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Parliamentary Finance: Iraq loses $ 263 per second

Parliamentary Finance: Iraq loses $ 263 per second

12/13/2017

A member of the parliamentary finance committee, Haitham al-Jubouri, said Wednesday that "Iraq loses 263 dollars per second because of corruption in the country," explaining that "the parties interfere in the work of anti-corruption committees.

"Jubouri said in a statement, "Trend Press," that since the application of the law on customs tariffs in Iraq by 2013 so far was expected to be the state revenues estimated at 8 to 9 billion dollars a year, because the size of what is sold from the window of the currency in the Central Bank Iraq is more than 40 billion dollars,

if we take the lowest percentage of customs and 10% added to the ratio of 3% of the customs duty is the total 13% of this amount will be the value of customs 5.2 billion dollars.

He added that "Iraq is losing 263 dollars per second because of the corruption of customs officials," noting that "the large and rampant corruption is located at the border crossings.

"He pointed out that "we in parliament formed a committee, but because of the interference of political parties in its work has been terminated.

"He explained that "the only step to combat corruption is to strengthen the main regulatory tools, namely the Integrity Commission and the Bureau of Financial Supervision and the security services and reform of the judiciary because there are many problems in the judiciary where some files are transferred to the judiciary, but because of corruption, these files are settled by some corrupt" .

He pointed out that "can not combat corruption by raising slogans and the House of Representatives to leave the courtesies that are at the expense of the Iraqi citizen.

"The House intends to complete the questioning of ministers as former finance minister and former defense minister in the past period, while confirming his quest to complete the questioning of new ministers in the next legislative session.

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Iraq shakes the dust of UN sanctions and declares the “great victory” on the duel

Iraq shakes the dust of UN sanctions and declares the "great victory" on the duel

12/11/2017

BAGHDAD (Reuters) –
Following the liberation of Iraq by the dust of 27 years of UN sanctions, as a result of the seventh chapter imposed on it since 1990, the Prime Minister, General Commander of the Armed Forces, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over the campaign to liberate the land During which the heroes of our brave security forces made great sacrifices, deservedly and mercilessly deserved the congratulations and praise of the political leaders.

The fatwa of Jihad Al-Kafa’i

The Vice President of the Republic, Nuri al-Maliki, said in a statement: "I congratulate and congratulate the blessed victory, the owner of the fatwa of Jihad, Mr. Sistani, and Mubarak of Iraq and Iraqis, the Islamic nation and all peoples loving security and stability, the victory over terrorism and extremism and violence,

" noting that " The sacrifices of the popular crowd and the sons of our armed forces from the army, the federal police, the Air Force, the Air Force, the Peshmerga, the clans, the anti-terrorist apparatus, all the citizens and the political forces that supported, supported and
donated. "

Maliki said that "our victory in Iraq had a positive impact on all fronts facing terrorism, especially in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt and the rest of the world," calling for "to maintain this victory by continuing the movement of reconstruction and reconstruction, and the return of displaced people,

And respect for the families of the martyrs, and attention to the requirements of the services of Iraqis who have been patient in adversity and succeeded in overcoming crises and thwart the schemes of the enemies of Iraq.

In a statement, Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi praised "the unity of the Iraqis and their unity over the projects of terrorism, division and agendas that do not want good for the country," stressing that "the efforts and energies of today must be based on building a state of citizenship based on justice and equality through Real measures that eliminate quotas and corruption and end exclusion, marginalization and political abrogation. "


Allawi said that "our battle with groups of violence and extremism long and the sacrifices of our children will be in danger without achieving a political victory that addresses past mistakes and creates a pure political environment aimed at serving the homeland and the citizen."

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Sheikh Hamam Hamoudi thanked God first and foremost for the people who made the victory when he responded to the fatwa of the wise authority, the wisdom of the prime minister and our security forces in all their forms and formations.


"Thank you to the mothers, wives and daughters of the fighters and the heroic martyrs who sacrificed their lives to redeem the land and redeem their brothers and their symptoms in the occupied territories," Hamoudi said. "Thank you for the size of the universe.

To the blood of the pure that went to redeem the liberation of Iraq, and every martyr wounded celebrate with us this victory, and a thousand greetings to the heroes of the media who have delivered their message efficiently and professionalism and accompanied the fighters in the war and stood courageous against false accusations, our appreciation and gratitude to the bodies and processions Husseiniya Supply fronts
". Victory .. historical merit

He described Hamoudi victory as " a historical maturity, proud of every Iraqi and must be recorded in the memory and educate our generations it" generation victory "and prepare ourselves for the next battle in the larger our struggle to confront corruption in all its forms and we will win in which our unity solid commitment and will also won the battle of existence.

The current leader said Al-Sadr, Muqtada al-Sadr, in a tweet to him on his Twitter page: "Thank God, whose servant Nasr Abdu, and the most honorable of his soldiers, thank you for our review and possession.

Thank you to our army and our security forces and the heroic Mujahideen and martyrs." this victory. "

He added al- Sadr," doubt The patience and perseverance, we won today and tomorrow on terrorism must prevail on corruption, and will not miss our joy to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel ", calling on the people because" celebrates their victory means acceptable, this is the day of a national holiday. "


Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in an address to the emergency ministerial meeting of the League of Arab States in Cairo to discuss the repercussions of Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"No one in Iraq was victorious, Terrorist, which is one of the secretions of the Zionists, "noting that" the challenge is indivisible and terrorism is not divided, occupation is integral and victory is indivisible … There is no strong nation that wins in a place and is unable to win elsewhere.

" Iraqis .. the people of the difficulties in turn, Park Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Hussein Abtan, in a statement, " the sons of our great people and the men of our security forces of the heroes of the defense and interior ministries and mobilized the sacred and the sons of the Iraqi tribes authentic and all those who care about those who have contributed to the victory industry brilliant and defeat terrorism."

On the occasion, the head of the Sunni Waqf Bureau, Abdullatif Al-Humim, praised the Iraqis and said on the occasion of the great victory: "Today, we are saying that we have been saying since the first day to enter gangs that call terrorism to Iraq because you are the people of difficulties.

, And the date will be written today with letters from the light of the day of
the Great Victory on those vulgar, defeated and abhorrent

.
"You are the first people to be happy on this blessed day. Your suffering is over and it will not be long before you return to
your head and bow to your places.

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URGENT Jabouri denies alliance with al-Maliki and does not rule out with Abadi

URGENT Jabouri denies alliance with al-Maliki and does not rule out with Abadi
12/7/2017

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, leader of the Union of Iraqi Forces, Salim al-Jubouri, the existence of an alliance between him and the head of the coalition of state law, Nuri al-Maliki.


"I do not have any agreement and an alliance vision in this regard and I am still preoccupied with the inter-alliances in the provinces represented by us," Jubouri said in the Calus program.

Jubouri did not rule out the alliance with a list that may be formed by Prime Minister Haider Abadi to run for the next election, "stressing the need to" hold the elections on time. "

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US Sanctions on PMUs puts Iraq in Tough Spot

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. 

The conflict between the United States and Iran has taken a new turn toward escalation against the Iranian-backed armed Shiite factions in Iraq. But this step might harm Washington’s interests in Baghdad and engage the Iraqi government in a crisis with the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

While Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trying to strike a balance to tame armed Shiite factions and earn US support, Washington is seeking to add armed factions affiliated with the PMU to the list of terrorist organizations.

The US House of Representatives introduced a bill in early November called “Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017,” which calls for imposing terrorism-related sanctions on Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Asaib Ahl al-Haq. The bill was referred Nov. 3 to the Foreign Affairs committee.

Before Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba was formed in 2013, the United States designated its leader Akram al-Kaabi as a terrorist in 2008 per Executive Order No. 13438, on the grounds of “causing chaos in Iraq and threatening the stability and security of the alliance forces which were in Iraq before retreating completely in 2011.”

Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba was blacklisted less than a month after spokeswoman for the US State Department Heather Nauert described Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the PMU, as a terrorist.

After Muhandis, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Asaib Ahl al-Haq were blacklisted, statements of various US Congress members indicated that the United States intends to designate additional Shiite factions as terrorist organizations.

While a harsher tone is being adopted in Iraqi statements against Washington, member of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Hanan al-Fatalawi called on the Iraqi Foreign Ministry Nov. 17 to summon the US ambassador to Baghdad to find out the reasons behind “the future US war” on the PMU.

