Deputy: Parliament will not be able to hold any plenary session

Treasures of the MP – the representative of the state of law Ahmed al-Badri, Saturday, the inability of the House of Representatives to hold any future session full of quorum in the last legislative term, indicating that all deputies will be engaged in the promotion of elections starting next April.

"The House of Representatives, according to the data will not be able to hold a meeting full of quorum because of political differences and the preoccupation of most MPs to prepare for the upcoming elections."

He added that "the Electoral Commission will launch the election campaign on April 10, which means that the work of the House of Representatives will stop automatically until the next session."

Al-Badri said that "the political differences on the eligibility and importance of laws have caused the loss of the opportunity to pass dozens of laws that serve the interests of the simple citizen."…%D8%A9-%D9%85/

The launch of the first installment of salaries through the "master card" in Iraq

The media office of the Rasheed Bank confirmed the launch of the first batch of salaries through the MasterCard card, one of the electronic payment tools, pointing out that the card is drawn from inside and outside Iraq.

"Al Rasheed Bank launched the first installment of salaries through the MasterCard International Card (Nakheel), one of the electronic payment tools," the office said in a statement.

He added that the bank called on all departments and ministries to speed up the settlement of the salaries of their employees and obtaining the card to enable the bank to give them advances and loans, knowing that the card helps the citizen to save and protect the circulation of counterfeit currency and the composition and maintain salaries of thefts suffered during transport.

He explained that "the card is withdrawn from inside and outside Iraq and the Bank recently distributed a number of ATMs in Baghdad and the provinces, knowing that the commission of the card (10) thousands of dinars, three years."

Deputy: Iraq has a tea plantation in Vietnam and we do not know how it is managed and where its imports go

The deputy of the coalition of state law, high Nassif, on Thursday, the existence of violations and irregularities in the work of the General Company for Food Trade of the Ministry of Commerce regarding the tea farm owned by the Iraqi government in Vietnam.

"The Iraqi government owns a tea plantation in Vietnam (the food company) and this farm does not know how to manage and where to go imports, and there is information indicating the contract with an Iraqi to buy tea produced on the farm contrary to the instructions and controls," she said in a statement received by Iraq News. Call on the Integrity Commission to open an investigation in this regard and announce its results.

She added: "There are other irregularities within the file of the investment of land and property of the General Company for the trade of foodstuffs, given to these properties to investors contrary to the instructions and controls with the approval of General Manager Qassim Hamoud," noting that "there are many violations and violations in the work of the company will be disclosed reinforced documents In the coming days. "

Parliamentary Finance announces the reservation of the International Monetary Fund on the budget and reveal the reasons

The Parliamentary Finance Committee, on Thursday, the reservation of the International Monetary Fund on the federal budget for 2018.

Commission member Ahmed Hama told "Iraq News" that "the International Monetary Fund, expressed reservations on the Federal Budget Law for the year 2018 and do not know what will be issued of the decisions on the budget in the coming days."

He added that "the reason for the reservation of the International Monetary Fund on the budget is due to lack of commitment to the budget conditions of the Bank and include materials that had been developed as conditions earlier and warned of passing."

It is noteworthy that the economic expert, Salam Smism announced earlier rejected the International Monetary Fund, rejected the federal budget for 2018, which voted the House of Representatives to pass recently.

"The International Monetary Fund, announced its rejection of the financial budget for 2018, because it was contrary to the agreement signed between Iraq and the International Monetary Fund."

"The agreement between Iraq and the International Monetary Fund, obliges Iraq to implement a set of conditions, including the abolition of jobs and the addition of financial burdens on the budget."

She pointed out that "the inclusion of the budget by the government and parliament by the decisions to install contracts and the restoration of their contracts and other financial burdens are what prompted the Monetary Fund to reject the budget."

The Iraqi Council of Representatives, on the third of March, the budget of the country, which amounted to 77.5 billion dollars deficit of 11 billion dollars, amid the province of Kurdish deputies who oppose the reduction of the proportion of Kurdistan Region in the budget from 17 to 12.6 percent.

The President of the Republic, Fuad Masum, announced last Tuesday, refused to approve the budget of 2018, and ordered the return to the House of Representatives.

The Presidency of the Republic said in a statement that infallible "decided to return the draft (the Federal Budget Law of the Republic of Iraq for the fiscal year 2018) and voted by the Council on 3/3/2018, to the House of Representatives to re-examine form and content of the constitutional, legal and financial, "The existence of about 31 points intersect with the legislation in force."

The Bureau explained that "the re-budget came after the experts and legal and financial advisers to study and scrutinize in detail to diagnose the most important constitutional, legal and financial violations of some of the articles or items or paragraphs that need to be addressed before ratification as well as to address any imbalance in its formulations.

