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  1. The Council of Ministers holds its regular session chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi 20 February 2018 The Cabinet held its meeting Normal day Tuesday 20 February 2018 Chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi. The members were completed Cabinet submission Offers their most important achievements Government Achieved (2014-2017). The Cabinet voted on Resolution to reduce the launch phenomenon Fireworks And firecrackers Random, directing ministry Trade and Finance Activation Law banning games Inciting violence, And by the Ministry of the Interior By activating Resolution No. (570) Of 1982 on each of the Shoots shots at Public events or Within towns and villages And bronchi. A draft was voted on Law of ratification of avoidance agreement Double taxation and prevention Tax evasion Imposed on income and head Money between a republican government Iraq and the Government Hungarian. The Cabinet decided to grant Provisions to the employees of the Authority General Taxation. The Board voted on recommendations Economic Affairs Committee On the inclusion of a gas company Basra Council decision Ministers No. 223 for the year 2013. The Cabinet voted on Investment of land camp Rashid Previously (the implementation of the City project Rashid Governorate of Baghdad). Also voted on Recommendations of the Supreme Committee To supervise lending to support The technical team that does Feasibility study Introduction to lending projects For industrial bankers And agriculture. Head Office Ministers, http://pmo.iq/press2018/20-2-201801.htm
  2. Saudi policy renews position from Iraq Twilight News 56 minutes ago Shafaq News / The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday expressed his country's keenness on the stability of Iraq and its permanent standing with all its sects and races. This came during a meeting of the Council this afternoon under the chairmanship of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Saudi Arabia's minister of culture said after the meeting that Saudi Arabia allocated $ 1 billion to reconstruction projects in Iraq and allocated $ 500 million to finance Saudi exports to Iraq during the recent Kuwait International Conference on Iraq Reconstruction. Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/ad8dee53-aeb9-4dae-91a0-e54f1e0c468f
  3. 2018-02-20 BY SOTALIRAQ The Integrity Commission demands that its president be granted the powers of an investigating judge and calls for the establishment of a specialized judiciary to hold senior officials accountable The Iraqi Academy for Combating Corruption held a fourth scientific symposium on "Establishing Judicial and Executive Bodies in the Commission on Integrity, Constraints and Solutions" in cooperation with the College of Law, Law - University of Karbala. In his address to the symposium, which was attended by some judges, a number of general inspectors, a number of university presidents, deans of colleges, professors, researchers and media representatives and representatives of research centers, Dr. Hassan al-Yasiri pointed out that the fight against corruption is a project of a state, That the supervisory bodies concerned with the fight against corruption, especially the Integrity Commission perform its tasks, pointing out that the national projects (major state projects), including the fight against corruption need to combine efforts and the political will to Friendly and operational procedures rigorous process, noting that leading the fight against corruption in the field of global experience has shown that the availability of real wills, as well as the strict legal system and operational procedures capable of rapid success of anti-corruption efforts. Yasiri stressed that the Commission facilitated the State to issue laws, measures and frameworks to reduce corruption through the completion of its national anti-corruption strategy submitted to the Council of Ministers in mid-2016, as well as by developing a practical vision to combat corruption, Presented many drafts and proposals of the laws of nearly twenty projects or draft law or proposal. Chairman of the Commission explained the reasons called by the Iraqi Academy to combat corruption to launch this awareness program, indicating that the goal is to develop the vision of the Commission in the fight against corruption through the implementation of the views of professors, researchers, academics and media; to implement the mechanisms of that vision on the ground, pointing out that what came In which the demands of the establishment of a judicial body linked to the Integrity Commission and the Shariah are purely organizational matters in which the Commission needs the opinion of specialists and researchers to guide the right direction, pointing out that this symposium comes within the program of Tua The seminar was held in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, Wasit University, to discuss the effects of functional quotas in the spread of corruption in public institutions. In cooperation with the Faculty of Law, University of Qadisiyah, Effects of committees (The establishment of judicial and executive bodies in the Commission on Integrity - Constraints and Solutions). The other seminars will continue to be held. It is hoped that a seminar will be held in cooperation with the Faculty of Law - University of Iraq entitled " The role of administrative and financial control in the fight against corruption), in cooperation with the Faculty of Law - University of Nahrain will hold a symposium entitled (Corruption crimes and penalties in the balance) and in cooperation with the Faculty of Law - University of Baghdad will be held a symposium entitled (Role of the General Service Council Federal in reducing corruption). The seminar was chaired by Prof. Dr. Munir Al-Saadi, President of Karbala University. The paper was presented by Prof. Ghazi Faisal and the establishment of a judiciary and police in the Integrity Commission. For Integrity and Combating Corruption, presented by Dr. Khalid Al-Mamouri, and the research paper titled "The Credentials of Establishing a Court of Integrity" presented by researcher Ahmed Mohammad Kazem. Dr. Ghaleb Al-'Umadi presented the results of his questionnaire entitled " Terms of reference of regulatory institutions A survey on the public qualitative (elitist) in Karbala, Babil and Baghdad). The participants in the symposium exchanged views and discussions on the subjects and papers presented at the symposium, stressing the importance