Early Saturday Morning Iraq News Highlights 5-14-22
The Political Blockage Brings Parliament Back To The Fore… And Attention Is Turning To The “Independent Initiative”
Sumerian special 2022-05-14 | 04:28 initiative to solve the crisis, with political assurances on the difficulty of the independents’ task as a result. Due to the magnitude of the challenges and obstacles that may cause a positive dissonance with their initiatives.
After the deadline set by the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, for the coordination framework to form the largest bloc, attention is turning today towards the independents and their final statement, especially after repeated statements about the imminent presentation of a political initiative to solve the crisis, with political assurances on the difficulty of the independents’ task as a result. Due to the magnitude of the challenges and obstacles that may cause a positive dissonance with their initiatives.
With the continuation of political maneuvering between the opposing parties, only the political initiative that is expected to be launched by the independents remains to resolve the blockage within the country, or to go to consensus, which is unlikely, according to what al-Sadr confirmed in a tweet to him, or to resort to dissolving parliament and holding new, early elections.
On this matter, a member says: Kurdistan Democratic Party Ali Al-Faili In an interview with Alsumaria News, “Time is running out, and the first and last affected are the fragile groups of citizens as a result of not approving the budget and forming the government. Therefore, wisdom requires reaching solutions to the crisis, and we expect new initiatives to move the stagnant water, especially by the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and to keep the doors open among everyone.”
To find a solution to the crisis,” he said, noting that “any initiative that is proposed should be logical and realistic and meet part of the demands of the different parties, which must be studied in any initiative that is presented in the future.”
Between holding the current and the initiative of the framework.. the political scene is swinging in place
04:56 | 2022-02-11 The tripartite alliance shows a position.. Does the framework initiative open the impasse?
03:56 | 2022-05-4 The “government formation ball” is spreading among the political parties… How will the blockage end?
05:57 | 2022-05-12 Al-Faili added, “Talking about a part going to the opposition is an important part of the advanced democracies that are built on the duality of loyalty and opposition, but at the same time the opposition must be empowered within the parliament’s dome of the opposition’s tools to evaluate government work, because without that, it will not be able to perform its real role through Real opposition, not formal.
He pointed out that “the opposition’s importance is no less important than the government’s role, as it is easier in its role and more vital and touches people’s problems and works to correct the government’s work and reform its performance.”
He added, “The independents must seize the initiative from an early age to find solutions to the crisis, but their joining the framework will not solve the problem. Their role will be added to the blocking third without finding a solution to the crisis, but their joining the coalition to save a nation means finding a way out completely and completing the quorum for the elections of the President of the Republic and the government.”
The future, given that the node is limited to completing the quorum,” stressing that “the dialogues with the National Union are continuing and the doors are always open, but not effectively, given that the participants with the Union are greater and more than the points of difference.”
“Talking about early elections in the event of failure to find a solution to the political impasse is a media talk to put pressure on the independents,” this is what the representative of the State of Law coalition affiliated with the coordinating framework believes,
Representative of the State of Law Coalition
He stressed that holding new, early elections is a tyrannical matter, and they do not go beyond being a media paper to pressure the independents from the other side, noting that the coordinating framework is in a very comfortable position because it is psychologically prepared for the government and the opposition.
Al-Hamami said in an interview with Alsumaria News, “Talking about holding new, early elections is enslaved for many reasons, not to mention the fact that holding the elections will be the first to lose the tripartite alliance. Noting that “some blocs, especially the Triple Alliance, benefit from the survival of the current government, and at the same time, the current government is benefiting from the state of political obstruction to stay for as long as possible.”
Al-Hamami added, “The caretaker government at the present time commits many legal violations, in addition to the great influence of some parties to benefit from this government and control many state and centers,” noting that “the legislation of the Food Security Law is part of that benefit, which is A large financial source to dispose of through the caretaker government and those political parties.
He added, “The coordinating framework is in a very comfortable position because it is psychologically prepared for the government and the opposition, but some on the other side are in a state of anxiety because they only look at the government and do not think about the opposition, which makes the framework more stable and stable and leaves the tripartite alliance bearing full responsibility for the state of political impasse.” LINK
A leader in Al-Hikma: The framework forces insist on forming a strong government that represents all Iraqis
Iraq 10:23 – 2022-05-14 The leader of the Al-Hikma Movement, Fadi Al-Shammari, denied the validity of what was rumored about a new position for the coordination framework that was not announced in its official positions and the announced initiative.
In a press statement, Al-Shammari affirmed the insistence of the Coordinating Framework forces to form a strong and effective government, stressing that the Framework initiative is a political way out of the current political closure.
Al-Shammari explained that the position and initiative of the coordination framework aims at the national interest to form a strong and effective government that has a parliamentary and social cover that represents all Iraqis. https://kirkuktv.net/AR/Details/6054
Parliament Postpones Saturday Session
Iraq 09:38 – 2022-05-14 The Media Department of the House of Representatives announced the postponement of the session that was scheduled to be held today, Saturday.
