butterfly Al-Sadr freezes negotiations to form the Iraqi government Baghdad – The Sadrist movement announced on Saturday the freezing of negotiations to form a government with the political blocs and a boycott of the Iraqi parliament session dedicated to choosing a president for the republic to succeed Barham Salih.
The Sadrists’ move comes amid a stifling political crisis in Iraq due to deep differences between Shiite forces over the formation of the next government.
On Saturday, the Presidents of the Republic, the Government and Parliament urged the winning political forces in the recent parliamentary elections to overcome their differences and move forward in forming the next government.
“We decided to freeze negotiations with the political blocs regarding the formation of the next government until further notice,” the head of the “Sadr bloc” in Parliament, Hassan al-Adari, said in a press conference.
He added that members of the Sadrist bloc should not attend the parliament session to choose the president of the republic scheduled for Monday, with the exception of the first deputy speaker of parliament, Hakim al-Zamili.
butterfly The Iraqi parliament is scheduled to hold a special session on Monday to elect a new president from among 25 candidates, most notably the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) candidate President Saleh and the Kurdistan Democratic Party candidate Hoshyar Zebari.
The Sadrist bloc topped the October 10 elections, with 73 seats, followed by the Progress Alliance with 37, the State of Law coalition with 33, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 31.
The cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government, unlike the rest of the Shiite forces within the “coordination framework”, which calls for a consensual government in which all political forces in Parliament participate, similar to previous sessions.
On Friday, al-Sadr called on his political alliance in parliament not to vote for Zebari if he did not meet the conditions.
Al-Sadr added in a tweet, “We are advocates of reform, not advocates of authority and rule,” days after Parliament scrutinized the resumes of candidates for the presidency and gave the green light to 25 candidates to compete for the position, including Zebari.
For his part, Zebari said in an interview broadcast on state television (Al-Iraqiya) on Friday that his candidacy for the post of President of the Republic “is definitive and we are going with it until the end.” He added that “the vote needs two-thirds of the members of Parliament, and we have a mobilization to get the sufficient number of votes.”
He also said, “Our insistence on the position of the President of the Republic is an electoral entitlement, not a national one, and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan took its chance in the presidency for 17 continuous years.”
The National Union Party has maintained the position of president since 2006, while the Democratic Party’s share during the last period was one of the sovereign ministries, either finance or foreign affairs.
Al-Sadr has repeatedly expressed his willingness to enter into an alliance with the rest of the Shiite forces within the “coordinating framework”, with the exception of the leader of the “State of Law” coalition, Nuri al-Maliki, which is rejected by the “coordinating framework” forces.
Al-Sadr blames Al-Maliki, who headed the government for two consecutive terms (2006-2014), for “the rampant corruption and acts of violence” in the country, in addition to the ISIS invasion of a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. https://rawabetcenter.com/archives/141962
butterfly Al-Sadr resolves his issue with Barzani and calls for the exclusion of Zebari
The leader of the movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on his deputies in the Iraqi parliament on Friday not to elect the Kurdistan Democratic Party candidate, Hoshyar Zebari, if he did not meet the conditions for candidacy for the presidency of the republic for the next four years, in a move that observers said means that al-Sadr has made up his mind and is calling on the Sadrists to exclude Zebari.
Iraqi political sources said that al-Sadr’s words are a clear message before Monday, the date of the election of the new Iraqi president, to the effect that he has made up his mind for the benefit of the outgoing president, Barham Salih, considering that the tweet in which al-Sadr’s words came is tantamount to a clearing of responsibility towards ally Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and before The Iraqis, so as not to say that al-Sadr did not adhere to the alliance that was formed a few days ago and led to the election of a speaker to parliament.
Al-Sadr’s reference means that Barzani should instruct his uncle and his candidate for the Iraqi presidency, Zebari, to withdraw in order to save the face of the Kurdish leader.
The sources indicated that the leader of the Sadrist movement gave a clear signal to the representatives of his bloc and to the representatives who believe in reform and support the war on corruption by not electing Barzani because of the suspicions surrounding him of corruption, which contradicts al-Sadr’s desire that the next stage be the stage of confronting corruption on a large scale.
It is unreasonable for this battle to be waged with a president accused of corruption, and that even if he is innocent, the Iraqis will doubt al-Sadr’s efforts and plans and will not believe him or cooperate with him, a matter that may affect his credibility with his supporters.
butterfly Al-Sadr said in a tweet to him on his personal account on Twitter, “If the candidate of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the ally – but never – for the presidency of the republic does not meet the conditions, then I call on the reform representatives not to vote for him.” “We are advocates of reform, not advocates of authority and rule,” he added. LINK
butterfly Who is the next president?! 2022-02-05 ……… Qassem Al-Gharawi || Writer / Political Analyst The decision of the Federal Supreme Court came in what the tripartite alliance did not desire, as the court issued its decisive decision in the interpretation of Article 70 / first of the Iraqi constitution regarding the achievement of the quorum for the session of electing the President of the Republic. And it announced that the quorum for the presidential election session is achieved by the presence of two-thirds of the total number of members of the House of Representatives.
