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Tishwash:  Iraq will drown in debt.” A deputy talks about the way the country’s“ budgets have been written since 2004

The reporter of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said that the Minister of Planning does not know the number of employees of his ministry, while indicating that the economy of Iraq will drown in debt and will affect the future of future generations .due to borrowing

Al-Saffar said in a televised interview with him (Baghdad Today), “The Minister of Planning does not know the number of employees of “.his ministry, so how can he provide complete data for the state,” noting that “all that the Ministry of Planning provides are estimates

He added, “The budget provided by the government to Parliament is traditional and its provisions have been duplicated since 2004 and “.is estimated by the Ministry of Planning Regarding the borrowing law, Al-Saffar pointed out that “Parliament has the right to vote on the fiscal deficit financing law (borrowing) .in the event of a delay in approving the budget, which is a mini-budget and plans for the coming period and past months

He continued, “Iraq’s economy will be overwhelmed by debt and will affect the future of future generations due to borrowing, but there “.is an ongoing study in order to reach a solution on the law Al-Saffar confirmed, Wednesday (October 14, 2020), that the financial situation in Iraq will go into the unknown, in the event that .reforms are not implemented in the country

Al-Saffar said in a press statement, “The Finance Committee held a meeting yesterday with Finance Minister Ali Allawi, and the experts who worked on preparing the report and we received the reform paper from the minister, which is for the first stage, and it was called “.the White Paper He added, “The Finance Committee has received the paper, and it will take the required time for the paper and the rationality of the ” .measures taken by the government.” The current financial crisis

He pointed out that “this paper differs from what was previously mentioned, because it was a condition of approval of the borrowing law and the arrival of the fiscal deficit financing law. The basic condition for it was that reforms should be made, and if the reforms are “.not implemented, the financial situation is heading towards the unknown

He pointed out that “the paper includes a good reading of the financial situation and the reasons that led to these crises, and the “.stages in them are reasonable, through the reform of public expenditures and public revenues  link

Tishwash:  Quiet in Tahrir Square in Baghdad after the decline in the number of demonstrators

Dozens of protesters in Tahrir Square in the center of the capital, Baghdad, are still refusing to leave and return to their homes, even with the opening of the roads and the lifting of concrete blocks from the square and the return of life to the Saadoun Tunnel that passes through the square and separates the Freedom Monument and the Republic Bridge linking with the Green Zone , where there are government buildings and important departments in The Iraqi state.

The number of demonstrators decreased during the past two days, as only 150 of the protesters were left sleeping in the rest of the tents located under the Freedom Monument, near the Republic Bridge, and another in the Ummah Park. The number of protesters increases during the day to approach 250, which is a significant decrease, according to activists, due to the possibility of attacking the demonstrators from gangs and anti-uprising militias in the country.

And local media in Iraq reported that the security forces advanced, yesterday, Thursday, towards Tahrir Square in order to search those present in the square and remove the infiltrators and saboteurs. However, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed’s sources denied that any forces entered Tahrir Square, except for civil defense vehicles to extinguish a fire that occurred in two tents. Near the Republic Bridge.

The correspondent of Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said that the number of demonstrators decreased after the security forces raised the concrete blocks from Tahrir Square on both sides of Al-Khilani Square and Al-Saadoun Street, and only dozens of them remained, spread near the Freedom Monument and inside the Ummah Park, and at the beginning of the Republic Bridge, indicating That the square is witnessing a calm days after the clash between a number of demonstrators and the security forces with stones and Molotov cocktails.

He added that traffic on the roads that were opened yesterday, Thursday, is proceeding with a high flow, amid the spread of demonstrators in the area extending from Tayaran Square to the Jumhuriya Bridge, and photocopy shops, printing libraries and paper merchants in the area have also returned to their work after the closure that lasted for more than a year.

In the context, prominent protester and activist in Tahrir Square, Ammar Al-Nuaimi, said that “the security forces managed to arrest a number of infiltrators who wanted to implicate the protesters in the protest with the Iraqi forces, and thus the remaining Molotov gangs fled to unknown places,” confirming to “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” “The Blue Hats Group (affiliated with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr) still controls the Turkish restaurant building and has not withdrawn from it.”

He added that “the demonstrators and sit-ins in Tahrir Square formed coordination committees and other media and legal committees to arrange their work and unify their data, after the square got rid of the paid elements who wanted to end the uprising through the use of violence.” The two sides, however, the uprising continues, and there are more than one event that will take place in the coming days to restore the momentum of peaceful protesters.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed communicated with a high-ranking officer in the Ministry of Interior, who said that “the new security plan to deal with protesters requires the opening of roads, and soon the Al-Jumhuriya Bridge, which was closed in October 2019, will open, and the protesters will remain in Tahrir Square and the Ummah Park, and provide protection.” for them”.

He stressed that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s directive included maintaining Tahrir Square as a place for freedom of expression and expression of opinions, but preventing any attempts to attack the security forces and search demonstrators through surprise operations to arrest the infiltrators and hold them accountable.”

And the Iraqi government spokesman, Ahmed Mulla Talal, confirmed, last Tuesday, that “Al-Kazimi praises the awareness of the coordination groups that raised the tents from Tahrir Square, after they felt that there were attempts to divert the demonstrations from their peacefulness,” indicating that “public opinion has come to distinguish between the government’s performance and its keenness on The demonstrators and the performance of previous governments, and that the government succeeded in protecting the demonstrators. ”   link