A supportive bloc of Al-Kazemi takes shape in the Iraqi parliament

Crossing parties and seeking to support the state and reform efforts

Monday – 9 Shawwal 1441 AH – 01 June 2020 AD Issue number [15161]

A security officer at a checkpoint in Baghdad with the imposition of a curfew in Iraq yesterday because of “Corona” (AFP)

Baghdad: «Middle East»

The Iraqi parliament is witnessing a move to form a passing parliamentary bloc to support the plans and directions of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi. This mobility through the deputies who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat reveals a certain desire among a large number of deputies towards making a serious transient change to the blocs that were established on sectarian or ethnic lines and cannot abandon this affiliation.

The continuation of the series of crises in which Iraq is going through political, security, economic, and health prompted deputies, whose number up to the moment of writing this report reached 50 deputies, as the head of the Irada movement in the Iraqi parliament Hussein Arab says, to think about forming the new bloc. Arabs say that “these representatives who represent different blocs want to support the state and the government, in the sense that what they seek is a political alliance that stands behind the prime minister vis-à-vis the other blocs insofar as this alliance means taking two directions, namely supporting the state and government and evaluating the work of Parliament and the government together.”

In turn, you see a member of the Iraqi parliament from the State of Law coalition, Alia Nassif, that this bloc “in the event that it managed to establish its footing on the ground will be positively positive”, while a member of parliament says about Al-Nasr coalition, Riyadh al-Tamimi, that “forming a supportive group for the prime minister A step in the right direction so that he can work strongly and without impact. ” To that, Aras Habib Karim, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, confirmed that “there is an awareness of the importance of overcoming the current difficult circumstances.”


Kurdistan announces a comprehensive curfew for a week


 05/19/2020 16:19:05
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Twilight News announced that the Ministry of the Interior in the province of Kurdistan, after midnight Sunday, a ban including a curfew for a week after mounting unit injuries virus Corona  

According to a statement of the region’s interior, reported to Shafaq News, the ban between the governorates of the region starts from midnight 5/31 to midnight 6/6, while the inter-city ban begins from tomorrow at 6 pm until midnight on June 6.

The ban measures included, according to the statement, “closing all places except pharmacies and ovens, opening the levers while only allowing vegetables to be sold in mobile cars within residential neighborhoods, stopping the electronic license – to move between governorates – from eight in the morning to tomorrow, Monday, closing the border crossings and airports in front of Travelers until 6/6 close all mosques, mosques and places of worship. ”

The Kurdistan Interior Ministry vowed legal accountability for “anyone who promotes social media on the ban decision”

The decision came after the registration of the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region, Sunday 5/31, the largest daily death toll from the Corona virus, which reached 104 people, most of whom were diagnosed in Sulaimaniyah, including a death.

The cumulative total of injuries in the Kurdistan Region reached 710 cases, including seven deaths, and 420 cases of recovery, while 283 is subject to medical care.


Iraq freezes the dues of the Kurdistan region until an oil agreement is reached


An earlier decision obliged the region to transfer its oil to the government in exchange for monthly dues



Baghdad / Ali Jawad / Anatolia

The Iraqi Ministry of Finance announced, on Sunday, to stop funding the Kurdistan region in the north of the country, stipulating the resumption of funding by reaching a final oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil.

And Friday, a document was issued by the Ministry of Finance, which showed the government paid 400 billion dinars (333 million dollars) in financial dues to the region.

The ministry said in a statement today: “The decision to send salaries came after the approval of the territorial government on the Federal Ministry’s proposal for a final settlement … The amount sent will be the last payment that Baghdad sends to the region, as long as we do not reach a final agreement.”

According to an agreement concluded with the region on May 19, it stipulated that intense meetings would be held between representatives of the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, to agree on a final settlement between the two parties by adopting the Federal Financial Management Law.

And the Kurdistan region announced at the beginning of the month, its willingness to hand over 250 thousand barrels of oil per day to the federal government, as well as hand over all financial revenues to the state treasury.

And the previous government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi last April stopped paying the region’s monthly salaries of 453 billion Iraqi dinars (380 million dollars), because the region had not delivered its oil to Baghdad.

And 3 delegations from the Kurdistan region have conducted negotiations over the past few weeks with officials in Baghdad, focused on discussing the crisis of salaries of employees of the region to be paid by Baghdad.

And at the end of 2019, the Minister of Oil in the previous government, Thamer Al-Ghadhban, said that an agreement was concluded with the government of Erbil to deliver the region’s oil to the state-owned company “Sumo” as of 2020, at 250,000 barrels per day, out of 450,000 producers, in exchange for understandings that allow a share in the region In the country’s budget.

And last March, Al-Ghadban confirmed that the region had not delivered its oil according to the agreement.

And Iraq, the second largest oil producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), with an average daily of 4.5 million barrels per day, according to the organization’s figures for last March.



After “borrowing” a previous month .. Kurdistan is preparing for the salaries of the new month


 05/19/2020 14:33:55
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Shafak News / Kurdistan Regional Government spokesman Gutiar Adel announced today, Sunday, that his government is making preparations to distribute the salaries of the month of February this year, although the preparations have not been completed yet.

