" The Dinar Daily " ........ Sunday, 6 January 2013
Khafaji calls Maliki to resign
Sunday, 06 January 2013 07:42 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Mohamed Ridha al-Khafaji, of Ahrar bloc called the Premier, Nouri al-Maliki, to resign from his post.
Speaking to All Iraqi News Agency (AIN), he said "The best solution for the current crisis and to end the demonstrations is the resignation of Maliki to serve the Iraqis and to prevent the blood shed."
"We address the Premier if he believes in democracy, he must respond to the demonstrators' demands and to resign," he concluded.
Security Forces Accused of Violence against Protesters, as Maliki Softens Tone
Sunni protestors in Ramadia wave the Iraqi and Kurdish flags in their protests against the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Photo: Rafei el-Essawi.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi security forces used force against peaceful anti-government protesters in Mosul, officials of the Nineveh provincial council said on Friday, amid mass Sunni-led protests across the country against the predominantly Shiite government.
Iraq’s large Sunni minority has been enraged by the Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, staging protests since late December accusing the government of marginalizing Sunni provinces and calling for the release of detainees.
“The security forces assaulted and used force to disperse protesters in Mosul,” Yahya Abid Mahjoub, a member of the Nineveh provincial council, told Rudaw
He said the council condemned the violent action of the security forces against peaceful protesters and would file a lawsuit against them for breaking the law and violating civil freedoms.
“The protests were constitutional and peaceful,” Mahjoub said. “Those who broke the law and violated people’s rights will be punished by law.”
Last week, the Nineveh provincial council went on strike and adjourned all of its regular meetings in protest to government policies that it says discriminate against the province.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the al-Noor mosque in Mosul following Friday prayers and chanted slogans against Maliki’s government.
Changing the stern tone he adopted last week against demonstrations that have been building for weeks, Maliki said on Friday that the protesters were exercising their right, and encouraged them to put their demands in writing.
“We call on people to practice their constitutional right to protest and abide by the law, which requires permission for legal demonstrations,” read a statement from Maliki’s office, adding that the written demands should be given to local authorities.
He also applauded Sunni tribal leaders for acting responsibly and working to preserve security and stability in their areas.
In a statement last week, Maliki had indicated he was losing patience with the demonstrations and warned that the protests were providing an opportunity for “the enemies of the political process, the armed terrorist groups and the remnants of the former regime" to infiltrate the demonstrations and threaten national unity.
“The moderates, scholars and wise tribal leaders should not allow the extremists to lead the country to disaster,” he had said.
After Friday prayers in Mosul, Maliki called on the army, security and police forces to “practice utmost self-restraint, but in the meantime not grant an opportunity to terrorists who try to turn the protests into armed clashes and harm the peaceful protesters.”Mass anti-government protests started in Anbar, Mosul and parts of the capital Baghdad after police last month raided the office and home of the Sunni finance minister, Rafie al-Issawi, and arrested 10 of his bodyguards.
Among the protesters’ demands are the release of Sunni prisoners in Iraq’s jails, basic services and jobs in the Sunni provinces and the abolition of anti-terror laws that many residents say has led to the arrest and disappearance of family members.
But Maliki insisted that some demands by protesters, such as the abolition of certain laws, are unacceptable.
“I ask protesters to avoid demanding the abolition of laws that affect the political process such as the release of terrorists who are responsible for killing innocent people, violence and abduction,” Maliki said.
The protests have continued even after the justice ministry freed nearly a dozen female prisoners, and promised to move others closer to their homes.
The unrest has added to the political turmoil that has gripped the country since the deployment of Iraqi troops in the northern disputed regions by the prime minister, triggering a military stand-off between Erbil and Baghdad since November.
To find a way out of the crisis, Iraq’s former prime minister and senior leader of the Shia Dawa Party, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, called for a multi-party meeting in Baghdad. But his office announced that the meeting was postponed because several parties had refused to attend.
Muhammad Hakim, spokesperson of the Kurdistan Islamic League (Komal), told Rudaw, “Jaafari invited us formally to meet with him in Baghdad, but we declined because we don’t believe meetings would change anything of the current situation.”
Hakim said that none of the three Kurdish opposition groups will respond to Jaafari’s initiative.
Muayad Tayib, spokesperson of the Kurdish bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said that no one from is formation would attend the meeting “because no Kurdish official is in Baghdad at the moment.”
