SWFloridaGuy] Allawi was SUPPOSED TO have become the head of a new strategic council designed to check Maliki's power but Maliki assumed control over the interior and defense ministries, claiming that Iraq’s precarious security situation required it and maintained that all of Allawi’s proposed candidates were unsuitable.
Iraq is not out of Chapter 7 and the ministers are interim not permanent. Last I checked Minister of State for National Security, Minister of State for National Dialogue, Works & Planning Minister, Women's Affairs Minister, Trade Minister, Municipalities and Public Works Minister, Electricity Minister, Defense Minister and Interior Minister are all still interim.
A year ago the Iraqi government announced ratification of the HCL draft and submitted it to Parliament for approval. The government then introduced some amendments which then were reviewed by the Energy Committee.
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[SWFloridaGuy] The Commission on oil and energy decided the draft law of oil and gas had constitutional violations and moved to amend the bill to reach a suitable formula that would be agreed upon between the political blocs. The National Alliance objected to the reading in Parliament and postponed it.
The good news is that the parties in Erbil and Najaf announced that are attempting to pass important laws in Parliament now. The main laws they are focusing on are the HCL and General Amnesty. Let's hope they get it done. We are still waiting on announcements of the Strategic Council and power sharing.
Until the interrogation with the Prime Minister is held we won't know which direction they are headed. The best case scenario for us would be they reach a deal on power sharing and the subsequent announcements follow. When we truly have a complete GOI, Erbil implementation and Chapter 7 removal, it will be officially noted in the Iraqi Legal Database and public announcements will follow. That's the only way it will become law.
[SWFloridaGuy] It won't be some "guru's little secret." As usual, I'm just voicing my opinion which may or may not be correct.