Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri was forced to hold an emergency session today Wednesday 4/13 a state TV said. The vote on the modified cabinet list is still planned for Thursday 4/14.
This is where Iraq currently is on this subject matter.
It is my opinion they will work out there differences somehow in today’s emergency session and wil be voting on the cabinet reshuffle tomorrow unless something happens today that greatly shifts the tide drastically.
Sadr on Tuesday called for 2 million demonstrators to come out in force in 14 different provinces for Thursday demonstrations so the pressure is being turned up.
Today and tomorrow are critical days for this effort. How much longer will this effort drag on?
MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO STAY OVERNIGHT INSIDE THE DOME OF THE PARLIAMENT
More than 100 members of Parliament to stay overnight inside the dome of the parliament until the change of the three presidencies and choose a government of technocrats.
The MP said the Liberal block Harith al - Harthy , in a press statement, that the '115 MPs , including 40 Vice-Kurdish protestors were still inside the kiss of parliament until the replacement of the three presidencies and the eradication of corruption and political quotas.'
He added that ' the protesters Sebetoane deputies in parliament.'
For his part, another MP from the Liberal Messenger Tai said in a statement, the continuation of the sit -in inside the House of Representatives until the change of the three presidencies and the formation of a technocrat government and the elimination of quotas Alhzbebh '.
He added that ' the members of the House of Representatives gathered more than 150 signatures of deputies Aatsoa political blocs in the parliament building in solidarity with the protesters were in front of the gate of the Green Zone until the change of the three presidencies and the formation of the Government of techno Hippocrates and the elimination of quotas partisan'.
Said al - Tai, the 'protesters demanding the Presidency of the Council of Representatives to convene a special session on Wednesday to vote on the cabin technocrats Alhzbebh and the elimination of the quota system , which controls the state institutions'
IRAQ PM DELIVERS NEW CABINET LIST, ANGERING SOME MPS
Anger broke out in the Iraqi parliament as MPs condemned the perceived continuation of political quotas
US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a thumbs-up as Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomes him at the prime minister's palace in Baghdad (AFP)
Tuesday 12 April 2016 UTC
Iraq's prime minister delivered a new list of cabinet nominees to the parliament speaker on Tuesday, sparking rebuke from some lawmakers who said the list only perpetuated the system of ministries being distributed according to political quotas.
Parliament descended into chaos after the session, with some MPs shaking fists and chanting against political quotas and in support of the constitution, which other politicians have fought hard to keep.
According to video shot inside parliament, after the session ended some MPs chanted: "The people want the fall of the quotas!"
The phrase is a variation on "The people want the fall of the regime", which was chanted at Arab Spring protests against leaders across the region.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had called for a government of technocrats to replace the current party-affiliated ministers, but has faced major resistance from powerful parties that rely on control of ministries for patronage and funds.
He presented a list of 13 cabinet nominees to parliament on 31 March, but MPs later said that the political blocs would nominate other candidates, a process that apparently resulted in the current list of names.
Abadi gave the new list of candidates to parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi and the two men subsequently held meetings leaders of the political blocs, according to posts on their official Twitter accounts. But with major disagreement over the proposed list, the session was postponed until Thursday, Juburi's office said with him later stressing that the new list is opposed by almost a third of MPs.
According to the new list of 14 names, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, only four of Abadi's original nominees made the second cut. The nominees for water resources, health and transport stayed the same, while a fourth nominee from the original list became a candidate for the planning ministry.
The new list also includes Faleh al-Fayad, a long-time member of the main Dawa party who served as national security adviser under former premier Nuri al-Maliki and then Abadi, as the nominee for foreign minister.
Abadi has been accused of undermining democracy and “leading a coup” against Iraq’s power-sharing political structure that has been in place since 2003, which guarantees a certain number of political positions to the country’s Shia, Sunni and Kurdish blocs.
But Abadi told Middle East Eye last week in a phone interview that rival political blocs had not responded to his request for them to nominate their preferred independent candidates for cabinet posts last month.
"I asked to form a government of technocrats,” Abadi told MEE. "At the beginning of last month I formally asked the (political) blocs to nominate technocrats who they think are appropriate, but the blocs did not do so," he said. “It was Sadr who demanded a government of independents, except for the prime minister," Abadi added in reference to Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who has threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met.
