walkongstick: Adjournment of Parliament to 11 this month
Author: Editor: al Correspondent: ms 02/03/2014 19:34 LINK
Tomorrow's Press / Baghdad raised the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, on Monday, the parliament session to Tuesday the 11th of this month after the completion of voting materials Unified Retirement Law. reporter said, "Tomorrow's Press," "The President of the Council Osama Najafi adjournment of the House of Representatives to-day Tuesday's 11 month after the completion of the voting boiling materials Unified Retirement Law. " and the House of Representatives voted at its Tuesday, to pass on all the articles of the Unified Retirement Law amounting to 43 articles,
was among them materials into the differences between the political blocs. noteworthy that Parliament since the beginning of the current session on 21 December 2010 and has so far witnessed disagreements and lack of consensus on many of the laws vital task such parties law and the law of oil and gas and the Unified Retirement Law, as well as the general amnesty law and others, underlining observers that it is subject to speculations and political wishes of the leaders of parliamentary blocs .
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House of Representatives to raise its atheist th of February, the current after the vote on the pension law
Author: BS, SSJ
Editor: BS 2.3.2014 seven twenty-six p.m. LINK
Decided to House Speaker Osama Najafi, on Monday, raising the ninth meeting of the Council of the second legislative term of the legislative year to the fourth day on next Tuesday (February 11, 2014), after the vote on the Unified Retirement Law.
A parliamentary source said in an interview to the (long-Presse), "The House of Representatives Speaker Osama Najafi Council decided to raise the ninth session of the second legislative term of the legislative year to a fourth day on next Tuesday (February 11, 2014)."
The source, who requested anonymity, that the adjournment of the meeting came after the vote on the General Retirement Law. "
aggiedad77: Family.....I am going to comment on this article individually....I know some of you have made comments already about it.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME......the COM has been accused by the Parliament of having the budget done for months and delaying on getting it to Parliament until the middle of January......now we have session after session of Parliament called due to lack of a quorum.....
THEN.....THEN.....you get the players all in one room....enough to have your QUORUM.....and you even do something good for the Iraqi people by passing the RETIREMENT LAW.....now you want to take a BREAK.....
did you know that the State of Law bloc.....was interviewed just today....and they specifically accuse Speaker of the Parliament Najafi....of POLITICAL BLACKMAIL.....of delaying the BUDGET BILL.......omgosh.....here is your proof of the hatred this man has for Maliki....further delays.....at his own hands.....
I believe that IMO......we may see the rough-riding MP's called back to duty.....they have left WORK on the table.....unfinished business and the people of Iraq should be up in arms about this....teachers in Kurdistan are striking because the Kurdish banks have no money to pay them for their work in January.....the people are going to get a bad taste for their politicians over this "break"......elections are in APRIL.....
it looks really bad that you just passed a LAW that preserves your retirement....then you simply walk away....that in my book is disgusting.....do you take lessons from American politicians....huh.....careful Randy, don't get in trouble.....I could write reams on this...but I had best stop here.....WATCH WHAT THEY DO.....NOT WHAT THEY SAY! Najafi is treading on troubling grounds with his actions.
AzProf: Seriously Randy- why would they like him or trust him? M made deals to get the PM and hasnt lived up to any of them as far as I can tell. Its terrible that the people arent getting paid, but I think Nujafi realizes the budget cant pass in its current form. M saying that they will get the $5 per bbl isnt good enough because his word is written on tissue paper left out in the rain. They seemingly get more done out of session than in session. But I agree- they sure have sealed there own financial security havn't they?
aggiedad77 » February 3rd, 2014,
Monday morning news summaries:
Kurdistan: Baghdad suggested the formation of a national council to oversee the export of oil instead of (SOMO)
Agreement between Baghdad and the Kurds on a national council to oversee any oil exports for Iraq....this would eliminate involvement of SOMO in the exporting of Kurd oil to Turkey.....this appears to have appeased the Kurds.
Oil Minister: send a delegation to Turkey to follow up the oil agreements
Ok....the Iraqi Oil Minister....Karim and coffee...and two sugars....has sent a delegation to Turkey to remind them of the agreement they signed in 2010 that was good for 15 years. What I find kind of comical is the Kurds are still talking of exporting 2 million barrels of oil at the end of this month.....was that to be January.....or have they pushed that quantity to February now that Jan has passed and technically no oil was "exported".....though it did cross into Turkey for storage purposes.
The arrest of the gang members, "Mderta banks in Baghdad and Basra," responsible for the theft of 760 million dinars from the Maysan
The Integrity Committee of the Council of Maysan announced the arrest of the gang that stole 760 million dinar from the Rasheed Bank....this arrest included a bank manager and involved a joint effort with Basra officials to make the arrests. They state later that they arrested a bank director in Baghdad, the bank director of the branch bank of Rasheed Bank in Basra, as well as an employee at the Rasheed Bank location at the University of Maysan. It appears the bank employee from Maysan is the only gang member at large. This same gang may be responsible for thefts in the billions from banks in Basra and Baghdad.
Capital Market Demands Iraqi communications companies and banks offering its shares on the Stock Exchange
This is yet another reminder to the Iraqi banks and telecommunications industries to sell their shares of company stock in the mixed sector companies of the ISX. They stress that the ISX is currently divided into five sectors....hotels, banks, industry companies, investments, and service. The government is also being encouraged to sell their shares in the mixed sector companies. They also announced the 2014 opening of the Arbil Securities exchange in the Kurdistan region.
House of Representatives vote on Article 38, the law of retirement
Yes there was a quorum today in the House of Representatives....they paid attention to the Retirement Law and focused specifically on Article 38.........addressing retirement payments for the President, PM, and their deputies, other members of the government process, and judges....it gets into some specific detail that I will abstain from jumping into at this time....the important thing to note is they are moving forward.
Communications Minister announces smart card to forward the draft national implementation
So the Communications Minister told people at a workshop that the smart card (ration card) may see the light of day near the middle of 2014.....they are attempting to bring the average Iraqi citizen up to the tech level of the rest of the world. Citizens will be able to access balances via a smartphone.
Vote on paragraph 50 Unified Retirement Law
After solving problems associated with paragraph 50 of the Retirement Law it was voted upon and passed today....the source of the article seemed to indicate they would finish all paragraphs during the day....assuming that day is Monday.
Damluji: Maliki is ready to do everything in order to stay in power
Political blocs are starting to voice concern that Maliki may try to postpone the elections to some point beyond the June 15 date that Parliament ends its legislative day....by doing this Maliki would remain in power without a sergeant for the security of the presidency or the House of Representatives.....keep in mind these are merely "rumblings" from the political blocs at this time....there is no data to suggest this will be the case.
Iraqi parliament passes the Unified Retirement Law
Well they seem to have managed to "git 'er done".....they did.....passing all articles and paragraphs today....Monday. That is great progress....so does this clear the way for the 2014 Budget to be on the agenda for tomorrow?
Sulaimaniyah teachers on strike for non-payment of their salaries
Teachers in most of the Kurdistan region are prepared to strike because of lack of payment of salaries for the month of January, some have given today as the ultimatum others have given February 5 as the day to strike if salaries are not forthcoming.....they tout the fact that the banks do not have money but the government does....pay us now they say.
Plan to Convert Iraqi Districts into Provinces Widely Opposed
Well it seems to be finger pointing time.....the recent plans set forth by the COM to make Tuz Khurmatu, Talafar into provinces and recommended a study to turn the Nineveh Plain and Fallujah into additional Iraqi provinces....is drawing heat from a variety of sources....all saying the action is illegal and is being done for political gain with the upcoming April elections.....the old "law of the provinces" allowed for the formation of new provinces under certain circumstances.....but according to the Speaker of Parliament Najafi....the amended law cancelled this rule. I'm sure we will see further wrangling over this issue in the near future. The COM stated earlier they believe they acted within the confines of the law.
15,000 Iraqi Christian families live in Kurdistan
Iraqi Christians continue to flee from south and central Iraq into the Kurdistan region. There are currently some 130,000 Christians living in Iraq, with 15,000 Christian families residing in Kurdistan....many were just passing through and decided to stay because of the favorable conditions they have found there. They have found jobs, bought homes, and are impressed with the religious tolerance found with the Kurds.
Iraqis pay higher income international companies to display months (brands) in Baghdad
Higher incomes amongst the middle incomers has brought a need for foreign brands to be high market items in malls within Baghdad.....much of this success is being driven by more people working good paying jobs, strong reduction in poverty strategies, and the continued development and advancement of oil in the country....the rise in per capita income has advanced from a paltry 400 dinar annually in 2003 to over 7 million dinar today.
State of Law: the non-inclusion of the presidency of the parliament budget bill on the agenda today is the process of political blackmail
We have seen through articles that there is no love lost between Maliki and the Speaker of Parliament, Najafi.....even as he conducted himself most recently in DC....was not to the benefit of all of Iraq. The State of Law bloc is stating today that the lack of the 2014 Budget bill on the agenda in Parliament today was the result of Najafi and others to blackmail the government and Iraqi people by further delaying any action on the budget.....I do have to admit that it was supposed to be there as per articles found on Saturday after it was determined they did not have a quorum on Saturday......what changed.....why was the budget eliminated.....or is this just more posturing and most of the work is done on the budget.....can the Kurds be satisfied with all their demands....tomorrow will be interesting.
National Investment Commission will hold a workshop to promote economic development in Iraq
This workshop....I love how they are putting together all of these "workshops" lately......makes them sound so innocent....this one promotes economic development and growth within Iraq.....they do this by identifying target areas for growth and how they should attract investors into those areas....after all....the media is telling the world that Iraq is not a safe place....but listen to the people that are there.....they tell a different story....secondly they learned about how to attract private investors for infrastructure projects...you know the really big money kinds of things.....and thirdly, how to create a legal business environment with the private sector, with foreign and national levels working with the Iraqi public sector to be able to engage in the infrastructure projects that will lead to common goals of country-wide comprehensive development for the future.
Adjournment of Parliament to 11 this month
IMO this is really dirty pool on behalf of the Speaker of Parliament.....there is absolutely no reason to call for such a break.....I hope that the political blocs get in his face over this and demand they continue to meet in session.....they did great today passing the Retirement Law.....it assures they all get healthy pensions upon leaving Parliament.....how does it look to delay the Budget bill now for what another 8 days or so.....for what....what could be the reason behind this.....the State of Law bloc was quoted this morning as saying the Speaker of Parliament Najafi, is committing political blackmail with how he is handling the budget and the sessions of Parliament....it would seem they got wind of this "break" and spoke out ahead of it.....good for them....there is no love lost between Maliki and Najafi....and if Maliki determines that Najafi is playing dirty pool....well....I just wouldn't want to be in his shoes. Look at post 197 if you want more of my comments on this irrational action.
The public pension announces retirement uniform application of the law as of next March
Well they being Parliament voted and approved the Retirement Law and from this article it will take effect after it being voted upon and publication in the Official Gazette sometime in March....I also suspect that this is one of those laws that NOVA has recently mentioned that the Budget bill has its tentacles into....that the 2014 Budget will provide funds for this law going forward....we shall see....I'm not suggesting that it will take until March to pass the Budget by any means.
Well that's all the news summaries that are fit to print for Monday morning.....it has been an exciting morning. Randy