I want to show (in an article news) the disunion of some of these parties and how they do not want to cooperate and later make wrongful accusations against the GOI. I am doing this so you can understand and get the BIG picture as to what is going on politically with Abadi’s cabinet reshuffle. The article below is very long but an excellent read.
- accused of undermining democracy
- accused Abadi of “leading a coup”
- complained that they had not been consulted by Abadi in the cabinet change
- Sunni in the cabinet is 33 percent and this is what was agreed on during the last terms
- Kurdistan share in cabinet 20 percent want to maintain their share
- Abadi's cabinet reshuffle, if implemented, would undermine the power-sharing agreement and potentially destabilize the country.
I quote from the article below- Abadi said in response “I asked the blocs at the beginning of last month to nominate the technocrats who they thought were suitable, but they did not do so,” Abadi told MEE”.
I quote again from the article – Abadi also said in response “He also said that the call for an independent cabinet had come from Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who last week threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met.”
EXCLUSIVE: IRAQ PM ABADI DOUBLES DOWN ON 'TECHNOCRATIC' CABINET PLAN
Opponents accuse Abadi of 'leading a coup' but PM tells MEE that Moqtada al-Sadr demanded the new cabinet, threatened raid
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has proposed a cabinet reshuffle that consists of senior academic figures and business leaders (AFP)
Tuesday 5 April 2016 02:31 UTC
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected complaints from political opponents that they were not consulted before he last week named a new “technocratic” cabinet in response to anti-corruption protests and calls for political reform.
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 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.
He also said that the call for an independent cabinet had come from Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric who last week threatened to raid Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone unless his demands for political reform were met. “I asked the blocs at the beginning of last month to nominate the technocrats who they thought were suitable, but they did not do so,” Abadi told MEE.
“It was Sadr who demanded a government of technocrats, in which everyone is independent except for the prime minister. It was not my demand.” Abadi said he was committed to conducting government business in a professional manner, without interference from either his own or other political blocs.
His comments came after the leaders of other factions complained that they had not been consulted by Abadi and suggested they could still attempt to block his cabinet reshuffle which is due to be implemented by Sunday, pending parliamentary approval.
“We encouraged the prime minister to nominate professional and technocratic figures, but in consultation with the political blocs which represent the philosophy and reality of the current parliament system," Ammar al-Hakeem, the prominent Shia leader and head of the al-Mowaten bloc, said at a press conference in Baghdad on Saturday.
“The bypassing of the political blocs, by weakening them and keeping them away from the political process, could undermine the democratic system and the structures of state and government that we have built since 2003.”
A senior Shia leader familiar with current talks within the Shia blocs, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MEE that nobody had expected Abadi to bow to Sadr’s demands without considering the broader political implications.
“Abadi was very smart. He led a coup against all the political agreements that have been governing the political process in Iraq since 2003,” the leader said. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's government has been arranged around a power-sharing deal in which control of different government ministries and departments is divided between Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions.
The Shia bloc, who represents the biggest parliamentary bloc with more than half of the 325 seats, holds most of the senior governmental posts including the prime minister's office.
Critics say Abadi's cabinet reshuffle, if implemented, would undermine the power-sharing agreement and potentially destabilise the country. The big political blocs from all factions also see it as a threat to their interests.
“We have to be represented in his government, according to our right share and based on what our Sunni community deserves,” Ahmed al-Missari, the head of the Sunni Forces United parliamentary bloc, told MEE.
“Our share in the cabinet is 33 percent and this is what was agreed on during the last terms, so our share in this government has not to be less than this.”
The Kurdish bloc also said it would not expect to be a part of any government in which it did not hold at least 20 percent of posts. One Kurdish member of parliament, who did not want to be named, told MEE that Nizar Saleem, a Kurdish geology professor who had been Abadi's preferred choice as minister of oil, had declined the post after being “threatened by the Kurdish leadership”.
Parliament last week voted to consider Abadi's proposed cabinet list and other reforms, which include removing political placemen from lower levels of government, over 10 days up to Sunday's deadline for the cabinet to be approved.
Yazin al-Joubori, a political analyst, told MEE that the main Shia blocs had been motivated by concerns that Sadr would follow through on his threat to raid the Green Zone, the fortified area where Iraq's governmental institutions are based.
“There was a real fear that Sadr would raid the green zone,” said Joubori. “That meant Shia-Shia fighting could have erupted, and that is a red line for all the Shia blocs, so they voted for the reforms demanded by Sadr.”
Abadi's proposals include shrinking the number of cabinet posts to 18 by merging several departments together. Most of his nominees are senior academic figures and business leaders with no previous political experience or affiliation.
Hakeem said on Saturday that al-Mowaten stood ready to cooperate with other blocs and that all options were on the table, including a possible vote of no confidence in Abadi. “We will cooperate through the state constitution and the parliament to restore balance to the political process,” he said.
But supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr said they would not tolerate any backtracking on the political reforms approved by parliament, and said they stood ready to return to the streets if necessary.
“They know very well that they are cowards and can do nothing. Sit-ins and demonstrations could return at any moment,” Ibrahem al-Jabiri, one of Sadr's senior aides told MEE.
“They want to maintain their hateful quotas. We are aware of this and this is not possible anymore. So we will wait until the end of the decision period, then we will see what will happen.”
Slowly, one by one, the political blocks are coming forward and describing their rejections or acceptance to the Abadi list of candidates for the cabinet ministries or the combining of the ministries (now down to 18 from 20 ministries). Just last week they said parliament voted on 16 so I do not really know the correct number of ministries. We will have to wait since a couple are still I dispute about combining them.
So now we hear from the Union of Forces block in parliament. They are telling us they “categorical rejection of the integration of the Ministry of Displacement and Migration with other ministry, and as he emphasized that the country is in dire need of the ministry in the presence of displaced people from six provinces, indicated that it will vote like the rest of the blocks on the cabin technocrats.” but only if the ministry of displacement & migration stays a sole ministry. See article below.
If you remember Kurdistan refused to give a list of their candidates to Abadi. They responded to his request a moth ago but only to tell him the desired to keep their 20% quota of members in the cabinet. Personally I think they intended to leave their ministers as is and not change then and this is why they did not send a list of new candidates.
But now they know this is not possible and the do not want to be seen by Sadr as holding up the progress of the new technocratic govt. So on Tuesday they declared leader of the Kurdistan Islamic Group Said Zana, Tuesday, that the Kurdistan blocs will present candidates for prime minister Haidar al - Abbadi of dependence rather than raised in parliament, while noting that theAbadi did not object to these names.
Politics as usual in Iraq. But this is how a democracy works. Everyone (or the majority) should be happy at the end. What is different now is they only have until 4/10 to get this new govt voted on and seated.
UNION OF FORCES: WE WILL VOTE ON A GOVERNMENT OF TECHNOCRATS, BUT AS "ONE CONDITION"
BAGHDAD / tomorrow Press: announced Iraqi forces union, on Tuesday, its categorical rejection of the integration of the Ministry of Displacement and Migration with other ministry, and as he emphasized that the country is in dire need of the ministry in the presence of displaced people from six provinces, indicated that it will vote like the rest of the blocks on the cabin "technocrats."
A member of the Union, Rep . Nahida Daini for "tomorrow Press", " The political miscarriage candidates Abadi began, I do not expect that most of the blocks will pass onnames , " adding , "There clung to most of the political blocs to pass the candidates about their way, and even that was not in public , it may be through secret meetings between them and Altmthelean officials in the government. " the agency Daini, saying" some of the blocks announced its stance officially that it will not vote on the cabin Abadi, and this goes back to the quota system , which began by the government and placed since 2004, but there may be changes to the names , "noting that" strong union will vote with the rest of the political blocs on the new cabin. " and on the integration of ministries, described by forces Union, merging ministries process as" not true.
" She explained," the integration process during the previous phase also it was not true, because Abadi sacked the minister , the ministry remained at full staff and its work , "indicating that" some ministries are unable to ministries department at once, especially in light of the envelope complex in Iraq. " confirmed Dani, that" the Union of forces refuses to merge the Department of immigration, because we believe it is one of the important ministries, because the six provinces most of the displaced population, so it must be independent of the Ministry of immigration, and not to make the Ministry of marginal managed by proxy. "
Update: Fighting Corruption
IRAQ TO INVESTIGATE CLAIMS OF UNAOIL CORRUPTION AGAINST TOP OFFICIALS
The report named several Iraqi officials, including former oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani who it alleged had accepted millions of dollars in bribes.
04/03/2016 11:30 pm ET
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday directed the country’s highest corruption watchdog to investigate claims of graft in the awarding of oil contracts by the OPEC exporter and urged the courts to prosecute.
A joint report this week by Australia’s Fairfax Media and the Huffington Post, citing hundreds of thousands of emails, linked energy services company Unaoil and several international oil companies to corrupt practices such as claims of bribery in countries including Iraq.
Following an investigation by Fairfax Media and The Huffington Post, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for a probe in the awarding of oil contracts by Unaoil.
“Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi directs the Integrity Commission to take legal measures and calls on the judiciary to open immediate legal proceedings concerning the grave newspaper reports,” according to a statement from his office.
Iraq, which relies on oil exports for most of its revenue, has been plagued by corruption and mismanagement for years, ranking 161 out of 168 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in 2015.
Graft continues to eat away at the government’s resources as it struggles with high spending due to the costs of the war against jihadist group Islamic State, which seized a third of Iraq’s territory in the north and west in 2014.
Abadi has pledged to battle corruption and on Thursday proposed a cabinet reshuffle aimed at weakening patronage networks, but he faces resistance from politicians who fear reform would undermine their wealth and influence.
