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Has Al-Kazemi started advancing against the big whales in his war on corruption?


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BAGHDAD - The arrests carried out by the Iraqi authorities against officials accused of corruption cases revealed the amount of fear that the political class in the country is experiencing from any measures related to integrity, in exchange for the street's eagerness to hit the senior corrupt, at a time when the arrests seemed to accelerate, reaching mediators and agents of personalities Kubra, a message about the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's approach to confronting corruption of the big whales.

And since 2003, corrupt officials and politicians in Iraq have squandered about a thousand billion dollars of public money, without developing any service sector in the country.

Iraq suffers every year in the summer season due to theft of funds allocated for electricity, while it is still relying on hospitals and health facilities built during the era of the late President Saddam Hussein, as billions of dollars directed to this sector were wasted after 2003, while the education sector suffers under pressure from the age of facilities and the entry of parties On the line of investment in it through private schools and universities, while Baghdad suffocates on a daily basis because of the traffic momentum, because it still relies on roads and bridges that were built during the era of the Baath Party, which is banned from working according to the permanent constitution of Iraq.

During the first years following the fall of the former regime, mercy for the "days of Saddam" was a crime that brought shame and accusations to its owner in Shiite circles, but it has become a common occurrence now, and appears even on the screens of satellite stations.

In recent years, the Iraqis have reached the conviction that eliminating political, financial and administrative corruption in Iraq is impossible, after they became certain that the continued existence of political parties completely depends on what their representatives steal from the state. Some activists even suggested legalizing corruption, such as the annual budget specifying a share Each party has public money, so that the state can get what it can use to serve the population.

$ 1000 billion has been devoured by corruption since 2003 in Iraq

The fight against corruption topped the demands of the largest mass movement that Iraq witnessed in October of 2019, when the government of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in partnership with Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran, was involved in killing about 700 protesters and wounding about 20,000 others, in order to protect the corrupt religious party system. in the country.

The extent of the opposition expressed by the Abdul Mahdi government and the militias affiliated with Iran against the idea of overthrowing the existing regime, replacing it, or even correcting its course, highlighted the amount of financial gains that political Islam parties have that receive orders and directives from Tehran.

And when Mustafa Al-Kazemi formed his government, after the protesters forced his predecessor, Abdul Mahdi, to resign, the street placed great hopes on the former intelligence chief in eradicating the corrupt, due to his good reputation in popular circles.

But Al-Kazemi's awaited campaign against corruption whales was long overdue, and yet when its first signs appeared during the past three days, it garnered widespread popular sympathy.

Al-Kazemi had formed a special committee to follow up major corruption cases, which was surrounded by much controversy, headed by the prominent General Ahmed Aburjief, and it was said that he had unlimited powers.

The campaign began with the arrest of a middle-level official, Ahmed Al-Saadi, the director of the retirement department, which raised questions about the goals that Al-Kazemi could reach and his seriousness about pursuing adults.

But the excitement was doubled when Bahaa Abdul Hussain, director of the "Key Card" company concerned with facilitating the payment of salaries of retirees, was arrested while he was about to flee from Baghdad airport two days after Al-Saadi was arrested.

Informed sources said that Al-Saadi made confessions that led to the discovery of a wide network of money laundering, serving officials, politicians and parties, and relying on collaborators in Beirut.

Hussein's arrest caused a sensation, due to his strong ties to former officials and current leaders.

The sources indicate that the arrest of Abdel-Hussein may lead to the arrest of other personalities and the recovery of funds from inside and outside the country.

The new campaign of arrests also included the director of the Agricultural Bank, Adel Khudair, and 12 employees under his command.

Official authorities did not reveal the reason for Khudair's arrest, but informed sources said that investigations linked him to the disappearance of huge sums of money in what is known as the "agricultural initiative", which dates back to the era of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki took advantage of the coincidence of the rise in oil prices and the increase in Iraq's production of oil during his reign to obtain explosive budgets, but his government was not associated with any achievements despite this, leaving behind the largest files of corruption and waste of public money.

Al-Maliki’s name appeared in another case that Al-Kazemi is following, related to a giant water project in Baghdad, on which millions of dollars have been spent, without completion.

Judicial sources said that travel bans were issued against Dhikra Alloush, the former Secretary of Baghdad, and Director of Contracts at the Ministry of Planning Azhar al-Rubaie, due to their suspicion of collusion in dropping a fine of about $ 100 million on the company implementing the water project, as well as the arrest of the director of the Capital Water Department.

The executing company’s manager, a contractor named Essam al-Asadi, has a close relationship with al-Maliki, and information indicates that he is still managing his broad commercial interests, under various interfaces.

But the biggest blow in this campaign is that of Shaker al-Zamili, who is the head of the Baghdad Investment Commission, whose information indicates that he is closely related to the broad commercial interests that concern the Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq.

The sources say that Al-Zamili took advantage of his position to grant companies affiliated with Hezbollah millions of dollars of contracts, without executing any of them, noting that the relationship of the head of the Baghdad Investment Commission with the Lebanese party led by Hassan Nasrallah protected him from legal prosecutions over the past years.

Because it strikes in part the network of interests serving Iran's allies, Al-Kazemi's campaign against the corrupt angered the Shiite militias, pushing them to brandish the threat.

Naeem al-Aboudi, a member of parliament for the Asaib Ahl al-Haq movement led by Qais Khazali, fears “there are revenge motives behind this campaign,” wondering why “a new committee was formed to combat corruption, despite the existence of an integrity commission.”

Al-Aboudi says that "there are concerns about the possibility of political motives behind this campaign," noting that "Al-Kazemi overlooked the constitutional contexts by forming this special committee to combat corruption."

"The committee may be involved in corruption of some kind," he said, noting that the Fatah bloc to which he belongs, and is the only political representative of the Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran in parliament, "will face any selective and retaliatory measures that explode the situation in the country."

He went on to say that "fighting corruption needs political agreements," meaning that Al-Kazemi must seek permission from the parties before arresting their corrupt persons, because "Al-Kazemi's current steps are not legal, and there may be reactions against them."