Abadi said he was committed to conducting government business in a professional manner, without interference from either his own or other political blocs. But MP Zainab al-Tai, from the bloc affiliated with Sadr, threatened a no-confidence vote in Abadi.
"We demand the formation of an independent government, and if not, we will go to withdraw confidence from Abadi's government," Tai said.
Abadi called in February for "fundamental" change to the cabinet so that it includes "professional and technocratic figures and academics".
That kicked off the latest chapter in a months-long saga of Abadi proposing various reforms that parties and politicians with interests in the existing system have sought to delay or undermine. Abadi first announced reform measures last year under pressure from protesters calling for measures to address widespread corruption and abysmal services, demands that were backed by top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
But the protest movement faltered, weekly attendance at Friday demonstrations dropped and little in the way of real, lasting change has been achieved.
SADR CHEST COMING DAYS WILL WITNESS A CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE PARALYZES THE GREEN ZONE
BAGHDAD - observer news
Accused a source close to the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to "deceive the protesters" after accepting the government of a "new quotas," likely to witness the coming days, civil disobedience as "cripple" the Green Zone.
The source said, "The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi deceived protesters presenting independent ministerial cabins quickly turned against them and with the participation of some of the blocks."
The source, who asked not to be identified, that "it is believed that the protesters retreated and the most important," he said, "The coming days are likely to witness a civil disobedience Seychelles Green Zone."
It is noteworthy that the three presidents and leaders of the blocs signed at a meeting held, on Monday, at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, the document of national reform, the document included in the main clauses creation of an advisory political council houses in the membership of the political forces state leaders, and to the political blocs of candidates to the President Ministers and shall have the right to choose names including confirms national partnership.
Considered the Liberal bloc in Parliament, on Tuesday, that the document signed by the leaders of the political blocs are free of "honor", pointing out that the signatories to protect their goal corruption and personal interests.
REUTERS: IRAQ'S PARLIAMENT MEETS OVER PM'S CABINET PLANS, PROTESTERS BLOCK STREETS (4/13/16)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament began an emergency session on Wednesday at the request of lawmakers who are protesting after plans by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to introduce a cabinet of independent technocrats to curb corruption were blocked.
Several dozen members of parliament held a sit-in overnight in the parliament building to demand Abadi stick to his plans.
In central Basra, the largest city in southern Iraq, several hundred supporters of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blocked the main street voicing similar demands.
"We're staying here until our demands are met," said one demonstrator, setting up a tent in front of the provincial council building.
Sadr, whose opinion holds sway over tens of thousands of followers, agreed to end street protests his supporters had been holding since late February after Abadi presented his line-up for an independent cabinet of technocrats last month. The 14 names, many of them academics, he put forward were part of reforms aimed at freeing ministries from the grip of a political class he has accused of using a system of ethnic and sectarian quotas instituted after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to amass wealth and influence.
But he was forced to present a modified list on Tuesday after parliament's dominant political blocs rejected the initial one and insisted on putting forward their own nominations.
The cabinet reshuffle is part of long-promised anti-corruption measures Abadi needs to deliver or risk weakening his government as Iraqi forces mount a campaign to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.
Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri was chairing Wednesday's emergency session, state TV said. The vote on the modified cabinet list is planned on Thursday.
"We represent 137 MPs and we seek to depose the three presidents and discuss the reforms," said Nahida al-Daini, a Sunni lawmaker, referring to the top three state positions -- the president, prime minister and speaker of parliament.
The dominant blocs in the 328-member parliament back Abadi’s modified line-up, which includes some of their own candidates.
Pressure on Abadi to reform government has come from the clergy of the Shi'ite majority and popular discontent at the lack of basic public services in a nation facing an economic crisis caused by falling oil prices.
Many of the protesters inside parliament are Sadr's supporters along with some MPs representing the Sunni minority.
Iraq, a major OPEC exporter which sits on one of the world's largest oil reserves, ranks 161 out of 168 on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.
Update: Needed Laws
On the parliament agenda for Tuesday 4/12 were two very important laws regarding the Federation Council.