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Parliamentary expectations of delaying the adoption of the budget until February 2018

Parliamentary expectations of delaying the adoption of the budget until February 2018 06/12/2017 12:00 am Finance Committee: Government has developed a solution to address the share of the region Baghdad / follow-up morning Members of the House of Representatives expected that the budget will be delayed until February 2018 for the large differences and objections […]

Parliamentary expectations of delaying the adoption of the budget until February 2018

Parliamentary expectations of delaying the adoption of the budget until February 2018
12/6/2017

Finance Committee: Government has developed a solution to address the share of the region
Baghdad / follow-up morning
Members of the House of Representatives expected that the budget will be delayed until February 2018 for the large differences and objections by the political blocs.

The parliamentary finance committee confirmed that the forms obtained in the Kurdistan Region share of the federal budget for the next year 2018 by the Federal Council of Ministers will be dealt with Parliament, the deputy Jassem Mohammed Jaafar, that the amounts allocated to the province budget amounts to 14 trillion and the liberated provinces of ten trillions, calling for a fair Basra province, which is considered "basket of Iraq."


The MP for the coalition of state law, Ibtisam al-Hilali, in a press statement followed by "morning": "The Finance Committee received many requests and proposals from the political blocs on the budget and there are strong objections to the items,"

adding that "the House of Representatives will discuss all objections and make amendments and presented to the government Before passing in order to avoid being challenged by the government, "noting that" the budget is likely to be delayed until February of 2018 for the differences on them. "

In turn, called a member of the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives, high Nassif, Prime Minister Haider Abadi, "written agreements" in order to pass the budget law, stressing that the challenges facing the law may threaten to "postpone consideration".

Nassif said in a press statement: "There are concerns about the budget law may translate into postponement of consideration if there were no written agreements written by Prime Minister Haider Abadi," indicating that "the budget faces great challenges because of the absence of allocations and throwing the ball in the parliament" ,

Nassif pointed out that "the most prominent of these challenges the continuation of the work of the oil agreement with Kurdistan, despite the extension of the federal government control of Kirkuk oil and the allocation of the amount of trillion and 200 million dinars to the Peshmerga forces,"

and showed Nassif, "the Union of forces presented 11 points on the reconstruction of liberated areas From the control of the preacher, while the budget is not _khasasat this side.

" Share of the Region
For his part, said a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Abdul Qadir Mohammed in a statement followed by "morning" that "the federal government reduced the share of Kurdistan within the draft budget for the next year, but at the same time introduced paragraphs in the draft budget, including paragraph 39, which indicates that the Council of Ministers Add Financial allocations for salaries of employees, the purchase of weapons, and electricity issues. "

He explained that "the government recognizes that the figure set for Kurdistan is not enough, especially for staff, so I put a material to amend the forms," ​​he said, stressing that "the parliament will transfer from the money allocated for sovereign allocations to the operating budget."

In the context, MP Jassem Mohammed Jaafar said in a statement received by "morning": "The budget went a balanced way when it relied on the census and distributed among the provinces, including the provinces of the region closer to justice, except Basra, which needs more fairness," calling the House of Representatives to "Balance the budget as fast as possible."

Jafar added that "the amounts allocated to the region up to about 14 trillion and the three liberated provinces (Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Anbar) up to the limit of ten," noting that "Basra, although it (basket Iraq), but suffer poverty and therefore need to resolve the petrodollar or add Towards Tralionin to be closer to the share of equity as other provinces. "

"The other provinces did not receive any grant when the Kurdistan region and the three liberated provinces were granted grants in 2017 to about 3 trillion dollars," Jaafar said.

Constitutional violation of its part, called for the National Coalition MP Jamila Obeidi, the government to send the final accounts for the budget this year and previous years, noting that sending the draft budget law without the final accounts is a "constitutional violation."

Jumaili said in a press statement: "The Constitution obliges the government to send the draft budget law accompanying the final accounts of the budget this year to find out what is left of them and the amount of money disbursed and this has not happened four consecutive years,"

adding that "the President of the Republic is obliged to force the government to send the final accounts in his capacity Patron of the Constitution and its application, "loaded with the Ministry of Finance" responsible for those violations as the body supervising the implementation of the government’s financial policy, "as she put it.

Petrodollar maturity in turn, called on the governor of Dhi Qar Yahya Nazareth, the central government to include the province benefits from the proceeds of petrodollar within the general budget for the 2018 items.

