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loop says():WORLD NEWS | Thu Sep 22, 2016 | 5:44pm EDT
Iraq's Zebari accuses ex-PM Maliki of arranging dismissal as finance minister
Sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari speaks during a news conference in Erbil, Iraq, September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
By Mahdi Talat | ERBIL, IRAQ Deposed Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Thursday accused former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of orchestrating his removal from office, publicly exposing rifts within an increasingly unstable government.
Parliament dismissed Zebari, the top Kurdish official in the Baghdad government, on Wednesday after questioning him last month over alleged corruption and mishandling of public funds, which he denies.
Zebari, who served for more than a decade as Iraq's foreign minister including under Maliki, is a leader in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the uncle of the Kurdistan region's Prime Minister Massoud Barzani. He has recently led negotiations with international lenders to improve Iraq's troubled public finances.
"The side that is behind the questioning and withdrawal of confidence is the State of Law and its head Nuri al-Maliki in collusion unfortunately with the speaker of parliament Saleem al-Jabouri," Zebari told reporters at a hotel in the Kurdish capital Erbil.
Maliki, who was replaced in 2014 by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after Islamic State seized a third of Iraq's territory, remains one of the country's most dominant figures and in a July television interview left open the possibility of a return to its top office.
Zebari, who called his questioning by parliament "vengeful, politicized and short-sighted", claimed the aim was ultimately to bring down Abadi.
"The target of these political interrogations is not specific ministers. The goal is to reach the head of executive authority, bring down the government and confuse the political situation, to bring the temple down on those inside because of very clear grudges, malice and hatred," Zebari said.
Maliki does not hold a seat in parliament but leads the Dawa Party, of which Abadi is a member. Dawa is the leading faction in the dominant State of Law coalition.
A Maliki spokesman denied the allegations, saying many lawmakers from outside Dawa had voted to sack Zebari: "Mr Maliki did not support the questioning but he gave the members of his State of Law bloc the liberty to practice their constitutional right of oversight."
A spokesman for speaker Jabouri said: "This is what Zebari thinks and we respect what he thinks. Dr Jabouri thinks Zebari deserves a better situation than this but at the end it is parliament's call, not the speaker's."
In a press conference that lasted over an hour, Zebari defended himself, criticized parliament's use of a secret ballot in the no-confidence vote that toppled him, and said he was appealing to the constitutional court.
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He warned the row could hurt Erbil's relationship with Baghdad, which has been strained most recently by a dispute over oil revenues.
"There will be a pause and a review of this partnership and participation. Not that we will not support this government ... but without a doubt we will review the source of the issue," he said. "It is an attempt to topple and obstruct and exclude a principal party and a fundamental partner in the political process."
Zebari said thought had not yet been given to a successor. Ministerial posts in Iraq are distributed along ethnic, sectarian and party lines in keeping with a quota-based system set up after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein.
(Additional reporting and writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Toby Chopra)
magnetlady says():Thnaks loop for the news. Some really interesting stuff here.
loop says():Welcome Mags.. Zebari is really not happy about getting canned.
loop says():Abadi meet the spiritual and the King of Jordan and the President of the World Bank in New York
September 21 2016 21:05 | Number of views: 85 Author: alzawraapaper
BAGHDAD / Zora: continued Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi meetings with heads and world leaders on the sidelines of the summit , the 71st United Nations and held in New York, led by the World Bank president and the president of Iran Hassan Rowhani and the Jordanian king, and received promises more support for Iraq in its war against terrorism at the military level and economic.
Ebadi said the Office in a statement : "Zora" received a copy of it: The Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi met yesterday in New York , World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, noting that the latter praised Ebadi his efforts in spite of the significant challenges faced by Iraq, especially in the field financial stressing that the World Bank with those efforts and the duty to support Iraq at this stage.
It was emphasized that the expansion of the World Bank loan to support the budget for fiscal 2017 and plug it in addition to supporting the stability of the liberated areas and other provinces and provide money for the construction of bridges and the provision of water, electricity, health and others and a willingness services World Bank to support more with the liberalization of Mosul.