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Planning: The 2021 budget will address the problems that preceded it

 

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The government aspires, through the 2021 budget, to address the problems encountered in previous budgets, in return, it will focus on activating tax revenues, border crossings and other productive sectors. 

Parliament intends to discuss two budgets within a month, and this is a record time during which a two-year budget should be decided, in light of a large deficit suffered by the 2020 budget. 

A spokesman for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, says: “The budget for the current year 2020 will be operational only, to secure the necessary expenses, such as salaries for employees and retirees, on the health side, the ration card, and other expenditures,” indicating that “the budget for the year 2020 will be approved by the House of Representatives during This month of September. "

He added, "The government is currently seeking to approve the 2021 budget, in which oil will be the main financier for the budget in its operational and investment sides."

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Iraqi planning: The 2021 budget will address previous budget problems, and oil will be the main financier for them

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Today, Friday (September 18, 2020), the Ministry of Planning confirmed that the 2021 budget will address the problems encountered in previous budgets, and will focus on activating tax revenues, border crossings and other productive sectors, in addition to oil revenues .

The Iraqi News Agency quoted the ministry’s spokesman, Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, as saying, “The budget for the current year 2020 will be operational only, to secure the necessary expenses, such as salaries for employees and retirees, on the health side, the ration card, and other necessary expenses,” indicating that “the budget for the year 2020 will be approved by the House of Representatives this September.

He added, "The investment side will remain dependent on the size of the revenues that will be achieved during this period . "

He pointed out that "there is a tendency to address all the problems of previous budgets, including the delay in approving the budget, which causes delay in the implementation of investment projects, as well as finding other sources with oil to supplement the budget and develop the country's economy, and include activating the revenues of border ports, taxes, the agricultural, tourism and industrial sectors to Private sector side . "

He explained that "the government is currently seeking to approve the 2021 budget, in which oil will be the main financier for the budget in its operational and investment sides . "

He stressed that "the government adopts a plan to strengthen relations with sister countries in the field of investment, and with international organizations to benefit from the experiences of those countries in the form of oil instead of money, and with new financial methods and activating the role of other sectors."

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Baghdad sends five-month salaries to the federal departments in Kurdistan

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17th September, 2020


The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives announced today, Thursday, that Baghdad has sent salaries of 5 months to employees of federal departments in the Kurdistan Region, and they will be distributed according to a certain mechanism.

A member of the committee, Hoshyar Abdullah, wrote in a leaflet that the amount reached Erbil.

He added that the committee followed up the matter from the Ministry of the Interior until the Council of Ministers reached funding to Erbil, pointing out that among the funding is a salary of one month of debt for the region.

He continued that the aforementioned amount also includes the funding of four months' salaries for the federal departments in the region, stressing that the region must distribute all the two salaries together to the employees.

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Iraqi politicians are anticipating that the United States, led by Donald Trump, will announce its intention to return all international sanctions against Iran, tomorrow, Saturday, in the sense that it may backfire negatively on the security, political and even economic levels, in case Washington decides not to extend the exception granted to Baghdad to import gas and electricity from Iran, which is It is due to end next month.

Washington extended an exception to Iraq in May for a period of four months, a few weeks after Mustafa al-Kazemi took over as prime minister. In the event that all international sanctions are reinstated, they will be more comprehensive than those imposed by Washington unilaterally on Iran, despite the fact that the US move does not have the approval of many member states of the Security Council, given that Washington essentially withdrew from the nuclear agreement and is not entitled to activate any of its mechanisms. .

The US envoy to Iran, Elliot Abrams, said, Wednesday evening, that all international sanctions on Iran will take effect from eight in the evening, next Saturday, Washington time, and this is what re-imposes the arms embargo on Iran for an indefinite period.

He stressed in a press conference by telephone that there are additional restrictions that will prevent Iran from engaging in nuclear enrichment and reprocessing activities, prohibiting the development of missile programs and imposing sanctions on the transfer of nuclear and missile technology to Iran.

Abrams expected "the commitment of all UN member states to fully implement all UN sanctions," adding that "had the arms embargo on Iran been extended, America would not have reimposed all UN sanctions on Iran."

He addressed the world's arms manufacturers: “If you engage in business with Iran, all UN sanctions will be imposed on you, and you will see that happen.”

A prominent Iraqi official in Baghdad told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, preferring not to reveal his name, that “any fierce American-Iranian political friction will fly first from Baghdad and Al-Kazemi seeks to distance Iraq from any form of escalation, even though the escalation really started through the increase in the frequency of missile attacks. And IED attacks. ”

Conditions are now worrying in Iraq, and they need stability, and any problems will affect the internal situation significantly

“Yes, the anxiety cannot be denied. Everyone is afraid of an Iranian reaction inside Iraq to the new American steps. On the other hand, we fear that Washington will pressure Iraq to cut off important dealings with Iran, such as gas, electricity, and even at the level of commercial companies that are accused of being run in secret for the benefit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

He expressed his hope that US officials would understand Al-Kazemi's need for internal calm to continue the current reform process and restore a heavy legacy, leading to elections that meet the conditions of justice and integrity.

For his part, a member of parliament for the "Iraqi Forces" coalition, Ahmed Mazhar al-Jubouri, confirmed to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that there are attempts to make Baghdad a party to the current equation between Iran and the United States, adding that Iraq must remain away from any political conflicts and conflicts of this kind. It has not recovered yet, and it is expected that Iran will push for the inclusion of Iraq in such sanctions.

And he considered that "Mustafa Al-Kazemi's government is aware and will work to mitigate the effects of the current escalation, and that the issue of excluding Iraq from sanctions on Iran is almost receding day after day, especially in light of the existence of alternatives at lower prices than the prices found in contracts with Iran."

He suggested that Iraq will not be exempt from sanctions on Iran for a long time, and if any, it will be for a short period until Iraq contracts with other countries, as he put it.

As for the member of parliament for the "Iraqis" coalition, Ali Manea, he considered that the sanctions on Tehran would be detrimental to Iraq, assuring to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “the exceptions previously obtained by Iraq were temporary. It depends a lot on the issues related to electric power that comes from Iran.

