aggiedad77 » September 19th, 2014, 9:44 am
Friday News and Commentaries
The weekend is near and as we patiently wait, Parliament has another session scheduled for tomorrow....we are told that PM Abadi will not be allowed to continue in his role as "proxy" for the ministers of Defense and Interior....he is not wanted to follow the footsteps of his predecessor....can't say that I blame that line of thought.
Meanwhile the budget....well it remains another day in limbo, apparently in the hands of the COM....but I'm looking for Parliament to tire of this cat and mouse game and finally decide to move forward....
just a gut feeling that I have....I think it could be further along than they are letting on
Abadi up to Sulaymaniyah and meet with Talabani
PM Abadi is on a short trip to see Talabani......then perhaps a meeting with the PUK representatives.....notice that it is "he" who is making the move....not the Kurds being required to come and visit him.....should be for an interesting meeting, a firefly on the wall would be nice I think.
The Ministry of Defense to accelerate the dismantling of the Union of Iraqi forces
Some unnamed individual is claiming that the naming of al-Jabri as Defense Minister was merely a delay tactic to try and gain additional time to appease and calm certain blocs....but....according to this unnamed person....disintegration may be inevitable over the naming of a Defense Minister....sad that some appear to want their wallets padded just for participation....while others just throw their indigent noses in the air and say "we refuse to vote".....how is that doing the Iraqi people any good.
Moussawi: Do not allow to walk in the footsteps of the previous government and fill the security ministries proxy
The Citizen bloc of Parliament has stated that they do not expect to see the positions of Defense and Interior Ministries to be vacant for very long....they remember well the predecessor to Abadi and how he ran things on his own...they do not want or expect to see a repeat of that with Abadi....meanwhile security within certain areas of Iraq continue to be at issue with bombing attacks from DAASH forces via suicide bombers....it is mentioned here of a possible postponement of two weeks before they have another vote on candidates for these two positions.
Vice Kurdistan: round of negotiations with Abadi begin in the next two days
This article is unclear as to whether the meeting/negotiations that it speaks of will occur in the Kurdistan or in Baghdad....if in the Kurdistan then it is reasonable to assume there will be no vote tomorrow in Parliament on any new minister names by Abadi....these negotiations should be very interesting for both the Kurds and for Abadi's position in moving the new government forward.
Abadi looking with Kurdish leaders to resolve the salaries of the staff of the region
"Happy results" are expected from a meeting between PM Abadi and Finance Minister Shaways, a Kurd, along with a number of other Kurdish MP's.....the topic of discussion was the salaries for Kurd state employees.
A coalition of the law is expected to resolve the naming security minister during the next ten days
This is just an observation on my part....but it would seem the Iraqi Parliament has it's own place reserved in dinarville.....member after member attempts to identify when certain things will happen, be it the budget or in this case the Defense Ministry candidate....just as we don't know the date or rate of the IR....they don't seem to know the date or name of a Defense Minster, but are quick to offer "opinions" of what they think they know....hopefully the delay will not be too much longer to get these positions filled.
Chinese Consul Arrives in Erbil as Oil Talks Reported
The Chinese see instability in many areas of Iraq, but see just the opposite in the Kurdistan...and are bringing their Consul General to town amid talks that the Kurds may be in discussions with the Chinese on a $4 million dollar oil deal...but if I may be frank....though I am not frank.....a $4 million dollar deal with oil....is not all that much oil.....currently the Chinese Consul is expecting to have their office operational in Erbil by the end of the year....there are 17 Chinese companies operating in the Kurdistan region today.
Iraq, a country rich in doubling the number of poor
Humanitarian issues within Iraq are quite serious claims the UN....the displacement of almost 2 million citizens just since the beginning of the year does not help their situation....all the while the terrorist efforts of ISIS/DAASH is not helping their cause for stability either.....poverty rates that stood at 19% at the end of 2013.....jumped.....to 30% just three months later.....the Ministry of Planning has a number of ideas in the works that will be implemented soon to help turn things around....I'm suspecting here that a budget would help immensely with the situation.....also by getting a chance to implement economic reform the new government could also work in a positive fashion to stem the flow of things in the wrong direction....it is believed that Iraqi unemployment may be as high as 46%....wow....that is directly related to so many projects being stopped this year I believe....again largely due to lack of budget funds.
Budget Committee temporary: the deadline for the government to send the draft budget
The temporary Budget Committee (Finance Committee) is saying that the 8 day deadline they imposed on the COM to get the budget back to the committee has come and gone....that things are in the hands of the COM for now....they must wait for action from the COM to deliver the budget back to them before any further movement on the budget at this time.
State law: the government will not send the budget to the parliament only after resolving its differences with the province
Here we have yet another MP...this time from the State of Law coalition who is claiming that the COM has a grip on the 2014 budget and will not let go of it until some resolution is made with the Kurds.....this is to be considered an emergency budget at this point....one that will take care of immediate needs within the security forces and their operations as well as that of displaced citizens......but what about payment of salaries for state employees?
High-level Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad next week
A Kurd MP is announcing the arrival early next week of a Kurdish delegation in Baghdad that would include Minister of Finance Shaways to discuss settling of differences between Baghdad and Erbil....we shall see where this goes.
It is Friday and a holy day in Iraq, so perhaps not much in the way of news today....
perhaps we will get more as the day progresses....enjoy.