It was also agreed to speed up the implementation of Basra projects in water, power and infrastructure field and all that is in the province and its citizens service and starting direct projects in Mahafezat.ocd World Bank is ready to send experts and support investment in public tourism and religious tourism development in particular,
the creation of employment opportunities which through private sector development as well as the expertise to train Iraqi cadres and the development of human development .ogery also agreed that the World Bank provides a study of the growth of the housing sector and the construction of housing units.
the contract Abadi , a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of UN meetings held in New York, according to a brief statement from the Office of the Prime Wazzra.ovi the same context , he met al - Abadi Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Rasmussen, during the meeting , they discussed relations between the two countries and promote bilateral cooperation and assistance provided by Denmark in the field of mines and humanitarian aid lift and continued support in the field of training.
Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi also met with the King of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , King Abdullah bin Al - Hussein in New York, was discussed during the meeting to strengthen cooperation between the two neighboring countries and the war against terror Daesh gangs and the importance of unifying efforts to eliminate terrorism and to support Iraq in its efforts after the great victories achieved on terrorism and the liberalization of the Iraqi territories. LINK
magnetlady says():Well I can imagine, I wouldn't either, but then again he hasn't been doing things he should.
loop says():I thinks that he a more worried about the possibility of his immunity being gone. Only time will tell how that plays out.
Baxter says():WOW: "The target of these political interrogations is not specific ministers. The goal is to reach the head of executive authority, bring down the government and confuse the political situation, to bring the temple down on those inside because of very clear grudges, malice and hatred," Zebari said.
magnetlady says():Oh my yes, I'll bet he is
magnetlady says():a lot worried
Baxter says():Not good..not good at all
magnetlady says():Did you all see that Subby had great reports today?
loop says():One thing is evident though. I secret ballots are doing the trick.. It takes the pressure off of the MPs.
loop says to Baxter():Zebari is just howling at the moon.
Baxter says():Lets Hope... Loop
loop says to Baxter():He needed to go.
Baxter says():I was shocked that they had a quorum
loop says to Baxter():Obeidi did the same thing when they kicked his @$$ to the curb...
Baxter says():yes.. I know
caravaggio says():This seems to be simply Zebari whining about himself, since his replacement will be a Kurd, as well. And he did get caught stealing (in effect) $90k from the Iraqi people. It doesn't really matter if Maliki stirred this up.
loop says():Abadi and director of the International Monetary Fund are discussing the implementation of economic reforms in Iraq
Thursday 22-09-2016 | 8:45:50 Twilight News / met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at his residence in New York, the Director General of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.
According to a statement issued by al-Abadi's office said he discussed the follow-up to support the International Monetary Fund for Iraq through to prepare the credit agreement and the government's efforts to rationalize the budget this year and next year.
And be annexed statement that he has discussed support for Iraq in the implementation of economic reforms by the Iraqi government and the Iraqi economy, diversify sources and support for the private sector.
loop says():International investigators arrive in Iraq next week to investigate the files of corruption
Thursday 22-09-2016 | 7:55:46 Twilight News / announced UNDP Director Helen Clark on Thursday for sending investigators in the fight against corruption to Iraq next week to provide assistance to the Iraqi government in the fight against corruption.
This came during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the US said in a statement to the Office of Abadi responded to Twilight News.
Clark, during the meeting, to "send investigators in the field of anti-corruption next week after the signing of a memorandum of understanding in this area with Iraq last month."
She noted that "the program will coordinate support for the establishment of the reforms carried out by the Iraqi government fund."
The statement said that during the meeting was to discuss preparations for the liberation of Mosul operations, especially in the humanitarian side.
Abadi was announced on August 11 / August announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the government of the United Nations to involve international investigators in major corruption files priority.
Abadi pledged upon receipt of office in 2014 to fight against the corruption that is draining state resources and contributed to the weakness of the military establishment, which was close to collapse during the invasion Daesh to the north and west of the country.
Since about a year it organizes demonstrations in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the southern provinces, demanding the formation of a government of technocrats, and an end to political differences, and make the corrupt to justice.
According to international organizations concerned with transparency index, Iraq is among the most corrupt countries in the world over the past years, which is to the chagrin of Iraqis.
jimplants says():i may be mistaken but i believe this is the second group to come to Iraq to deal with the corruption . Bad news for the crooks
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