of intensifying the organization of such awareness programs that highlight the work of the national regulatory bodies and explain the obstacles in their work, demanding the support of the Integrity Commission to overcome the difficulties that prevent Enabling them to perform their duties as prescribed by law. The symposium came out with several recommendations and proposals, including: The establishment of a police body that follows the Integrity Commission in terms of administration, and the definition of its composition and competencies. The main functions of this body are focused on the execution of arrest warrants issued by the Integrity Courts; in order to achieve the structural and functional integration of the Integrity Commission as an anti-corruption body, In particular in the area of arrest warrants, provided that members of this organ enjoy moral and professional obligation, and holders of a bachelor's degree. The establishment of a specialized judicial body to look into corruption crimes in Baghdad and all governorates and in all levels of litigation. It shall be nominated by judges with a high degree of specialization, expertise, competence and integrity, and shall have the necessary resources and capabilities to enable it to perform its duties in the best possible manner. The establishment of a court for corruption offenses committed by senior officials and public servants of the State, with adequate safeguards; to achieve impartiality and full independence. The need to provide security and protection to judges selected in a court or courts of corruption offenses. Involving judges nominated to serve in these courts in intensive programs and courses to cope with the worldwide development of the fight against corruption at the judicial level. The President of the Integrity Commission should be given the powers of an investigating magistrate and magistrate; in order to give the Commission the power and effectiveness to restrain the spoilers, through legislative intervention with clear and explicit texts. To provide the Commission with sufficient numbers of investigators who enjoy legal and investigative qualifications, competence and integrity, and to provide the appropriate material resources for the Commission. The civil action, in addition to the criminal case, should be brought about if the acts of corruption result in damage to the public money and the claim for compensation in accordance with the rules of civil liability. The need to review the penal laws by tightening the penalties for crimes of corruption by explicit provisions can not accept interpretation and diligence. https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/20/هيئة-النزاهة-تطالب-بمنح-رئيسها-صلاحيا/
  4. Kurdistan's policy to lift the international ban on airports in the region by this date Twilight News 2 hours ago The deputy of the Iraqi parliament for the Kurdistan Democratic Party bloc Majid Shankali on Monday reopened airports in the region before international flights before the end of this month. "Today there was in Baghdad a technical delegation from the region and our information confirms that there have been very large understandings regarding the suspension of international flights to and from airports in the region and these understandings will be applied on the ground," Shankali told twilight news. He added that "the deadline for the extension of the ban ends on the 28th of this month and today is determined whether the Federal Government to extend the ban again or not." However, Shankali said that "we believe the technical delegation of Kurdistan exceeded with the concerned in Baghdad a lot of problems," noting that "Mr. Abadi's remarks today also benefit decisively the subject of ending the international ban on international flights from airports in the Kurdistan Region." The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has announced near the opening of the airports of Kurdistan in front of international flights. "The referendum has had serious consequences for the region and we are close to providing the salaries of the region's employees, but there must be proper supervision to ensure that salaries are paid to the employee, not to the followers of the parties, and this is a serious issue," Abbadi said in an interview with German DW station. "In the next few days we will open the airports of Arbil and Sulaymaniyah to travel abroad, after ensuring that the federal authority is in the airports of the region." The Kurdistan government has agreed to subject the airports of the region to the management of the Federal Aviation Authority, while attention is drawn to the approval of Prime Minister Haider Abadi on the understandings reached during the talks between the Kurds and the Government of Baghdad, after considering its recommendations and outputs. A government delegation from Baghdad ended several rounds of negotiations in Arbil, which was devoted to understanding the establishment of a mechanism for the management of airports, customs and border crossings, before lifting the ban on airports in the region, in the first step to resolve the controversial issues after the referendum on independence. Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/b39a3838-8621-45a6-a5e9-185ae929e25d
  5. 2018-02-20 BY SOTALIRAQ Abadi: We will launch post-election reconstruction efforts Translated by Hamid Ahmed More than six months after the government announced the defeat of an oppressive organization and its expulsion from Mosul and the rest of Iraqi territory, the country is now on the road to reconstruction efforts. Although efforts to rebuild the country are still in their early stages, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described the progress made at last week's Kuwait International Conference on Iraq Reconstruction as "encouraging" and evidence of the international community's confidence in Iraq. "We never expected that number of companies, investors and governments to be involved in Iraq reconstruction projects," Ebadi said in an interview with CNBC as he attended the security conference in Munich. It is a sign that there is confidence to deal with Iraq. "There is confidence that Iraq is moving in a different direction from the past and it is very encouraging for us and also for them." The conference, which was hosted by Kuwait, attracted representatives from more than 70 countries, 51 companies, international organizations and several hundred businessmen. The International Donor Conference has made $ 30 billion in investment pledges in a scene that reflects