation in Baghdad to negotiate with the National Alliance
10/16/2012 12:00 am
MPs stress the need to adhere to a truce media
BAGHDAD - morning - Alaa al-Tai
Revealed a statement from the presidency determination of the President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani authored large Kurdish delegation to resume the dialogue with the National Alliance, as well as other powers to resolve the political crisis tactics constitutional and in accordance with previous agreements signed by everyone.
While booed statement issued by the Office of the President's remarks MP for the coalition of state law Yassin Majeed promised "provocative and reckless" said the statement received "morning," a copy on Monday, the National Alliance to put an end to the statements "contrary to the spirit of national unity" and to force its members to respect requirements of the national dialogue.
For his part, MP for the coalition of state law Ihsan al-Awadi said in an interview for "Center Brief for the Iraqi Media Network" need politicians to deal wisely with the current crisis and manage the political situation in the country away from provocation, alluding to the issuance of statements about politicians should study dimensions future. "
Awadi said that "the political blocs is counting on the efforts of the President and his wisdom and enjoys the respect and confidence of the political blocs to prevent altercations media and controversies of all the political blocs and without exception the media and the adoption of the truce."
He Awadi "We hope that result in efforts Talabani resolving the differences sharp between the political parties, particularly the dispute between the central government of the Federal and provincial government explaining that the mobility latter yielded to move some files that make up Nqzh otherwise, including oil and gas law and the formation of the Commission of Article 140 and other files." Said Awadi "The coming days will witness significant announcement there was a positive atmosphere" with the continued negotiations and meetings more seriously.
And between al-Awadi, that a delay in issuing legislation and disabled in the House of Representatives as a result of the political consensus may contribute to the delay to reach solutions and passage of legislation needs to be serious and mutual trust between the two blocs. "
The MP for the National Alliance on an inch "The efforts and the movement of President Talabani part of his role as president of the Republic of Iraq and the key to resolve and get out of the current crisis as the president of all of Iraq and trying to gather the political parties and the three presidencies and create an atmosphere suitable for a meeting puts solutions to differences and restore stability to the political scene . "and over an inch in an interview for" Brief Center for the Iraqi Media Network ", for fear of having the attempts to keep the political crisis or failure of the current government.
However, "count on the political movement and the task of the President of the Republic in the collection of the parties and guiding compass towards a solution to pull the country out of the crisis."
For his part, the new coalition of state law تلويحه the option of forming a majority government in the event of continued political current crisis in the country.
The MP said the state law, Abbas al-Bayati said in a press statement that the coalition may resort to the option of forming a majority government Maliki's political or calling to dissolve the parliament, in the event of failed efforts by President Jalal Talabani to contain the ongoing political crisis in nearly ten months.
It is said that hints of a coalition of law comes just days after a similar call launched by the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, in which he stressed the need to form a majority government political includes the basic components of the Iraqi people, adding that the government's majority may be the only way out of the current political crisis in the country .
But these propositions frowned majority of political forces, he says, the Kurdistan Alliance MP Hassan Jihad that a government of national partnership is the perfect choice harmonic at the moment.
The MP for the coalition in Iraq Mutashar Samarrai said taking such a step (a majority government) must be under the respect for the constitution by everyone, and that the judiciary is politicized.
To spokesman of the Sadrist bloc in parliament bright Naji that the current stage is the stage of consensus among everyone and must be respect for the agreements reached between the political forces, stressing rejection of the principle of forming a government mass political majority.
If it is true that the countries of the Arab revolutions are on an inward search, each one elevating its respective national cause to a position of utmost priority, then it is also true that Iraq today is the Arab country that has deviated most from this rule.
What used to be a hint of Iranian interests superseding Iraqi interests with the actions of Nuri al-Maliki’s government, has now become an obvious reality with the recent Russian arms deal (worth US$ 4 billion). The deal was concluded by the prime minister, following a visit that lasted a whole month (!) made by acting Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi to Moscow, at the head of a large delegation.
It is difficult to defend this new overture to Russia on the basis of Iraqi interests. For one thing, the fact that both countries are oil-producers as well as the fact that Russian industry is outdated in both the IT and consumer-goods sectors, makes it difficult to see how Iraq and its people would stand to benefit from what had happened. Concerning arms and weapons systems, the deal may force Iraq to undertake a costly overhaul of its military equipment that it has been using since 2003, when the United States became the primary supplier of Iraqi armaments. This is not to mention that, as is common knowledge, Russian weapons are generally subpar compared to their Western counterparts.
