Saturday AM Iraq Parliament News Highlights 7-2-22
After the framework initiative… a “semi-final” Kurdish consensus to choose the president of the republic
Posted On2022-06-30 By Sotaliraq On Thursday, a representative from the Al-Fateh Alliance, Suhaila Al-Sultani, confirmed that the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union had reached a near-final agreement on the position of the next President of the Republic.
Sultani said in a statement that “the coordination framework put forward an initiative that facilitated the agreement and ended the crisis between the two parties,” stressing that, “the formation of the government will take place after the official announcement of the personality of the President of the Republic from the two parties and voting on it in the parliament in the coming days.”
She added, “The data is positive within the meetings so far, and the coordination framework is moving towards the formation of a consensual government in which all political forces participate.”
According to the Iraqi constitution, the second step after the vote on choosing the presidency of the parliament is to vote on the candidate for the presidency, after which the new president assigns the candidate of the major parliamentary bloc to form the government and submit it to Parliament for confidence within one month after the assignment. LINK
Baghdad Announces Its Readiness To Host The Political Negotiations Between Iran And Saudi Arabia
Shafaq News / The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, announced on Thursday the country’s readiness to provide the necessary grounds for launching “political negotiations” between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
This came during a telephone conversation that Hussein had with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during which he discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and the latest developments in the regional arena, according to a statement reported by the Iranian “IRNA” agency.
The Iranian Foreign Minister thanked the Iraqi authorities for their efforts in facilitating the affairs of Iranian pilgrims, and called on the Iraqi government to follow up on the remaining Hajj issues.
According to the statement, the Iraqi foreign minister affirmed the Iraqi government’s readiness to “pave the groundwork for the start of political talks between Tehran and Riyadh in Baghdad,” expressing his hope that “these talks will lead to positive developments and the resumption of relations between the two important countries in the region.” LINK
A parliamentarian files a lawsuit against Al-Halbousi, and the Federal Court sets the date for the pleading session
Politics Al-Halbousi Federal Court Lawsuit Bassem Khashan
2022-07-01 05:11 A parliamentarian files a lawsuit against Al-Halbousi, and the Federal Court sets the date for the pleading session LINK
An Activist Responds To The Obelisk Report On The Relationship Between The Sadrist Movement And The Extension Of
Post Views: 562 Baghdad / Obelisk: Engineer Hassanein Al-Saadi responded, Thursday, June 30, 2022, to the Obelisk report on the relationship between the Sadrist movement and extension.
The obelisk publishes the text of the response:
Several points can be made about this article:
1_ Tishreen fans today are not the 2019 fans, they have more than 17 parliamentarians now and they can communicate with them directly as political representatives and they know what is happening in the Green Zone rooms. It is related to services such as installing contractors and lecturers and some urgent needs.
2_ The masses of the Sadrist movement, there is no person or group of people who have the authority of the Sadrist decision to take a specific position, such as coordination and discussion on demonstrations and sit-ins, except by the decision of their leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, and all Iraqis, and all of us, as journalists, political analysts and activists, know very well that the decisions of Mr. Those close to him are in his office and home, so it is not possible to imagine the existence of an official or popular Sadrist party that can welcome and meet with a political party or popular movement without al-Sadr’s permission.
3 _ It is very clear from the wording of this article that it is the style and pulp of the ideas of the current largest political party in Parliament and those who lead the movement to form the government and they are (the framework parties), as they want from now to spread an Iraqi popular atmosphere that the framework wants to form the government according to the system and legal and constitutional contexts, but the absurd represented by (The October audience and the efforts of the Sadrist movement) want to sabotage, stop the wheel of government formation and create chaos on the street, i.e. install (the angelic framework and the demonization of their political opponents, the Sadrists and the Charna) together. There are also words inside the article that make the October audience stalk the Sadrists and make the Sadrists angry at the Octoberists. the frame.
4_ The spread and abundance of Iraq’s crises, such as the rise in the dollar exchange rate, the job opportunities crisis, poverty, epidemics, government corruption, thirst, the lack of an annual budget, the unsuitable environment for living, the absurdity in the leadership of the authority, and the quarrels and rivalries of Iraqi political parties through the media have brought the majority of Iraqis to a state of despair, harm, pain and oppression, and it is possible for them to go out in demonstrations without The Sadrists and Tishreen intervene on any given day, and the evidence is that we witness daily demonstrations of demands from various Iraqi popular groups, according to the type of their demands, at the Green Gate, Jadriya, the Prime Minister’s Gate, and the Parliament’s entrance, almost daily in Baghdad.