And two-thirds means 221 at a time when the previous interpretation of the court was the absolute majority for the President of the Republic to obtain confidence, i.e. 165 and the decision of the Federal Court did not resolve the largest bloc in favor of the Sadrist movement or the coordinating framework.
The largest bloc in the first session of Parliament after choosing the Speaker and his two deputies this first. Secondly, the court, by approving a quorum, achieves two-thirds of the total number of parliament to vote on the president of the republic.
Consensus in the state administration to pass the President of the Republic and agreement with the Sadrist movement to choose the Prime Minister. It is not possible to vote on the President of the Republic unless there is agreement on the Prime Minister, who will be assigned by the President of the Republic after his election.
I think that the issue has become more complicated, even though the decisions of the Federal Court put points on the letters, which is a last chance to find a way out of the closed ends of the understandings, especially between the coordination framework and the Sadrist movement to form the largest bloc and agree on the prime minister.
butterfly Another point of contention arises between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of the competition between Zebari and Saleh, although the tripartite alliance allows Zebari to rise to the presidency, but the suspicions that accompanied him and the resubmission of corruption files to the court will leave a knot in addition to the tweet of Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr not to nominate Zebari if corruption files are proven against him The National Union is closer to the coordinating framework in attitudes towards the Triple Alliance and the nomination of presidency. Maybe Zebari, maybe Saleh, and maybe a third figure. The important thing is what the parties agree upon through negotiations that will take time before the next parliament session. LINK
butterfly Forming New Iraqi Govt “will be Complicated” 5th February 2022 By Abbas Kadhim, for the Atlantic Council. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq is forming a new government. But getting there will be complicated.
Whatever the outcome of the ongoing negotiations, the prospects of the next government will depend on the conditions of intra-Shia relations.
Click here to read the full report. LINK
butterfly Is ‘unfreezing’ of Iranian funds in Iraq ‘positive signal’ 4th February 2022 in Iraq Banking & Finance News, Politics, Security
From Amwaj Media. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Is ‘unfreezing’ of Iranian funds in Iraq ‘positive signal’ from Biden?
A prominent Iranian news agency says funds that have been frozen in Iraq due to US sanctions are now available for food and medicine imports.
However, the report has been disputed by a member of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce.
The full report can be viewed here (registration required). https://amwaj.media/media-monitor/us-sending-positive-signal-with-release-of-iranian-funds-in-iraq
butterfly @Dave: ………………….. Canada national news Last night
Convoy of truckers protesting vaccine mandates continues in Canada
A “Freedom Convoy” of truckers and other protesters has continued to gather in Ottawa and around Canada to express their discontent over vaccine mandates and the federal government. On Friday, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced “no further funds will be directly distributed to the Freedom Convoy organizers” after receiving police reports of violence and other unlawful activity from the demonstration.
The number of protesters in Canada’s capital has diminished significantly since the weekend, The Washington Post reports. The protest, which originally started as a protest against a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for cross-border drivers, has since developed into a demonstration against the Trudeau government and its policies, according to Reuters. Photo via @ReutersPolitics
butterfly What you need to know
– Trudeau says he’s not “intimidated” by protesters and will not meet with trucker convoy organizers
– Police in Canada have opened “several criminal investigations” into the sweeping protests
– Truckers in Alberta blocked US-Canada border crossings on Saturday and continued to do so through at least Friday
– Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced no further funds will be directly distributed to the organizers due to violations of the Terms of Service
Sheila One more time:
Profound Distinctions Between Intelligence and Wisdom
This is so so good … I had never known these profound distinctions between *Intelligence* and *Wisdom* …
- Intelligence leads to arguments. Wisdom leads to settlements.
- Intelligence is power of will. Wisdom is power OVER will.
- Intelligence is heat, it burns. Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.
- Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker. Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.
- Intelligence is holding on. Wisdom is letting go.
- Intelligence leads you. Wisdom guides you.
- An intelligent man thinks he knows everything. A wise man knows that there is still something to learn.
- An intelligent man always tries to prove his point. A wise man knows there really is no point.
- An intelligent man freely gives unsolicited advice. A wise man keeps his counsel until all options are considered.
- An intelligent man understands what is being said. A wise man understands what is left unsaid.
- An intelligent man speaks when he has to say something. A wise man speaks when he has something to say.
- An intelligent man sees everything as relative. A wise man sees everything as related.
- An intelligent man tries to control the mass flow. A wise man navigates the mass flow.
- An intelligent man preaches. A wise man reaches.
Intelligence is good but wisdom achieves better results.
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