international support for stabilizing Iraq. The government is focusing on reconstruction efforts and the return of more than 900,000 people to neighborhoods destroyed after years of fighting, less than three months away. On the conduct of elections. Relief organizations estimate that Mosul alone needs a decade of years to get rid of remnants of IEDs and explosive materials left behind by the war. Iraqi officials said Iraq needed $ 88.2 billion to cover the cost of reconstruction. They noted that the Kuwait conference had only a $ 30 billion financial commitment far below the figure they had set, but Abadi described it as a very positive amount he did not expect. "It is natural for anyone to aspire to more, but what we got was more than we expected, for the simple reason that oil prices are lower than they were before, and most of the Gulf states suffer from financial crises, and it is normal that the donor does not do so, So much generosity ... what we got indicates that there is confidence in Iraq. " While the security situation has improved, many investors remain concerned about the country's rampant corruption and the bureaucracy that hampers their work. When asked about the way the government will reassure investors that their money will be spent in the right place, the prime minister stressed his focus on fighting corruption. "We have put before the investors all the legal framework ... I think their concern is about corruption, mainly bureaucracy and routine, and in our role we have formed a supreme committee headed by the prime minister and has a follow-up team to ensure the removal of any obstruction caused by bureaucracy," he said. That this would be a great asset to companies, sometimes they are forced because of pressure to pay bribes or something like that. We are keen to stay away from this and want to pour every dollar into an investment or a donation for the benefit of the people and not go into the pockets of the corrupt. " "We are now engaged in the process of involving investors in Iraq reconstruction projects. I am sure that in the next few months the start will be complete," Abadi said. "We now have a committee that has been formed. And next month there will be a meeting with major investors for the purpose of follow-up and submit their studies .. I hope they will start their work immediately after the elections. " عن About: CNBC US station https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/20/العبادي-سنطلق-جهود-إعادة-الإعمار-بعد-ا/
  6. 2018-02-20 BY SOTALIRAQ Abadi reveals the date of resumption of international flights from airports in the Kurdistan Region Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said that the airports of the Kurdistan Region will be opened soon, indicating that "we will provide the salaries of the staff of the region, but there must be proper control." "We do not want military forces to carry out any combat effort or any military effort," Abbadi said in an interview with the German DW. He added that "the Kuwait conference is an achievement, which is the first stage, and there is optimism and great interest by investment companies and countries and a positive outlook for Iraq," noting that "the Iranian side told us that he wants to help Iraq through his companies." On the relationship with Kurdistan, Abadi stressed that "the referendum had serious consequences for the region," explaining that "we are approaching the provision of salaries of staff of the region, but there must be proper control to ensure that the salaries go to the employee not to follow the parties and this is a serious issue. The Iraqi Prime Minister that "in the next few days we will open airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah to travel abroad, after ensuring that the federal authority is located in the airports of the region." https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/20/العبادي-يكشف-موعد-استئناف-الرحلات-الد/
  7. 2018-02-19 BY SOTALIRAQ The elders of the call are trying to balance the balance between my list of slaves and Maliki and ensure the rise of 17 preachers Baghdad / Wael Ne'ma Before the end of the period stipulated by the Electoral Commission to the parties and political alliances to hand over lists of candidates for the elections, revealed significant changes in the movement of candidates and their transfer between the lists, and surprised some of the candidates to block their names in the lists submitted to the Commission, which interpreted by some as an attempt to exclude certain personalities. Last Thursday was the deadline for the election commission to receive the names of candidates. The movement of candidates between the coalitions led to the extension of the period of 5 days from the previous date, which was supposed to end on February 10. However, the changes did not stop. A candidate left recently Al-Nasr Alliance in a statement to (the extent), yesterday, saying that the last moments before the closing of the receipt of lists of candidates was "to remove candidates for the National Convention in the provinces of Babylon and Salahuddin." The conference, led by Arras Habib, announced last month its alliance with the prime minister's list, coinciding with the decision of the Fath Alliance, which includes the popular mobilization forces to leave the Abadi alliance. "Al-Nasr's electoral plan was initially aimed at bringing together three out of five representative Shiites," said the candidate, who asked not to be named. The alliance was planning to get more than 100 seats out of the total number of members of the total parliament, in alliance with Moqtada al-Sadr, Hakim, which will eventually push the list of the crowd or al-Maliki to join them. The plan also said that the Sunni and Kurdish forces would be forced to join the big coalition to form the largest bloc in parliament that would choose the new government. But the candidate familiar with the negotiations of the victory alliance, he explained that what happened was "to remove the alliance of the crowd and the wise, after the failure of the leader of the Sadrist movement." Twenty-four hours after the Alliance announced last month that it had about 50 entities, 18 parties, including nine parties, withdrew from the coalition, followed by the withdrawal of eight parties that came with the wisdom movement (Ammar al-Hakim) and a number of personalities. Plan B ended the grand coalition to only 21 parties. As an alternative plan, the Abadi coalition agreed, according to the former coalition candidate, to compensate the party hill with strong personalities, which