Samson: Hadithi announces new provisions against senior officials

30th November, 2019
Prime Minister Saad al-Hadithi’s press office announced on Saturday that new orders had been issued against senior officials on suspicion of corruption.

“There is a central special court for corruption crimes, which was formed in coordination between the executive judiciary,” he said.

He pointed out that “the court issued a decision to the investigative bodies in the courts of appeal in all the courts of Iraq to issue arrest warrants and recruitment and seizure of funds to anyone found guilty of suspicion of corruption.”

Al-Hadithi revealed that dozens of recruitment, detention, arrest and even prison sentences were issued against senior officials at the level of ministers, governors, members of parliament and members of provincial councils, noting that “work is continuing in this regard and other decisions will be issued in succession in the next few days.”   LINK


Samson:  Statement By The White House: “The United States Will Assume The Presidency Of The Security Council Next Month”

30th November, 2019

The White House announced that President Donald Trump will meet with the permanent representatives of the United Nations Security Council on the fifth of next month, coinciding with the assumption of the presidency of the Council during the month of December.

“President Donald Trump will meet with the permanent representatives of the UN Security Council on December 5,” the White House said in a statement.

 “Trump will shed light on the US leadership of the UN Security Council and will invite permanent representatives to act to address the challenges to international peace and security,” the statement said.

 “Members of the council will go to Washington and are expected to have lunch with President Trump,” a UN Security Council source said.

 The members are also likely to visit Kentucky, home of the US ambassador to the UN Security Council, Kelly Kraft, from December 13 to 15.    LINK

Samson:  World oil prices fall by 4%

30th November, 2019

Oil prices closed down 4% on Saturday as OPEC members will meet next week to decide on extending the production cut deal beyond March.

Brent closed at $ 60.75, down $ 2.52, or 3.98%, while US crude fell $ 3.69, or 4.63%, to $ 55.42.

Oil prices have remained volatile over the past two weeks but have not fallen below $ 60 for Brent and have not climbed above $ 64.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia-led allies agreed in July to extend oil production cuts in a bid to boost crude prices as the global economy slows and US output rises.   LINK