5_ It cannot be speculated that the role of al-Sadr after his withdrawal from Parliament and the political process will be limited to a million of his fans and demonstrations only.
Rather, the nomad has dozens of political surprises with influential results, including his recent tweet against Barham Salih, which dropped the nomination of the most prominent leader in the most powerful party allied with the framework for a long time, meaning the tweet made By burning a political movement that took two weeks or months of in-depth political negotiations between Al-Attar, Al-Yakti, Azm and Babylon.
Another advice is that provoking the street and taking it out for demonstrations and sit-ins does not require an extension of my chest, but rather it is possible to provoke the feelings of millions of Iraqi youth and take them out in a popular outburst against the green as soon as announcing the formation of a consensual government, a weak shareholding repetition of the previous failed government versions since 2003, especially since the Iraqi poor popular masses toppled the last president Ministers popularly and by force came to rule by the same type of consensual government in 2019.
Obelisk – Follow-up – Agencies LINK
The Interactions Of The Hour..Kurdistan Deputies Defend The Region’s Issues Only
Baghdad/The Obelisk: The Obelisk Agency publishes the most prominent interviews on satellite television, Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Former Minister Wael Abdel Latif during a televised interview:
The House of Representatives has no desire to legislate the Federation Council law.
The Federation Council is a safety valve that corrects the failures of the Parliament.
The Federation Council includes political figures with great experience.
Democracy is a belief before it is imposed in the constitution.
The representatives of Kurdistan are directed to defend the issues of the region only.
The parties divided the parliamentarians, and there is no agreement on the country’s issues.
The constitutional amendments have problems, and it is unreasonable to include two articles in the constitution that deal with that.
The best period for constitutional amendments is now.
The preamble, some chapters, and some bodies should be amended.
The first session is the best, and Mahmoud al-Mashhadani is the best parliament speaker.
Democracy in Iraq was represented in the first and second sessions.
Political forces do not care about the document of the people and the nation.
The disintegration of political forces does not allow the political process to continue.
The process of continuing democracy under the constitution has become impossible.
The central regime destroyed the country through absurd wars and sieges.
– The interim constitution is a basis for the Iraqi constitution in 2005.
– Between political decentralization and federalism is a step, and through it, the Kurdistan region has become.
During 2010, the parliamentary political system deviated.
Parliament was disciplined by the presence of American patronage.
Obelisk – Follow-up – Agencies LINK
Saleh Al-Iraqi On Al-Sadr’s Withdrawal From The Political Process: Lack Of Popular Support
Post Views: 2006 Baghdad / Obelisk: Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, known as the minister of the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr, revealed on Thursday, June 30, 2022, the reasons for al-Sadr’s withdrawal from the political process.
The obelisk publishes the text of the statement:
What are the reasons that prompted al-Sadr to withdraw from the political process?
I mention some of them to you:
First: The government can only be completed with the participation of the corrupt, subordinationists, and sectarians.
Second: Independents stand by the project of the national majority government for reasons of encouragement, intimidation or lack of confidence.
Third: The political blocs, and even some countries, insisted on consensus.. This, in his view, is forbidden and unjust to the people and the nation.
Fourth: The conscious classes, such as media professionals, analysts, technocrats, and others, do not support the project of the national majority, but some of them stand in opposition, especially with the hostile media war.
Fifth: The lack of popular support for this, despite the fact that the majority sympathize with the majority project.
Sixth: the domination of the beneficiaries, dissidents and the worldly ones from the current in the event of the success of the formation of the national majority government, and this puts the last national Shiite card at risk.
Seventh: The occurrence of a Shiite conflict over the sharing of government spoils before their formation, so what if they were formed?!
Eighth: The issuance of a law criminalizing normalization led to a rallying around the outside against the owner of the reform project and the majority project.
Ninth: Forming a majority government will collide with rampant corruption in all parts of the state, including the politicization of the judiciary and other state institutions.
Tenth: The naive believe that the majority government is a weakening of the sect.. and this is a very sad matter.. the sect is not superior to corruption, but rather through reform and the rejection of sectarianism.