I don’t know about you but I was WOWed by this article since I have been waiting for this to pop up.
I could think of a better time.
These two laws included:
1. The first reading of the draft law of the Federation of Iraqi parliamentarians
2. The report and discussion of the draft second amendment to the law of the Iraqi Federation of Chambers of Commerce (how business will be conducted).
We have been waiting a very long time for this much needed legislation and so this is all very good. The Federation Council is mandated by the new Iraqi constitution. No RV without a fully implemented constitution…remember? . So they need also other legislation to implement it:
-make legal the final decisions on details of implementation of Article 140 (disputed lands). This is not yet completed.
-legislation to implement the Hydrogen Carbon Law (HCL) the handling of the oil sales and distribution of all revenue from it (including oil royalties to the citizens).
So the article below tells us there are six (6) important laws that the GOI keeps telling us they need to vote on as part of the Abadi reforms. What are these laws?
I have listed all six of these laws in my previous news letters over and over again. Everyone should now know them by heart…lol…lol.. Even my two daughters can tell you what they are…lol..
In the article below they tell us four out of six of these laws, their current status and why they have not yet been voted on. They tell us four of the laws have been in the past ready for a vote and have already been brought to the stage for a vote but not voted on due to and I quote from the article below – “contentious in Parliament for reasons related to some of the points that serve personal interests,”
Incidentally the other 2 missing laws from this article below have been told to us in the document of national reform, which was signed by the three presidencies and the leaders of political blocs in a meeting Monday.
I presented this document to you above, as my first article in this news letter today. Did you read it? See above article. So once again I am telling you that Iraq itself has confirmed it many times already that all six of these laws (these are the six laws) are very important and are mandated for national reconciliation (prior to the RV). They include:
1.file, accountability and justice,
2.the law of general amnesty
3.the law of oil and gas (HCL)
4. the law of the Federal Court Act
5. the resolution of the formation of the Federal service (conscription and National Guard)
6.the law of the Federation Council
Memorize these as you will be hearing about them over and over again in the future. They are not going away…lol…lol…
So all you so called intel “gurus” can get off your high horses and shout and scream again that there are not any needed laws prior to the RV happening or that the laws do not matter. Really?
Then where is the RV smarty pants? Oh- but you can’t figure that out either can you? But at the same time you are so willing to ignore common sense and even what the GOI is telling us directly. Why? Because some “secret” source told you they do not matter? Really?
I have told you all what is going to happen to get us this RV. I am telling you what is happening and I do not have to figure it out. It is not all my “opinion” but FACTS. Why am I so certain with my convictions?
Because I take the time out of my busy day to sit and research, I read the articles and I listen to what Iraq themselves are telling us. I have a personal contact in the CBI and not some bum off the street of Iraq telling me what is going on. I do not pay attention nor want to pay attention to these stupid bank screens, bank memos or other nonsense perpetrated on this dinar investment community by some ignorant, intel “gurus”.
These people have no business having so called intel conference calls as they have done so much more damage to the dinar community, than good….I can assure you of this.
My opinion is that parliament members will very soon have to face the consequences of not addressing these laws and bringing them to a legitimate voting process. Thus their personal names and reasons for holding back the legislation will be openly published to let the citizens/demonstrators decide what to do with them next.
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE: SIX IMPORTANT LAWS WILL BEGIN AFTER THE AGREED UPON BY THE POLITICAL BLOCS
Honeland News Agency
Parliamentary Legal Committee confirmed on Tuesday that the political blocs are trying to shirk from the resolution of important laws and contentious in Parliament for reasons related to some of the points that serve personal interests, unexpected pass six important laws in line soon.
The committee member said Salim Chawki said that "all the political blocs are" flouting "to be drawn on important laws and long-standing disabled in the House of Representatives." Shawki added that "if there was a genuine desire for those blocks of favoring the public interest on personal and Alhzibweh it would have called for the need to discuss those laws."
And that "of those laws arrived at the stage of voting, including the general amnesty and the Federal Court, the National Guard and the secret informant, but the dispute stands for one or two points by some parties, hampering passed." He continued that "it is expected to witness a period of reforms and the formation of the new government to pass controversial laws 6 aforementioned in one basket and through the combinations between the blocks."