Naciri said in a press statement on Tuesday: "The province did not receive any amounts of these revenues during the last period, which was reflected negatively on the environmental and service reality in light of the delay of more than 400 projects because of the financial crisis," and noted that "petrodollars were Dedicated to compensate those affected by the oil industry and to improve the environmental reality in the province. "

Naseiri said that "the province hopes the central government to pay special attention to the affected provinces and work to launch those late allocations to address the decline in services because of the financial crisis."

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Auction currency between economic feasibility and corruption suspicions

Auction currency between economic feasibility and corruption suspicions
12/5/2017

Many question marks are raised about the current currency auction at the CBI, what is its usefulness to the Iraqi economy, how is the auction process and what is the fact that the wealth of workers and speculators in this big stock exchange and the suspicion surrounding it?

The legal expert in the name of Antoine, "The auction of currency sold daily in the Central Bank of 150 160 dollars, and that these funds do not all go to the issues of production and import," pointing out that "many corrupt make fun of these amounts for illegal purposes such as money laundering and smuggling" .

Antoine said in an interview with Mawazine News that he would prefer to be given imports in accordance with documentary credits and according to an investment platform, and put the funds in the allocated places.

He pointed out that "the market price is about 60 dinars per dollar, 50 million dollars. "

According to the legal expert, "the difference obtained from these funds is not in the interest of the citizen, but benefit from a certain class of banks and others, so it causes the loss of a lot of money."


The spokesman for the Central Bank of Iraq, Acer Jabbar, that "the window selling foreign currency came in a timely and emergency because Iraq does not have income from the dollar."


"The dollar comes to Iraq only through the sale of oil through the oil marketing company Sumo and these dollars are reflected on the Ministry of Finance, which does not need the dollar significantly, because the expenses of the state is the Iraqi dinar."

"These dollars go to the central bank and replace it with the Iraqi dinar according to the mechanisms and accurate calculations, and this dollar goes part of it to the window selling the currency and the other part goes to the reserve."

Jabbar pointed out that "what goes to the window selling the currency to cover the requests of customers because traders can not import only through the dollar, usually in most countries the dollar is a trader in the market," but "but the task of feeding the customer in hard currency is the task of the bank Central ".


The official spokesman explained that "the central bank after the customer comes and has official documents of customs and tax on imported goods, we feed him in dollars," noting that "the process of controlling corruption and forgery is not the competence of the central bank alone, because this is the task of other outlets Border, customs and tax ".

"The United States today tried to control the dollar, and the world was amazed that it had gold, so the price of the dollar rose, and countries started to buy it," said Jamila Mohammed, a member of the House of Representatives’ Economics and Investment Committee.

"The monetary policy in Iraq is covered by corruption, as is the case with other state institutions," Mohammed told Mawazine News.

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Parliament transmits the budget of 2018 to the Finance Committee

Parliament transmits the budget of 2018 to the Finance Committee

12/4/2017

To amend them and prepare a final version before being presented in a special session
Baghdad / follow-up morning
The President of the House of Representatives, Dr. Salim Jubouri draft budget bill 2018 on the Finance Committee of the parliamentary to prepare a final version and presented in another extraordinary session.

He stressed Jubouri during the consultative session held by the Council on Sunday; the objections of all blocks on the budget.

That the government was able to stabilize the salaries of employees and retirees in the budget of 2018, announced the Kurdish blocs on Sunday a statement of 7 paragraphs clarifying their views and objections on the budget.

The House of Representatives on Sunday, a consultative session chaired by Dr. Jubouri, on mechanisms to deal with the project Federal Budget Law for the fiscal year 2018.


Parliamentary interventions
in the interventions of the House of Representatives, MP Magda Tamimi , expressed surprise at the existence of a trend to bring the budget to the government, calling to read and then make adjustments after the submission of comments to the Finance Committee.

The MP Khalaf Abdul Samad said that oil-producing provinces did not get their rights, calling for a budget to be returned to the government, which bears responsibility for delaying the submission of the budget to the House of Representatives.

The MP Jabar al-Abadi said that the House of Representatives has two options either "approval" or "amendment" and can not be submitted to a vote by approval or not because it is a clear constitutional violation.

