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Trump's adviser : Washington supports Al-Kazemi to control uncontrolled weapons


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8th May, 2020

 

The American professor and member of the advisory board of US President Donald Trump, Gabriel Soma, confirmed on Friday, the support of the United States of America to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to implement reforms and control of fugitive weapons and holding early elections

Soma said in a special statement to Shafak News, "The United States decided, after Mustafa Al-Kazemi obtained the confidence of the House of Representatives, to grant Iraq a new exemption from sanctions to import energy from Iran for a period of four months to support Al-Kazemi in his mission to run the Iraqi government. He added that "the US administration welcomes Al-Kazemi's pledge to hold early elections and supports him in implementing them and addressing health problems in Iraq, in addition to the economic situation amid the high oil prices

And Trump's adviser added, "Prime Minister  Mustafa Al-Kazemi has the support and support of the American administration, and therefore Al-Kazemi must implement the reforms and limit the weapons in the hands of the Iraqi state

Al-Kazemi succeeded in passing an incomplete government from parliament at dawn on Thursday, after about five months of political stalemate in the country. Al-Kazemi's government succeeded the government of his predecessor, Adel Abdel-Mahdi, who resigned in early December under the weight of massive popular protests against the government and the political class accused of corruption and dependency abroad

Al-Kazemi is one of the rare personalities to have friendly relations with the United States of America and Iran, who are fighting for influence in Iraq

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased in an unprecedented way on Iraqi soil in the past months, especially after the assassination of the Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, by an American air strike near Baghdad airport on January 3

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When does Al-Kazemi complete his cabinet? A parliamentarian answers


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8th May, 2020

 

The deputy of Salah al-Din Muhammad Karim al-Baldawi expected on Thursday to settle the rest of the government squad of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi soon

Al-Baldawi said to Shafak News that "the Prime Minister succeeded in his negotiations with the political blocs to a large extent by adopting the policy of the easy-to-do

He added that "the rest of the ministers will be decided soon and without delay or obstacles after the decision of the Ministry of Oil for Basra Governorate and the many options available to fill the vacant ministries

Al-Baldawi called on the political forces to "support Al-Kazemi's government to face the serious challenges and tackle the deteriorating situation in several files

He pointed out that "the current prime minister has adopted specialization and professionalism as basic criteria for selecting ministers and rejecting the political forces of ministers around whom suspicions of corruption have been raised

The Iraqi parliament voted at dawn on Thursday by a majority of the members present to give confidence to Al-Kazemi and 15 ministers in his government, and 5 candidates did not gain the confidence of the parliament, while Al-Kazemi did not present any candidates to fill the oil and foreign portfolios

The government's pass came after months of political stalemate after popular protests toppled the previous government headed by Adel Abdel-Mahdi, who resigned in early December 2019

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35 minutes ago, NWGUY said:

Is AL-Kasimi a Shite?  Hopefully not!!


He’s A Moderate Shiite In Country Where They Have A 60% Majority ! ;) 

 

 

Read On As To How He’s Perceived By The Radical Iranian Backed Militia’s And U’ll Start To Taking A Liking To Him... 

 

 

Plus He’s Both Hated And Totally Feared By Maliki ! :o 

 

:D  :D  :D 

 

 

 

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Al-Kazemi’s Government Takes Over Its Business With Broad Internal And External support


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8th May, 2020

 


The new ministers in Iraq assumed responsibilities from their resigning predecessors, at the government palace in Baghdad in the presence of the new Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, in addition to the resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

The ministers will start their new duties and powers from Sunday, the first official day in Iraq.

In the first announced reaction to the passage of the Al-Kazemi government, Iranian-backed Iranian Hezbollah factions renewed their rejection of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi.   Before passing the government, he described the Iraqi "Hezbollah", which is close to Iran, instructing intelligence chief Mustafa Al-Kazemi to form the government as a declaration of war, calling on the country's political and popular forces to reject it. Indeed, it seems that the arrival of the former Iraqi intelligence chief to power has lost parties, and that even observers considered giving confidence to the Al-Kazemi government translated into a decline in Iranian momentum in Iraq.


While these factions consider that Al-Kazemi's arrival in the chair does not absolve him of his involvement with the help of Washington, but rather spoke about the necessity of pursuing those involved in the assassination of Soleimani, whatever their job description.

The new government is internationally and regionally respected, giving Al-Kazemi an advantage in implementing his pledge to restrict weapons to the state, and it is of course an uneasy task, given that it means retrieving the state from the militias that seized a large part of the security decision.