The report named several Iraqi officials, including then-oil minister Hussein al-Shahristani who it alleged had accepted millions of dollars in bribes to influence the awarding of lucrative contracts.
Shahristani, now outgoing minister of higher education, has denied the accusations. He said on Saturday he was not aware of any attempt to bribe oil ministry officials during his tenure and had never been in contact with anyone from Unaoil.
“I have not met nor communicated with these people by phone or email - directly or through an intermediary - or in any way whatsoever, neither in the period between 2010 and 2012 nor before or after it,” he told reporters. “The first time I heard these names was in this report.”
Shahristani, a leader in Iraq’s ruling National Alliance coalition, urged the government to investigate everyone named in the report, including himself, and called on the Huffington Post to hand over all the documents it referenced.
“The law obligates whoever has information (about corruption) to reveal it,” he said.
One has to wonder why they have waited until now to seriously pursue the steps to recover many of these stolen Iraqi funds from abroad. We know there is over 100 billion stolen. Could it be that they wanted to wait for a more stabilized, less corrupt government, a government where the money would not just be re-stolen? Are they now reaching that point with all these reforms?
THE RELEASE OF IRAQ CONTRIBUTED TO THE ARAB POTASH COM "STEPS TO RESTORE THE IRAQI FUNDS IN MANY COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
The release of the Iraq contributed to the Arab Potash Company
Monday , April 4, 2016 - 15:38
The Ministry of Industry and Minerals, on Monday, for the release of the Iraq contributed to the Arab Potash Company.
Said Director of Information and relations of the ministry Abdul Wahid Alwan al-Shammari said in a statement today that the "Release came after a combination of the ministries of industry, justice, foreign affairs and finance the efforts, as well as the considerable efforts made by the Iraqi embassy in Amman to pursue this matter as resulted in these efforts for the issuance of the Jordanian judiciary decision to lifting booking for Iraq shares in the listed company. "
He pointed out that "these efforts have been made in order to keep Iraq's money abroad and will be followed by other steps to restore the Iraqi funds in many countries of the world."
Update: Fighting ISIS
An article with a very status as to where they are in fighting ISIS and DAASH.
THE START OF THE SECOND PAGE OF OPERATIONS CONQUEST OF THE LIBERATION OF SOUTHERN MOSUL
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 22:01
The Iraqi Defense Ministry, on Monday, the start of the second page of conquest operations for the Liberation of villages south of the city of Mosul of al Daash terrorist.
A ministry statement seen by tow, "The pieces Infantry Brigade 71 th Infantry Division fifth managed to break into the village of Victory within the northern axis of the villages south of Mosul, the northern part of the axis of villages south of Mosul and the attribution of intensive air and artillery."
The statement pointed to "blow up 3 wheels bomber tried to exposure to developed our troops to liberate the village of victory."
Furthermore, cell-Harbi media announced that the band 15 pieces of editing operations Nineveh killed 30 terrorists detonated bombs in the village of wheel victory of the Makhmour south of Mosul.
The military announced the media cell in the 24 of last March starting the opening process for the Liberation of Nineveh province, of organizing terrorist Daash.
In the center of another security, anti-terrorism forces and support forces have managed to free three new areas in the district of Hit, west of Ramadi, the first insights of East and West and Insights Insights areas.
The third special operations of the counterterrorism commander Maj. Gen. Sami Kazim, Arda in satellite radio tow statement that security forces had reached the vicinity of district teachers Hit downtown area, pointing out that the organization of Daash today suffered heavy losses during the killing of 70 component them by the bombing of the tanks and aviation Hit in the center. "
Most importantly please, please, please let’s not forget to keep praying for the success of THESE IRAQI AND COALITION SOLDIERS. I believe our prayers are in part some of the acceleration of the process we are now witnessing.
Remember too to pray to the princess of peace – Our Blessed Virgin Mary. She has the ear of Christ and she can intercede in heaven and bring us the peace we all desire here on earth. We can not do it alone. I believe that if we all make this our daily prayer you will see change. It is already working even in the short time since I have been publishing this prayer section. It does not matter what religion you believe, if you pray then to your oven beliefs entity it is still the same powers and good for all of mankind. Ultimately it is all the same God anyhow.
“Lord, protect Abadi and all who stand with him in righteousness, the Iraq and coalition soldiers who are fighting the good fight against terrorism, that they would be shielded from the enemy and would be victorious against them in the battle for Mosul! We ask that the victory comes swiftly and healing of the Iraqi peoples and all whom have been effected by these evil doers can begin!
We pray for the speedy process of all reforms against gov’t lead corruption and that all those responsible in the past are brought to justice.
We pray for currency reform, the full implementation of the Iraqi economy to full international status and the bringing of prosperity and wealth to its people“ Amen!
Till next time…. Auf Wiedersehen!
Peace and Luv To Ya All,