Iraq: Amid Sunni cleavages and Kurdish dictations … Wednesday is an initial date for a vote on the Al-Kazemi government
An Iraqi MP revealed a preliminary date for voting on the government of Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kazemi. The deputy from the Al-Fateh Alliance Fadel Al-Fatlawi said that Al-Kazemi has completed the selection of his cabinet, and he will ask the Speaker of Parliament to hold a session for the Council next Wednesday to vote on the cabinet.
And that Al-Kazemi’s consultations with the political blocs ended with the selection of approximately 20 ministers with their replacements, and the candidate booth will be presented to the House of Representatives next Wednesday.
However, the secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, Raed Fahmy, ruled that Al-Kazemi could easily pass his booth.
Fahmy said that the support of the blocs to Al-Kazemi will be removed immediately after the understanding of the ministerial quotas .. Meanwhile, sources in the Union of Sunni Forces led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi said that a great schism occurred in the union and showed that the Iraqi politician and businessman Khamis Al-Khanjar succeeded in establishing a new bloc called The “liberated cities” bloc was joined by approximately 31 Sunni representatives who broke away from Al-Halbousi. For his part, a Shiite deputy accused Shiite blocs of colluding with Kurdish politicians in plundering Iraq’s fortunes.
Representative Hassan Salem said of the Sadqoun bloc linked to Asaib Ahl al-Haq, led by Qais Khazali, that 40 percent of the Iraqi budget goes to the Kurdish region with the complicity of the leaders of the Shiite blocs.
And Salem explained that the Integrity Commission reports that the Kurdish region owes the central government to 128 billion dollars accumulated for the export of 650 thousand barrels per day of oil without the Baghdad government obtaining one dollar of these revenues!
Sources close to Al-Kazimi’s negotiations with the political blocs indicate that the Kurdish forces imposed on the Prime Minister-designate to keep Fouad Hussein, the Minister of Finance in his post, while granting the Kurds three other ministries in exchange for supporting the Al-Kazemi government. Source