“The turmoil the country is experiencing right now is too big to be solved in just one meeting,” he added.
Jaafary , Kurdistani political forces' delegation discuss review political scene
Sunday, 06 January 2013 08:32 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -The head of the Iraqi National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafary, discussed, on last Saturday, with a delegation of the Kurdistani forces the current political situation.
A statement by the INA cited that "The delegation represented by the Kurdistani Alliance, Tagheer Movement, Islamic Group, and the Islamic Union where the delegation was headed by Muhsen al-Sadoon."
It added that "The conferees discussed the necessity of preserving the current political experience and depend on the democratic mechanism which safeguards the legitimate demands within the constitutional framework."
As announced by Ali Hussein, a senior advisor for Kurdistan’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Iraqi Kurdistan region has an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil reserves. This means that Kurdistan – if it were a country – would be the world’s sixth richest in oil, according to Hussein.
Whether Kurdistan is the world’s sixth, or in the top 10 or even top 20 of the world’s oil-rich domains, it is an undeniable fact that Kurdistan now has more than enough oil to not only allow the region of nearly 4-million people to thrive, but also to make it more economically and politically viable.
Yet this region has shown a commitment to remain part of a country still in upheaval, rather than declaring their inalienable rights for independence. By all accounts, this is very responsible behavior at a time when Iraq is too weak to even defend itself from mafia-style insurgents, let alone prevent such a move for independence from Kurdistan.
Let’s not forget, also, that Kurdistan has a proven 3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, an amount which could allow Kurdistan a decisive role in supplying the Nabucco Pipeline (to be finished in 2014), and so decreasing the West’s dependency on Russian gas.
However, as unbelievable as it is unreasonable, there have been two issues which Iraq’s post-Saddam governments have not made any positive move to solve.
Firstly, the Iraqi government has been unwilling to acknowledge the deals that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has signed with over 40 foreign companies active in the oil sector of the Kurdistan region. After all, Kurdish oil is not just for Kurds – it’s for all Iraqis.
Secondly, no post-2003 government has shown any real interest in solving the Kirkuk problem, any more than pre-2003 governments have. The pretext is the same: Kurds are separatists. The Iraqi government, as well as some neighboring states, fears that if Kirkuk is made part of Kurdistan, the Kurds will declare independence.
We now believe this argument is invalid. Since Kurds already posses so much oil and gas, everybody should understand that having Kirkuk administered by the KRG, which itself is part of Iraq, is no threat anymore. The Kurdish argument to remain part of Iraq is far bigger than merely economic. The Kurds are more interested in having better relations with Turkey and the Arab world than having their own isolated state.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Maliki has once again promised to solve the Kirkuk problem. His new oil Minister Abdul-Karim Luaibi has also said that the exportation of Kurdish oil will resume “soon.”
These two promises are both positive, and the new Iraqi government, under the premiership of Nuri Maliki, should understand that, for the sake of Iraq, it has no other option but to solve all problems existing between the KRG and Baghdad, particularly that of Kirkuk, by no later than the end of 2011, when United States troops leave Iraq.
Barzani welcomes Turkish Government negotiations with Ocalan
Sunday, 06 January 2013 08:26 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –The President of Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, welcomed the negotiations conducted by the Turkish Government with the head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, who has been imprisoned since 13 years, to settle the armed conflicts between the two sides.
The spokesman of KR Presidency, Omeed Sabah, assured in statement received by AIN "Barzani is so happy and optimistic for this meeting took place in Turkey with Ocalan and considers it as a positive step that is highly appreciated."
"Barzani hopes the meeting to be an active start towards consolidating the permanent peace and to end the war, violence as well as to reach a peaceful solution for the Kurdish case in Turkey," he continued.
Turkish source announced previously that officials from Turkish Intelligence met Ocalan in his detention to discuss a settlement for the Kurdish case.
IS MP describes Dori's appearance in media outlets as "Play"
Sunday, 06 January 2013 08:45 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) –MP, Walid al-Mohammadi, of the Iraqiya Slate described the appearance of the former Vice-President of the former regime, Ezzat al-Dori in the media outlets as "A play that cannot be believed by the Iraqi people."
In a press statement received by AIN, he said "The reason behind Dori's appearance is to control the demonstrations that are against the injustice and the oppression that the Iraqi people suffered from since the former regime till the present day," noting that "The failed representation or performance of the government resulted in such attempts by such people."
