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The Council of Ministers votes on the Federal Budget Law of the Republic of Iraq for the fiscal year / 2020, and refers it to the House of Representatives based on the provisions of Articles 61 / Item First and 80 / Item Two) of the Constitution

https://pmo.iq/press2020/14-9-202001.htm

In Details, The Size Of The Deficit In The Current Year’s Budget And The Internal And External Loans

Pratha News Agency81 2020-09-15

A government source revealed the size of the deficit in the current year’s budget and the internal and external loans.

The source said, “The draft budget law for the current year voted on is about 148 trillion dinars, with a deficit of 81 trillion,” indicating that “the texts of the current year budget do not differ from the texts in the 2019 budget.”

He added, “The total oil and non-oil revenues in the 2020 budget are estimated at 67 trillion for a year,” indicating that the spending process for the next 3 months is done through the budget.  He pointed out that “the new internal and external borrowing in the 2020 budget amounts to 27 trillion for the purpose of meeting expenses.”

The spokesman for the Prime Minister, Ahmed Mulla Talal, confirmed today, Monday, that the 2020 budget has secured the salaries of employees and retirees and social care, while noting that the 2021 budget is in the process of preparation.

The Cabinet approved the draft Federal Budget Law 2020, and sent it to the House of Representatives.

http://burathanews.com/arabic/economic/376585

Systemic Changes In Senior Positions

Tuesday 15 September 2020  101  Baghdad: Awa and the morning: Omar Abdul Latif   The changes made by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in higher positions and special ranks constituted one of the priorities of the current government, and they are in response to the aspiration of the popular movement and citizens in general who are demanding change and reform of state institutions. The new changes that Al-Kazemi made on Monday included the appointment of 9 figures Important sites that have always had a direct impact on public life in the country. They start with the Baghdad Municipality and the Central Bank and end with the Integrity Commission.

Hours after the issuance of the list of appointments to important positions, members of the House of Representatives welcomed them, with emphasis on legal points related to these changes, and the deputy of the coalition of “Iraqis” Ali Al-Badiri believed that all the changes that Al-Kazemi made in the positions related to the independent bodies fall within what he pledged In front of the people and their representatives in the House of Representatives that he “will bear the full responsibility to go the country to a safe shore.”

He preceded the political forces – during the formation of the government – to give the green light to the Prime Minister and the full space to choose whom he deems appropriate to confront the government cabinet, to be responsible for it before the people Iraqi and his representatives in the House of Representatives in case of success or failure.

Al-Badiri added, “The names he announced, regardless of whether some of them are acceptable or not, are the first and last choice for the prime minister, and we have previously confirmed that we will remain supportive of the Al-Kazemi government as long as it is consistent with the demands of the masses and the reference calls for reform, change and fighting corruption.”

Weights other changes that will extend to senior positions and special ranks that will be witnessed in the next few days, as part of Al-Kazemi’s policy of pumping new and successful blood into state institutions. Member of Parliament Azad Hamid said in an interview with Al-Sabah: “Those changes that have taken place in many positions and independent bodies are good. Especially since there are names known for their success during their several positions during the previous phase.

This campaign of changes came after the many demands by the street and some officials that managers and presidents who have been in office for years should be replaced, in order to be replaced by others who could devise successful strategies in line with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s vision of building the state.

The Parliamentary Legal Committee, for its part, had an opinion on the changes made by Al-Kazimi, as the deputy head of the committee, Muhammad Al-Ghazi, says: “The appointments announced (Monday) are considered within the powers of the Prime Minister to make changes to government positions, but they need Parliament’s approval. ».

He added, “If the names are passed through the Council of Ministers and referred to the House of Representatives officially, the Council will exercise its authority to review the CVs of the new appointees,” indicating that “the special grades of Deputy Minister and above must be voted on in the House of Representatives.”