Meanwhile, the relationship with Putin’s Russia, which likes to paint itself as an heir to the Soviet Union and its ‘glories’, summons dark specters from a dismal bygone past: Those of the concomitance between military dictatorships in the Arab world and military ties with Moscow. And if we believe that the existing regime in Iraq is democratic and pluralistic, then doubting the difficulty of reconciling these two contradictions becomes indeed valid.
After Saddam, Iraq underwent a difficult stage of the U.S.-Iranian conflict. Today, after the U.S. troops completed their withdrawal, it seems that the previous stage has cleared the way for another, where the dominant feature is complete alignment with Tehran.
In this context, we can only see the latest arms deal as part of this alignment with the Iranian axis, whether this is in order for Baghdad to replace the crumbling regime in Damascus in this axis, or whether it is in preparation to cope with a post-Assad regime in Syria.
Here too, it is difficult to identify what Iraqi interest this serves, for at least three reasons:
First, the current situation in Iran, particularly the economic situation, is not tempting enough to justify an alliance between Iraq and Tehran, let alone to become subservient to it.
Second, Tehran and Moscow are at the vanguard of the efforts to defend and protect the Syrian regime, and consequently to kill Syrians. This means that Iraq’s new attitude has antagonized the Syrian people with whom Iraq shares a long and intertwined border.
Third, and most importantly, becoming subservient to Iran has a direct domestic impact on Iraq and on what is left of its national cohesion and social fabric. It is no secret that at least one third of Iraqis believe that the Iranian role in their country is conducive to sectarianism, of which they accuse their government of engaging in and bowing down to. This in fact explains the ongoing deterioration in security, which cannot be addressed by random bellicose executions.
Consequently, it becomes clear that appeasing Moscow and Tehran is the antithesis of appeasing Mosul and Fallujah, and subsequently, of finding an equitable and sensible political solution. The conclusion is that Iraq is progressing towards a situation where its external exploits reflect the fragmentation of an interior of which nothing much is now left.
(The writer is a columnist at the London-based al-Hayat, where this article was published on Oct. 16, 2012)
Member of the parliamentary Finance reveal four candidates for the position of Governor of the Central Bank
Tuesday, October 16 1 / Okrudolf 2012 01:23
[Baghdad - where]
Revealed a member of the parliamentary Finance Committee on the nomination of four names for the position of Governor of the Central Bank.
The Committee member Magda Tamimi, told all of Iraq [where], "The four names submitted as candidates for the position of central bank governor to succeed Hbibi They [legal advisor to the Prime Minister Mohamed Fadel, Ahmed ÇáČŃíĺí, and Zia Khyoun, and Ali Allawi]."
It added that "the decision to issue a warrant for arrest against [Shabibi] and a number of officials at the central bank, planned and ordered the housekeeper at night, which is a political decision and not professionally, although we recognize the existence of cases of corruption in the bank, but have reservations on this method, because of their impact on the reputation of Iraq and the national economy. "
A source in the parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the processes of corruption and money laundering in the Central Bank, told revealed [where], claim Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to sack the four bank officials involved with corruption.
The source said, "Shabibi Maliki's request three years ago to dismiss four of the managers in the management of the central bank, because they are responsible for what is happening corruption in the bank, but the latter rejected this demand."
He added that "a magistrates issued, then, note the arrest of Shabibi without knowing the reasons, but prevented it move by the United Nations Mission in Iraq and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, in addition to intervention presidency and some leaders of political blocs, and their claim Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud intervene, and who did not know the arrest warrant, "noting that" the Chief Justice, and after knowing the subject, issued an order to cancel the arrest warrant, and rebuked the judge who issued and decided to punish him, returned arrested central bank governor that affects the sovereignty of the country " .
And escalated over the past month the charges against the Central Bank of the involvement of officials in which money laundering and financing of terrorism.
And denounced the coalition in Iraq targeting the Central Bank of Iraq and the attempts by some political forces to undermine the independence of the Bank guaranteed by the constitution of Iraq and Iraqi and international laws.