also did not happen. "There was no movement on any important figure in the provinces, and the figures who were close to the prime minister were removed from outside the Dawa party," the source reveals. The candidate, the "victory" negotiating team of Dawa elders, is accused of failing to thwart the original and alternative plan, for reasons of isolating competitors and reuniting the party. The stream of wisdom, had criticized the team of Abbadi after his decision to withdraw from the coalition. The leaders of the (range) last month, that the last team began to evade the meeting and ignored the allies and tried to marginalize them. The source reveals that "the elders of the Dawa Party are trying to ensure the rise of 17 preachers who decided to stay in the alliance of slaves, to parliament because of the decline popularity." The former candidate in the "victory" believes that the elders aspire to keep Abadi's chances close to the leader of a coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki, to ensure the unity of the party again after the elections. Last month, the Dawa had decided to withdraw for the first time from the elections to resolve the dispute that broke out after the commission banned one-party elections in two separate lists. In the view of the candidate that the plan, will ensure that the Dawa Party after the reunification of 60 seats (30 seats for each of the slaves and Maliki at the very least) and then begin the process of negotiation to join the Hakim or the crowd. The source, in his speech, on the status of the Dawa Party, the most prominent leaders at the top of the electoral lists in the provinces, where he says that "these figures do not have a public, but will rely on (bee workers) that were placed from the bottom of the list to the number 3. The young candidates, described by the source as "bee workers", will collect between 500 and 1,000 votes, eventually increasing the list's balance. The former candidate for the coalition believes that the prime minister is not part of the latest arrangements, stressing that "the latter is not interested in the elections and was until recently to think of running!" And the number one in the list of victory in Baghdad, followed by the current deputy for the rule of law Hanaa Turki al-Tai, and in the number 3 Turkmen MP for the same bloc Abbas al-Bayati, while the surprise was the transfer of MP from the Kurdish change bloc Sarwa Abdul Wahid to the coalition, and got the number 6 . The transfer of oil minister Jabbar al-Allaibi to the coalition, in exchange for the accession of Minister of Transport Kazem Vajan al-Maliki to the coalition of al-Maliki, both known for their proximity to the Supreme Council before the split of the wisdom stream last summer, while decided to lead the Council and former Finance Minister Baqir al-Zubaidi Not to run for reasons not declared. In addition, unconfirmed reports of the transfer of MP from the Sadrist movement Majida al-Tamimi to the alliance of Abadi, while prevented the veteran deputy governor of Zamili to run for this session. The leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, has directed last year, the deputies in the Liberal movement to rest for the next four years and not to run, while the former leader Bahaa al-Araji not to abide by Sadr's order. Sadr supports Sadr's alliance, which includes the Sadrist Party close to the Sadrists and the Communist Party, and a number of independent forces and personalities. In turn, Haifa al-Amin, candidate of the Communist Party in Dhi Qar, in contact with (Mada) yesterday to withhold its name in the lists of candidates submitted to the Commission. The secretary is a candidate among the 8 names of the Communist Party in the province, within the alliance of Ssron, who has 25 candidates, equivalent to two thirds of the total coalition candidates in Dhi Qar. The candidate says: "I was surprised by the lack of my name, although there is a decision of the Communist Party to run," accusing the political body of the Sadrist movement and confirm that he "leads the administration of the alliance of Ssron" despite the denial of the Sadrists. Al-Amin received 8, 500 votes in the 2014 elections, but she did not get a seat because of the electoral system. She said that "the Sadrist movement won 3 seats in the previous elections, and it is afraid of my popularity, because in Fawzi's case I will reduce its share." Similar cases have occurred with the party's candidates in Najaf, Basrah, Samawah and Diyala but have been remedied at the last minute, while hoping to "rectify the mistake in the period of replacement of members who remain open in the Commission two weeks after the names of candidates." In the meantime, the differences over the sequence of candidates, lead to the withdrawal of 8 parties from the core of the decision coalition, led by Osama Najafi. "The differences have been avoided and there are no withdrawals in the coalition," said Chalal al-Halbusi, a member of the National Unity Party, one of the 11 components of the 11th coalition in contact with Al-Mada. Nujaifi is the number one in the alliance in Nineveh, while Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili leads the list in Anbar and Ahmad al-Masari in Baghdad. https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/19/شيوخ-الدعوة-يحاولون-موازنة-الكفّة-بين/
  8. Nechirvan Barzani: We will hold other meetings with Abadi to reach solutions to outstanding problems Editorial Date: 2018/2/18 19:24 • 159 times read (Arbil: Euphrates News) Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, on Sunday, that "will be held other meetings with Prime Minister Haider Abadi to reach solutions to the outstanding problems." He said in an interview with a group of journalists after the end of his meeting with the UN envoy in charge of the file of the Syrian crisis, Stefan de Mistura, that "were held important meetings while we were in Munich, we met Abadi and the Iranian and Turkish Foreign Minister, and the Swedish Defense Minister and German, Where the countries of the world believes that it is necessary to have relations with the Kurdistan Region. " The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region that "our meeting with Abadi was good, and will be held other meetings with him to reach solutions to outstanding problems, the door has become open to dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad." Barzani pointed out that "the outstanding problems between the two parties must be resolved within the framework of the Iraqi constitution, which was voted by the Iraqi people before the start of the elections, and I do not think that there are differences between us must be long." "We met with Joe Biden during our stay here in Munich, but we met him as a public figure. He has no official position now, but he stressed that the Democratic Party will support the solution of the problems between Erbil and Baghdad," he said of his meeting with former US Vice President Joe Biden. http://alforatnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=159830