I suffice with that.
Minister of Commander Saleh Muhammad Al-Iraqi Obelisk – Follow-up – Agencies LINK
Iraq’s Speech At The Baku Conference Of The Parliamentary Network
Today, Friday, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and head of the Iraqi delegation, Shakhwan Abdullah, delivered Iraq’s speech at the Baku Conference of the Parliamentary Network held in Azerbaijan.
In his speech, Abdullah said, according to a statement, “With the launch of the work and activities of the Baku Conference, the International Day of Parliamentarians coincided with the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2018, and it is an important occasion and an opportunity available to discuss issues and files related to the life and future of our countries, and to establish towards mature and systematic future visions in order to expand The role of parliamentarians in development plans and national strategies for developing work tools and contributing to a high level of transparency for implementing accountability and oversight over government institutions, and ensuring quality and sobriety in legislation.
He added: “We meet today and we are fully aware of the dangers, economic and health crises that surround our peoples, security problems and political complications, and there are many problems and challenges, as everyone knows that we in Iraq have confronted with all firmness and insistence terrorism in all its forms of obscurantist thought and abhorrent extremism.”
Abdullah continued, “We fought the terrorist Daesh, which posed a global threat, and our people were able to bravely confront these dark forces in solidarity and with one side from the army, the Peshmerga, and the popular and clan mobilization.”
And he stated: “The rapid developments and events emerged as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war and its effects on the global economy, the confusion in the markets, the disparity in the prices of basic foodstuffs, and the reluctance of the investment sector to fear the developments of the war and its negative repercussions in front of the tension around the world, and we must also not forget the issue of climate change.
Especially in Iraq, the Arab Gulf region, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt and a number of other countries, and some countries in the region misuse the water file and deliberately create crises with neighboring countries and unfortunately use water as a weapon of pressure. The bias is to be ready to face these challenges, and we must work together to enhance parliamentary cooperation and raise the level of coordination with all available tools and mechanisms. LINK
Khashan: The Election Law In Iraq Is Like The Kleenex.
Calendar 07/01/2022 Views 790 Baghdad/ Today, Friday, the independent deputy, Basem Khashan, described the election law in Iraq as a “Kleenex”.
Khashan wrote on Twitter, “The election law in Iraq, like the Kleenex, is only used once. Political reform does not begin without enacting a stable electoral law that enables the commission to be ready to hold elections within a maximum period of sixty days, according to Article (64/second) of the Constitution”.
Iraqi Diplomacy After 2003: Reorientation Or Loss Of The Compass?
FRI, 07-01-2022, AM 11:27 Tayseer Al-Assadi By: Hassan Al-Janabi
The struggle for Arab leadership with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was bitter, bloody and highly sensitive, because it is a partisan struggle and at the heart of the Baath Party organization and its rigid ideology. The conflict, in its violent form, extended into the two countries, Syria and Iraq, as well as the Lebanese and Palestinian arenas.
It appeared in the form of bombings, armed organizations, defections, assassination attempts and executions, during which everything in the fields of conspiracy and intelligence was practiced from the secrets of bloody conflicts, with a tangible difference in the performance of the two parties.
Compare, for example, the “ingenuity” of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in 1976 in giving an Arab legitimate cover to the Syrian military intervention in Lebanon, in contrast to the reckless stances of the Baath government in Iraq and its constant resort to violence, treachery and volatility. This is what happened, for example, in its relationship with Iran before and after the Iranian revolution.
As well as what happened in the fighting between the Palestinian factions, or in the assassinations of Palestinian and Iraqi leaders who were involved with the Palestinian resistance factions, including the Iraqi opposition journalist Adel Wasfi, known as Khaled Al-Iraqi, who was involved at the time in the frameworks of the Fatah movement led by Yasser Arafat, as he was liquidated on 20 6/1979 in Beirut.
Similar qualifiers took place for other opponents in many parts of the world, including the leftist oppositionist Tawfiq Rushdi, who was assassinated on 1/6/1979 in Yemen, and the dissident Sheikh Talib al-Suhail on 2/4/1994 in Beirut, and he is the father of Ambassador Safia al-Suhail.