For his part, expressed the CBI surprise at the accusations against him about the involvement of officials in which economic crimes and "supporting terrorism."
The deputy governor of the Central Bank of the appearance of Mohammed Saleh [where], earlier, that "accusations in some quarters about the involvement of officials of financing terrorism or helping to launder money or economic crimes are charged, and that you personally did not Aacherha, but remain charges and suspicions are replaced achieve, and that actually existed, why silence and inaction at them both by state agencies concerned or has information, and wonder whether there is hindering the application of law to combat or combat, we hope to answer this question?! ". http://translate.google.com/translat...%26Itemid%3D86
Central Bank: Iraq has an opportunity significant economic exploitation
Tuesday 16 October 2012
BAGHDAD - babysit - saw the Central Bank of Iraq before Iraq a great economic opportunity must exploit the image optimization. This came in their annual business conference of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which was held last Friday in the Japanese capital Tokyo.
The deputy governor of the Bank the appearance of Mohammed Saleh in a press statement that "our discussion with the CEO of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde summarized in the situation in Iraq now is better than other countries that have experienced the events of the Arab spring because of political transition, accompanied always economic transformation and that Iraq spent way to shift as the political and economic situation is subject to growth and development for the better. "
"The Lagarde called on Iraq to seize the opportunity of large economic lie in front by taking advantage of the economic recession in some countries and the European Union and attracting companies of these countries for the reconstruction of Iraq and the rehabilitation of its infrastructure for an opportunity may not be repeated for the country promising economically as Iraq."
The work of the Assembly's annual International Monetary Fund and the World Bank launched last Friday in the Japanese capital Tokyo, with the participation of the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong, in addition to the 188 central banks globally and finance ministers from 180 countries.
The meeting aims to follow procedures of the international financial institutions to financial crises afflicting large areas of the world ...
Iraqi List: Loss of confidence in Iraqi economy could ensue; Blames manner in which the CBI is being handled
Posted: October 16, 2012 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Central Bank Iraq, Council of Representatives of Iraq, Currency, Iraq, Iraqi dinar, iraqi list, Sinan Al-Shabibi, Tokyo
Because of the way to deal with the Iraqi Central …. warns of loss of confidence in the Iraqi economy
16-10-2012 02:39 PM
Confirmed the Iraqi List, Tuesday, and a political agenda seeks to demolish the country and not make it in the foreground, while criticized talk of arrest warrants against the central bank governor over media leaks, warned the loss of confidence of the world the Iraqi economy because of the method of dealing with the issue of the central bank.
The Spokesman said the list Haider Mulla said in an interview for ‘Alsumaria TV’, ‘there is no political agenda want to demolish Iraq and did not remain tops anything’, criticizing the ‘talk about the existence of arrest warrants against the central bank governor over media leaks’.
Mullah warned that ‘the world’s confidence Shaken the Iraqi economy if dealing with such Sensitive files in this way’.
He was a member of the Committee investigative on the work of the Central Bank of Haitham al-Jubouri said, the first on Sunday, (14 October now) the issuance of arrest warrants and travel ban against Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi and officials at the bank, and is regarded as the survival of the conservative abroad will prove corruption charges.
It quoted a number of media, the first Sunday (14 October 2012), sources monitoring the Iraqi judiciary issued an arrest warrant for bank governor Sinan al-Shabibi corruption charges, pointing out that Shabibi fled abroad after the issuance of the note, with the bank denied the news, stressing that the governor is currently involved in an annual conference in Tokyo and will return to Baghdad on Monday, (October 15 current (.
The Finance Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives demanded, on Monday (15 October 2012), Central Bank Governor Indictees providing evidence, while some expressed fear that these accusations are ‘politically targeted’ to the bank.
And accused the Iraqi List led by Iyad Allawi, the first Sunday (14 October 2012), some political forces to ‘try Nile’ independence of the Central Bank of Iraq, arguing that the independence of the Bank are necessary to maintain the exchange rate of the dinar and the protection of the currency and prevent inflation, while government held responsibility investigation into money laundering and disclosure of beneficiaries.