  9. The House of Representatives finishes reading two laws February 17, 2018 429 Views The House of Representatives ended its 12th regular session, which was resumed under the chairmanship of Dr. Salim Jubouri, Speaker of the House of Representatives on Saturday 17/2/2018, reading two laws while deciding to allocate a meeting tomorrow to discuss the water crisis. At the beginning of the session, the council ended the reading of a report and discussion of the draft law to replace the names of Qadisiyah and Tamim provinces to Diwaniyah and Kirkuk governorates and submitted by the committees of the provinces and governorates not associated in the province and legal. In the interventions of ladies and gentlemen MPs, MP Mahmoud al-Hassan pointed out that the majority of the names of some of the provinces and regions were named after the enactment of laws and that the change of names must be carried out through the enactment of a law. MP Hanan al-Fatlawi said there is no objection to changing the names of some provinces as long as there is a desire among the people of the provinces and the deputies. MP Ahmad al-Jubouri said that replacing the names of the provinces is not a priority for the Iraqi people at present. In turn, MP Ali al-Badairi urged to quickly change the name of the province of Diwaniyah, especially since the old and new name of the province caused a great deal in the correspondence and administrative procedures. MP Abbas al-Bayati wondered why the names of some provinces, especially Kirkuk, and the extent of their harmony with the desire of the people of those provinces or the constitution. MP Haneen al-Qaddo stressed the need to preserve the historical names of some provinces in Iraq. For its part, the Committee on the existence of claims from the people of Kirkuk and the provincial council to change the name of the province also includes change the name of the province of Diwaniyah. The Council completed the reading of a report and discussion of the draft law on communications and informatics submitted by the committees of services, reconstruction, culture and information. In the interventions of Ladies and Gentlemen, MP Ammar Al-Tohme called for limiting the ownership of the state's infrastructure, not the private sector. MP Mohammed al-Masoudi stressed the need to control the electronic gates and not to leave the electronic space without control and control of the state. In its response to the interventions, the committee stressed that the draft law is the basis for the legislation of the Communications Authority and the Ministry as it gives the state new sources of funding and diversifying the general income of the Iraqi state, pointing out that the relevant committees will continue to legislate the law through discussion and meetings with communications and the Ministry of Communications for its maturity. And vote on it later. On another matter, President al-Jubouri stressed the keenness of the House of Representatives to complete the legislation of laws, noting the readiness of 20 laws to be submitted to vote in the event of a quorum in the coming sessions. He pointed out that there is an agreement with the Minister of Water Resources and specialists in this field to attend the House of Representatives to discuss the water crisis and the government's procedures to address these the problem. President al-Jubouri announced a meeting on Sunday to discuss the water crisis. Then it was decided to adjourn the meeting until Sunday, 18/2/2018 at 1:00 pm. Department of Information Iraqi Council of Representatives 17/2/2018 http://ar.parliament.iq/2018/02/17/مجلس-النواب-ينهي-قراءة-قانونين-3/
  10. POSTED ON 2018-02-11 BY SOTALIRAQ The third parliament fails to amend the constitution and moves it to the next session Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah The sharp differences between the parliamentary forces in force have resolved all efforts and efforts to make constitutional amendments to 68 controversial articles during the current parliamentary session. These disagreements have also hindered the constitutional review committee, which was approved two years ago. There is no time left for Parliament to proceed with this project as elections are held near May. These differences revolve around the powers of the Prime Minister, which is described as absolute compared to the powers of the President of the Republic and the Parliament, as well as those related to oil and gas, sharing financial resources, and the issue of nationality and personal status. And postponed the discussion of these points and materials to the next parliamentary session in order to give these political forces and components another opportunity to ensure that these points are resolved and passed by political consensus. The member of the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives MP Faiq Sheikh Ali (the extent) reasons for the delay of the Constitutional Review Committee in the current parliamentary session to "political corruption and sectarian and political quotas, which have disrupted the work of this committee." The Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri, called on the blocs and parliamentary figures, in (17 of July 2016 last), to submit candidates to form a committee to amend the Constitution, and gave a maximum of one week to submit names and vote on them. The House of Representatives at the beginning of each parliamentary session expresses its intention to make amendments to the paragraphs of the Constitution, but soon ended in failure because of disagreements between the mass on some provisions of the Constitution, which was written in 2005 and won the support of 70% of Iraqis. The constitution, which was passed in 2005, contains a number of controversial paragraphs amounting to more than 18 articles out of 142, despite the formation of a parliamentary committee at the time, headed by Deputy Speaker Hamam Hamoudi, but could not resolve these points. The Presidency of the Iraqi Parliament, has decided to form a committee of 27 members involved in the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives, with representatives elected by the political blocs to review the articles of the Iraqi Constitution and propose the necessary amendments to it. The amended points in the constitution require a referendum by the general public. According to the constitution, three provinces have the right to veto any constitutional provision. One of the most controversial articles in the Constitution is Article 140 of Kirkuk and the disputed areas, as well as those related to oil and gas. Other articles include the powers of the President of the Republic, the sharing of financial resources, power sharing, the provincial law and the issue of nationality and personal status. The parliamentary committee formed by the previous parliament managed to complete some paragraphs and controversial articles in the constitution, but failed to pass the parliament and postponed the completion of its amendments to the current parliamentary session, which also failed to agree to amend these points and materials. The constitution was drafted in 2005 under difficult and confusing political conditions and amid popular boycotts, especially from the Sunni component, but was supported by 70 percent of Iraqis. According to Sheikh Ali, "Thirty-three deputies nominated to the membership of the Constitution Amendment Committee, which was unable to hold an initial meeting because of political corruption and quotas," pointing out that "the Speaker of the Parliament in 5 consecutive sessions called for the parliamentary blocs to expedite the submission of candidates to Paradise and resolve all differences" . Article 142 of the Constitution obligates the constitutional committee to submit the constitutional articles to the House of Representatives to be voted upon by the majority of the members. This article held the possibility of any amendment to the terms and paragraphs of the Constitution unless there is a national consensus of all components and spectrums of Iraqi society on the changes that will occur in the draft constitution. Following the vote on the constitution, the House of Representatives in its first session in 2005-2009 accelerated the formation of a committee to amend the constitution headed by Hammam Hamoudi, currently deputy speaker of the parliament, which included the membership of 29 deputies representing all components. This committee, which included Jalal al-Din al-Saghir, Salim al-Jubouri, Fuad Ma'soum, Ali Nasif, Ali al-'Aalak and Freed Rwandzi in May 2007, presented a list of proposed amendments, but did not pass through the House due to objections by the majority of the parties and parties to these amendments . The disagreement between the National Alliance and the Iraqi consensus bloc focused on the distribution of power, wealth and federalism, which led to the agreement of the political blocs to postpone those amendments to the next sessions of the Council under Article 142 of the Constitution. Over the past four years, a number of MPs have tried to restore the spirit to the Constitutional Review Committee and submitted a signed request from 78 deputies in November 2014 and met the presidents, ministers and parliament to speed up the vote on the formation of this committee. MP Faiq Sheikh Ali, one of the deputies signatories to the request to activate this committee, pointed out that "the intentions were focused on reviewing all the articles of the Constitution and the amendment because of the multiple observations made by the deputies of the current session," stressing that "there are 68 articles of the Constitution need to adjustment". In turn, Speaker of the House of Representatives Niazi Maamar Uglu, the failure of the Constitutional Review Committee in the current parliamentary session, saying it "disappeared like other committees formed by parliament." "Amending the constitution is one of the most difficult things," he said. "It involves the rewriting of constitutional articles that are essentially contentious between forces and components." The interim committees are usually formed in the House of Representatives according to the whims and moods of the political blocs that nominate their representatives on the basis of quotas and consensuses without looking at the standard of expertise in the legal and constitutional field, which complicates reaching consensus on the final results. In a statement to (range) that "there are material bomb in the Iraqi constitution can not be modified under the circumstances and the current political crisis," stressing that "the Constitution is formulated in a way that prevents manipulation or modification of any paragraph or substance." Despite the failure of previous parliamentary committees to complete their tasks after about 10 years to approve the permanent Iraqi constitution, the parliament tried at its current session to make some adjustments, but also failed, which explains the difficulty of the task, which requires political consensus. The Turkmen MP reveals that "there are sharp differences between the parliamentary forces to make changes to thirty of the total of 68 controversial articles," describing them as "complex and difficult in the presence of Article 140, which is almost the most controversial material." And confirms that "the Constitutional Review Committee disappeared and ended and became from the past and postponed its work for the next parliamentary session," pointing out that "the commission, which was commissioned to amend the rules of procedure of the House of Representatives also failed and ended and did not carry out the tasks entrusted to it." For his part, explains the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Abdul Bari Zebari that "the problem of Parliament is the failure of the activation of the interim committees because of differences between the blocks and components, which reflected on the performance and work of the Constitutional Review Committee, which has ceased its functions. He said Zebari in his speech to the (range) that "any process to amend the terms and paragraphs of the Constitution requires an agreement between the political forces in advance on the paragraphs and materials and formulation before the presentation of the subject within the House of Representatives," asserting that "the differences revolve around the powers of the Territory and the Executive and Article 140. Constitutional provisions that abrogated the amendments are Article 115 of the powers of the federal and local governments in the provinces and regions, in addition to the provisions relating to the powers of the President of the Republic, as well as the articles relating to the distribution of oil wealth, as well as Article (41) concerning personal status laws. The Kurdish side refuses to make any amendments to articles (140 and 115), while the Shiite blocs adhere to the powers granted to the prime minister and oppose the expansion of the powers of the president of the republic. The head of the Foreign Relations Committee Abdul Bari Zebari that "there are absolute powers of the Prime Minister compared to the President of the Republic, which requires distribution between the three presidencies in a fair manner to reduce the hegemony on the Iraqi federal decision." https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/11/ثالث-برلمان-يفشل-بتعديل-الدستور-ويرحّ/
  11. Deputy for the National Alliance: We intend to solve the problem of non-quorum to pass the laws of the disabled Iraq News Now 09:22 Last updated The time now is 09:34 AM 401 Watch BAGHDAD / Al-Ghad Press: MP of the National Alliance Hilal Sahlani, on Saturday, that the blocs and components of the coalition intends to mobilize its deputies to resolve the problem of non-quorum in the sessions and pass the laws stalled. Sahlani said in a statement received "Al-Gharab Press" a copy of it, "there is no clear agreement so far on any of the amendments to the General Budget and proposals to amend the law of the elections of the House of Representatives and the postponement of provincial elections," noting that "leaders of blocs and chairmen of the committees invoke that the meetings did not Leading to results either with the Prime Minister or with the parliamentary blocs and representatives of the provinces. " He added that "the objections are still ongoing and the objections are in place, by some blocks that do not want to proceed with the legislation of the election law or the agreement to resolve the issue of Kirkuk in the local elections, or approve the budget," noting that "blocs of the Alliance of forces and Kurdish parties publicly require their attendance of meetings in exchange for meeting their demands In the electoral law and the public budget. " He said that "the blocks and components of the coalition intends to mobilize its deputies to resolve the problem of non-quorum in the sessions and pass the laws stalled." He explained that "the lack of quorum is paid by the Presidency to keep most of the meetings open under any circumstances to resume as much as possible," noting that "the imbalance of the quorum is renewed at each session because Parliament can barely achieve a majority of half +1." https://www.alghadpress.com/news/Iraq-News/142375/AlghadPress
  12. Deputy policy : There is no agreement on three files in the House of Representatives Twilight News 6 hours ago The National Alliance coalition Hilal Sahlani, said Saturday, that the blocks and components of the National Alliance is in the process of mobilizing its deputies to solve the problem of non-quorum of meetings and pass the laws of the stalled.
 "There is no clear agreement so far on any of the amendments to the general budget and proposals to amend the law of the elections of the House of Representatives and the postponement of the provincial elections," Sahlani said in a statement to the News that "the leaders of the blocs and the heads of the committees invoke that all meetings did not lead to results either With the Prime Minister or with the parliamentary blocs and representatives of the provinces. " 
He added that "the scandals are still ongoing and the objections list, by some blocks that do not want to proceed with the legislation of the election law or the agreement to resolve the issue of Kirkuk in the local elections, or the adoption of the budget," noting that "blocks Alliance of Kurdish forces and parties publicly require their attendance of meetings in exchange for meeting their demands In the electoral law and the public budget. " 
He explained that "the lack of quorum is paid by the Presidency to keep most of the meetings open under any circumstances to resume as much as possible," noting that "the imbalance of the quorum is renewed at each session because parliament can barely achieve half of +1 currently." Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/04d11a83-dfb1-492f-9c9e-9fcdc410643f
  13. Iraq 's economy reveals its losses as a result of the war against Saddam Twilight News 3 hours ago The Iraqi Ministry of Planning estimated on Saturday the total losses caused by the war against an organization that is calling for 90 billion Americans. Al-Hayat newspaper quoted the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Mahdi Al-Alak as saying that the field studies carried out by the Ministry of Planning in cooperation with a number of support agencies, estimated the losses suffered by Iraq as a result of the war against a duel between $ 80 billion to $ 90 billion, indicating that $ 47 million of The damage is related to the infrastructure and economic establishments, while the rest of the amounts relate to other sectors, most notably housing. He stressed that "Iraq is building today high hopes for financial support through the Kuwait donors conference," pointing out that "the report of the ministry will be presented to donors in a detailed form and through field reports developed in coordination with the World Bank, where the damage is diagnosed for each region and sector separately, Oil, electricity, education, agriculture and housing. He continued that the Nineveh province is the hardest hit among all provinces and in all sectors, noting that the Fund for the reconstruction of liberated areas received financial support from many countries, ranging from 500 million to 600 million for the implementation of projects to restore stability, in addition to the funds allocated from the public budget . The Iraqi government, through a donor conference in Kuwait, scheduled for February 12-14, is seeking $ 100 billion in grants and investments to rebuild liberated cities. Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/7a5a102e-1bac-487c-9fda-3b405802c15c