Al-Ghazi pointed out that “Al-Kazemi’s appointment to senior positions will be temporary under the agency system, until the names that will be officially appointed are reached.” Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, made changes to senior positions, and a government source told the Iraqi News Agency (INA) that “the changes that Al-Kazemi made in a number of positions included the following:

Mustafa Ghaleb Makhaif, governor of the Central Bank, Soha Dawood Elias Al-Najjar as Chairman of the National Investment Authority, Engineer Manhal Aziz Raouf Al-Haboubi, Mayor of Baghdad, Salem Jawad Abdul-Hadi Al-Chalabi as Director of the Iraqi Trade Bank TBI, Dr. Khaled Al-Obeidi, Deputy Operations Affairs for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, Faleh Yunus Hassan, as an agent of the National Security Agency, Faisal Wissam Al-Humais as Chairman of the Authority Securities, Sheikh Sami Al-Masoudi as Chairman of the Hajj and Umrah Authority, Alaa Jawad Hamid as Chairman of the Integrity Commission.   LINK

Statement  In The Name Of Of Allah The Merciful

Yesterday, Monday 9/14/2020, we directed a series of necessary changes to take place in some important administrative sites in state institutions.

This step faced various reactions, some of them from the political forces that declared their rejection of quotas in all its forms, which undoubtedly represents a reflection of a steadfast popular stance towards state building.

We affirm that these necessary changes came in line with an administrative and legal context imposed by the end of official legal periods for some officials, and even exceeding those periods from their ceilings for long periods, and that the procedure did not come to effect qualitative changes in institutions.

On this basis, most of the names put forward were chosen from within the institutions themselves, or from specialists in certain fields, taking into account the factor of integrity and experience, and ensuring national balance.

The positions of some political blocs on the issue of quotas must be accompanied by specific information about this alleged quotas. We will deal with this information seriously and verify it within the applicable contexts.

Hence, if the political forces declared their innocence of these changes and they really did not interfere with them or influence them, then how can they be accused that the changes depended on partisan quotas?

We wish everyone, based on national responsibility, to deal with the facts and contexts of the state, and its most important attestation is that the aforementioned changes took place through the natural and necessary path to revitalize the state’s work and activate its role to serve the aspirations of our people and implement their demands, and were not subject to the partisan quota mechanisms.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi,  Prime Minister  15-Sep-2020  https://pmo.iq/press2020/15-9-202001.htm

Al-Kazemi Defends The Special Grade Appointments And Attacks Its Critics

Pratha News Agency88 2020-09-15  Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi defended, on Tuesday, the appointments he recently made regarding special grades, while stressing that the method of assignment came within the law and administrative procedures.

Al-Kazemi said in a statement that “On Monday, we directed a series of necessary changes in some important administrative sites in state institutions.” This step faced various reactions, some of them from the political forces that declared their rejection of quotas in all its forms, which undoubtedly represents a reflection of a steadfast popular stance towards state building.

Al-Kazemi stressed in his statement, “These necessary changes came in line with an administrative and legal context imposed by the end of the official legal periods for some officials, and even exceeding those periods from their ceilings for long periods, and that the procedure did not come to bring about qualitative changes in institutions.”

“On this basis, most of the names put forward were chosen from within the institutions themselves, or from specialists in certain fields, taking into account the factor of integrity and experience, and ensuring the national balance.”

And he indicated that “the positions of some political blocs on the issue of quotas must be accompanied by specific information about this alleged quotas, and we will deal with this information seriously and verify it within the applicable contexts and then, if the political forces have declared their innocence of these changes and they really did not interfere with it and did not Affects it, how is it accused that the changes relied on partisan quotas?

He pointed out that “we wish everyone, based on the reality of national responsibility, to deal with the facts and contexts of the state, and its most important attestation is that the aforementioned variables took place through the natural and necessary path to activate the state’s work and activate its role to serve the aspirations of our people and implement its demands, and were not subject to the partisan quota mechanisms.” http://burathanews.com/arabic/news/376578

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