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UU6818 –“Mid Week Update – WOW news! “ by Mnt Goat
This news letter today is mostly about the paying of these pensions in Iraq and how it relates to the continuing RV saga.
As I have said many times in previous news letters, when we see repeatedly many articles about a subject matter in a short period of time – PAY ATTENTION. This news is VERY important !
So I decided to dedicate almost entire news letter to this subject matter since I believe it is that important.
Plain and simple- it is pressure, pressure and more pressure on the Abadi government to clean up the corruption and get these reforms implemented.
As the news letter continues you will see the results of this pressure and one of the long awaited reforms is about to be voted on ….finally implemented….lol….lol…This is one of the golden nuggets for today.
It all comes down to a paradigm shift in the way the Iraqi government has been run for the last 30 years. It is not as easy task but one that will be AND must be overcome (or we will not see any RV).
Today is Wednesday October 14th and still no RV.
So why is this topic so important about these late pension and salary payments. Let us look at the issues involved.
The government shut off these payments in territories occupied by ISIS / DAASH. They did this to prevent the funds from getting into the hands of the terrorists. Three ways the terrorists were getting this money: 1) defecting Sunnis over to ISIS, 2) stealing it from the Iraqi people 3) threats of violence and fear of death if they did not forfeit their pension money to ISIS. So the solution was to cut off the payments until these regions could be cleared. Now that some of them are being cleared there is yet another issue evolving, the issue of where did you get all your money from since your salary did not provide for it?
Quote from the articles below – “The government is facing a series of complications in the process of applying the principle of "Where did you get this? That the Prime Minister recently announced his intention to apply it in line with the escalating protests in several parts of the country”. Their words not mine. No hype, No rumors, just the FACTS.
This issue is being raised too by the integrity commission since disclosure of their net worth full financials is not accurate in most cases since their salaries did not pay nearly as much as they are worth. Also the number of deputies and ministers who did not disclose their financial interests during the current year amounted to 208.
I quote from the article: “caused by the accumulation of problems in the region and the MOST IMPORTANT of which delay payment of salaries, “.
MASS CHANGE: THE DELAYED SALARY PAYMENTS CAUSED THE EVENTS AND THERE IS NO INCITEMENT
Chairman of the mass change parliamentary Hoshyar Abdullah said that the main reason of current events in Sulaimaniya is delayed region staff salaries for more than three months.
Abdullah pointed out that what is happening today in the province of Sulaymaniyah is caused by the accumulation of problems in the region and the most important of which delay payment of salaries, as there is no country in the world delayed the salary payments more than three months and stands people bystanders without feeling anger and resentment, explaining that resentment overwhelming when people addressed to all parties within the region and there is no incitement by any political party against another and expressed Abdullah hoped the deal the government and parliament the region and the political forces and Kurdish parties with the situation wisely and objectively.
SECURITY FORCES PREVENT THE PRESIDENT OF THE KURDISTAN REGIONAL PARLIAMENT FROM ENTERING ERBIL
Kurdish security forces arrested the speaker of parliament in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Mohammed Yusuf, and prevented him from entering Arbil, in the escalation of the political crisis that has shaken the region, which is at war with militants of the "Islamic state".
A personal assistant to the speaker of parliament, the pro-Kurdistan Democratic Party forces, ordered him to return to the road from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil, where the Parliament of the region.
He accused the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (PUK), which controls Erbil, Curran Party (Movement for Change), which belongs to the opposition speaker of parliament, provoking violent protests in which five people were killed.
Darwin said Rahim, personal assistant to the speaker of parliament, said that "this development very seriously."
The move comes after protesters attacked a number of Democratic Party offices in Sulaymaniyah and set on fire, in the worst unrest in the region that are stable, years ago.
The demonstrations began in Sulaimaniya, demanding the payment of overdue salaries of government employees. Then it evolved into protests demanding the ouster of President of the Region, Massoud Barzani - aged 69 years, which ended his mandate in August.
The party said Curran, who is based in Sulaimaniyah, too, and enjoy great popularity there, that the Democratic Party had told him late Sunday that he must minister in the Kurdistan Regional Government, not to return to work.
He accused Yusuf Mohamed dominant Democratic Party on the region by trying to carry out "a coup".
The Himin Hawwarma, a senior official in the Democratic Party, in a tweet on Twitter, which he said "Goran is no longer in the government."
And increase the old divisions of the crisis in the region, which has been located is separate two administrations, one headed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Arbil and Dohuk, and the other dominated by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Sulaimaniya.
Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union said the failure to protect Sulaimaniyah offices of the attack, and that he cleared a number of them from working during the weekend.
Democratic Party and close the station offices (so that if) of the party Curran television in the cities of Erbil and Dohuk.
PARLIAMENTARY INTEGRITY REVEAL MINISTERS SEIZED THE WEAPONS: WE SEEK TO STOP THEIR SALARIES
Since 10/12/2015 14:35 (Baghdad time)
Special scales News
Detection of the Integrity Committee member of the parliamentary Adel Nouri, Monday, for addressing the public pension body to stop some ministers and those with special grades of retired officials' salaries because of non-disclosure of their financial interests, stressing that mostly divested more than 150 pieces of weapons especially Bovwag Hamayatem.