Since the dawn of Thursday, after Al-Kazemi was declared Prime Minister, the blessings and statements of support from leaders and leaders around the world did not stop, as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Kazemi congratulated him on his assumption of the Prime Minister, and also the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman welcomed the smaller prime minister in the history of Iraq, and invited him To visit the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Leaders in Washington were also welcome to gain the Al-Kazimi government’s confidence in parliament, and Britain has a similar position and announced that it is ready to support Al-Kazemi’s government and work with him in combating ISIS, the Corona crisis, and economic and security reform.

The former US envoy to the International Alliance against ISIS, for his part, blessed Al-Kazemi, and said that he wished his friend success in his new role, and also described him as an experienced leader, and that he has a huge agenda for the Iraqis, calling on everyone to raise the ceiling of hopes for his success.

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28 minutes ago, DinarThug said:

In the first announced reaction to the passage of the Al-Kazemi government, Iranian-backed Iranian Hezbollah factions renewed their rejection of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi.   Before passing the government, he described the Iraqi "Hezbollah", which is close to Iran, instructing intelligence chief Mustafa Al-Kazemi to form the government as a declaration of war, calling on the country's political and popular forces to reject it. Indeed, it seems that the arrival of the former Iraqi intelligence chief to power has lost parties, and that even observers considered giving confidence to the Al-Kazemi government translated into a decline in Iranian momentum in Iraq

Forgetting that Ali Baba And his 40 Thieves are the biggest liars on earth this rejection by Iranian backed Hezbollah Terrorists is a really good sign. 

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10 challenges await Al-Kazemi .. Hisham Al-Hashimi


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Hisham Al Hashemi wrote:

 

The new Iraqi government, headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, is awaiting huge challenges;

1 - Fighting Corona Virus.
2. Confine the loose weapon and dismantle its security.
3. Confronting the return of ISIS.
4. Relationship with the United States, the American withdrawal from Iraq, exemptions for Iranian energy purchase without sanctions, and IMF loans.
5. The return of popular protests.
6. Double the poverty rates.
7. Holding the protesters' killers accountable and early elections.
8. Unvoted budget.
9. The collapse of oil revenues.

10. Currency printing, employee salaries and pensions.

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Thank you Thugster!!!  Wasn't sure if he was Shite or Sunni.  Hope he is the "One"!!!:drunk:

 

Keep up the great work my friend!!  You got the best clown show in town!!! :bravo:

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1 hour ago, NWGUY said:

You got the best clown show in town!!! :bravo:


That’s Just How This Bad A$$ Biker Clown Rolls ! :o 

 

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:D  :D  :D 

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Iraq’s New Prime Minister May Succeed by Failing

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After the third try in less than six months, Iraq’s parliament has finally approved a new prime minister: Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the former intelligence chief. He deserves our commiserations for being burdened with the Middle East’s most impossible task.

Since Kadhimi has no chance of succeeding, the best thing he can do for his country is to fail fast. The only hope of ending the political dysfunction in Baghdad is to precipitate a new election, allowing for a government with a proper mandate from the electorate, rather than a stitch-up whose disintegration is foreordained. This has been the demand of the protest movement that forced the resignation of the previous prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, in November. It is also the counsel of Iraq’s most-admired public figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Ditto, the United Nations.

It would take very little for Kadhimi to incite a vote of no-confidence in parliament: A simple refusal to perpetuate the patronage system in government jobs would bring down on him the wrath of the leading parties. A general election in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic would be harder to arrange, so Kadhimi will likely be required to serve for several months as a caretaker. If he can provide halfway decent administration, Kadhimi might even be able to make a claim for the people’s mandate. 

Admittedly, that is the tallest of orders. The number and scale of crises requiring urgent attention might earn Kadhimi sympathy even from Hassan Diab, his opposite number in terminally ungovernable Lebanon. Iraq faces economic ruin, social collapse and state failure, even as it deals with the devastating pandemic and the revival of the Islamic State. Add in the malevolent intentions of neighboring Iran and the blundering of the U.S., and you have a combination of calamities that would challenge the greatest of statesmen. 

But wait, there’s more: the protest movement is returning from its coronavirus-imposed hiatus, just in time for the onset of summer heat, when the scarcity of electricity and water will bring public anger to a boil.

Arguably Kadhimi’s biggest problem — one that constrains his ability to deal with the others — is the chronically fractious politics of Baghdad. Although the internecine conflict within the dominant Shiite faction in parliament that blocked two previous aspirants to the prime ministership paused long enough to enable his ascension, the truce will not hold.

Kadhimi’s inability to name a full complement of ministers indicates the squabbling to come for plum positions, and none juicier that the oil ministry. Such infighting can hold up crucial appointments for months on end, with even more debilitating consequences in a crisis.

While he can count on the political elite to do its worst, the prime minister may have to reckon without much support from the civil service: the collapse in oil prices will shrink government revenues and make  salaries harder to pay. Even before Kadhimi got the parliamentary greenlight, Iraq was in talks with the International Monetary Fund for a deferment of debt. It is seeking financial assistance from the U.S. to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, but also military support to forestall the Islamic State’s revival.

Kadhimi’s main political objective, meanwhile, should be to ensure the speedy implementation of electoral reforms that parliament passed late last year. The new law allows voters to elect their representatives rather than picking party lists. Every electoral district would be represented by a member of parliament, ending the system in which groups of legislators represent entire provinces. Such changes would break the pattern of parties and coalitions forming along sectarian lines, and make individual members more accountable to voters.

The political elite will want to delay these changes at least long enough to wring the last drops of privilege from the current system. So will Iran, which wants to maintain Shiite dominance of the political landscape. Kadhimi can count on American support, but he will need strong domestic backing. His best hope is to make common cause with those who want a new election: But the protest movement and Sistani are leery of establishment politicians. They will need persuading that Kadhimi can be a reformer.

A new vote would give Iraq the chance for a fresh start. If Kadhimi can pull off just that one thing, he could credibly claim to have done as much for his country in months than any of his predecessors did in years.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Bobby Ghosh is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He writes on foreign affairs, with a special focus on the Middle East and the wider Islamic world.

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Who is Iraq’s new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi?

After five months, and two failed attempts to form a government in Iraq, the country has a new Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Khadhimi – a former intelligence chief and journalist.

The country is dealing with multiple crises, including an economy hit hard by the low price of oil – Iraq’s principal source of revenue – and the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrecked economies across the globe, and there is optimism al-Khadimi will be able to set Iraq on a path to recovery.

Described as having a “unique personality,” Iraq’s new prime minister has promised to fight corruption, limit access to weapons to those within the government, and return the displaced to their homes. He has also said a priority will be to hold accountable those who had killed protesters during previous months of unrest.

He also promised early elections and to pass a budget law that will have to address the acute economic crisis, that has deepened due to falling oil prices. The absence of leadership has left Iraq without an approved budget.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi hands over to new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad. (Reuters)

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi hands over to new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Baghdad. (Reuters)

For five months, Iraq had no government following the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who stepped down as anti-government protesters took to the streets in their thousands, demanding jobs and the departure of Iraq's ruling elite. Al-Khadhimi was nominated by Iraqi President Barham Salih after two previous nominees failed to form a government.

Fifteen of the cabinet posts have been filled, but some remain vacant – including foreign affairs, justice, oil, agriculture, and trade – as major political parties failed to form a consensus on how they should be allocated.

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The new leader was welcomed by the US and Saudi Arabia, among other countries.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended on April 26 a sanctions waiver, allowing Iraq to import Iranian energy for a further 30 days.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the new Iraqi leader and reiterated the Kingdom’s support for Iraq in achieving stability and security.

David Schenker, the State Department’s top diplomat for the Middle East, said of al-Kadhimi: “If Kadhimi is an Iraqi nationalist, dedicated to pursuing a sovereign Iraq, if he is committed to fighting corruption, this would be great for Iraq, and we think it would be great for our bilateral relationship.”

A source close to al-Kadhimi told AFP that the new leader “has a unique personality and a pragmatic ideology, in addition to having good relations with all the players involved in Iraq. He has good relations with the Americans and a recently recovered relation with the Iranians.”

But Iraq risks being further caught in the middle of tensions between Washington and Tehran, as militia groups vow revenge for the killing of Iran’s top commander Qassem Soleimani and his associate in Iraq Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed on Iraqi soil.

The right man for the job?

Iraq’s new leader faces myriad challenges, but before his rise to political prominence, he had a career in journalism and later served as the country’s spy chief.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi was born in Baghdad in 1967, and studied law before becoming a journalist, where he was known for his opposition of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech during the vote on the new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad. (Reuters)

Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech during the vote on the new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad. (Reuters)

He lived abroad in Iran, Sweden, and the UK where he worked in several positions, including serving as the Iraq Pulse editor for Al-Monitor and the director of the Humanitarian Dialogue Foundation in London.

After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, al-Kadhimi returned home and helped establish the Iraqi Media Network along with being the executive director of the “Iraq Memory Foundation” that worked on documenting crimes committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

In June 2016, al-Kadhimi was named the head of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service amid the country’s escalating battle against ISIS.

Beyond a bad economy, and the ever-present potential for regional flare-ups, al-Kadhimi will have to contend with a growing ISIS insurgency in northern Iraq, as the extremist group has stepped up attacks on government troops.