Unsuccessful attempts were also made to assassinate Professor Fakhri Karim on August 27, 1982 in Beirut, Dr. Ayad Allawi on February 4, 1978 in London, and the liquidation of General Abdul Razzaq Al-Nayef on 9/7/1978 in London as well, in addition to previous assassinations in time such as the assassination of General Hardan al-Tikriti on 30/3/1971 in Kuwait and so on.
The Iraqi embassies were used as advanced centers for planning and implementation in most of these activities, some of which were taking place under the obsession of the bitter conflict with Hafez al-Assad and at other times with the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
On the other hand, a similar conflict was taking place with Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, albeit to a lesser degree. In the Syrian and Libyan cases, the conflict was taking place against the background of the two countries’ relationship with Iran, in addition to other considerations, including ideological and others related to the leadership ambitions of the three poles.
The interesting thing is that the three seeking Arab leadership, Saddam Hussein, Hafez al-Assad and Muammar Gaddafi, their countries ended in destruction and instability, so Iraq was occupied after the destruction of its military and economic capabilities and the outbreak of civil war in Syria and Libya.
Those “leaders” squandered their efforts and the wealth of their countries on activities outside their national borders in moments of arrogance, tyranny and irresponsibility, forgetting that the national “inside” is the main actor for countries’ stability and prosperity. The peoples of the region did not reap from their foreign adventures, false leadership ambitions, and fanatical ideologies, only disappointments, pain, poverty, occupation and civil wars.
The three leaders, similar in the intensity of the internal repression of their people, “competed” for funding various conflicting armed organizations in Palestine, Lebanon, Eritrea and others. At the time when Hafez al-Assad succeeded in 1976 in convincing the Arab League of the “legitimate” existence of what was then called the “Arab Deterrence Forces,” a decision that the Iraqi Baath regime objected to, which did not attend the meeting for that in the first place, Iraq had indulged in harnessing its espionage capabilities.
And the great intelligence services to crush his opponents and those who disagree with his orientations, even if they are non-Iraqis in Iraq and abroad. He supported, financed and armed the formation of auxiliary or schismatic organizations, including the “Arab Liberation Front” and others on the Palestinian level.
After the sharpening of differences with the leadership of the Palestinian Fatah Organization, Iraq enlisted the controversial figure Abu Nidal (Sabri al-Banna), who became Saddam’s puppet for a long period of time. Abu Nidal carried out assassination crimes against Palestinian leaders, including Saeed Hamami in Paris, Izz al-Din Qalq in London, Naim Khader in Brussels, Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) in Tunisia, and writer Youssef al-Sibai in Egypt and others, but his attempt to assassinate Abdel Halim Khaddam was unsuccessful, as was his attempt to assassinate The Israeli ambassador in London, which was the pretext used to invade Lebanon in June 1982.
It is interesting that Abu Nidal’s loyalties extended under different circumstances to serve the Syrian and Libyan regimes as well, but his tragic end came at the hands of Saddam’s intelligence in Baghdad on charges of conspiring with Kuwait, as was said, but it was also rumored that he committed suicide in his apartment in Baghdad on August 17, 2002.
At that time, the Iraqi embassies engaged in expanding and planning their activities according to the prevailing trends and the instructions in force, to be their striking arm or diplomatic “cover”, although some of these activities were sometimes carried out without the knowledge of the ambassadors.
In parallel with the “nationalist” activity in the Arab world, Saddam Hussein was striving to achieve his broader dual goal of leading the Third World and besieging Iran diplomatically, after he was empowered by the circumstances that forced him to sign the 1975 agreement with the Iranian Shah.
During that time, Iraq focused on working on the African continent, and the work resulted in a wide diplomatic representation that included the establishment of (13) embassies on the black continent, providing material aid and opening universities for study, and so on. At that time, the Iraqi political and economic influence in Africa increased a lot, including in the military field, as in Chad, which was in conflict with Gaddafi.
Until today, Iraq still owns valuable real estate in some African capitals, and the current Iraqi diplomatic presence in Africa, which is symbolic in part, is due to the preservation of these properties and real estate. Personally, I think that some of these properties have been squandered and others are on the way to being lost and seized by the citizens of those countries.
This is a real dilemma, as it is not possible to restore these properties without long, expensive and unsecured courts, especially in light of the Iraqi inability to defend its sovereign rights before international courts. In 2018, I was the head of the Africa Department in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, and I was acquainted with some of those details. LINK