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Samson: Transparency International: Successive governments in Iraq have wasted 300 billion dollars

09:55 – 08/02/2021

According to a report by Transparency International, successive governments in Iraq since the 2003 invasion and up to now have wasted 300 billion dollars, burdening the state with loans to deal with self-financing problems as a result of corruption and mismanagement.

The report, which was translated by the Al-Maaloumah agency, stated that “Iraq is still at the forefront of the world’s most corrupt countries, and there are many factors that should have pulled it to the bottom of this list, including the deteriorating economic situation and the worsening financial deficit, while unofficial estimates indicate that the money embezzled and wasted at the border crossings alone amounts to about $ 100 billion since the US invasion of the country.

He added, “It is not surprising that the Iraqis are at a loss because no concrete steps have been taken to extricate the country from the category of the most corrupt countries. Iraq is under the weight of a huge fiscal deficit and foreign debts worth tens of billions of dollars, while the Coronavirus pandemic has seriously exacerbated the fiscal deficit. The deficit is estimated at more than 40 billion dollars, while the external debt is about 23 billion dollars, with the exception of 40.9 billion dollars before 2003. “

He added that “Iraq is ranked 160 out of 180 countries, which means that it is among the most corrupt countries in the world, led by South Sudan and Somalia. Although Iraq has made progress in its annual classification, this does not seem sufficient because the situation is very dangerous, especially when looking at the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the country.

And he continued, “Despite the small gains made by civil society in the past decade towards building stronger and more sustainable laws to combat corruption and enhance transparency, the Corona crisis and the resulting emergency measures basically led to the elimination of these efforts, which set the country back years.”

The report stated that “political corruption also remains a challenge across the region. In Iraq, for example, corruption entrenched in the system deprives people of their basic rights, including access to safe drinking water, health care, electricity, jobs and adequate infrastructure.  LIN

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Samson:  In Iraq … one representative costs the state treasury 40 million dinars a month

8th February, 2021
The leader of Al-Fateh Alliance, Ghazanfar Al-Battikh revealed, on Monday, that the deputy in the Iraqi parliament costs the state 40 million dinars per month.

Al-Battikh said, to Shafaq News Agency, that this cost is for one member in the Iraqi parliament, and it also includes his protection team, and although some deputies do not attend the sessions, rather there are deputies who did not attend any session, and even the people do not know them, and they do not even exist in the media arena. 

He indicated that “the number of representatives is 329, and the Iraqi people do not know them except for 30. The defect in this is due to the Presidency of Parliament, which does not take any firm and strict measures in accordance with the internal system of the House of Representatives.”    LINK

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Samson:  Masrour Barzani: We are determined to fight corruption and end the waste of public money

8th February, 2021
The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani stressed, on Monday, that he is determined to combat corruption and put an end to the waste of public money, while noting that the reform law aims to establish justice and protect the rights of the beneficiaries.

The Presidency of the Kurdistan government said, in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, that the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, supervised, today, a meeting of the Supreme Committee to implement the reform law in the region, indicating that the meeting discussed steps to implement the reform law regarding salaries, allowances, benefits and retirement In the institutions and ministries of the regional government.

The Prime Minister indicated that the implementation of the reform law aims to establish justice and protect the rights of the beneficiaries within the framework of a continuous process that includes various sectors. He said, “The regional government is determined to combat corruption and put an end to the waste of public money, and is insisting on administrative and financial reform.”

According to the statement, the Secretary of the Supreme Committee for the Implementation of the Reform Law, Abd al-Hakim Khusraw, presented the first steps to implement the law, after which the concerned ministers, according to their specializations, submitted detailed reports supported by the numbers, information and data needed regarding developments in the implementation of the reform law.

The ministers’ reports included a number of issues, especially salaries, benefits, retirement, reorganization of the Peshmerga forces, and ways to reduce red tape in government departments, according to the statement that indicated that after discussions and exchanges of views, it was decided to adopt a number of recommendations during the cabinet meeting with the aim of completing the steps for implementing the reform law.  LINK