Parliament decides to continue the sessions until next Saturday

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The House of Representatives decided at the end of its special session to discuss the conditions of Basra, headed by MP Mohammed Ali Zinni, the President of the age and the presence of 180 deputies and Prime Minister Haider Abadi and a number of ministers concerned, to continue meetings to Saturday.

A statement to the Information Office of the House of Representatives, received the agency {Euphrates News} copy of it today, ďAt the outset of the meeting, welcomed the head of the elderly Haidar Abadi, Prime Minister and the ministers concerned, noting that Basra has been subjected to injustice in various covenants and currently suffers from neglect and water scarcity , Criticizing the exposure of demonstrators live bullets and prevent demonstrations, and called on the Prime Minister to clarify what is taking place and take the necessary measures to address the situation.
For his part, Abadi stressed that the Basra is full of its citizens despite the challenges we face part of the political, stressing that the demands of the people of the maintenance of services right, calling for the isolation of the political side of security and service and warned of turning the dispute into a gunman.

Abadi said that the peaceful demonstrators condemn acts of vandalism and assert that they are outside the province, pointing to holding a series of meetings, the most recent of which is the cabinet meeting today, which was devoted to discussing the security and service situation in Basra and included decisions to compensate the civilian and military victims and to send a ministerial team until completion of tasks and release of funds allocated under the administration The team as well as assigning the security forces to enforce the law to protect public and private property and emphasize the right to peaceful demonstration and support the initiative of civil society in the campaigns of reconstruction and cleaning.

In their interventions during the meeting, Qassim al-Araji, Minister of Interior, said that the ministry issued clear orders to protect the demonstrators since the beginning of last July, pointing to the issuance of penalties for all those who assaulted the demonstrators and left their positions to protect the government institutions, announcing the intention of the ministry to make a change in some security leaders in order to give An opportunity to accommodate the situation, stressing the need to protect Arab and international embassies and consulates.

Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hayali explained that the armed forces are not authorized to fire at any citizen because the army and all the supporters of the popular crowd and the Peshmerga forces are people of the people and defended it and made sacrifices.

The Minister of Water Resources, Hassan al-Janabi, said that there is a shortage of services accumulated over the years in Basra, explaining that the ministry is responsible for providing people with raw water while the treatment is subject to other institutions, pointing out the state of pollution did not occur in the system of raw water but water distribution networks, In response to this situation, the Government has taken several measures, including an increase in releases in some areas due to increased demands.

For its part, noted that Nafie Minister of Municipalities and Construction that Basra suffers from water scarcity and salinity since the eighties of the last century, noting that the existence of an important project funded by the Iraqi government and Japan began to be established in 2014 will be accelerated completion in accordance with the time limits set for him at the end of this year in the event of stability of the security situation, Stressing that the ministry has solutions to the crisis by linking the station in the sports city with the water network of the center of Basra.

The Minister of Health, Adila Hamoud, said that the ministry has decided to send an integrated team after the recording of intestinal infections in the health department of Basra above the normal rates to know the reasons, pointing out that the tests proved the presence of high rates of salt in the waters of the basin that provides citizens water from the Shatt al-Arab, The absence of toxic substances in the water, pointing out that the ministry has used the World Health Organization and UNICEF for the need to conduct other tests of drinking water and proved the tests to the existence of bacterial infections causing diarrhea and accounted for 9% of the cases diagnosed injuries, especially that most of the origin A total of 6918 infections were caused by high salt content in the water.

For his part, Assaad al-Eidani, governor of Basra, said the central government gave the local government in Basra powers to implement the governmentís decisions and address the problems, noting that Basra has not received from the funds allocated only 6 billion dinars, while allocated more than 3 trillion dinars, stressing the existence of a large lag in the implementation Projects.
The Governor of Basra expressed his readiness to take full responsibility in the implementation of projects, especially with regard to water projects. MP Faleh al-Khazali said that the solutions to most of the problems of Basra province falls on the federal government, especially with the lack of financial allocations for the projects of the province, adding to the province of Basra, the worst environmental city in the world to the existence of large areas containing remnants of war, accusing the US Consulate to support some of those who contributed to incitement On the events of Basra.
In statements to deputies, MP Hassan al-Akoli stressed the importance of not exchanging accusations on the situation in Basra, since everyone is responsible for what the governorate has reached, calling for realistic solutions that are now feasible.

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