He pointed out that Iraq's position will be difficult if it does not obtain new exceptions, indicating that conditions are now alarming in Iraq, and it needs stability and any problems will affect the internal situation significantly.

He continued, "It is in the interest of Iraq to make contact with the United States of America in order to obtain the exception," indicating that the sanctions on Iran have repercussions on the situation inside Iraq.

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With Washington tightening its sanctions on Iran, the US aircraft carrier "Nimitz" is entering the Gulf waters


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The US Navy announced that the Nimitz aircraft carrier and its battle group, today crossed the Strait of Hormuz to enter the Gulf waters, at a time when Washington is threatening to re-impose all UN sanctions on Iran, despite America’s lack of support from its main partners in the UN Security Council.

The US Fifth Fleet said in a statement that the combat group led by the aircraft carrier "Nimitz" - which includes two cruisers equipped with guided missiles and a destroyer equipped with guided missiles - sailed within the Gulf waters to carry out operations and training with partners of the United States, and also to support the international coalition to fight ISIS.

"The Nimitz group has been operating in the US Fifth Fleet's area of operations since July and is in peak readiness," said the commander of the aircraft carrier battle group, Admiral Jim Kirk.

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The transit of the aircraft carrier "Nimitz" came just days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to re-impose a UN embargo on the supply of conventional weapons to Iran and other international sanctions, starting tomorrow, Sunday.

America regularly sends aircraft carrier groups to the Gulf waters to conduct training, and to support the operations of the US military and the international coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, as well as to ensure the continuation of international navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.

It is noteworthy that the "Nimitz" is the oldest aircraft carrier within the US Navy, and about 5 thousand sailors and marine personnel work on board.

A few weeks ago, the Iranian Navy conducted live ammunition exercises for 5 days, including a simulated scenario of targeting an aircraft carrier, in a clear reference to the United States.

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Iraq: The plan to curb corruption approaches the pillars of Iran

 
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The sudden arrests of a number of executives raised the concerns of large heads involved in corruption and accused of emptying public funds from their assets.  

The circles close to Al-Kazemi talk about the arrest of 6 important figures, but the names that have been revealed now are only 3 and they are each of the President of the Retirement Authority, the General Director of the Kicard Company and the Director of the Government Agricultural Bank, and these, according to the sources of the Financial Committee in the Iraqi Parliament, constitute a mafia that operates according to the rule of utensils Alasttarfa in the circulation of public money in a complex system of commissions and bribes.

According to Iraqi politician Mazen Al-Ashiker, three former ministers fled Iraq after they sensed that the threat of raids had approached them.

He indicated that the former ministers of trade, electricity and planning had fled out of Iraq against the background of arrest warrants issued against them by the judicial body concerned with integrity affairs. 

Al-Kazemi began his first steps in arresting the corrupt, days after the Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani's directives that the corrupt should be pursued regardless of their political positions and the parties that stand behind and support them.

Sources in the city of Najaf say that Al-Kazemi has great support from Al-Sistani in his fight against corruption.

The same sources confirm that the pillars of the Iranian presence in Iraq have become suspicious of Al-Kazemi's actions, and anxiety began to surround them for fear of a raid at any moment, indicating that Nuri al-Maliki asked the Iranians to intervene with Sistani to withdraw the mandate that he presented to Kazemi to pursue the corrupt, but Iran refused to intervene because of its knowledge of the reaction. Najaf about such a request.

With his insistence on implementing the plan to put corruption heads in prison and disarm militias, the Iraqi prime minister visited joint operations and met with senior officers in the presence of the ministers of interior and defense.

A statement by the Prime Minister's Office said that the security forces are capable of disarming the parties that threaten the sovereignty and prestige of the state, and that the plan to combat corruption by relying on an impartial judicial system and security forces supported by the highest authority in the state will continue until it achieves its full objectives.

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Disclosure of the details of the government "reform paper" and the date of sending it to Parliament

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The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Friday, the government's intention to send the reform paper to the House of Representatives in the middle of next month.

Committee member Jamal Cougar told Shafaq News, "The government intends to present the reform paper to the House of Representatives in the middle of next month," noting that "the paper includes reducing the salaries of higher and special ranks without prejudice to the salaries of employees."

He added that "the reform paper that the Ministry of Finance is preparing will include ministerial structures, spending sections, stopping waste of public money, operational and investment budgets, in addition to working to maximize state resources and provide the appropriate environment for foreign companies to invest."

On Monday (June 22, 2020), Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced the details of the white paper prepared by the Council of Ministers, which includes economic, financial and administrative reforms.

During his meeting with the chairman and members of the Parliamentary Economic and Investment Committee, Al-Kazemi said that his government had prepared a white paper for the upcoming reforms, and had taken preliminary recommendations to be discussed before proceeding with them, stressing the need for integration between the government and the House of Representatives to support these reforms.

He pointed out that mismanagement and absolute dependence on oil revenues is what brought us to the situation that we are currently witnessing, and we seek to address it by working to activate the sectors of agriculture, industry, tourism, investment, and others, to maximize the country's imports. 

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Baghdad sends five-month salaries to the federal departments in Kurdistan

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17th September, 2020


The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives announced today, Thursday, that Baghdad has sent salaries of 5 months to employees of federal departments in the Kurdistan Region, and they will be distributed according to a certain mechanism.

A member of the committee, Hoshyar Abdullah, wrote in a leaflet that the amount reached Erbil.

He added that the committee followed up the matter from the Ministry of the Interior until the Council of Ministers reached funding to Erbil, pointing out that among the funding is a salary of one month of debt for the region.

He continued that the aforementioned amount also includes the funding of four months' salaries for the federal departments in the region, stressing that the region must distribute all the two salaries together to the employees.

 

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A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation will visit Baghdad tomorrow to complete the talks

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19th September, 2020


On Sunday, a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government is scheduled to visit the federal capital, Baghdad, to resume discussions about the region's share and its percentage from the financial budgets for the next three years.

According to the information available to Shafaq News Agency, a delegation composed of the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the Ministry of Planning will visit Baghdad tomorrow to complete the discussions that were launched weeks ago on the budgets of 2021, 2022 and 2023. The information indicates that this delegation is concerned with federal budgets, and not political, as it has nothing to do with the rest of the differences and pending issues between Erbil and Baghdad.

On Friday, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, expressed his optimism that a final agreement would be reached to resolve the differences and issues between Erbil and Baghdad. And the regional government delegation had previously made several visits to the capital, Baghdad, after the previous federal government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi stopped financing the salaries of employees and workers in the public sector in Kurdistan.

The differences and outstanding issues between Erbil and Baghdad are based on the region's share of the financial budgets, the entitlements of the Peshmerga forces, the export of oil, and the disputed areas covered by Article 140 of the permanent Iraqi constitution. And on several occasions and times, the Kurdistan Regional Government has expressed its willingness to deliver 250 thousand barrels of crude oil per day in exchange for the Iraqi government funding of employees' salaries by 450 billion Iraqi dinars per month. 

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The New Central Bank Governor: We Set A Plan To Develop The Bank’s Work And Strengthen The Dinar

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17th September, 2020

The new Central Bank Governor, Mustafa Mukhaif Al-Kitab, affirmed that he had put in place a "deliberate banking plan" to develop the bank's work, strengthen the national currency and address negatives, while the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faik Zaidan, stressed the need to adhere to banking laws and the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law.

The media office of the Central Bank said in a statement received by Al-Mustaqilla today, Thursday, that “The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghaleb Al-Kitab, met with the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faik Zaidan.”

The statement quoted the book as saying that "a deliberate banking plan has been developed that will develop the work of the central bank, strengthen the national currency and deal with negatives in cooperation with the courts specialized in joint work with the central bank."

For his part, Zidan said, "The selection of independent personalities from among the affiliates of state institutions to manage these institutions gives an indication of the government's seriousness in pursuing the professional institutional approach in building the state as well as emphasizing the importance of preserving the independence of the Central Bank in accordance with the constitution and the Central Bank of Iraq law."

Zidan stressed, "The need to adhere to banking laws, the law against money laundering and terrorist financing, and the instructions issued pursuant to them, to build a solid banking sector capable of facing financial and economic challenges and providing real opportunities for development." 

 

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The Kurdistan Regional Government announces an open market and a public auction to sell the dollar

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19th September, 2020


The Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government announced on Saturday that the process of exchanging it for the dollar against the Iraqi dinar will be through a public auction.

The ministry said in a statement received by Shafaq News that for this purpose, an electronic group has been activated that enables private banks, companies and exchange offices that have official licenses to participate in the auction process to exchange dollars in dinars.

The statement clarified that this order aims to "prevent monopoly, provide equal opportunities for all, and increase public imports." 

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Source: The 2020 budget will arrive in Parliament tomorrow, Sunday

Source: The 2020 budget will arrive in Parliament tomorrow, Sunday

 

19th September, 2020

A parliamentary source said, on Saturday, that the 2020 budget will arrive in Parliament tomorrow, Sunday.

The source said in an interview with Alsumaria News, "The representative of the government in Parliament, Torhan Al-Mufti, informed the General Secretariat of Parliament that the 2020 budget will arrive tomorrow, Sunday, to the House of Representatives."

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The House of Representatives ended its fifth session of the fourth parliamentary session of the third legislative year of the first legislative year, which was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council, today, Saturday 9/19 / 2020, in the presence of 182 deputies, the first reading of eight draft laws.


The House of Representatives said in a statement that the Euphrates News Agency received a copy of it today that "at the beginning of the session, the parliament postponed consideration of the appeals submitted about the validity of the membership of some women and gentlemen until the legal quorum of two-thirds of the parliament members is achieved."


The Council completed the first reading of the draft law amending the Law of the Iraqi High Criminal Court No. (10) of 2005 submitted by the Legal Committee in view of the criminal gravity that the so-called terrorist organization poses for Iraq and the international community and the ugliness of the crimes that They committed and resulted in brutal massacres that amounted to international crimes.

"The council has completed the first reading of the draft law of the National Authority for Nuclear, Radiological, Chemical and Biological Regulation submitted by the Higher Education and Scientific Research, Health and Environment Committees, to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic energy in the medical, agricultural, industrial and educational fields and to conduct multiple applied research and to avoid the inherent dangers of ionizing radiation on workers," the statement added. , Society and the environment, including the illegal disposal of nuclear, chemical, biological and radioactive sources, and to establish a legal framework to control them."

He continued, "During the session headed by Mr. Hassan Al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, he completed the first reading of the bill for Iraq's accession to the International Convention on Loading Lines of 1966 and the amending protocol to it for the year 1988 amended in 2003 and submitted by the Committees on Foreign Relations, Services and Reconstruction in order to comply With uniform principles and rules regarding loading limits for ships operating on international voyages and for the protection of life and property at sea, and for the purpose of the Republic of Iraq joining the International Convention of Loading Lines for the year 1966, which entered into force on 7/21/1968, and the amending protocol for the year 1988 amended in 2003."

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Parliament raises its session to Monday


Parliament raises its session to Monday

 


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The House of Representatives adjourned its session until Monday 9-21 at 12 noon.

 

Today, Saturday, Parliament held its fifth session, headed by Majlis Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi. 
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Has Al-Kazemi started advancing against the big whales in his war on corruption?


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BAGHDAD - The arrests carried out by the Iraqi authorities against officials accused of corruption cases revealed the amount of fear that the political class in the country is experiencing from any measures related to integrity, in exchange for the street's eagerness to hit the senior corrupt, at a time when the arrests seemed to accelerate, reaching mediators and agents of personalities Kubra, a message about the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's approach to confronting corruption of the big whales.

And since 2003, corrupt officials and politicians in Iraq have squandered about a thousand billion dollars of public money, without developing any service sector in the country.

Iraq suffers every year in the summer season due to theft of funds allocated for electricity, while it is still relying on hospitals and health facilities built during the era of the late President Saddam Hussein, as billions of dollars directed to this sector were wasted after 2003, while the education sector suffers under pressure from the age of facilities and the entry of parties On the line of investment in it through private schools and universities, while Baghdad suffocates on a daily basis because of the traffic momentum, because it still relies on roads and bridges that were built during the era of the Baath Party, which is banned from working according to the permanent constitution of Iraq.

During the first years following the fall of the former regime, mercy for the "days of Saddam" was a crime that brought shame and accusations to its owner in Shiite circles, but it has become a common occurrence now, and appears even on the screens of satellite stations.

In recent years, the Iraqis have reached the conviction that eliminating political, financial and administrative corruption in Iraq is impossible, after they became certain that the continued existence of political parties completely depends on what their representatives steal from the state. Some activists even suggested legalizing corruption, such as the annual budget specifying a share Each party has public money, so that the state can get what it can use to serve the population.

$ 1000 billion has been devoured by corruption since 2003 in Iraq

The fight against corruption topped the demands of the largest mass movement that Iraq witnessed in October of 2019, when the government of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in partnership with Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran, was involved in killing about 700 protesters and wounding about 20,000 others, in order to protect the corrupt religious party system. in the country.

The extent of the opposition expressed by the Abdul Mahdi government and the militias affiliated with Iran against the idea of overthrowing the existing regime, replacing it, or even correcting its course, highlighted the amount of financial gains that political Islam parties have that receive orders and directives from Tehran.

And when Mustafa Al-Kazemi formed his government, after the protesters forced his predecessor, Abdul Mahdi, to resign, the street placed great hopes on the former intelligence chief in eradicating the corrupt, due to his good reputation in popular circles.

But Al-Kazemi's awaited campaign against corruption whales was long overdue, and yet when its first signs appeared during the past three days, it garnered widespread popular sympathy.

Al-Kazemi had formed a special committee to follow up major corruption cases, which was surrounded by much controversy, headed by the prominent General Ahmed Aburjief, and it was said that he had unlimited powers.

The campaign began with the arrest of a middle-level official, Ahmed Al-Saadi, the director of the retirement department, which raised questions about the goals that Al-Kazemi could reach and his seriousness about pursuing adults.

But the excitement was doubled when Bahaa Abdul Hussain, director of the "Key Card" company concerned with facilitating the payment of salaries of retirees, was arrested while he was about to flee from Baghdad airport two days after Al-Saadi was arrested.

Informed sources said that Al-Saadi made confessions that led to the discovery of a wide network of money laundering, serving officials, politicians and parties, and relying on collaborators in Beirut.

Hussein's arrest caused a sensation, due to his strong ties to former officials and current leaders.

The sources indicate that the arrest of Abdel-Hussein may lead to the arrest of other personalities and the recovery of funds from inside and outside the country.

The new campaign of arrests also included the director of the Agricultural Bank, Adel Khudair, and 12 employees under his command.

Official authorities did not reveal the reason for Khudair's arrest, but informed sources said that investigations linked him to the disappearance of huge sums of money in what is known as the "agricultural initiative", which dates back to the era of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki took advantage of the coincidence of the rise in oil prices and the increase in Iraq's production of oil during his reign to obtain explosive budgets, but his government was not associated with any achievements despite this, leaving behind the largest files of corruption and waste of public money.

Al-Maliki’s name appeared in another case that Al-Kazemi is following, related to a giant water project in Baghdad, on which millions of dollars have been spent, without completion.

Judicial sources said that travel bans were issued against Dhikra Alloush, the former Secretary of Baghdad, and Director of Contracts at the Ministry of Planning Azhar al-Rubaie, due to their suspicion of collusion in dropping a fine of about $ 100 million on the company implementing the water project, as well as the arrest of the director of the Capital Water Department.

The executing company’s manager, a contractor named Essam al-Asadi, has a close relationship with al-Maliki, and information indicates that he is still managing his broad commercial interests, under various interfaces.

But the biggest blow in this campaign is that of Shaker al-Zamili, who is the head of the Baghdad Investment Commission, whose information indicates that he is closely related to the broad commercial interests that concern the Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq.

The sources say that Al-Zamili took advantage of his position to grant companies affiliated with Hezbollah millions of dollars of contracts, without executing any of them, noting that the relationship of the head of the Baghdad Investment Commission with the Lebanese party led by Hassan Nasrallah protected him from legal prosecutions over the past years.

Because it strikes in part the network of interests serving Iran's allies, Al-Kazemi's campaign against the corrupt angered the Shiite militias, pushing them to brandish the threat.

Naeem al-Aboudi, a member of parliament for the Asaib Ahl al-Haq movement led by Qais Khazali, fears “there are revenge motives behind this campaign,” wondering why “a new committee was formed to combat corruption, despite the existence of an integrity commission.”

Al-Aboudi says that "there are concerns about the possibility of political motives behind this campaign," noting that "Al-Kazemi overlooked the constitutional contexts by forming this special committee to combat corruption."

"The committee may be involved in corruption of some kind," he said, noting that the Fatah bloc to which he belongs, and is the only political representative of the Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran in parliament, "will face any selective and retaliatory measures that explode the situation in the country."

He went on to say that "fighting corruption needs political agreements," meaning that Al-Kazemi must seek permission from the parties before arresting their corrupt persons, because "Al-Kazemi's current steps are not legal, and there may be reactions against them."

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400 employees await reckoning and punishment ... arrest warrants for those accused of corruption ... anticipation and speculation

 

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During the past 72 hours, news of the arrest campaigns carried out by the security services have spread on social media and media agencies, including officials accused of corruption and manipulation of public money. A former member of the Anti-Corruption Council, expert Saeed Yassin Musa, revealed to Al-Sabah that "the arrests were based on the implementation of arrest and recruitment orders and by a judicial order, which cannot be appealed."