Adel said in a press conference attended by Shafak News, that in order to secure the salaries of last January, the government borrowed sums from “some entities” that he did not name, noting that the government is working to secure the salaries of employees for the second month of this year.


Kurdistan government: ready to cooperate with Al-Kazemi to solve all outstanding issues


Baghdad /
Al-Akhbariyah : A spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government, Gottiar Adel, confirmed today, Sunday, that the Kurdistan Regional Government is ready to cooperate with Baghdad to resolve the outstanding issues according to the constitution.
“From the beginning, we went to Baghdad at the beginning of the cabinet formation, and there are good understandings and good intentions regarding reaching an agreement,” Adel told a news conference, adding that “there was a framework of mutual understanding between the two parties under the Adel Abdul Mahdi government.”
He explained that “now in the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, we look forward to having good understandings from him,” noting that “the Kurdistan Regional Government is ready to agree with the central government regarding outstanding issues, including the budget, but within the framework of the constitution and constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Regional Government and its citizens.” .


Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson Jotiar Adil (File)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said on Sunday (May 31) that the Kurdistan Region is committed to its agreement with the federal government to resolve their budget dispute and will send a negotiating delegation to Baghdad to reach a full agreement.

“We have talked about it earlier: the [KRG] delegation will go to Baghdad and will negotiate. We as the Kurdistan Region are committed to the final understanding reached in 2019, in which the Region’s budget and financial benefits were discussed,” said Adil told reporters during a press conference.

“We are committed to the legal principles so that we can receive Kurdistan’s financial benefits. Therefore, the discussions will continue,” he added.

Earlier on Sunday, the federal Ministry of Finance said that it will not release any additional money to the Kurdistan Region until Baghdad and Erbil fully resolve their dispute.

Under the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law, Baghdad is expected to send 12.67 percent of the entire budget to the Kurdistan Region, in return for 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day for export.

However, Erbil never sent any oil and, after fifteen months of sending limited funding to pay for public sector salaries, Baghdad froze all transfers, sparking a major cash crunch in Erbil that was compounded by low oil prices.

Adil said that the Region’s income has decreased by more than 80 percent since then and that the KRG borrowed money to pay for the salaries that they disbursed in May to public sector employees. He assured the public that the government is making preparations for the June disbursement.

During the press conference, he also addressed a recent spike in the number of coronavirus cases, with more than 300 people testing positive since May 13.

“Coronavirus is a serious danger and the people of the Kurdistan Region should be aware of and follow the [public] health guidelines,” he said.

“People should act accountably because, if not, the situation will get out of control.”

(NRT Digital Media)


Parliamentary Finance: The government does not have the right to borrow abroad without the approval of Parliament

Baghdad / Al-Ikhbaria:

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee Hanin Qaddo said on Sunday that the government does not have the legal framework to borrow without going to parliament.

Qaddo said in a televised statement, followed by “Al-Akhbaria”, that “Parliament rejects external borrowing from abroad and prefers internal borrowing to bridge the deficit of the crisis in the country.”

He added that “in the event of an external borrowing, it must pass through the House of Representatives, and that external borrowing should be with the knowledge of the Parliamentary Finance Committee and Parliament.”


Parliament resumes its sessions next Wednesday

Time: 05/20/31 20:26:38

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Council of Representatives will hold its regular session next Wednesday at one o’clock in the afternoon.

A statement of the Presidency of the House of Representatives said that the Al Furat News Agency received a copy of it that the session’s agenda includes “reading and discussing a number of laws listed on its agendas.”

It is noteworthy that the House of Representatives has suspended its sessions due to the Corona pandemic and held its last session during its vote on the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi on May 7.

Ammar Al-Masoudi ended


Parliament Rapporteur: Al-Kazemi has completed his cabinet, and is awaiting dispatch

19:50 – 05/31/2020


Information / private …

Parliament Rapporteur Khadija Ali announced on Sunday that the Prime Minister has completed the nominations of the Cabinet Cabinet for the vacant ministries, indicating that Parliament is awaiting the arrival of the names to determine the date of the session.

And Ali told / the information / that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi decided the nominations for the vacant ministries and the remaining vacant and in the process of sending them to parliament with their CVs.”

She added that “the names did not reach the council yet,” noting that “the date of the session will be decided after the names arrive to the presidency.”

She explained that “the dialogues indicate the readiness of all the blocs to attend the session to vote on the remaining vacant ministries.” Ended 25 and



Special meeting of KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of KRG ministers on Sunday May 31, 2020 (Photo Credit: KRG/Website)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Sunday (May 31) that it will send special reports about the Region’s debts and financial commitments to the KRG’s Financial Monitoring Diwan.

According to a statement, the decision was made during a meeting chaired by KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and attended by KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and relevant ministers.

The Diwan would review the reports before passing them on to the Kurdistan Parliament and making it available to the public as soon as possible.

(NRT Digital Media)


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