Tlar: Maliki just won't go away. He now is trying to obstruct the voting for president by nominating a bunch of guys from the SOL which he intends to run one after another in an attempt to stall the process.
We have already seen an article where the SOL is stating Wednesday they should just introduce the nominees not vote on them. I'm sure they would love to postpone another week the actual vote.
He claims is trying to punish the Kurds for their "polices" but the truth is different. He is just trying to stall the process of building the government.
I'm sorry if this sounds bad but when this is over both he and the guys in the SOL that head that organization should be charged and brought to justice for the harm they have done and are continuing to do to Iraq. No deals. He should be hung like the dog he is and his pack should be put down with him. tlar
July 21, 2014 Baghdad-((8))
Political sources revealed that the State of law leader Nouri al-Maliki nominated six people for the Presidency to block the election of the President of the Republic in the Parliament session next Wednesday.
The source said, speaking for the Agency ((day)) that Al-Maliki gave a Deputy from coalition Iraq "Mehdi Al-Hafez and Hanan Fatlawi State law and feminist activist Rehab appearance in Germany, adding to the legal counsel of the Tara, and Arun, to run for the Presidency of the Republic.
He said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pushes toward increased to assure Kurdish opponents that there is strong opposition to their policies, indicating that many nominations a candidate may fail in getting the required majority and the election of the President of the Republic, which is half the number of members of Parliament plus one, and then bargain Kurds winning third mandate in his Government for their support to the Office of President of the Republic
The Kurdish forces had agreed to nominate Saleh and Fouad Massoum to the Presidency of the Republic. (A,A)
Schiz: M trying to slow it down, the Kurds trying to speed it up....
Othman asks to solve the nominations of president and PM in the next session
21/07/2014 09:15:00 BAGHDAD / NINA / The leading figure of the coalition of Kurdish blocs, former MP, Mahmoud Othman said that " nominate candidates for presidents and prime ministers should be resolved in the next meeting of the Council of Representatives."
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "The nomination for the post of President of the Republic was limited between, Barham Salih and Fuad Masum, stressing the need to speed up naming one of them before Wednesday's session, demanding that the National Alliance to nominate its candidate for prime minister, to be assigned by the President of the Republic to form the next government. "
Othman said, "The return of President Jalal Talabani to the homeland will contribute to speeding up the selection of a candidate of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, noting that" the country is going through a difficult phase and the nomination of candidates for the positions of the remaining ( Minister of the Republic) should not be delayed. "
The head of the new Council of Representatives, Salim al-Jubouri adjourned the session of the House of Representatives to Wednesday. / End
.The Kurds want it all done and finished on Wednesday! :D
Risk: Tlar...Does he have a chance in stalling the vote in you opinion?
Mike: I don't think this will stall the vote for the President, at least that's my understanding. All bloc's have to submit their nominees three days prior to voting so they can be vetted, on the third day Parliament will receive the nominees and put to vote by the members of Parliament.
There were multiple candidates for the Speaker position and we still had a vote completed with an elected Speaker. As long as the coalition holds, 220 trumps 95 all day long. Maliki could put up every member of the SOL and it won't be enough to beat the coalition.
I think it's curious that the SOL is breaking with tradition regarding the three Presidencies. In 2006 and 2010 the Speaker was Sunni, the President was Kurdish and the PM was Shia.
While this isn't a constitutional requirement, it's sort of a gentleman's agreement amoungst the sect's. I say turnabout is fair play. Why not nominate a Sunni or a Kurd now for the PM position?
If Maliki's going to void previous agreements, what's to stop them? This could ultimately backfire in the worst way, not only for the SOL but for every Shia member in Parliament. Maybe this will open the door for the oppostion to circuvent the SOL and expedite the nomination for the next PM of Iraq.
Investor1: The less than 1% have decided that currency reform is an idea who's time has come. Politics is politics and in the end it will play out like the monied interests direct it. Enjoy the ride, it's almost over. Just follow the money.
Rissas Dad: Schiz, I respect you but we have a Kurdish lawmaker asking to postpone the vote until after Eid.
Alsumaria News / Baghdad
Called the Kurdistan Alliance MP Mohsen Saadoun, Monday, to postpone the parliamentary session scheduled next Wednesday until after the feast, attributing the cause to the inability of Parliament to vote on the resolution of the President of the Republic after the arrival of the number of candidates competing to nearly candidate percent.
Said Saadoun said in an interview for "Alsumaria News", that "calls to postpone the parliamentary session scheduled for next Wednesday until after the Eid al-Fitr," noting that "Parliament will not be able in a single session to resolve the vote on the candidates for the post of President of the Republic to reach the number of applicants to approximately percent candidate. "
He added that "the Presidency of the Parliament can display the names of the candidates to vote in the absence of an objection from the candidates," stressing that "the voting process will not be resolved in one session, but need several sessions to the large numbers of candidates."
Announced the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan led by President Jalal Talabani, on Monday, for the submission of names of union leaders, "Barham Salih, Fuad Masum," as candidates for the presidency to the parliament.
The newspaper "Sabah" the official revealed on Monday that 50 Iraqis have applied for candidacy to compete for the post of president of the republic of Iraq in the next session
This is just a single Kurdish MP for what that is worth. Its up to Jabouri. The article you post Schiz doesnt mention voting on nominees on Wednesday, just have the candidates put up. Jabouri may make them vote on it, then you have to hope enough show for a quorum. However I'm preparing myself for a delay.
XXXX: 21.07.2014 SHIPMENTS OF KRG OIL TO RESTART IN COMING DAYS
Kurdish oil will once again flow to Turkey's Mediterranean port Ceyhan this week after the facility's storage tanks reached capacity
ANKARA – Turkish officials announced last week that the Ceyhan oil port had reached its storage capacity and the flow of Kurdish oil to it had stopped. But officials said that oil shipments to the energy hub will restart in the coming days after the oil tankers in Ceyhan are loaded.