The head of the House of Representatives Osama Najafi revealed, in (7 October 2012), the existence of suspicion of corruption in the work of the Iraqi Central Bank, while noting that the Council proceeded to achieving ‘depth’ in central bank policy since 2003, Vowed to pursue the investigation ‘personally’ the importance of the issue.
The central bank held the Iraqi daily sessions for the sale and purchase of foreign Currencies with the participation of Iraqi banks, with the exception of public holidays in which the Bank stops for these auctions, and sales can be either in cash, or in the form of remittances sold abroad for a commission certain.
It is noteworthy that the pace of accusations escalated on smuggling currency that Overshadowed selling prices dollar in local markets and led to increased exchange rate months ago, while deputies asked the need to take the initiative on the government to stop selling the currency in auctions the central bank, others stressed that Iraq is losing substantial funds by smuggled daily out of the border , despite the praise of many specialists in economic affairs on the positives of the auction to reduce inflation and to control the value of the Iraqi dinar.
CBI: Saleh indicates project to delete zeros postponed until after 2014
Posted: October 16, 2012 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Central bank, Central Bank Iraq, Currency, Deputy Governor, Iraq, Mohammed Saleh, New Year, Saleh
Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, Tuesday, that the project to replace the currency and delete the zeros has been postponed until after the year 2014
Said Saleh told / Baghdadiya News / he “national project has been postponed for the deletion of zeros until after the year 2014 to the lack of appropriate political atmosphere to accomplish,” pointing out that “the Bank completed all the mechanisms and preparations for the start of the project
The said project needs the support of government and parliamentary at the same time” and this unless achieved during the last period as a result of the presence of well* founded fear of initiating about such a move by some politicians and ministers and advisers in the government and who attributed it to the lack of appropriate political atmosphere to start with
He Saleh, said that “any delay of the project we need to start before the New Year, because the state of the process or system My new can not work before this time under the law of the Iraqi Central Bank is likely to postpone the project to early 2014 or later upwards.”
Finance Committee Member: Issuing arrest warrant against Shabibi would hurt the Iraqi economy and the financial system
Posted: October 16, 2012 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Arrest warrant, Central bank, Central Bank Iraq, Economy of Iraq, Iraq, iraqi, Iraqi Central Bank, Tokyo
Tuesday 16 October 2012
A member of the Knesset Finance Committee, MP Hassan Suleiman that the issuance of an arrest warrant for Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq will harm the Iraqi economy and the Iraqi financial system.
Sulaiman said in a statement (radio public opinion): “The issuance of such a warrant that was political or non-political impact on the credibility of the financial institution in Iraq.” Noting that the issuance of such a warrant could lead to causing Akhvad large currency depreciations Iraqi “.
He added: “If there is involved in the operations of financial corruption can brought to the Iraqi judiciary to take its course in legal investigations to be after these investigations issuing arrest warrants.” Alluding to the need to keep the Iraqi Central Bank on the issue of interventions and Altgabat various political.
“He said the Committee Althakikh The problem of achievable in the case of the central bank did not constitute a way fundamentalist. “He pointed out that the committee was of the Commission achieved preliminary and not final but was in accordance with the report of this committee to issue arrest warrant against Iraqi Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi.” stressing that the issuance of such a warrant should After a thorough investigation in this case
Finance Committee wants Shabibi to provide evidence of corruption in the CBI
Posted: October 16, 2012 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Arrest warrant, Baghdad, Central bank, Central Bank Iraq, Committee, Iraq, Tokyo, United States Senate Committee on Finance
Parliamentary claims to provide enough evidence to verify the validity of the charges against the officials at CBI
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 10:14 AM
Demanded parliamentary Finance Committee indictees Central Bank Governor Sinan Shabibi to provide evidence to confirm the real existence of corruption in the bank.
He said the Commission’s decision Ahmed electrodes in a statement to Radio Mirbid The parliamentary committee will be formed to consider such accusations, expressing fears that the intended impact of these charges on the independence of the central bank and make it subordinate to the Iraqi government.
And was a member of the investigative committee formed on the work of the Central Bank of the Attorney Haitham al-Jubouri has revealed the day before yesterday for the issuance of arrest warrants and travel ban against Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi and officials in the bank, pointing out that the survival of overseas bank governor prove corruption charges. http://thecurrencynewshound.com/2012...on-in-the-cbi/