And Moussa stated, "There are files in the former Anti-Corruption Council according to meals, the first included 1000 employees with a recommendation to the government to withdraw the hand of these employees. In the second meal, about 140 employees from various ministries were added to it, so it became about 1200 files, of which 800 were filtered among the prosecution." There are 400 files regarding which judicial actions were supposed to be carried out at the end of 2019 and early 2020, but they were suspended. " 

The new campaign of arrests comes after the formation of a supreme committee to investigate major corruption files, which Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi recently announced. Secret, unspoken plans. " 

This campaign comes after the support of the Supreme Leader, Ali al-Sistani, in his statement that followed the meeting of the UN representative in Iraq, Jenin Blashardt, last Sunday, in which he called for taking serious steps to combat corruption.
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A minister in his government: Al-Maliki's second term is a "disaster of disasters" ... and its ministers are "thieves" and his supporters will be thrown into the fire!

 

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The former minister, Baqir Jabr Al-Zubaidi, described the second term of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which began after the 2010 parliamentary elections and until September 2014, as a "catastrophe of disasters," noting that the latter shared Iraq with the former Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani by an agreement signed in 2010.

Al-Zubaidi said, in a televised interview, broadcast by the semi-official "Al-Iraqiya" channel, and followed by (Baghdad Today), "Al-Maliki has influence on the street and the ministers, in words and not on the ground."

He continued: "The decision of his second term was international - regional, and some Shiite forces supported it, and others rejected it, the Sadrist movement and the Islamic Supreme Council."

And he added, "The second term of Maliki was (the disaster disaster), in Iraq, and the ministers were watching each other's thefts, this is stealing and the other is stealing.

He went on to say, "Whoever signed and supported the second term of the owners and the oil licensing rounds will be held accountable before God and (throw him into the fire)," as he put it. 

The former Finance Minister pointed out that "the oil licensing rounds that took place under Al-Maliki and then Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani destroyed Iraq, when Iraq was selling 22 billion dollars of oil, 12 billion of which were to foreign oil companies." 

He also pointed out that "the travel of the employees of the oil companies was at the expense of Iraq ... the Chinese, for example, were booked via the UAE and Qatari airlines with a flight costing $ 2,700, while on board the Iraqi Airways it cost $ 800 and the reason for their going to non-Iraqi companies is quotas and corruption rates for officials." He added, "Former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki signed an agreement with Massoud Barzani. In 2010, he divided Iraq between two parties, the Islamic Dawa Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and it was also, I believe, a guarantee for Maliki to obtain a second term."

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A minister in his government: Al-Maliki's second term is a "disaster of disasters" ... and its ministers are "thieves" and his supporters will be thrown into the fire!

 

Looks like they're fixin' to put in an EXPRESS LANE TO HELL ! 

 

In previous years we've heard this sorta stuff and it's always come to much ado about nothing. Folks, they mean it this time; which evidence already shows, " Whales " are bugging out of the country. 

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36 minutes ago, horsesoldier said:

A minister in his government: Al-Maliki's second term is a "disaster of disasters" ... and its ministers are "thieves" and his supporters will be thrown into the fire!

 

Looks like they're fixin' to put in an EXPRESS LANE TO HELL ! 

 

In previous years we've heard this sorta stuff and it's always come to much ado about nothing. Folks, they mean it this time; which evidence already shows, " Whales " are bugging out of the country. 

 

 

heres hoping .... :cigar:

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Al-Kazemi prevents Jamil Al-Shammari from traveling after receiving a "fake" leave for treatment outside Iraq

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Today, Saturday, the Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Jamil Al-Shammari, banned Lt. Gen. Jamil Al-Shammari from traveling outside Iraq, due to his involvement in the killing of protesters.    

Al-Shammari had received a "fake" leave for treatment outside Iraq.   

"The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi directs to issue a travel ban against Lieutenant General Jamil Al-Shammari for his involvement in cases of killing protesters in Nasiriyah, against the background of granting him a fake leave for treatment outside Iraq," said Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for Al-Kazemi.  

Al-Shammari became the 'icon' of involvement in the killing of demonstrators during the popular protests, as the Zeitoun Bridge, in the Dhi Qar governorate, witnessed a massacre, in which dozens were killed and wounded, in which al-Shammari was accused, who arrived by order of the Commander-in-Chief at the time, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.   

  

Last June, the local government in Dhi Qar governorate announced the issuance of 17 arrest warrants against officers and officials, including Lt. Gen. Jamil Al-Shammari.  

Deputy Governor Hazem Al-Kinani said, in a statement, that "People" received a copy of it (June 9, 2020), during his meeting with the President of the Dhi Qar Appeals Court, that "arrest warrants have been issued against all officers involved in suppressing the demonstrations in Dhi Qar," confirming. Renewing the arrest warrant against Jamil al-Shammari, preventing him from traveling, confiscating his movable and immovable property, and dropping nearly (400) calls for peaceful demonstrators in Dhi Qar.    

Al-Kinani added, "In the presence of representatives of the families of the martyrs, the Dhi Qar Police Commander and some of the demonstrators, the President of Dhi Qar Appeals Court, Judge Muhammad Haydar Hussain, met at his workplace to discuss everything related to the demonstrations and legal procedures against the accused participating in the suppression of the demonstrations and lawsuits against the demonstrators."    

Al-Kinani explained that "the president of the Dhi Qar Appeals Court showed great cooperation as promised, and explained to the families of the martyrs and demonstrators all the legal joints that concern the demonstrations and the court's procedures during the recent period, and 15 arrest warrants were issued against officers of the security services who participated in the suppression of peaceful demonstrations, and the issuance of an arrest warrant against the President The former security committee, Sayed Jabbar Al-Mousawi, with the confiscation of his movable and immovable property in the case of the events of 10/26.    

The Deputy Governor of Dhi Qar stated that “the arrest warrant against Jamil al-Shammari has been renewed, preventing him from traveling and confiscating his movable and immovable property, provided that the arrest warrant is executed exclusively by the command of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and no one else. To follow up on the case and provide them with sufficient evidence, and to provide the court with complete copies of the daily record of events by the Dhi Qar Police Directorate for the importance of the record by recording all the events with the names of those charged with duties attached from 1/10 to the present day.   