Last week Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız announced that crude oil shipments from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stopped because the storage capacity was full at Ceyhan's port.
"Oil flow stopped from Iraq temporarily, but within a few days oil could be pumped to Turkey again," Yıldız said. KRG oil exports from Ceyhan began on May 22 and so far Turkey has transferred nearly 4 million barrels of oil from the KRG to international markets. The total storage capacity Ceyhan allocated for KRG oil is about 2.5 million barrels.
So far 4 million barrels of KRG oil have been sold to international markets via four crude oil tankers and according to oil industry experts three new tankers are expected to arrive in Ceyhan in the coming days to load 2.5 million of KRG oil.
However, the fate of the crude remains unclear. Turkish officials say that they are not involved in the sale of oil. "Our jobs end here when the crude oil is loaded onto tankers in Ceyhan. We don't involve the rest of the deal and we don't deal with the buyer and price issues," a senior official from Turkey's state-owned pipeline operator BOTAS remarked.
Meanwhile, Yıldız announced on Sunday that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) crude oil pipeline has been used to transport more than 2 billion barrels of crude oil to date.
The BTC pipeline has been transporting Azeri oil from the Caspian Sea to the Ceyhan Port of Turkey through the Georgian capital of Tblisi and the pipeline, which has been operating since 2005, has thus far transferred 2 billion barrels.
During his speech in the Turkish province of Adana, Yıldız stressed the importance of the BTC pipeline for the region and stated that the TPAO has 6.75 percent of the shares in the
BTC crude oil pipeline. Nearly 3 percent of the world's oil trade is flowing along the BTC and Kirkuk-Yumurtalık crude oil pipelines.
Baghdad filed a lawsuit against Ankara, after Kurdish oil was sold and transported through Turkey. The selling of the oil bypasses Iraq's national State Oil Marketing Company and violates the country's constitution, Baghdad claims.
The oil has been sitting in the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan for the last six months, while Irbil and Baghdad negotiated an agreement for the oil sales.
The regional Kurdish government, however, says that Baghdad cut their share of the revenues from the national budget and that they are determined to export oil via Turkey in order to compensate for the loss, claiming that to do so is a unequivocal constitutional right and in line with 2007 Iraq oil law. Iraq holds the world's fifth largest known oil reserves with 143 billion barrels.
Tlar: Risk, I guess anything is possible but I don't think they will be successful. Jubouri is on to their tactics and is quickly trying to change the procedures. These guys will put up an attempt but I think they will be outfoxed by the POP. At least I hope so. tlar
Buttercup: XXXX and Investor1, the question I can never resolve when someone posits that currency reform can happen before M is removed is this:
-What measures, if any, have been taken to ensure that M can't just go in and get his grubbby little paws on the CBI reserves as he has done in the past....if he is not 100% removed?
-Is this no longer a threat? And if not, may I ask why? Though, now that I think of it, someone may have mentioned in the past that the reserves are being held outside Iraq for precisely this reason...? True? TYIA
XXXX: Hi Buttercup, could you show me where Maliki stole the CBI reserves? I've heard of that, but never really saw proof that this was actually done
Rocko: Looks like the next law that they need to pass is to limit how many candidates can run simultaneously. Joubouri should make them stay is session until they they're all voted in. - I meant voted on.
RDiddy: Rissas Dad - I think you answered your own question with this observation:
"This is just a single Kurdish MP for what that is worth."
Kinda like US politicians - sometimes you just can't believe what comes out of their mouths. Maliki is so used to not following the rules that I think he's forgotten what they are. Surely the coalition can out-maneuver him on this one, too.
Fredl: Think we all expected an attempt of some kind to try to circumvent the process. It will happen every step of the way.
Mike: Shabibi and Turki have both said they want a stable government for currency reform to occur, and I believe them. Why? Because Iraq isn't stable, they're in the middle of selecting the next GOI and the currency hasn't appreciated yet.
Iraq is too volatile right now to implement the changes needed to accomplish an open market economy. Heck, 1/3 of the country is occupied by ISIL, how would they facilitate the necessary changes in the areas that are under the control of the terrorists?
I've heard for years how the "PTB's" want to get get paid and it still hasn't happened yet. It's because they need a stable GOI and a list of other things before they can enrich the people of Iraq.
DreamWeaver: This is my view, as well, Mike.
With all the steps taken by CBI to address significant issue of counterfeiting as well as sucking in all the dinar possible before the RV, I just don't see how Turki would even considering revaluing currency before new government is seated and ISIS is handled.
Would you consider RV'g a currency when terrorists could prosper and purchase weapons to use against Iraqi people?
It wouldn't even surprise me if Turki waits until Fed Council Law in Gazette and council seated, as Iraq would then be constitutional democracy.
To RV before government seated and country is stable from terrorists (ISIS) IMO is just too illogical ... though nothing about Iraq is logical so I could be way off. :)
Either way we are very, very close to RV and witnessing a historic event in Middle East. Best ~ DW
Tlar: XXXX, Buttercup, Maliki never stole the reserves.
He borrowed 5 bllion personally from the CBI when Shabibi was in chaqrge and never made a payment nor has he returned the money.
Then for the last 6 years he has tried to get to the reserves saying he needed them for projects and infrastructure all of which were just excuses. He started a campaign in his government for calls to give the reserves to the government as he was accusing first Shabibi and then Turki of ineptness and theft.
He has attempted to borrow from the reserves on numerous occassions the last time being when the 2014 budget wasn't passed, he wanted to borrow the money to keep the gogvernment running.