The department stated in a statement that, at the request of some parliamentary blocs, and for further consultations to mature the emergency support law for food security and development and for the need for more time, it was decided to postpone the Saturday session. LINK
Iraq And The Sultanate Of Oman Sign A Memorandum Of Understanding For Securities
Economie| 09:57 – 13/05/2022 Baghdad – Mawazine News The Iraqi Securities Authority announced, on Friday, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Muscat Securities Exchange.
A statement by the authority stated that “Mawazine News” received a copy of it, that “the Iraqi Securities Authority, represented by its chairman Hassan Hammoud Al-Akaili, participated in the sixteenth annual meeting of the Federation of the Arab Securities Authority in Muscat / Sultanate of Oman, to cooperate in developing Arab financial markets by upgrading aspects legislative and regulatory.
The statement added, “In the same context, the Iraq Stock Exchange, represented by the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Thaer Al-Mukhtar, and in the presence of the Chairman of the Securities Authority, Hassan Hammoud Al-Akaili, the expert Executive Director Taha Ahmed Abdel Salam, and the Iraqi Embassy in Muscat / Oman, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Muscat Securities Exchange represented by the President Executive Director Haitham Al-Salmi, in the presence of the CEO of Muscat Clearing Company and a number of board members, with the aim of developing relations and enhancing cooperation between the two parties in the following areas.
- Enhancing the efficiency of the financial markets through exchanging experiences, information and advisory services related to the trading of securities.
- Facilitate the participation of mediators in training and development programs.
- Harmonization of listing requirements – and the promotion of joint and mutual listing.
- Setting the basic rules for the development of indicators.
- Developing sustainability, environmental, social and corporate governance between the two parties.
- Examine ways of cooperation in the field of educating and educating investors about the financial markets.
- Cooperation in any other areas that would develop the activity.
The statement continued, “The Iraqi Securities Commission and the Iraq Stock Exchange had implemented a strategy during the year 2022 that depends on cooperation with Arab financial markets, developing the activity of brokerage companies, raising the capabilities of brokers in dealings with investors, financial and information analysis, following up on companies’ disclosure, and returning joint stock companies to circulation in cooperation with sectoral authorities. “. https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=193022
About 75 Parliamentary Signatures To Dismiss The Mayor Of Baghdad And Promises To Prosecute Him Legally
Political | 11:34 – 13/05/2022 Baghdad – Mawazine News Independent MP Hassan Qassem Al-Khafaji announced, on Friday, that he had collected about 75 parliamentary signatures to dismiss the mayor of Baghdad, while a member of the House of Representatives, Sarwa Abdul-Wahed, confirmed his legal prosecution.
Al-Khafaji said in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of it, that “in implementation of our oversight role and based on the provisions of the Iraqi constitution, I collected about 75 signatures to interrogate Baghdad Mayor Alaa Maan, because of the violations that occurred during his tenure as the secretary, and because of the deteriorating service conditions in the capital, and its absence in many areas of Baghdad.”
He added, “We will have the final word in the House of Representatives, and we will continue to hold accountable all those involved in corruption and violations, and there will be no safety or refuge for the defaulters.”
While Member of Parliament, Sarwa Abdel Wahed, explained in a tweet via Twitter that Mawazine News followed, “Removing the Mayor of Baghdad due to his administrative failure, in addition to corruption files, does not mean that he is not legally prosecuted.” LINK What Are The Alternatives To The Political Process In Iraq To Get Out Of The Quotas?
Posted On2022-05-14 By Sotaliraq Voices calling for the system of government to be changed from a parliamentary system to a semi-presidential or presidential system
The political crises in Iraq have hindered the country’s progress (AFP)
The crisis experienced by the existing political system in Iraq since 2003 has created an unprecedented stagnation that the political process has not witnessed for a long time, despite the difficulties that successive governments were forming after changing the presidential system to a parliamentary one, where differences are likely between a political majority government and a consensual government in which everyone participates. It has been the norm since the establishment of the system, where ministries and positions are distributed according to the quotas followed since 2003, and with these crises some voices come out calling for changing the system from a parliamentary to a semi-presidential or presidential system in an alternative solution to get out of the crises caused by the election results and the mechanism of forming governments.
Fears of “dictatorship” and ethnicity
What are the alternatives to the political process in Iraq to get out of quotas and political blockage ? Political researcher Nabil Jabbar Al-Ali replied, “It is very unlikely that the presidential system will be compatible with the current Iraqi reality, in other words, it is impossible for the political forces to agree to establish a presidential system in Iraq for reasons related to fears of a return to dictatorship, or fears related to the marginalization of racial or ethnic groups from playing roles The main power in power and the exclusion of others, or to be invested by social minorities and dominate the authorities, and the veto of rejection may be from the Shiite political component in the main.”
As for the semi-presidential system, according to Al-Ali, “despite some demands to change the system of government in Iraq to a semi-presidential system, in which the prime minister is elected by direct election, and the Iraqi parliament is elected to be a legislative and oversight body, the aim of which is to ensure the smooth formation of governments, far from deals and bargains,
However, this system is likely to contribute to the exclusion of social minorities in favor of the largest social majority, i.e. the Shiite domination of the executive authority by virtue of their representation of the majority. It is obvious that calls for changing the system to another semi-presidential system will face rejection by the Sunni and Kurdish political components.