MP Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum stressed the need not to repeat past experiences and calculate the damage caused by the re-budget to the government Any delay in the budget will lead to the disruption of the work of foreign oil companies, which leads to the reduction of financial imports resulting from oil production, and MP Ammar Tohma rejected the re-budget because it will disrupt the various areas.

For his part, MP Salah al-Jubouri; collect the observations of the blocks on the budget and delivered to the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives and to hold a meeting with the Prime Minister and the adoption of constitutional proposals for the purpose of amendment before proceeding towards the first reading.

The MP Hanan al-Fatlawi said there is no desire in the House of Representatives to disrupt the adoption of the budget, noting the existence of observations with the representatives of the provinces of the center and south Aswa in other provinces on the draft federal budget law, and invited MP Sajida Mohammed to provide grades for graduates within the budget and include the salaries of security personnel returning to Jobs.

MP Jawad al-Bolani called for the importance of resolving the water crisis and providing funds for contract employees within the budget. In turn, MP Iyad al-Jubouri demanded that the sons of Iraq be included in the budget in order to obtain their rights.

"The Kurdistan Regional Government has expressed its willingness to negotiate the salaries of the staff of the region, which requires the introduction of a representative in the State Committee for the audit of the preparation of staff in the region."

"The government has already challenged many of the amendments made to previous budgets, most of which concern the people of Iraq," MP Kazem al-Sayadi said, calling for "amendments to serve the people."

The decision of referral and
announced the President of the House of Representatives referred the draft federal budget law for fiscal year 2018 to the Finance Committee to collect objections that have been mentioned or submitted in writing by everyone and empower the Committee by the Presidency of the Council of Representatives to discuss with the government on the draft budget law and prepare a final version of him and be notified The Presidency of the Council in order to determine an extraordinary session to be presented.

In its response to the interventions, the Finance Committee confirmed its commitment to the opinion of the House of Representatives on mechanisms to proceed reading the budget in 2018, pointing to the existence of clear objections by some of the parliamentary blocs on the draft law, and called the Finance Committee members of the House of Representatives to provide them with their proposals on the draft budget law for the year 2018 A maximum of two days for the Committee to discuss and submit it to the Prime Minister.

The House of Representatives held on Sunday, an extraordinary session is the second to discuss the draft bill of the budget of 2018, which announced access to text to the Council last Wednesday.

Legal opinion In turn, the parliamentary legal committee confirmed that the draft budget law for 2018 is not subject to change and amendment in the House of Representatives.

A member of the Committee, Kamel al-Zaidi said during a press statement on Sunday: "The doors of the budget of 2018 financial locked completely and is not subject to mobility and change," stressing that "the situation of the national economy is the one who imposed the budget in this manner."

He pointed out that "the government does not have the ability to meet the demands of parliamentarians objecting to the budget of the year and the Kurds and the deputies of the
provinces producing oil and gas because of the division of funds on all sections of the budget"

"He added that" the central government was able through the budget to stabilize the salaries of state employees and retirees.

"He concluded by saying:" The general budget was built on the available data and there is no money in the government to rotate between the doors. " 7 Kurdish paragraphs

The Kurdish blocs announced their position on the draft budget 2018, and issued a statement containing 7 paragraphs of rejection and make comments on the budget, and objected to the Kurdish blocs to include the budget formations calling for direct contact with the provinces and not the government of the region, as expressed by the Kurdish blocs objection to reduce the share of the region,

The Council of Ministers should be authorized to increase expenditures when needed, reduce the region’s share of the ruling expenditures, not include the salaries of the Peshmerga, not include Halabja as a legally recognized Iraqi governorate and demand the abolition of
staff deductions.

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Expert: Parliament is not entitled to “legally” enter the legislative holidays before passing the budget

Expert: Parliament is not entitled to “legally” enter the legislative holidays before passing the budget 2017-12-03 at 18:14 (Baghdad time) Special – Mawazine News The legal expert, Tariq Harb, on Sunday, that the House of Representatives does not have the right to legally and constitutionally enter the legislative holiday before the enactment of the budget […]

Source: Parliament votes today to reject the budget and return it to the government

Source: Parliament votes today to reject the budget and return it to the government 2017/12/3 10:37 (Baghdad: Al-Furat News) revealed the source of parliamentary resolve of the House of Representatives vote in its session on Sunday to restore the draft budget law for the year 2018 to the government. The source told the {Euphrates News} […]