  14. Iraq banks on private sector for post-IS reconstruction By AFP PUBLISHED: 22:24 EST, 9 February 2018 | UPDATED: 22:24 EST, 9 February 2018 +5 Much of Mosul's Old City remains in ruins, almost seven months after Iraqi forces seized the country's second city from Islamic State group jihadists Months after declaring victory over jihadists, war-battered Iraq hopes to attract billions of dollars from private investors as well as donors to fund its reconstruction. Baghdad is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring Kuwait from February 12 to 14 after announcing the defeat of the Islamic State group at the end of last year. The country is still reeling from the rise of IS and the punishing fightback it took to crush the jihadists, with swathes of its territory in ruins and millions of people displaced. Authorities in the resource-rich nation say there has been a heavy toll on oil, electricity and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as basic services such as water and sanitation. +5 Workers clean up debris from a street in Mosul's Old City, on January 8, 2018, six months after Iraqi forces seized the country's second city from Islamic State group jihadists Iraq needs to raise $100 billion to rebuild, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said, after the fight against IS and decades of sanctions and war. "It's a huge amount of money. We know we cannot provide it through our own budget," he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month. "That's why we now resorted to investment," he said. Iraq sits on some of the world's largest crude reserves, which Baghdad puts at 153 billion barrels, but the war against IS and a slump in world prices have diminished its oil revenues. - 'Huge destruction' - The Kuwait conference's second day will be devoted to the private sector's role in rebuilding Iraq, with more than 2,000 companies and businessmen due to attend, according to the Gulf country. International organisations are to speak on the first day, while attending donor countries are expected to make announcements on the third. The US State Department has said that rather than "direct contributions", Washington has "focused on the private sector. It has teamed up with the US Chamber of Commerce to organise a delegation of over 150 American companies to travel to Kuwait" for the conference. +5 A picture taken on December 16, 2017 shows Iraqi volunteers salvaging and cleaning up the debris and destruction in the Bab al-Saray area in the old city of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Iraq -- the second largest producer within OPEC after Saudi Arabia -- has already called for help from investors worldwide, even as it seeks to ramp up output from its largely untapped reserves. Kuwait is setting aside its past differences with Iraq to host the summit. In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait after accusing its neighbour of "stealing" Iraqi oil from a field straddling the border. That sparked the first Gulf War, which ended after a US-led coalition ousted Iraqi forces from the emirate. Iraqis have since weathered international sanctions, a US-led invasion in 2003 and the battle against IS. Today, some 2.6 million people remain displaced across the country, the International Organization for Migration has said. Satellite imagery shows some 26,000 houses are destroyed or seriously damaged, including more than 17,000 in the jihadists' former bastion of Mosul. "There is huge destruction and a huge need to mobilise support," said Erfan Ali, Iraq representative of the UN Human Settlements Programme. - Education, education - Ali said there are big hopes the private sector will play a major role in rebuilding, offering "innovative solutions" to tackle the country's problems. +5 An Iraqi boy rides his bicycle past destruction in Nujaifi Street in the old city of Mosul on January 9, 2018 Attracting investors will be no easy task in a country ranked as the world's tenth most corrupt in Transparency International's 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index. But Ali said companies and businessmen will have access to a "reconstruction data platform to ensure accountability and transparency". Peter Hawkins, representative for the UN children's fund in Iraq, says reconstruction will be a mammoth task -- not just in Mosul, retaken from IS last July after several months of fighting, but also elsewhere. Though much of the battle against IS took place in northern Iraq, its southern provinces have also suffered from government budget cuts during the conflict. Overstretched schools in the south teach children in two or three shifts, the UNICEF official said. +5 Displaced Iraqi children who fled from the city of Baiji are seen in a camp on the outskirts of the city on November 27, 2017 Iraq -- where nearly a quarter of the population survive on less than $2 a day -- needs "major investment in health, education, social warfare" and water resources, he said. Above all, educating young Iraqis is a chief concern, Hawkins said. "If we do not start to invest in children's education today, this generation will be lost and will not be able to contribute to the economy and the security of Iraq when they grow up." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5374751/Iraq-banks-private-sector-post-IS-reconstruction.html
  15. 2018-02-10 BY SOTALIRAQ Thousands protest against corruption in Baghdad Tahrir square, central Baghdad, yesterday, mass demonstrations, in the center of the Iraqi capital, to demand reform and the elimination of corruption, amid tight security. Civil sources from Baghdad said that "thousands of citizens went out to demonstrate in Tahrir Square in the center of the capital Baghdad, and raised banners demanding all government institutions to eliminate corruption rampant, and that the security forces imposed security measures, under the direct supervision of the Baghdad Operations Command. The High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the attacks on peaceful demonstrators in Muthanna province, demanding the authorities to open an urgent investigation. The Commission said in a statement that it "followed the vigil organized by civil society organizations, activists and a number of citizens before the Presidency of the Court of Appeal of Muthanna, accompanied by attacks on the security forces and the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and civil activists and the arrest of a number of them, To cover the vigil ». The Commission condemned these unjustified attacks on peaceful demonstrators, and demanded the Ministry of Interior and security leaders to open an urgent investigation on the circumstances and accountability of the defaulters, and the release of detainees. It also deplored the unacceptable treatment of the force charged with protecting the demonstrators with the monitoring team of the UNHCR office in Muthanna. https://www.sotaliraq.com/2018/02/10/الآلاف-يتظاهرون-ضد-الفساد-في-بغداد/
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