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Clare:  Extension”: Dissolving Parliament without forming an interim government means that Al-Kazemi and Barham will remain

2022-08-13 19:55

A member of the Iraqi parliament for the “Extension” movement considered, on Saturday, dissolving the Iraqi parliament without going to the formation of an interim government and setting a date for early legislative elections in the country, which means keeping the current prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the President of the Republic, Barham Ahmed Salih.

Alaa Al-Rikabi said in a tweet to him on the social networking sites “Twitter”, “The parliament is now dissolved without the formation of a temporary rescue government for a year, for example, and it was formed of independent ministers, without setting a date for a new round of parliamentary elections, without changing the election law. What does it mean?”

He explained that “it means only the survival of Al-Kazemi and Dr. Barham, both of whom have expired terms, and the government’s survival, but without parliamentary oversight.”

The political scene in Iraq has undergone a dangerous turn since supporters of the Sadrist movement led by prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the parliament building in the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, and staged a sit-in in protest against Al-Sudani’s nomination for the position of head of the next federal government.

The Sadrist bloc had obtained the highest votes in the early legislative elections that took place in October of 2021, but the efforts of the leader of the current failed to form the new federal government due to the Shiite coordination framework standing in its way by obtaining a fatwa from the Federal Court with the so-called blocking third in a contract The session for electing the President of the Republic, which paves the way for naming the Prime Minister.

The three-way alliance between the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani, the Sovereignty Alliance headed by Khamis al-Khanjar, and the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr was broken following the resignation of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies, and the movement’s withdrawal from the political process by order of al-Sadr.

The political scene is in a crisis situation and a dead end unprecedented in the history of Iraq, as more than 300 days have passed since the early elections without being able to form a new government in the country, and the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi remains.

On the tenth of last October, Iraq held early legislative elections to get out of a political crisis that swept the country after large demonstrations in the central and southern regions in 2019 in protest against the widespread unemployment in society, the spread of financial and administrative corruption in government departments and institutions, and the deteriorating reality The service and the livelihood, which prompted the former prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to resign under popular pressure.

As soon as the preliminary results of the elections were announced, the voices of political forces and actors rose in their rejection of losing many seats, accusing them of major fraud in the ballot, which was denied by the executive and judicial authorities, at a time when the United Nations and international organizations praised the integrity of the electoral process.  LINK

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Zeeman:  post 16 the extension said considered dissolving. then then lateron it said it was dissolved. so which is it dissolved or not i would like the truth no hype or hopium just the truth thanks

DCDriver:  I believe when it stated “dissolved” it was using it as an example of how it would go if/when it became dissolved IMO. Hard to say though due to the translation. Like starting a sentence off with ” Let’s say the Parliament is dissolved” then this ,this , and this would happen. Would be great if it were however IMO.

KandG:  Another ub2b may not be needed IMO according to the final article concerning dissolution that recently posted this evening – assuming I am interpreting it correctly.  Dissolution, Kazemi in power, announcement of new rate – in that order.  Let’s pray it in!!

Suzie:  the 15th is rolling around pretty quickly when the banks should be hooked up internationally/digitally and with contracts signed I would think we’ll be aware of a new rate shortly,  go Iraq!!

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Samson:  Within a week, Iraq’s oil exports to America halved

14th August, 2022

The US Energy Information Administration announced on Sunday that Iraq’s oil exports to America have halved during the past week, reaching an average of 181,000 barrels per day.

The administration said in a report seen by Shafak News Agency, “The average US imports of crude oil during the past week from eight countries amounted to 5.492 million barrels per day, down by 704,000 barrels per day from the previous week, which amounted to 6.196 million barrels per day.”

She added that “Iraq’s oil exports to America amounted to an average of 181,000 barrels per day last week, lower than the week before, when oil exports to America averaged 369,000 barrels per day.”

She pointed out that “most of America’s oil revenues during the past week came from Canada, at a rate of 3.351 million barrels per day, followed by Mexico at a rate of 710 thousand barrels per day, and oil revenues from Saudi Arabia at a rate of 412,000 barrels per day, and then Brazil at a rate of 291,000 barrels per day.”

According to the administration, “the amount of US imports of crude oil from Ecuador amounted to an average of 212,000 barrels per day, from Colombia at a rate of 174,000 barrels per day, and from Nigeria at a rate of 161,000 barrels per day, while no quantity was imported from Trinidad and Tobago or Russia.”    LINK

Samson:  Shiite politician: The deep state exists within every component, and no coup will happen in Iraq

14th August, 2022

The leader of the Supreme Council, Baqir Jabr Solagh Al-Zubaidi, said on Sunday that the “deep state” exists within the single component, ruling out any coup in Iraq.

Al-Zubaidi said in a post on his Facebook account, which was reviewed by Shafak News Agency, entitled “Statement Number One”, “The most important person who believes that the coups in Iraq are only an attempt to seize power and the reins of power,” explaining that “attempts to control the government began from the moment.

The first is to form the deep state in Iraq after the Black Baath coup in 1968, so that the deep state achieved its first successes with (Saddam) coming to power in 1979.”

He continued, “After 2003, and with the absence of a real approach to establishing a state or handing over power smoothly after each election cycle, the deep state returned to becoming states that penetrated and exhausted the body of the state, and the deep state was no longer specific to a component (Shiite, Sunni, Kurdish) but rather existed within the component.

The one in different forms and according to the state that finances and controls, and this is what we witnessed with some components that did not succeed in integrating and working together except by an external decision imposed on them, bringing the matter to some to beg for countries to occupy Iraq, which is not surprising. It’s every chance he gets.”

Al-Zubaidi added, “In response to the claimants, the Iraqi national opposition has never accepted the legitimacy of the occupation, and the most important point for the martyr of the mihrab, whether in the London conference or after 2003, is to hand over power completely to the Iraqis and hold fair elections.”

He concluded by saying, “Dreamers today at zero hour and statement number one have missed that the democratic process in Iraq is a legitimate and internationally recognized process and that Iraq’s importance as a center of energy will never allow coups or semi-coups,” adding, “Our hands are stretched out to everyone in order to build the country and look with an eye.” One for all the components of our people and our national principles were and still put Iraq first above all considerations.  LINK

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Samson:  1200 people are preparing to join the team of information investigators in Iraq

13th August, 2022

The Rights Center for Supporting Freedom of Expression intends to launch new training courses in 5 governorates with the aim of adding 1,200 students, journalists, activists and opinion leaders to the field of information checking and combating misinformation on social media within the next two months.

And the Rights Center stated in a statement, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “through intensive courses for two consecutive days in the governorates of Baghdad, Karbala, Babil, Diyala and Anbar, and over a period of two consecutive months, the Center intends to add these categories to the team of fighters of misinformation and to investigate what is published of data and news.” and information on the public space, especially on social networking sites.

The center stated, “During the next two months, through workshops that will be run by graduates of courses in the mentioned governorates, 1,200 people will participate in the Rights Center project to investigate news, follow up on misleading and fake news and expose it through social media.”


He added: “The center concluded an intensive training course in Baghdad, which included preparing trainers and training them on digital mechanisms to combat misinformation, attended by participants from all the mentioned governorates, who will take it upon themselves to lead the training courses, each according to his governorate, after they were contracted by the Rights Center to support freedom of expression, the task of each member is to train 120 people from the five mentioned governorates. LINK

 

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