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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."


Iraqi cash reserves rise to $ 50 billion

The Committee on Economy and Investment parliamentary, on Saturday, exceeded the cash reserve with the Central Bank of Iraq to about $ 50 billion, due to the high global oil prices and the completion of military operations against the organization, "Daash" criminal.

" The cash reserve with the Central Bank of Iraq exceeded 50 billion dollars after a decline lasted for several years because of the decline in oil prices and economic loss after the invasion of gangs and urged several provinces in 2014," said a member of the committee Najeeb Najib .

"The rise in oil prices and the completion of military operations against the criminal advocate raised the cash reserve in the central bank," adding that "the rise in Iraqi cash reserves will contribute to increase the confidence of foreign investors and increase the profits of the bank from the sale of the dollar."

Najib explained that "the cash reserve decreased last year to about 45 billion dollars, while in 2016 to about 43 billion dollars after the government withdrew amounts to pay the deficit in the budget,"


Abbadi: Iraq fulfilled its international obligations to destroy all chemical residues


Prime Minister, Haidar Abadi, the Government’s rights of the Kurdish people within one Iraq. said Abadi, said in a statement today, "recalls the people and the world that catastrophic day city of Halabja chemical weapons bombardment by order annihilated, that crime which shook the conscience of the world

and led For killing thousands of innocent civilians belonging to our Kurdish Aziz was one of the worst crimes committed by the witness locations Baath regime and his oppression and tyranny and repressive policy against all Iraqis. "

"While we remember traumatic stress this tragedy our unit pride and intermingling of Kurdish blood with the blood of the rest of the Iraqis in the triumphant edits against terrorist ISIS, where the two forces fought alongside their brothers in the Iraqi army until victory."

"We indicated we fight our sorrow and our solidarity with the victims and with the children of our Kurdish people emphasize our concern for security and stability and constitutional rights and fair with Iraqi people within Iraq and move together towards a new era of brotherhood and cooperation for reconstruction and aspirations Our citizens.

"the Prime Minister stressed that" Iraq has met its international obligations to destroy all remnants of chemical weapons that were used in the time order annihilated in the cities of Halabja and other Iraqi cities where re-activate this work under the current Government and fully completed and Iraq received international certificate support To accomplish this mission. "


Barzani Party: Oil files, budget and Article 140 has not been resolved with Baghdad

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Massoud Barzani, Saturday, the most outstanding issues between Baghdad and Erbil, despite the declaration of agreements on the opening of airports and ports, indicating that the agreement on managing the oil file and the application of Article 140 and determine the proportions of Kurdistan, the most prominent of these issues.

"The files of oil management and determine the federal gross product in Kurdistan and the application of Article 140 of the Constitution on the disputed areas and the proportion of the region of the budget is still stuck until after the elections despite the agreements," MP Najeeb Najib said in an interview with local media. Declared ".

"The agreement on the opening of airports and the delivery of border crossings entered into force after the arrival of federal officials from the departments of passports, customs, taxes and security to airports and ports."

She said that "Baghdad deposited about 400 billion dinars in the central bank in Arbil as a provision of salaries to employees of the region, but it needs exclusive approval from Prime Minister Haider Abadi to spend in the coming days."


Washington and Baghdad begin negotiations to "adapt" the US presence

"The US military presence in Iraq after the end of the organization" Daash "criminal at a time of growing popular and political demands for the withdrawal of US and foreign troops, while reviving the denial of the presence of US military bases .

"After the battle of Mosul and the announcement of the expulsion of Saddam from Iraq, negotiations between Iraq and the international coalition led by the United States on the reduction of foreign forces in Iraq began,"

said Ihsan al-Shammari, head of the Center for Political Thinking in a statement published by the Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat. Iraq, which was providing support and support to the Iraqi forces through advisers. "

Al-Shammari added that "what happened is that the talks in this regard have not been activated, but now the serious steps have been taken in this regard as the two parties entered into talks in this direction."

He pointed out that "the most important in these negotiations is the reactivation of the strategic framework treaty, 2008 during Maliki’s first term but Americans froze during his second term. "

Al-Shammari explained that "the current discussions are taking two tracks. The first is to re-adapt the US presence in Iraq according to the Strategic Framework Agreement which includes areas and fields, including training, processing, logistical and intelligence support as well as deterrence, while the second track is to reduce the number of American advisors in Iraq. New between the parties, "denying" the presence of US bases inside Iraqi territory "

Asked about the concept of deterrence in the context of the Strategic Framework Agreement, al-Shammari said that "the deterrence is the possibility of Iraq need air strikes against the organization of Daadash, who is still trying to pressure on the Syrian border and thus risk remains."


