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Wealthwatch Chat Room News & Comments 4-18-16 Part 1 of 2
chattels: " ...... even if the current cabinet line-up is replaced with independent, technocratic ministers -- a change that faces major obstacles -- that would only be the beginning of the process."
chattels: " Ministries are packed with lower-level employees appointed on the basis of party and sectarian affiliation, and replacing them would face serious resistance."
chattels: " Technocrats would also lack the cover afforded by party affiliation, and could face threats by armed groups opposed to changes they proposed."
chattels: Sunni lawmaker Mishan al-Jabouri, who has assumed a lead role in the anti-corruption protest within parliament, was himself convicted of embezzling millions of dollars in 2007. Al-Jabouri evaded his prison sentence of 15 years by fleeing to Syria and was only allowed to return to Iraq in 2012 after being issued an amnesty decree under then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
chattels: "The word reform has just become a sort of instrument for each side of the political class to blame the government and the prime minister," said Maria Fantappie, the International Crisis Group's senior Iraq analyst, explaining that Iraqi leaders are standing under the banner of reform merely as an attempt to hold on to personal and party power.
chattels: "Everyone is appealing to reform, but not in a legitimate way," .............
Iraq in Political Limbo After Stalled Reform Attempts
chattels: Baghdad’s political crisis hinders campaign against ISIS
chattels: " US officials have recently hinted at an acceleration of operations against ISIS as the campaign enters a new phase but are hesitant to reveal details for fear of further weakening embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
Abadi is struggling to put together a new cabinet in the face of mass protests, demands for reform and an end to corruption. American officials are treading a fine diplomatic line as they worry that proposing increased American military activity in Iraq could harm a vulnerable Abadi."
chattels: Kurdish and Iraqi blocs searching for solutions to end political deadlock http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/17042016
chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A meeting of major oil-producing nations aimed at stabilizing the global oil market by freezing production has ended without an agreement.
chattels: " Representatives of eighteen oil-producing nations have been hammering out a deal since February to freeze production at January levels until October 2016. The meeting on Sunday in Qatar was to be a rubber stamping of the agreement but ended with nations stating they need more time.
OPEC member Iran was not in attendance in Qatar. Iran is the only major oil-producing nation that has refused to participate in any freeze on production levels and has stated that they will increase production to pre-sanction levels."
chattels: Harith al-Qarawee @harith_hasan Sadr's followers from southern Iraqi cities r moving 2 Baghdad,organizing more demonstrations&sit-ins before the end of his 72 hrs ultimatum
chattels: Sajad Jiyad @SajadJiyad Sajad Jiyad Retweeted Methaq Al-fayyadh Jibouri receiving support to shore up his position, a smaller but determined contingent of opposition MPs remain
chattels: closure of ministries in Baghdad for security measures www.alliraqnews.com/modul...
chattels: On Sunday, Iraqi forces tightened security in Baghdad, after angry supporters of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr took to the streets of the Iraqi capital, attacking four ministries to press for demands that ministers be fired and that Abadi take serious steps to stamp out government corruption.
chattels: Many of Sadr’s supporters arrived in Baghdad for the protest at the cleric’s request, according to a Rudaw correspondent. Security forces barred the gates of ministries to protect the lives of those inside, as helicopters flew overhead.
chattels: BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s bickering political factions in parliament agreed on meeting Tuesday to discuss choosing the next parliamentary president, to exit a political crisis that the US worries may hamper the war with the Islamic State (ISIS).
The decision to meet, announced Monday, came shortly after US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad to discuss the next step of the war with ISIS and meet with Iraqi commanders and officials, including the embattled Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
chattels: BAGHDAD, Iraq – US Defence Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Monday, where he is expected to discuss the next step of Iraq’s war with the Islamic State (ISIS) and meet with the embattled Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
Carter arrives in the Iraqi capital as US officials have recently hinted at an acceleration of operations against ISIS, as the campaign enters a new phase.
But details of those operations have not been revealed for fear of further weakening Abadi, who is being challenged by the pro-Iranian firebrand Shiite leader, Moqtada al-Sadr.
chattels: Abadi calls for parliament to convene immediately to overcome obstacles
chattels: withdrawal of the protesters in front of most of the ministries and institutions http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=35834
chattels: " the number present House of Representatives is now no more than 125 deputies." http://www.alliraqnews.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=35817
chattels: No quorum.
chattels: "Supreme full Federal Court confirmed that it has not issued any judgment or decision in connection with the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of the decision taken by the House of Representatives on its held on 04.14.2016 on the presidency in it.
chattels: Office of House Speaker Salim al - Jubouri said Monday that the House of Representatives of the protesters were negotiating with the bloc to return and end their sit -in . A statement by the office received by all of Iraq [where] a copy of the "large number of House of Representatives of the protesters are negotiating bloc to return and an end to the sit - ins after the separation of the political blocs to a number of deputies.
chattels: Deputy for the Union of Forces, on Monday, the existence of political dialogues to hold a united meeting of the House of Representatives in the coming days. He said Salah al - Jubouri told all of Iraq [where] that "there is a political dialogues sought to convene a unified council meeting of the House of Representatives , " stressing that "there is no way out of the current situation away from the dialogue
chattels: It appears that the various political factions at odds may have stepped back from the precipice of the constitutional abyss. It remains to be seen whether the impasse will be resolved by agreement of the factions or the judiciary. The recent chaos may have scared everyone into sensibility. We shall see, eh ?
chattels: Kirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk 8m8 minutes ago Watching video of Thursday's session "impeaching" Speaker Salim al-Jiburi makes it clear it was legally invalid.
chattels: Kirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk 6m6 minutes ago 1b Speakers including Hakim al-Zamli refer to 171 MPs but this was from previous day. Only 131 were present in this meeting. Quorum broken.
chattels: Kirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk 3m3 minutes ago 1c In Iraq parl't, quorum can be broken mid-session by MPs walking out. This has happened numerous times. Happened Sat. No quorum Thursday.
chattels: 1d Even if quorum, absolute majority, 165, needed to impeach speaker. Provision from bylaws allowing temp speaker by simple majority.
chattels: Kirk H. Sowell @UticaRisk 1m1 minute ago 1e Do not buy line that this was a revolt of MPs against party leaders. Over 90% were Maliki-wing SLC, Sadr, Allawi MPs. Few rebels.