And he added, “The optimal solution or system may first lie in the expansion of the implementation of federations and decentralization, and it may not be important for the system to remain in its current parliamentary form or to transform it into other models of government such as presidential or semi-presidential, or for the state to return to the era of monarchy with a parliamentary system that legitimizes and forms The government, the task of the throne is to ensure the separation of powers, guarantee liberties, and protect the constitution.”
Politicians are the cause of every crisis
In turn, political researcher Salih Lafta reveals that “there are no major problems in Iraqi laws, and there is no need to search for alternatives if the Iraqi constitution is actually adhered to, and the constitution is not violated for any reason, and silence about those who violate it.” He continued, “The political blockage in Iraq could have been bypassed, and we did not reach it if the largest bloc was committed and its candidate was assigned.”
Salih believes that “quotas would be easy to eliminate if the parties that adopt sectarian slogans are criminalized and the personalities who speak sectarian and regional slogans are held accountable. Sometimes people try to escape from their problems to bigger problems, thinking that the solution is in what they promote.
Otherwise, what did the Iraqis gain from the presidential system other than that? Wars, destruction, mass graves, dark memories that cannot be forgotten, and there are no guarantees that these tragedies will not be repeated after great powers are concentrated in the hands of the president with huge funds, a strong army and a large country.
He expressed his belief that “the semi-presidential system is worse than the parliamentary and presidential systems. Whoever wants this good for Iraq, whether citizens or politicians, must demand adherence to the constitution and make it the final solution to problems and not leave it in the hands of politicians, they hire it for their interests, and whenever they intersect with it, they demand its amendment.”
He stressed, “Politicians are the cause of the political blockage due to personal interests and leadership struggles, and they are the cause of every crisis, and when everyone gets what they want, you will see that they left differences behind their backs, and the solution emerged quickly.” LINK
Today.. Independents Announce Their Initiative
Posted On2022-05-14 By Sotaliraq Baghdad: Muhannad Abd al-Wahhab
After the “majority” and “consensual” thesis put forward by the tripartite alliance and the coordination framework through their two initiatives failed to solve the intractable crisis for months, about 40 independent deputies are preparing to announce today, Saturday, the formation of their front and a new initiative, the first for them to solve the crisis and proceed with the formation of the government and benefits other.
Political analyst Dr. Talib Muhammad Karim said, in an interview: “After the failure of the two theses: the political majority and political consensus, the ball began to return again to playing the card of the independents group, and therefore the party that can attract the largest number of this group can proceed with its initiative and project.”
He added, “A large part of those we describe as independents agree with the coordinating framework bloc or may have left its womb, and therefore cannot rely on the new option through the independents’ paper, but there is another trend that may be very close to unraveling the political knot, which is that a large part of the The coordinating framework participates in the next government.”
And he indicated that “the part that will participate in the coordination framework in the new government synthesis, will preserve the rights of the minority from within the framework, and therefore those who did not participate will go to the opposition and their rights may be preserved as well, and perhaps this scenario will be the closest solution to the political reality that could be the subject of discussion.”
In the meantime, independent MP Yasser Watout said, yesterday, Friday: “The Front will announce (today, Saturday) at 11 am in the House of Representatives its own initiative in response to the political initiatives put forward by the blocs,” adding that “the Front consists of 38 to 40 independent deputies.” Its name will be announced after the initiative is launched.”
In turn, political analyst Hafez Al Bishara indicated, in an interview, that “so far, there is no positive development in the political situation that predicts the existence of a solution to the crisis, because the framework initiative was met by an initiative by the current, and the two initiatives contain contradictions, considering That the framework initiative gave a solution in which all parties are able to be present and influential, and participate in the formation of the government by everyone.”
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The Leaders Of The Coordination Framework Send A Warning To Al-Halbousi
Shafaq News/ The Shiite coordination framework issued, at dawn today, Saturday, a statement regarding the “exclusion” of MP Basem Khashan from performing his parliamentary duties.
A statement received by Shafak News Agency stated, “The leaders of the coordination framework expressed their astonishment and denunciation of the way in which the Speaker of the House of Representatives behaved with Representative Basem Khashan and excluded him from participating in parliamentary committees, which is a constitutionally guaranteed right for every deputy.”
According to the statement, the leaders of the framework warned against “using these arbitrary methods with the representatives of the people,” calling for “a review of this decision and the preservation of the democratic path and keeping it away from personal and factional rivalries and positions.”
In the parliament session last Wednesday, Al-Halbousi said, “The deputy, Basem Khashan, is not added to any parliamentary committee, and he is not allowed any intervention unless he submits a written apology to the Presidency of the House of Representatives.”
As a result, dozens of supporters of Representative Khashan in the city of Samawah, the capital of Al-Muthanna Governorate in southern Iraq, demonstrated (Friday) against Al-Halbousi.
On May 7, Representative Khashan accused Iraqi Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi of committing “financial crimes” and violating the constitution, calling on the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to dismiss him based on documents he possesses. LINK