The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region has considered that the passage of the federal budget law in its current form a clear violation of the principle of partnership and consensus on which the new Iraq was built. "

Parliament finishes reading eleven laws


Raising its meeting to Thursday
Baghdad / Al-Sabah

The House of Representatives raised its session to Thursday, after he finished reading a number of laws. A statement by the Information Department of the House of Representatives received «morning», a copy of it »

The Council completed the first reading of the proposed law of the first amendment to the law of the annexation of the Judicial Institute to the Supreme Judicial Council No. 70 of 2017 submitted by the Legal Committee for the purpose of correcting the amended articles and items referred to in the law with the treatment Deaths for students of the Judicial Institute ».

"The Council also completed the first reading of the proposed law of the Office of Financial Supervision No. 31 of 2011 submitted by the Legal Committee to activate mechanisms to combat corruption and extend the powers of the Financial Control Bureau to crimes committed in unions, trade unions, NGOs and professional associations to respond to Iraq’s international obligations and to preserve On public money.

After that, the Council completed, according to the statement, the first reading of the proposed law of the first amendment to the law of the scientific complex and submitted by the Legal Committee, which aims to provide justice to the staff of the Academy as their peers from the staff of Iraqi universities as equal rights and duties.

The Council completed the first reading of the proposal of the law of protection for the legal officer provided by the legal committee to facilitate the completion of the functions of the legal officer in defending the rights of the state and protect it from the risks suffered in the performance of his duty, "according to the statement.

The Council concluded the first reading of the draft law of the Union of Iraqi Businessmen, submitted by committees of civil society, economy, investment and legal institutions to support the private sector, develop the Iraqi business community, regulate the activities of businessmen and businessmen in the field of investment, support the national economy and contribute to sustainable development and localization of industries to invest the primary resources and available human resources. In increasing the country’s national output ».

The statement pointed out that «Jubouri denounced on behalf of the House of Representatives criminal operations that affected innocent citizens, whether they are Christians or those who were targeted on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk», calling on the security authorities to «take all measures to provide protection for citizens».

he statement added that «the Council completed the reading of the report and discussion of the draft law amnesty from the tax sanctions submitted by the Financial Committee and the economy and investment».

In the interventions of deputies MP Ammar Tohma, «the importance of not to drop the criminal proceedings in the case of discharge of the persons covered by amnesty», according to the statement issued by the House of Representatives.

While MP Abbas al-Bayati to «give incentives under the law in order to facilitate the payment of merchants and businessmen to the taxes incurred by them».
MP Mohammad Naji suggested that "the owners of shops affected by terrorism should be exempt from paying taxes." In its response to the interventions, the committee stressed the need to take into account all the comments made by the ladies and gentlemen on the bill.

The statement also said that MP Yonadam Kanna read out a statement denouncing "the heinous crime that afflicted the family of the assassinated doctor Hisham Maskouni, a Christian in the Mashtal area of ​​Baghdad and the young Samer Salah al-Din Jajo, who was killed last month in Al-Nairiya, in addition to the killing of the Sabai citizen and the theft of his place,

"Repeating these crimes without revealing the criminals or any deterrent measures raises concern and surprise and undermines the citizen’s confidence in the state."

He called on the government to "assume its responsibilities in protecting citizens, prosecuting murderous criminals and enforcing the rule of law by limiting arms to the state." In turn, MP Joseph Saliwa, according to the statement «the Ministry of the Interior to disclose the results of investigations into the circumstances of the crimes that affected a number of Christian citizens in Baghdad».

In the meantime, the Council postponed the vote on the draft amendment to the first law of the Royal Claims Commission No. 13 of 2010 and submitted by the committees of deportees and displaced and legal until a compromise formula is reached.

The President of the Council set a date for holding a special session to vote on the draft laws and proposals on the agenda and others added to the table.

"The council completed the discussion of the draft law on the completion of the example of state-owned land for non-agricultural purposes submitted by the finance, agriculture, water and marshes committees," the statement said.

In the interventions of the deputies, MP Haider al-Fawadi stressed the importance of the bill to deal with many economic, security and tribal problems.

He called on Iskandar and Tut to extinguish the debts of farmers as well as address the water crisis with Turkey.

The Council completed the discussion on the report of the Olympic Committee’s proposal submitted by the Youth and Sports Committee. In the interventions of MPs, MP Riyad Gharib stressed the importance of the law because it cancels the former Olympic Committee law which gives arbitrary powers to its former president, noting that the legislation of the law will give the Iraqi government an opportunity to support sport.

The MP Hassan Khalati that voting on the law will contribute to the development of sports work in Iraq. In its response to the interventions, the committee stressed the importance of speeding up legislation to serve the Iraqi sport.

The Council completed reading and discussing the report of the proposed amendment to the Second Law on the inclusion of health and medical professionals No. 6 of 2000 submitted by the Health and Environment Committee.

The Council completed the first reading of the proposed law of the National Authority for Culture and Arts submitted by the Committee on Culture and Information.

The Council completed the discussion of the proposed law amendment law of the Independent High Electoral Commission and submitted by the Legal Committee.