He said Nuri's / scales News / that "most ministers and some officials with special grades of retirees did not disclose the financial accounts at all and there wrapping on money that were paid by them numbers," noting that "there are correspondences retirement for the General to stop their salaries until the disclosure of their net worth full financial ".
He said the Integrity Commission, the parliamentary member, said, "Most of these ministers and officials divested more than 150 pieces of weapons / 70 pistol +70 Kalashnikov / was dedicated to Hamayatem and strange in the subject did not know the fate of the weapons and where it turned," explaining that "the committee formally relay through books for all Wazzraat on the subject through the special forms prepared by the Parliamentary Integrity receivables to detect these officials and ministers. "
It is said that "the number of deputies and ministers who did not disclose their financial interests during the current year amounted to 208 Nwabousera, according to the Commission on Public Integrity."
The "government is facing a series of complications in the process of applying the principle of" Where did you get this? That the Prime Minister recently announced his intention to apply it in line with the escalating protests in several parts of the country ".
The Good News
ABADI OFFICE: WE ARE WORKING TO TURN IRAQ INTO A STATE PRODUCTIVITY
Government orientation to maximize resources
BAGHDAD - morning
In an effort to cope with the drop in oil prices, which form the basis of the budget, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister revealed the appearance of Mohammed Saleh that the government two options first is confronting all expenses that are not important in the financial sustainability, and the other option is to expand some of the state's resources, while spokesman Office of the Prime Minister that the government is working hard to diversify income sources and create an active role for the private sector.
Saleh said, in a press statement, that there are areas of corruption under the doors of exchange in the budgets and the government addressed strongly without retreat and we're going to end it as it provides many billions of budget», indicating that «in relation to the budget of 2016, we had a choice in these conditions with lower oil prices which form the basis of the budget and the landing means landing our resources, the first is to address each expenditure that are not important in the financial sustainability, and the other option is to expand some of the state's resources.
Saleh explained that even borrowing resources priorities of the mismatch internal sources, including the State Department, which are types of which few sources of cost and other medium-cost and priority certainly few sources of cost because the hedge emergency is important», adding that salaries take about a third of the financial budget and the government address the high including salaries so that they are reasonable and logical ladder reduce cost and waste in this aspect and if there are areas or operational expenses of the exchange are not necessary to address them.
While spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office that the government is working hard to cope with the unprecedented financial pressures experienced by the country in light of the war on terrorism requirements and provide the needs of the citizens and the salaries of employees, retirees and file displaced and file reconstruction of liberated areas and this many files stressful heavily on government.
Saad al-Hadithi and pointed out that «everyone knows that there is a decline is unprecedented in oil prices and the government is working hard to diversify income sources and create an active role for the private sector to support and state support in the creation of employment opportunities and transform Iraq from a functional state to state productivity and this strategic vision in the restructuring of the economy The work on the application and the announcement of several steps in this process, including the launch of six trillion dinars loans and stimulate the private sector and stimulate the Iraqi market and promote the production lines.
Update: On Reform Laws
THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND JUSTICE LAW IS SUPPOSED TO GO BEFORE PARLIAMENT IN THURSDAY’S 10/15 SESSION.
Why is this law so important for the RV?
First it is important because Iraq needs to prosecute ALL government officials (including Maliki) equally who have been involved in corruption or humanitarian violations against Iraqis and they needed the changes in the court system to do it. They also needed changes so Kurdistan and Baghdad governments would have the same court system. Compromises were needed and so it took longer than expected to make the needed change to the law after the second reading. This is now done. This is a requirement prior to any RV. I have told you this many times already. Now we watch and see how it plays out from here.
I firmly believe once these trials begin (and they will begin very soon) and they get the reaction of the citizens, it is going to have a snowball effect and the cries to prosecute Maliki (and some his high ranking goons) will be shouted even louder than ever. Then we and the Iraqi citizens will see the justice we have all been waiting for.
Incidentally we have heard also the Head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Medhat al-Mahmoud, has submitted his resignation. As you may recall we heard about a month ago he had submitted his resignation but the council did not accept it and so he continued in his post. So this time is different as we are hearing his resignation was accepted and he will be retiring. Will he also be prosecuted for his crimes?
Many have varying opinions on this subject matter. Mahmoud is now in his early 80’s. It would take a series of long drawn out hearings and trials since after all he was head of the Supreme Judicial Council. Would it even be worth it? Would it not be more beneficial for him to cop a plea and bargain and in exchange for vital information about the many legal decisions he made in Maliki’s favor. It is my opinion this is the way it will go down. Now we wait for his replacement to be announced.
Secondly this law is needed in order to create the needed stability in the court system. This stability was noted in many economic and investment summits with Iraq and international companies over the years. How else can investors get a fair way to settle legal disputes? Now they will finally get it. One more notch on our political stability to-do list thus closer to the currency reforms.
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