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A Parliamentary Source Reveals The Date For The Resumption Of Regular Parliament Sessions

Time: 08/06/2020 13:01:47 Read: 2,951 times  {Baghdad: Al Furat News} A parliamentary source revealed the date for the resumption of the parliament’s sessions, which were suspended due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and the recording of injuries among members and employees of the Council.

The source said to {Euphrates News}, that “the meetings of the House of Representatives will be resumed on the third of the month of September next regularly, and there may be before that one or two emergency sessions regarding the completion of the election law and resolving the dispute over the electoral districts.”

It is noteworthy that the work of Parliament has been suspended for months, except with the exception of limited sessions, including the vote on the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi on May 7, due to the registration of dozens of infections with the Corona virus between deputies and employees.

It is noteworthy that the House of Representatives recorded the first death among its members of the pandemic to the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Higher Education Committee Ghaida Kambash on July 10, due to her infection with the virus.

Member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, Hussein Al-Oqabi, said the day before yesterday, Tuesday, “Parliament stopped holding its sessions due to the spread of Corona virus in the country and the high level of severity, as well as infection of more than 50 deputies with the virus (out of a total of 329), which necessitated the cessation of the resumption of the sessions, but now Sessions have become an imperative to start completing the election law. ”

He stressed, “The current political circumstances and recent developments require the convening of the council, even if at the level of committees, to decide on immediate issues.”

And the convening of the parliament’s sessions, at least in the next few weeks, became an urgent necessity to resolve the dispute over the electoral districts in the election law, especially after Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi decided the date and early elections for the sixth of June 2021 to throw that ball into the parliament.  LINK

Al-Kazemi Appoints A Component Advisor

Time: 08/06/ 2020 15:05:02  Read: 2,444 times   {Baghdad: Al Furat News} Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, head of the Chaldean League in Iraq and the world, appointed Safa Sabah Hindi, as his advisor for the affairs of the national components.

Hindi said in a press statement, “Assigning us this task is an important step to work for the success of plans, efforts and vision of the Prime Minister to serve Iraq and restore prestige to the state.”

He stressed that “ensuring the rights and sharing of components is the basis for Al-Kazemi’s vision.”  LINK

Iraq Is Back On The “Right Track” With 8 Indicators

Time:08/06/2020 15:40:06 Read: 2,977 times  {International: Al Furat News} A report for the Wall Street Journal said that Iraq has finally started to return to the right path, even though it is going through an unenviable situation at the present time as a result of the Corona pandemic and the struggle of regional and international wills within its territories.

The report monitored several indicators reported by the American “Brookings” Institute confirming that progress has been achieved in many ways in the country from 2003 until today.

First: The country’s population has risen from about 25 million in the last years of the rule of former President Saddam Hussein to 40 million today.

According to the newspaper, this in itself is neither good nor bad, but it means that Iraq is big enough to be an important player in Middle East politics.

Second: Per capita GDP increased to nearly six thousand dollars, compared to less than four thousand two decades ago.

The newspaper report indicates that there is still a lot of poverty in Iraq, corruption is rampant, and the prospects for work for Iraqi youth are modest, but nevertheless, there have been positive economic developments.

Third: Oil production increased from about 2.5 million barrels per day in the last years of Saddam’s rule to about 4.5 million barrels now, and export revenues from oil have tripled on average since 2002.

Fourth: The annual rate of internal displacement has fallen by more than half since the defeat of ISIS ISIS.

Fifthly, many indicators of quality of life have improved significantly over the past two decades. Mobile phones, which were limited to the Ba’athist elite, are ubiquitous, and the total number of users is almost equal to the population.

Internet users now total about 10 million.

Sixth: The average life expectancy of an individual has increased from 67 years in 2002 to about 73 years today.

Seventh: The number of modern sanitation facilities that have reached more than 40 percent of the population has increased, compared to 32 percent before 2003.

More than half of the population also has access to safe drinking water, although this file still needs to do more.

Eighth: The national literacy rate increased from 74 percent at the turn of the century to 85 percent today.

The “Wall Street Journal” report concludes, however, that there is still a long way to go for Iraq to achieve the desired political and economic stability, in light of the popular protests that erupted last year, high indicators of corruption and a decline in press freedom.

The protests began on the first of last October and lasted for several months, during which hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demanded jobs, services and the departure of the ruling elite, which they said was corrupt.

The protests caused the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who was replaced in May by Mustafa al-Kazemi, the former head of the intelligence service.

Iraq, which relies on oil exports to get most of its revenues, suffers from corruption and mismanagement for many years, and ranked No. 161 out of 168 countries in Transparency International’s annual report on corruption for 2015.

Iraq currently ranks 156 out of 180 countries in the rankings for freedom The press, published by Reporters Without Borders.  LINK

The Transport Minister Reveals “Fundamental Reforms” In The Airline

Time: 8/06/2020 15:37:52 Reading: 1,534 times  {Baghdad: Al Furat News} Today, Thursday, Minister of Transport Nasser Hussain Al-Shibli held an extended meeting with the directors of the main divisions and divisions of the General Company for Iraqi Airways, to discuss the mechanisms and procedures followed in the company’s work and to review the work developments.

And a statement of the ministry quoted by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of which Al-Shibli confirmed during the meeting, that “Iraqi Airways are on the verge of real reforms capable of returning them to their previous era.”

He pointed out, “There is an intention to cause a fundamental change in the company’s work by diagnosing the obstacles that prevent the progress of the workflow and going to address it during specific time times.”

Al-Shibli stressed that “all attendees need to adhere to all the mechanisms and plans that will be put in place to promote the national carrier and improve it and restore its name among the global carriers.”

The Minister of Transport added, “The work of airlines is the focus of attention of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, who in turn stressed the necessity of following up and supporting the work of the national carrier for its great role in transporting passengers and other services provided in addition to being considered the bright face of the country, which represents an ancient history spanning more than 70 years.” LINK

High Dollar Exchange Rate In Local Markets

Market  Economy News _ Baghdad  The exchange rates of the dollar on the stock exchange rose slightly, as it stabilized in the local markets, today, Thursday (August 6, 2020).

The prices of the Kifah Stock Exchange – Baghdad recorded 123,850 dinars per 100 dollars.

Buying and selling prices in banking shops:

The sale price of the dollar = 124,500 dinars.

The purchase price of the dollar = 123,500 dinars.

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Al-Rafidayn Decides To Include My Employees In The Service Of My Predecessors Without Interest

Banks  Economy News _ Baghdad  Al-Rafidain Bank decided, on Thursday, to include employees of the Ministry of Interior formations with the service of Salafni, which is granted to the member and is deducted from his monthly salary without interest.

The bank’s media office said in a statement, “Economy News” received a copy of it.

The affiliate added, “Affiliates can access the electronic link and apply directly to the advance”

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Iraq Resumes Exporting Asphalt Products To The Emirates

Energy  Economy News _ Baghdad  The General Company for Mining Industries, a company of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, announced Thursday the export of its asphalt products to the United Arab Emirates.

The company’s general manager, Adnan Al-Ghannam, said in a statement, “Economy News” received a copy of it.

Al-Ghannam added, “The Asphalt Products Factory in Diyala Governorate was officially opened in the middle of last June and is the first of its kind in the province. It was established under the partnership contract concluded between the General Company for Mining and the North Fayhaa Company, as it specializes in the production of three asphalt products, including Prime Coats of all kinds.

Cat Buck and its various types and asphalt with a total capacity of (80) thousand tons / year, stressing that the company is proceeding with its plan to establish factories for the production of asphalt paints in various governorates of the country in partnership with the private sector.

For his part, Deputy Director General Majid Hameed Ghadhayeb stated that this meal is considered the first export meal from the asphalt products factory in Diyala governorate to the United Arab Emirates.

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Parliamentary Energy: No Solution To The Electricity Crisis At The Present Time

Thursday 06, August 2020 10:32 | EconomicalViews: 175  Baghdad / Nina / The Parliamentary Committee on Oil and Energy confirmed that there is no solution to the electricity crisis at the present time.

Member of the Committee, Representative Ghalib Muhammad, said in a press statement that “Iraq needs more than 19,000 megawatts of electricity in the summer season, up to the supply of about 25,000 megawatts,” noting that “part of the private generators belongs to government officials.”

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