"The Iraqi people realized such attempts that aim at defaming the demonstrations and separate the Iraqi people," he added.
"Dori lived in the best situation during the former regime and it is clear that he is living in the same situation in this time as shown in the recorded tape where he did not refer to the suffering of the Iraqi people," he concluded.
The head of the Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, considered the latest appearance of the former Vice-President of the previous regime, Ezzat al-Dori, in the current time as "An attempt to create sectarian sedition in Iraq," expressing his readiness to "Kill him if the government does not try to."
Earlier, Dori appeared in a recorded tape in the media outlets where he called to eliminate the "Safavid agents", according to him.
Protest in Anbar continues for the 14th day
Ramadi (NINA) – Demonstrators in Anbar province continued their protest on Saturday, north of Ramadi, calling on the Government to implement their legitimate demands.
A protest organizer told NINA on Saturday, Jan. 5, that many delegations from cities and towns of Anbar and other provinces to participate in the protest, regardless of harassments exercised by Anbar Operations Command in preventing some from reaching the protest area.
He added that, "The protest is in its 14th day, and we demand the government to release detainees, end the policy of marginizing practiced against the Iraqis, abolish Article 4/Terrorism, the secret informer and achieve balance in the state's institution, whether military, security and legislative."
Protestors criticized the government's threats, after Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, demanding the protestors to disperse before being dispersed by the government; pointing out that such a statement represent a legal and Constitutional violation, because it denies Iraqis the freedom of expression.
Economist: CBI should implement deletion of three zeros project this year to support national currency
Posted: January 6, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Baghdad, Central bank, Currency, economy, Iraq, Iraqi dinar, Quraishi, Sunday
Date: 13/01/06 08: 24: 54 Sunday
Baghdad (newsletter) … The Economist called a Quraishi, the need to apply the delete three zeros currency because it hurt to serve the citizens and national currency by reducing large groups cash blocks in the local market.
Quraishi said (News News Agency): the implementation of the restructuring of the Iraqi currency after deleting three zeros were necessary because it will serve the citizen and national economy as large groups would turn into a small unit, which will facilitate market transactions and accounts for State services.
He added: the Government must support the national project that will contribute to strengthening the power of the Iraqi dinar and the national economy, stressing the importance of accelerating its implementation during the current year.
The Central Bank is preparing to implement a project to delete the three zeros national currency after the completion of all procedures related to the project, but so far no date has been set because application calls some officials to postpone it.
The Council demanded that the Prime Minister of the Central Bank to wait to delete the three zeros from the local currency, saying that a large project and needs sufficient time to apply
Citizens complain about difficulties trading torn banknotes
Posted: January 6, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
Tags: Banknote, Business, Canada, Central bank, Finance, Financial services, Government, Hadi Abbas
Became circulation banknotes shattered economic and social problem, affecting citizens constantly due to the failure of vendors and stakeholders public to deal with.
Ms. Avia Ali suffers from the exchange bank notes torn, since rejected by shopkeepers and drivers taxis. indicated Nawal Hamid Aboud It Her shop they refuse to deal with these papers, because they can not get rid of them easily, since rejects traders received them.
said economic expert Ahmed Karim difficult to identify the real volume of banknotes torn traded on the market, noting that these papers have become a a burden on the local economy and cause loss to the citizen, as he can not dispose of them. , it stressed adviser to the Ministry of Finance Crescent Taan that among the duties of Iraqi banks receiving banknotes damaged and torn from citizens and converted to the central bank for disposal.
so approved by the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives Secretary Hadi Abbas that there is a genuine suffering from lack of circulation of bank notes easily torn, referring to the possibility of addressing this problem easily within a clear strategy, but who gets that citizens face difficulty in switching banknotes was a key part of it.
MP calls to make parliament exceptional session closed
Sunday, 06 January 2013 10:10 | | |
Baghdad (AIN) -MP Amina Saadi of the Hurra Iraqiya Coalition called to make the exceptional session of the Iraqi Parliament closed and unannounced in order not to turn it into a platform for political outbidding and deviate it from its essential goals.
She stated that "It is better to make the parliament exceptional session closed to avoid the attempts of some sides who seek to exploit it for releasing political discourses and play with the masses' emotions."
"We call on the Parliament to keep away from any orientations that deviate it from its fundamental role," she concluded.