It was then decided to adjourn the meeting until Thursday.

By John Lee.

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced new investment opportunities:

(Source: NIC)

Jubouri: We will address the problems in the lists of confiscation of funds


BAGHDAD / Al-Sabah
Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri that the parliament will take a number of measures in cooperation with the accountability and justice to address the problems contained in the lists of the confiscation of movable and immovable property and equity of those affected by the practices of the former regime.

A statement issued by the media office of al-Jabouri, received by the "morning", that "the President of the House of Representatives met with members of the accountability and justice, and in the presence of a number of members of the Commission on reconciliation, accountability and justice parliamentary and a number of advisers to Parliament, and during the meeting detailed examination of the names listed in the confiscation lists Money transferred and immovable, which was announced recently by the accountability and justice. "

Al-Jubouri called for "the need to be fair to the terrorist rogue and contributed to the building of constitutional institutions or those whose hands were not stained with the blood of Iraqis or those who did not raise the expense of public money.

He also called for a careful review of the lists and to take into account all the comments raised By many of the executive, legislative and popular. "

He explained that "the parliament will take a number of measures in cooperation with the accountability and justice to address these problems and equity of those affected by the practices of the former regime to be laws and decisions fair, fair and humanitarian for all segments of Iraqi society."

Jabouri pointed out that "the previous arrest procedures were 49700 people, while the lists of confiscation of the last included 4354 people only, allowing the thousands of those who booked their money in accordance with previous resolutions and laws to act freely."

As for the crime that affected one of the Christian families, Jabouri said that "what was exposed to Iraq in all its components, especially Christians, is part of the attempts to stir up divisions and nuns among the members of society, which aims to empty the country of its energies and its original components," noting that "targeting Christians is targeting Direct to national unity ".

"The recent crime against one of the Christian families is no less dangerous than previous attempts, even if they were motivated by theft or other motives," the speaker said, calling on the security services throughout Iraq to shoulder their responsibilities to protect all citizens.

By John Lee.

Zawya reports that the Iraqi cabinet has asked the National Investment Commission (NIC) to go ahead with the huge Al-Rashid City project planned for Baghdad.

The $10-billion development is to be carried out by Dubai’s Emaar Properties and Abu Dhabi’s Eagle Hills, and will include the building of “up to” (sic) 64,000 new homes, has previously been estimated by Iraqi officials to have an investment value of about $10 billion.

Emaar Properties told Thomson Reuters that it will make appropriate disclosures when the agreements are finalised.

(Source: Zawya)

(Picture: Construction at Bismaya New City)

By John Lee.

The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq:

(Source: UN)

On 6 March, the Government of Iraq as well as the United Nations and its partners launched their 2018 plans for Iraq – the Plan for Relief, Shelter and Stabilization of Displaced People, and the Humanitarian Response Plan.

With the end of large-scale military offensives in late 2017, many families have been returning and are trying to rebuild their lives and homes. As many as two million displaced Iraqis are expected to return in 2018; hence, all efforts must be made to support them in this transition.

This year, approximately, 8.7 million people, nearly half of them children, will require some form of humanitarian assistance.

The Minister of Migration and Displacement said:

The Government’s Plan for Relief, Shelter and Stabilization of Displaced People aims at strengthening the provision of legal protection to internally displaced persons as well as supporting safe returns.

“The plan focuses on supporting returning families with one-off emergency cash assistance to provide the necessities of life, in addition to supporting some basic projects, and continuing to support displaced families with relief items and maintaining the provision of services in camps.

Dr. Mahdi Al-Alaq, the Secretary-General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers, referred to Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi’s directive on providing an appropriate environment for the return of displaced people through the implementation of stabilization projects in the liberated areas.

This affirmed the government’s keenness to return the displaced people voluntarily while ensuring the provision of basic services to people in the areas liberated by Iraq’s Armed Forces from ISIL terrorism.

In 2018, the Humanitarian Community, comprised of UN agencies, national and international NGOs and other partners, is requesting US$569 million through the Humanitarian Response Plan to respond to the needs of 3.4 million of the most vulnerable people in Iraq.

The provision of protection support is paramount. Without such services, families may be unable to return home, or will do so in unsustainable conditions.

Mr. Ramanathan Balakrishnan, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said:

As people return to their areas of origin with a large number of camps in Iraq becoming consolidated or decommissioned during the course of this year, many will need assistance including those who are returning as well as those who are unable to.

“Continued advocacy by the humanitarian community against involuntary or premature returns and strengthening mechanisms with the government authorities for supporting voluntary and safe returns is a key component of the 2018 humanitarian response plan.

The Government of Iraq and the humanitarian community in Iraq will continue to coordinate humanitarian assistance to better respond to the needs and challenges faced by displaced people and returnees across the country. The humanitarian operations will be conducted in close collaboration with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Overviews of the Humanitarian Response Plan, in Arabic and English, can be found in our Reports Section.

(Source: UN)