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I bet being the head of the intelligence agency he knows exactly who killed and injured

the protesters Sadr's people to start with.

 

Thanks Pitcher  :D

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So as the former  intelligence chief he has to know where all the closets the skeletons are in, where the bodies are buried and who’s dirty and who’s not. The question is. What can he do about it and when do heads start to roll.

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The power of vacant ministries


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Although only 15 ministers were voted by Parliament, but the Al-Kazemi government has full powers and its president enjoys much greater room for maneuver and mobility in the works of the rest of his formation. It is in line with his ambitions and his plan to run the state. If he wants that and before achieving his ambitions and his plan, he can use the rest of his group to impose political calm and build bridges of understanding with angry groups from the political system, especially the independent protest forces.


Many indicators confirm the difficulty and perhaps the impossibility of going to early elections, and we will not need here to include a list of obstacles, but we suffice to recall that holding early elections will in any case depend on parliamentary decisions and it is not expected that a large group of deputies would prefer to end their presence and go to an electoral battle at a high financial cost. A popular atmosphere hostile to it, and most deputies will do everything to prevent their session quickly or rather they will freeze this path by absent from the sessions whose agenda includes steps towards early elections.

The street does not want elections for itself, but rather as a means to bring about a change in political performance, which can be done in part by mandating ministers close to the protesting street or able to communicate with it to achieve its demands, and not politically bribing it, ministers whose original concern is to move the performance of the cabinet to work more enthusiastically towards advancing Reform laws for political performance, fighting corruption, stopping waste of public money, strengthening the state’s authority, and keeping Iraq away from international confrontations. Ministers are not preoccupied with the daily files of their ministries, which certainly will not achieve a surge in performance given the short life of the government and the lack of adequate funding until To meet the daily operational necessities.

It is not expected that any candidate to take over a ministry will have the support of all protesters or the forces organizing the protest. These are a broad spectrum and perhaps they will compete and envy, as in every political act. Therefore, reasonable limit of support must be accepted. It had no direct relationship with the protesters. The goal is not to represent the demonstrators in the government, but to push for substantive performance reforms, which means that the prime minister’s exceptional steps will need support within the council from members who are consistent with his approach.

The traditional political leaderships in Iraq often do not want any prime minister to succeed in order not to turn into an electoral and popular competitor for them in addition to living a psychological contract towards those who occupy an official position while they are outside the real decision field and therefore want to keep their hand in the state in any way whatsoever, which is what It means that failure will chase any government with a degree that is very harmful to citizens and try to coexist or submit to this situation. It has been proven that it will only lead to more public anger and threat to stability and public peace, and for any prime minister to prevent deterioration over him to form a supportive bloc that brings together angry and dispersed representatives, even in an unknown manner. And its ministers loyal to him reinforced by no other leaders, free and ministries in such a circumstance to allow for any prime minister an opportunity to strengthen its exceptional offering exceptional initiatives in the state administration if he wanted it.

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      Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country would deal a blow to America in response to the killing of the prominent commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, adding that his country would not interfere in Baghdad's relationship with Washington.
      Khamenei made his threat in Tuesday's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi, according to the official website of the Iranian guide.
      Khamenei told the Iraqi Prime Minister - who is visiting Tehran - that his country will not interfere in Baghdad's relationship with Washington, but he warned that the American presence on the Iranian border is causing security chaos.
      Al-Kazemi met Khamenei in Tehran on Tuesday during his first official visit abroad since he took office in May.
      Khamenei said that "Iran will not interfere in Iraq’s relations with America, but expects Iraqi friends to know America and realize that its presence in any country causes corruption, destruction and destruction."
      He continued, "The Islamic Republic expects to abide by the decision of the (Iraqi) parliament to expel American forces, as their presence is a reason for insecurity."
       
      America and Iran

      Khamenei indicated that Soleimani was killed in an American air strike by a plane near Baghdad airport at the beginning of the year, after which the Iraqi parliament requested the withdrawal of American forces. "They killed your guest in your house and rudely admitted that," he said.
      He added that Iran "will never forget this and will certainly strike a retaliatory blow to the Americans."
      Tehran responded to the killing of Soleimani by launching ballistic missiles at bases used by American forces in Iraq, knowing that Trump refused to respond militarily to this strike.
      The missile attack targeting the al-Asad base in western Iraq did not result in deaths among US forces, but it wounded soldiers with brain tremors.
      Khamenei said that Iran opposes "what weakens the Iraqi government," contrary to Washington, which he said does not want "an independent and strong Iraqi government elected by popular vote."
      Source: Agencies
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