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Disclosure of the details of the government "reform paper" and the date of sending it to Parliament

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18th September, 2020


The Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed, on Friday, the government's intention to send the reform paper to the House of Representatives in the middle of next month.

Committee member Jamal Cougar told Shafaq News, "The government intends to present the reform paper to the House of Representatives in the middle of next month," noting that "the paper includes reducing the salaries of higher and special ranks without prejudice to the salaries of employees."

He added that "the reform paper that the Ministry of Finance is preparing will include ministerial structures, spending sections, stopping waste of public money, operational and investment budgets, in addition to working to maximize state resources and provide the appropriate environment for foreign companies to invest."

On Monday (June 22, 2020), Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced the details of the white paper prepared by the Council of Ministers, which includes economic, financial and administrative reforms.

During his meeting with the chairman and members of the Parliamentary Economic and Investment Committee, Al-Kazemi said that his government had prepared a white paper for the upcoming reforms, and had taken preliminary recommendations to be discussed before proceeding with them, stressing the need for integration between the government and the House of Representatives to support these reforms.

He pointed out that mismanagement and absolute dependence on oil revenues is what brought us to the situation that we are currently witnessing, and we seek to address it by working to activate the sectors of agriculture, industry, tourism, investment, and others, to maximize the country's imports. 

 

Economist: The economic reform paper cannot be implemented without external support


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Baghdad / NINA / A consultant expert in industrial development and investment Amer Al-Jawahiri called on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to benefit from international support to implement the economic reform paper.

Al-Jawahiri said in a statement to the Iraqi National News Agency ( NINA ): "The multiple visits of officials at the highest regional and international levels are clear evidence of the external desire to support Iraq, especially the economic aspect."

He added: "The French desire, for example, is clear and forcefully to enter the Iraqi market economically and investively, and this matter gives an important impetus to Iraq to revitalize its financial and economic situation and to implement an important part of the economic reform paper."

He stressed the need to make maximum use of this support and to give a positive image of the government's seriousness in implementing what it had promised without delay, indicating that: "Economic reform cannot be implemented without external support." / End 3

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Justice "by implementing" the prosecution of hundreds of corrupt officials in the governorates of Iraq ... and the files that the parties covered up are "opened" again
 

 

19th September, 2020


Informed sources told Al-Masalla that arrest and summoning orders will include hundreds of officials from different governorates and under judicial orders that cannot be appealed.

The source pointed out that strict implementation procedures accompany these orders, and not just routine notices and data as used to in previous eras, where forces and influential personalities intervene to prevent this or that accountability.

The sources revealed that the procedures will include withdrawing the hand of those involved from service, referring their files to integrity and the judiciary, and activating the judicial procedures in relation to previous files that were covered up by parties, courtesy or bribes. And it seems clearly that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, after forming a supreme committee to investigate major corruption files, is determined to implement justice for the corrupt.

A member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, Jawad Hamdan, said, Wednesday, September 16, 2020, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will be in confrontation with the leaders and heads of political blocs in his campaign against corruption, saying in a statement received by the obelisk that the Prime Minister’s steps are promising and come in The framework for its implementation of what it presented in its government program in combating corruption.

Malameh began serious steps in the efforts to combat corruption after the arrest of about seven officials by the special committee formed by Al-Kazemi, but these steps did not satisfy some of the influential forces that led a media campaign against Al-Kazemi's actions in the new appointments that were within a functional context and not a radical reform measure. By itself, however, the political forces, which were surprised by the changes in positions, sought to distort the image, and portrayed themselves as being against quotas, while they adhered to the sharing of positions, influence and special ranks. It is expected that the task of Al-Kazemi in fighting the corrupt will be difficult because those involved are protected from influential forces.

A security source revealed, on Thursday, September 17, 2020, that a security force had arrested the head of the Baghdad Investment Commission, Shakir Al-Zamili, and the Director General of the Government Agricultural Bank, Adel Khudair, in addition to other employees in Baghdad.

Iraq is considered one of the countries whose development is impeded by corruption, and the Iraqi citizen has reached a state of despair for not being able to hold accountable any corrupt person, even if he is small, which encouraged the corrupt to appear on satellite channels and the media and talk about commissions and commissions without fear of punishment, or respect for them. The least to the people's feelings.

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Al-Kazemi is beating the drums of war against corruption ... and the dominant forces are desperate to prevent their accusations from being harmed
 

 

19th September, 2020


A report by Al-Monitor newspaper, translated by Al-Masala, said that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi began serious steps in fighting corruption in Iraq, by announcing the arrest of a number of the major involved, while this met with widespread popular satisfaction, and the call not to courtesy of the dominant parties.

The report, written by researcher and writer Adnan AbuZayd, said that the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Hennes Blashart, announced after a meeting in Najaf with the Supreme Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on September 13, 2020, that the reference supports taking exceptional steps to open the large files of corruption and hold those involved accountable.  The report stated that political forces quickly picked up this new development to welcome the announcement, although it includes among its ranks figures accused of corruption. Indeed, the demonstrations that began in the country in early October 2019 accuse these dominant forces of plundering public money.

Emphasizing that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has taken serious steps to hold those involved in corruption accountable, a source revealed to Al-Monitor that "the corruption investigation committee formed by Al-Kazemi on August 27, 2020, was carried out through security forces on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Seven of the most corrupt, whose names will be announced later, including the former pension manager. One day after Blashardt’s statement, that is, on September 14, 2020, Al-Kazemi made changes in a number of government positions, but political forces, including the Sairun Alliance, attacked this measure, considering that this could "reach the point of overthrowing the Al-Kazemi government."  The Sunni forces also attacked the appointments, and the rule of law expressed its surprise at "administrative appointments that expand quotas."

In his speech to Al-Monitor, a high-ranking government source responds to the parties’ positions by saying, “The parties that are mired in quotas and practice it openly and refuse to prejudice positions and privileges cannot deceive the Iraqi people that they refuse this,” indicating that “the appointments include professional names and they are not radical changes. The names were chosen from within the institutions themselves, due to the expiration of the legal periods for holding positions, taking into account the factor of integrity, experience, and national balance.

It is very clear that the political forces are wary of the street and fear it, and are trying to "beautify" their image in any way, which prompted the head of the Al-Fateh Alliance, Hadi Al-Ameri, to issue a statement announcing on September 14, 2020 that he is not aware of the placement of one of its members, Sami Al-Masoudi, to the Hajj Authority This means that Al-Kazemi did not consult the parties regarding appointments and did not adopt quotas.

State of Law MP Alia Nassif told Al-Monitor, "Facing corruption is one of the most important challenges of the Al-Kazemi government," saying that "the government has not yet reached the level of the serious challenge that the state faces in fighting the corrupt, or disarming illegal weapons." Nassif believes that "the changes in the positions that Al-Kazemi made, to date, did not deviate from the wishes of the blocs in the quota system, which worries the Iraqis who place great hopes on the person of Al-Kazemi in particular in establishing a new path in the administration of the state away from the method of sharing positions." Nassif believes that "the citizen's despair stems from the fact that he did not see a corrupt person before justice, in previous government eras, and he hoped to see this procedure in the Al-Kazemi era."

Al-Kazemi pledged on June 20, 2020, to proceed with financial and economic reforms, while political forces fear that the war on corruption will affect them. Civil Aviation and the Shiite Endowment.

Former Minister of Communications Muhammad Tawfiq Allawi, in his speech to Al-Monitor, draws attention to "an important factor that enables it to stop the rotation of the anti-corruption machine, which is the early and fair elections that Sistani's statement mentioned three times in his meeting with Jenin Blashart," considering that "this places Al-Kazimi either as a crossroads. Ensuring the integrity of the elections or failure, because fair elections will end the corruption machine that is still going on." Allawi warns that "the public is not convinced of the election results because this will deepen the country's problems and put it in front of a threat to its unity and the future of its people." But MP Falah al-Khafaji told Al-Monitor, "Stopping corruption and enforcing the law must happen before the early elections, because without it they will not be fair." Al-Khafaji says that "the American elections will have a great impact on the course of events in Iraq."

The Secretary General of the National Civil Movement, Shorouk Al-Abaiji, affirmed in her interview with Al-Monitor that "the forces of a non-state are in control of all joints, and the Iraqi does not feel that he is a citizen of a state that has institutions that serve him."  Al-Abayji considered that "all this defect did not accelerate the reform steps that are now supposed to be clear-cut, and the clear methodology for reform is still absent despite the prevalence of the system of corruption," calling for "a strategy that depends on legal mechanisms and mass mobilization to implement them, before it begins." The feeling that the government is weak in front of the forces of corruption, and this is something that the prime minister must rectify and not hold the stick in the middle. "

Writer and researcher Abbas Abboud, a former editor-in-chief of Al-Sabah newspaper, told Al-Monitor, "Al-Kazemi has more than one characteristic that qualifies him for success, being an honest person acceptable to the most internal and external parties, but he has to combine words with deeds and openness to the people," considering that "reform will not start." Before the next elections because the time and circumstance are not right now."

It is expected that the dominant powers will desperate to prevent rapprochement with their symbols accused of corruption, but that will necessarily lead to activating the protest movement, especially after the Marjaiya announces its supportive position.

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Economic Committee: Things are still ambiguous between Baghdad and Erbil

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A member of the Parliamentary Economic Committee , Nada Shaker Jawdat, said that she has confirmed information that no agreement has yet been reached between Baghdad and Erbil regarding the delivery of oil imports and ports to the central government, pointing out that things are still ambiguous.

Jawdat said in a press statement: “The visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Kurdistan did not put points in the letters about the revenues that our Iraqi Kurdistan receives, and the truth about what happened has not been revealed, and whether the Erbil government will fulfill its commitments made in the negotiations.


She added that «the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government did not reach any agreement regarding oil and non-oil revenues, nor did he reveal what the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Kurdistan had achieved regarding the outstanding issues between the two parties. Pointing out that «our information says that there is no agreement between the two parties regarding the delivery of oil revenues, border crossings and airports to the treasury of the federal government».

Jawdat stressed "the necessity of a fair distribution of wealth among the Iraqi people, and subjecting Kurdistan's revenues to the federal state treasury."
 
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Parliamentary Finance: The government has not yet sent the 2020 budget bill

The Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Saturday, that the government has not yet sent the draft federal budget for the year 2020 to the House of Representatives, calling on it to expedite sending it for the purpose of voting on it.

A statement by the committee said, "Referring to the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers on Monday 14/9/2020, in which the draft Federal Budget Law for the year 2020 was approved, as the Finance Committee confirms that the Council of Ministers has not sent the budget until now."

The statement added, "The Finance Committee urges the government to expedite sending it for the purpose of voting on it, as it contains paragraphs that serve all segments of the people."

 

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Stealing more than one billion dinars in banking and thwarting the bombing of southern Iraq

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20th September, 2020

An official security source said on Sunday that unidentified gunmen robbed a banker of more than one billion Iraqi dinars, or nearly one million US dollars, in the center of Basra Governorate, in the far south of Iraq.

The source told Shafaq News that the incident took place in the city center, as the gunmen stole the aforementioned amount from the owner of the exchange and fled to an unknown destination. The source added that the security forces began to open an investigation into the incident, without giving further details.

In recent times, killings, looting, and looting have increased in separate areas of Iraq due to the deteriorating economic conditions, and social problems, indicating the increase in violence in the country, according to what security specialists indicate. On the same level, the security forces thwarted a detonation of an explosive device in the same governorate, according to what was reported by the Explosives Control Directorate at the Ministry of Interior.

The directorate said in a statement today that "after receiving a call to explosives experts stating that there was a homemade device in Basra police station, it was seized inside one of the wheels at one of the checkpoints of the 9th Basra Emergency Regiment, and immediately a specialized work team was formed and went to the scene of the accident and treated it according to Standard procedures."

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