Abadi: We will chase the big thieves and recover the money they seized


Received a call from the US Vice President and held a meeting with the directors of Baghdad
Baghdad / follow-up morning
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi vowed to hunt down the big thieves who seized the state land and citizens’ properties, stressing that he would challenge any law that could benefit from these thieves.

As he accelerated the completion of services projects in the areas of the outskirts of Baghdad and provide the necessary funding and financial allocations that have priority, US President Mike Pence, during a telephone conversation, led by Abadi in the victory against the «urging», reiterated his country’s continued support to Iraq in all areas.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Prime Minister, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, held a wide-ranging meeting with the district directors and municipal units in the city of Baghdad.

He said during the meeting that "Iraq has gone through a difficult stage and an existential and economic challenge. And we must work now to harness all the national capabilities and capabilities to provide services to citizens after the great victory achieved with the most sacrifices and the least potential ».

During the meeting, Abadi called on the district directors and municipal units in the city of Baghdad to "follow the field for every small and large, and be true to the promises in providing services and not to give promises can not be met, and away from partisan loyalties or work for electoral reasons at the expense of quality."

"The need to make maximum use of the available resources and the national effort." He stressed that "collection should not be limited to providing appropriate services, and not be tax to take payments without services and it is very necessary to stop waste in order to reach services to eligible citizens."

Abadi said: "We must take into consideration the need of citizens, but we must pursue the big thieves who seized the state land and the property of citizens, while at the same time distinguish them from the poor citizens in need of housing.

And also appealed the amnesty law, which unfortunately included the kidnappers and criminals, "vowing to pursue" the big thieves and recover the money they seized. "

Al-Abbadi listened to a detailed explanation of the reality of the services provided by Amina Baghdad and the Governor of Baghdad and the managers of the districts and municipal units.

The solutions were put in place and the allocations were made in the field of services, water networks, sewerage, tiling and other basic services inside and outside the city of Baghdad.

The Prime Minister urged the speedy completion of service projects in the outskirts
of Baghdad and the provision of funding for financial allocations, which is a priority.

He also stressed the rehabilitation and completion of hospital projects in the areas of seven wells and laboratories, in addition to the launch of allocations for cleaning efforts in the capital and other provinces.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Planning, Reconstruction and Housing and the deputies of a number of ministries and officials in the service departments.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Haider Abadi, on Thursday, the opening of the airports of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil for international aviation after the completion of legal and constitutional procedures by the federal control of the two airports, according to a statement of the Information Office.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Bens, praised Bens leadership of Abbadi in the victory against «Da’ash», stressing the continued support of his country to Iraq and renewed US President’s victory, .

"He expressed his admiration for the vision of the Prime Minister and his country leadership and for achieving community cohesion and his keenness to guarantee the rights of all components of the Iraqi people that he saw through the visit of Dr. Haider Al-Abbadi to Mosul."

He also praised the government’s steps in reopening Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports, And stressed the support of his country for the unity of Iraq and sovereignty, "noting that" the leadership of Dr. Haider Abadi in this file proved to all the Iraqi people not to distinguish it to the component without another, "according to a statement to the media office of the Prime Minister.

Abadi stressed his keenness to consolidate democracy in Iraq and strengthen the institutions of the state and the importance of continuing the citizenship project to overcome sectarian and racist policies, praising the aspirations of young Iraqis aspiring to hold free and fair elections for a new Iraq.

The local government in Kurdistan aims to solve all the problems between the center and the region and to feel the Kurdish people that is an essential part of the state and the Iraqi society », noting that« the government is paying salaries of the staff of the region »,

and Abadi« he now has a strong army and military institution and the government is working On The further strengthening of the rest of the state institutions and the goal is to reach a sober political situation to prevent foreign interference, which seeks to weaken the sovereignty of the state ».

The Prime Minister also confirmed during the telephone call to the US Vice President, "the plan that was put in place to reduce the number of American advisers and trainers in Iraq after a crushing victory over the terrorist advocate, and that the presence of these trainers to support the Iraqi military and security institutions with international expertise in training and technical support»

Abadi stressed «the importance of consolidating economic and trade relations between the two countries, as Iraq hopes the US administration to encourage the private sector to invest in Iraq».


By John Lee.

The Iraqi government has freportedly revoked a contract with a Kurdish-owned garbage removal firm in Kirkuk, resulting in a garbage crisis in the oil-rich province.

