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  1. At least two protesters killed in Baghdad as Iraq's demonstrations swell 34 minutes ago Mohammed Rwanduzy Anti-government protesters parkour up the metal beams of a former advertisement banner frame currently used as a make-shift roadblock during clashes with security forces in Iraq's southern city of Basra on January 20, 2020. Photo: Hussein Faleh / AFP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least two Iraqi protesters were killed and over 50 injured in Baghdad on Monday alone as demonstrations surged amid perceived procrastination by the political class in implementing protester demands. Citing Tahrir Square activists, Rudaw’s reporter from Baghdad reported two protesters were killed and over fifty injured by the fire of live rounds and tear gas by Iraqi security forces in the Tayaran and Gaylani Squares, near the city’s Mohammed al-Qassim highway. Medics told AFP three protesters were killed and more than 50 injured in the Iraqi capital. In the holy city of Karbala, sources told Rudaw that one protester was killed and 6 more injured as security forces broke up a protest in the city center’s al-Sanatir Street using live rounds of ammunition. Protesters later reassembled at the site to resume their demonstrations. Reuters, citing medical and security sources, reported four protesters and two policemen were killed across Iraq on Monday. “Disheartening reports that security forces once again meet protesters with violence in Baghdad. It is the right of every Iraqi to be allowed to protest peacefully. It is the duty of Iraqi security forces to protect that right,” Amnesty Iraq said on Monday. Earlier in the day, 14 members of Iraq’s security forces were injured when protesters hurled rocks at them in Baghdad. Monday’s violence was preceded by major escalation on Sunday, as angry protesters began to seal highways and main roads in a bid to pressure Iraq’s ruling class to respond to their demands. Iraqi protesters have been on the streets since October 1, 2019, to demand an overhaul of the political and electoral system, as well as the end of rampant corruption and widespread unemployment. Persistent Iraqi protesters have faced brutal repression in response, including the use of live rounds and military grade tear gas. As of December, more than 511 protesters and members of security forces have been killed and around 17,000 wounded since protests began, according to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights. Protesters have been able to secure to partial victories, including the resignation of now caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and the passing of a new electoral law in parliament - though the demonstrators have slammed the law’s shortcomings. However, progress has stagnated as a successor to Abdul-Mahdi remains unchosen and major demands have yet to be met by Iraq’s politicians – catalyzing an escalation in protests on Sunday. Protesters are demanding through the escalation that a non-partisan, anti-corruption figure be tasked with forming the government. The fresh escalation by protesters seems to have sped up the selection process of a new premier. Aboud al-Issawi, MP from the State of Law Coalition of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, told state media outlet al-Iraqiyah on Monday that three figures, all of whom have formerly held government posts, have been shortlisted. They include Ali al-Shukri, former Minister of Planning from 2011 to 2014 and MP from 2014 to 2018, Mohammed Toufiq al-Alawi, Minister of Communication from 2006 to 2007, and again from the end of 2010-2012, when he resigned. The third shortlisted is Mustafah al-Kadhimi, head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service since 2016. He has worked to purge the influence of parties over the institution, and is seen as the least partisan among the candidates. Hikmah Movement member Hassan al-Khalati told the state media outlet that “this week will witness the selection of a prime minister-designate”.
  2. Communications Minister Among Candidates for Iraqi Premiership BasNews 20/01/2020 - 23:59 Published in Iraq ERBIL - The current Minister of Communications is one of the candidates for the Iraqi premiership while the protesters have repeatedly rejected to accept any figures affiliated with any political parties. According to a report by Al-Arabiya, Communications Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, the chief of intelligence, Mustafa Al Kadhimi, and ex-planning minister and presidential adviser, Ali Youssef Shokry, are the three candidates for the country's premiership. Other reports said that Allawi arrived in Baghdad from Lebanon on Monday evening. He was received by President Barham Salih. Iraqi protesters had given the federal government an ultimatum to decide on a new prime minister, for which Monday was the deadline. However, the demonstrators have repeatedly made it clear that they would not accept any figures affiliated with any political parties as the future Iraqi PM.
  3. A cleric calls on Trump to protect Iraq money: the government transfers hard currencies to Iran 01/19/2020 Baghdad / Al-Ghad Press: On Saturday, cleric Hassan al-Musawi called on the United Nations and US President Donald Trump to protect Iraqi money, accusing the government of transferring hard currencies from Iraq to Iran. Al-Mousawi wrote on his account on "Twitter" and followed him "Tomorrow Press", a message he sent to the United Nations and US President Donald Trump, in which he said, "We appeal to you to put your hand on the central bank and other Iraqi banks, because the resigned Iraqi government intends to transfer Iraqi money from currencies." Difficult like the dollar and the euro to Iran under the pretext of protecting it, we ask you to protect our money. "
  4. Urgent .. The Iraqi president assigns a candidate to head the government today Wrote: Agencies 11:36 AM | Monday 20 January 2020 Iraqi President Barham Saleh Iraqi sources indicated that President Barham Saleh will appoint a candidate for the position of prime minister today, according to what was published by "Sky News Arabia". And the Iraqi parliament approved last December the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, after the escalation of confrontations between the demonstrators and the security forces, and the fall of a number of deaths by the security forces, which considered Abdul-Mahdi "an important step to dismantle the crisis and calm the conditions in Iraq.
  5. 01/20/2020 18:35 News of an agreement to choose Ali Allawi for the post of prime ministerأنباء-عن-اتفاق-على-اختيار-علي-علاوي-لمنصب-رئيس-الحكومة Baghdad / Obelisk: Political sources confirmed, Monday, January 20, 2020, that the nomination for the post of prime minister will be decided in favor of Ali Abdul Amir Allawi. The sources said to "Al-Masala", that the agreement was reached with the President of the Republic to assign Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi as the next Prime Minister to succeed the head of the caretaker government, Adel Abdul-Mahdi. While an informed political source revealed the designation of the Prime Minister, today, Monday, or Tuesday, as a maximum. The source revealed the meeting of the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, the President of the Victory Coalition, Haider al-Abadi, the President of the Alliance of the Hadi al-Amiri, and the President of the Al-Hikma Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, to resolve the nomination of the candidate for the position of Prime Minister. The source said, "There are 4 names currently nominated for the position: Ali Shukry, Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, to whom I finally add Ali Abdul Amir Allawi." He added, "Ali Abdul Amir Allawi went from Beirut to Baghdad urgently to meet the President of the Republic, Barham Salih," noting that "the announcement of the nomination of one of the four candidates for the post will take place on Monday evening or next Tuesday morning." Political sources have spoken of the arrival of the presidential candidate to Baghdad from Beirut after hours, and President Barham Saleh will visit the Peace Palace as a prelude to his mandate to form the government and conduct preliminary consultations. The sources say that the assembled people agree that the candidate must win the approval of the masses of the demonstrations. Protests escalated in Baghdad and the provinces after the constitutional deadline to assign a candidate for prime minister ended. Totals, roads were cut in front of traffic, and many official departments were closed. And the Iraqis are waiting for the nomination of the candidate to be far from the choices of consuming or partisan personalities, and that the political forces give up their privileges and conditions in order to achieve stability and prevent further chaos. Obelisk
  6. Source: Allawi leaves Beirut towards Baghdad to assign him to head the interim government Political 07:30 - 01/20/2020 Private- Mawazine News A source familiar with the matter said, Monday, that Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi left Beirut for Baghdad to assign him to head the interim government. The source said in an interview with "Mawazine News" that "Allawi has left Beirut for Baghdad and will meet within the coming hours, President Barham Saleh, to assign him to form the interim government." He added, "Allawi presented several conditions for his acceptance as prime minister," noting that "the assignment will be within hours." Ended 29 / h
  7. Learn about the favorite to head the government Editing Date: 1/20/2020 18:57 • 110 times read [Baghdad-where] A well-informed source revealed the most likely candidate to head the transitional government, who will be assigned tonight. The source stated in a press statement that "after the exclusion of 3 candidates from the position, namely [Qasim al-Araji, Mustafa al-Kazemi and Ali Allawi] from the nomination, the competition remained confined now between [Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi] and [Ali Shukri]." He added, "According to political sources, [Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi] is the favorite and the closest to assign him." Informed sources had revealed that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, would probably appoint the candidate for the position of head of the new government today and "obtain the acceptance of the masses and political parties." Political analyst Wasiq Al Hashemi said in a press statement that "the names nominated for prime minister now are strongly and from my sources according to the sequence, Qassim al-Araji, Ali Allawi, Mustafa al-Kazemi [Director of the intelligence service], Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, and Ali Shukri." A political source revealed that there are likely indications that 3 of the five candidates are excluded and that discussions are underway to assign one of the two remaining figures.
  8. Kurdish, Iraqi officials to speak of regional instability at Davos summit 28 minutes ago Holly Johnston ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Current events in Iraq and ongoing regional unrest are set to be a topic of hot conversation at this year's World Economic Forum, opening tomorrow in Davos, Switzerland. Centered on the theme of "stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world," leaders from Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the United Nations are set to speak on recent regional unrest at a variety of panels throughout the week. Iraq will come to the forefront of discussions on Thursday, with a discussion on the "Unsettled Middle East" hosting Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani, UNAMI chief Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert, Finance Minister and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) member Fuad Hussein, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and British international relations expert Dr Robin Niblett. Hennis-Plasschaert has been vocal in calling for restraint from the brutal force used to repress demonstrations that erupted in October, killing close to 460 people so far. Iraq's President Barham Salih has also headed to Switzerland for the forum, where he will deliver a special address on Wednesday. US President Donald Trump is expected to give an opening keynote address on Tuesday morning. However, Iran's Foreign Minister will forego the forum all together. Mohammed Javad Zarif pulled out from the summit following an "abrupt change" to the schedule which Tehran had not agreed upon, a ministry spokesman told Reuters. US-Iran tensions came to a boiling point early January following the US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, threatening to turn Iraq into a battleground for the two foes. After launching a spate of rocket attacks on military bases in neighbouring Iraq, Tehran then spurred outrage after shooting down a civilian airliner bound for Kiev - killing all 176 on board, many of whom were dual Iranian citizens. "We have to understand the cancellation from the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif against a backdrop of the uncertainty now in the region and what is unfolding in Iran," forum president Borge Brende said in response to Tehran's absence. Trump’s Middle East "peace plan" is also rumored to be on the agenda, before the US delegation swap Davos for Jerusalem later this week. Iran's absence at the forum may further abate tensions with Washington, which have calmed in the last week.
  9. A former lawmaker reveals a political move to persuade a figure to take overthe prime ministerنائب-سابق-يكشف-عن-حراك-سياسي-لاقناع-احدى-الشخصيات-بتسلم-رئاسة-الوزراء?latest Policy , 01/20/2020 16:45 , Number of readings: 651 Baghdad - Iraq today: Former MP Jasim Muhammad Jaafar revealed, on Monday, a political move to persuade one of the personalities to take over the position of Prime Minister to succeed Adel Abdul-Muadi, pointing out that assigning the new prime minister may not exceed the next 10 days. "The interests and benefits are claimed by everyone, and no one calls for reform without looking for his interests in successive governments," Jaafar said. He added that "the formation of the government came in an unconstitutional manner and was not formed by the largest bloc, and therefore today no one can determine who is the largest bloc." He explained that "there is a big difference between the direction of the conquest and those with him and others and those who allied with him, as the latter is trying to bring a prime minister away from the political front, while the other party wants a character that the political blocs are satisfied with in order to vote on it affirmatively in Parliament, and therefore this is The difference hinders the political process. ” And that "there was an agreement a week ago, according to which 3-4 people were identified, to choose a personality from among them, as one of them refuses to be prime minister, but there is a conversation with him to prevail over the national interest to take over the position." Jaafar expected that "the position of prime minister will be decided in less than 10 days."
  10. Before the decision ... around the clock contacts between political leaders Time: 1/20/2020 5:48 PMقبل-الحسم-اتصالات-على-مدار-الساعة-بين-القادة-السياسيين {Baghdad: Al Furat News} It is assumed that the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, will announce today the name of the candidate for prime minister, to succeed the resigned Adel Abdul Mahdi. The political corridors are witnessing rapid movement and extensive contacts between political leaders to resolve the candidate for prime minister. Well-informed political sources told {Al Furat News} that “The President of the Republic held contacts and political meetings with political leaders for the purpose of resolving the nomination of the Prime Minister to succeed the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. The leaders also made contacts with each other for the same purpose.” He continued, "The number of candidates reached 6, which will make it difficult for the President of the Republic, especially since the views are different and there is no consensus on a particular personality." He pointed out that "the positions are mobile and not fixed, but what the leaders are working on is that the decision be made tonight and not depend on postponing again." Top of Form finished
  11. The Central Bank of Iraq financing initiatives to support the growth of SMEs 128 views •Jan 20, 2020 Government of Iraq - الحكومة العراقية 1.18K subscribers The Central Bank of Iraq is introducing new financing initiatives to support the growth of SMEs in all Iraqi provinces so they can play their vital role in the economic development of Iraq, the creation of new employment opportunities, and in driving innovation. #InvestIraq
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