The owner of the business, Khalid Shinke, told Kurdistan 24 that the Iraqi government canceled the contract with his company on 28th February, leading to the suspension of garbage collection across Kirkuk.

He added that the central government in Baghdad still owes his company 12 billion IQD.

(Source: Kurdistan24)

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

By Hayman Hassan.

The Iraqi Kurdish authorities owe many state employees months in back pay. The citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan owe the government a variety of fees. But right now, it seems nobody is getting anything.

In the semi-autonomous, northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, there are a lot of debts to be paid – and everybody owes somebody money.

One of the most pressing issues is that of the partial payment of salaries to those employed by the government. Iraqi Kurdish teachers have recently been protesting about this again, causing the closure of some local schools, and other state employees have done so in the past.

As a result of its financial problems – caused, partially by the security crisis, a fall in oil prices and ongoing wrangling about their share of the national budget – the government of Iraqi Kurdistan decided to “save” employees’ salaries in 2016. This means that a part of any employee’s salary was paid to them as usual and the other part was withheld, with a view to returning it later. It was a debt that the Iraqi Kurdish government owed to its people.

Earlier this month, the authorities decided again to set up a whole new department – the department of government debt – to deal with this issue. They had announced they would do this last year but nothing really happened.

The department should log all of the money that the Iraqi Kurdish government owed and also what was owed to them. The staff salary “savings” are meant to be part of this but it’s hard to know how the department could enforce any exchange of cash. As yet, there is no dedicated bank account to deal with this issue and nobody knows when repayments might happen.

“The Kurdish government should pay their people back around US$10 billion, and then another US$10 billion to other investors,” Ali Hama Salih, the deputy head of the Iraqi Kurdish parliament’s finance committee and a member of the anti-corruption Change movement, told NIQASH. “But it has no mechanism in place to pay anything back.”

“When the government’s revenues increase again, it is going to pay those debts,” says Safeen Dizayee, the spokesperson for the Iraqi Kurdish government and a member of the region’s biggest political party, the Kurdish Democratic Party.

Over the past four years, nobody has managed to figure out how to pay government employees back what they are owed. One of the ideas suggested by provincial councils late last year was that the government deduct the money they owe citizens from citizens’ bills for power and water and for other payments such as traffic fines.

“We’ve suggested this project two times now,” says Khanzad Younis, a member of the Erbil provincial council. “But the government refused, saying such a thing cannot be implemented right now. That is despite the fact that we outlined all of the specific things the government and citizens should do to have these debts repaid.”

The Kurdish government told the council members that it would all take too long and that too much information was required, that nobody had. It also requires all employees to have bank accounts, which they do not. Additionally, the government still only has enough money to pay the proportion of salaries it is liable for.

Another proposal says that a bank account should be opened, and all of the savings should be deposited in there eventually. This would be impossible currently and anyway, the ministry of finance has all of the details of what is owed. Still, the idea was thought to be a symbolic step in the right direction. However, this has not happened either.

And there is an added complication. In November 2017, the government waived some payments that local tax payers were supposed to make to it. This includes some payments for water and power, marriage license fees and loans for housing, saying that those who had been impacted badly by the fight against the extremist group known as the Islamic State should not have to pay these.

The debt that locals owe the Kurdish government apparently totals around IQD3 billion (around US$2 million) and is slowly being paid back via small monthly instalments, Dizayee explains. But this is nothing when compared to the larger amount of back pay owed to employees.

“Given that the government is the executive authority in Iraqi Kurdistan it could issue new laws that allow it to collect those debts from citizens faster,” speculates Khalid Hayder, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. “As for what the government owes its citizens, it is under pressure to pay that money back at some stage. If it doesn’t this creates a serious lack of trust and endangers the whole region’s economic future.”

Right now, it seems the Kurdish government is waiting for the federal authorities in Baghdad to pay them their share of the federal budget. But, he adds, when it comes, that is most likely to be used to pay the outgoing salaries of citizens and not the debts.

The Iraqi government passed its 2018 budget earlier this month, and although wrangling continues as to whether it is actually workable, one thing does appear to have been made clear: The percentage of the income that the Kurds get has dropped. Politicians have already warned that they won’t be getting enough to pay back the debts they owe their own employees and voters. The debtors’ standoff looks likely to continue.

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Eight months after US-backed forces drove ISIL from Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul, unexploded bombs, mortars and other explosives still litter the streets.

The UN says most of them are buried under an estimated 11 tonnes of destroyed buildings.

It warns removing them all could take “many years”.

Al Jazeera‘s Imtiaz Tyab reports: