I come to you today to give you a recent update on the election process and how this relates towards the international rollout of the IQD for Iraq.
Note: If you have not read my previous news letter from Sunday 8/17 (LINK), I encourage you to first read it. Today's news letter, as in all my news letters, is a continuation of the ongoing saga of the IQD RV process.
Today is Monday 08/18 and all the news still looks very encouraging that these next couple weeks are shaping up to be an excellent window to hear of the announcement of the completed government of Iraq.
Yesterday I sent out some news referring to a high possibility that we would hear of an announcement of a fully formed Iraq government by Sunday. It did not happen and I will tell you why. The news is all good and you gotta luv what they are doing to clean up this government.
So what I have found out is that Abadi, (the new prime minister who has the mandate to form the new Iraq government), did state last week that he could complete the new government soon and probably would announce his new council by Sunday. As we all know this did not happen. So what is the hold up? I am going to tell you.
With Maliki and his goons gone and a new prime minister at the helm, we are now witnessing a total reworking of the 35 ministries under the prior 8 years of Iraq government. In other words that is much more “house cleaning” than originally thought necessary.
For instance Abadi decided to reduce the number of ministries to 25 after the cancellation and merging some of them. Right out of the starting gate he announced we was eliminated 2 of the 3 deputy PM MPs. These were entirely unnecessary and a waist of money. Ministries must now justify their existence or they are eliminated or combined with other ministries.
He also decided to change the manor in which the ministers are selected and not use the previous method of the selecting by nomination by the blocs of favoritism (or in Maliki’s case via paying bribes for their position). Instead he is screening the candidates based on knowledge and experience. He is attempting to do something amazing. He is eliminating favoritism, bribes and attempting to get fully qualified people in the positions that will be able to successfully fill the role and perform the job.
Gee Wiz! What a novel idea! ….lol….
Another cleanup he is doing in trimming their salaries using the paid security by the government as perk not previously counting in as part of benefits to them. Other changes in a making some strict parliamentary procedure recommendations to deal with absent members and this could result in stiff monetary fines, penalties or perhaps even loss of PM position in future. This I can see is way overdue since many of the stalling over the last 4 years has been lack of quorum and ability to even hold a productive session in parliament. This could be used (and was used) as a political tactic many times in the past and is one of the reasons we have seen bills take months to get reviewed and debated, yet nothing ever gets passed.
I think this was all a wakeup call for the government and it is way overdue. I like it ! It shows us that they are now serious to get down to business in running their government. All very good signs for us.
So today’s news is all very, very good news. Nothing but very good news to report.
What can we expect next?
So the clock started ticking once again and the new PM now has just 23 days (about 3 weeks) remaining to make the announcement of his fully formed new government to the world. We all expected to hear of the announcement this weekend but it did not happen.
We now know why. Once Abadi began his work on putting together the new government he discovered that the effort was much more than anticipated and there was much more “house cleaning” needed from the old administration.
Just the shock alone to all the blocks of realizing business was not going to continue as usual over the last 8 years alone took some days for everyone to absorb. It was like running out of the gates on a road race and then stopping abruptly because you realized no one else was in the race. So now they have to back up and pick up the momentum once again and are doing just that.
Instead of rushing through the effort they decided to review each minister’s qualifications from the previous administration. No one is just being “rolled over” to this new council.
So last week they decided to place a Sunni in the position of minister of Defense. All agreed to the candidate and so it was settled. Arguments then came up for the Security minister and they also wanted a Sunni. This could not happen and would be viewed as very sectarian. So this debate continues and the search continues for a candidate. It will probably be filled by a Sheite. Just my opinion.
Also there was suspicious movements by Al-Maliki goons to implant his loyalists into the new Cabinet. Let me give you some examples of what took place recently.
Nouri al-Maliki's brother-in-law, Yasser Abed alsakhel Al-Maliki was a candidate that came to be the Minister of youth and sports under the outgoing Al-Maliki. The State of Law is trying to keep businesses in the youth and sports ministry to implant the new Minister and be partners with this minister to share in the millions of funds for the slotted programs. Not going to happen !
Nouri al-Maliki also wants to be behind Abdul Samad, as the Minister of agriculture, citing relentless attempts made to extradite these posts that Al-Maliki says that he can manage State Affairs and is the sole leader in this area. The process began mediating for his inauguration as Minister of the Interior but was abruptly stopped by Abadi. Not going to happen !
These are examples of what is taking place in the selection process for the ministers. It is not easy to satisfy all parties and is more of a challenge than anticipated to have a non-sectarian government and yet one that is fully qualified to perform the functions and ot corrupt. But is must be done. It will take some time. Remember too Maliki was not the only crook.
Contrary to what many are saying to you, Abadi did not have the council predetermined prior to him taking his office as prime minister. Please use your common sense when you hear this kind of rhetoric. These are very ridiculous statements and only go to show you how much these “intel gurus” really know about what is going on in Iraq. Of course they will only tell you they are repeating what they are being told from their “sources” so they are innocent. Yet many rely on them for real news. Who does this make sense to? Who are these sources and what do they know?
Yes – they wanted to rollover many of the existing ministers but this was not acceptable to the new prime minister since there was a lot of “deadweight” and unqualified people in these positions. Many of these prior ministers also “milked” the system while taking bribes and stealing funds from the programs they were allocated for. All this must stop if Iraq is going to move forward.
There is much work to be done in this area. This is why the Dawa party and the State Law coalition fought so hard to keep Maliki for a third term They wanted the bribes and corruption associated with the favoritism from members to join the council. They did not want the change that they know was coming.The council in the past has been a “boys club” rather than a government. An exclusive Maliki loyalists club with high membership dues. This is all changing. The cleanup has begun.
He has now solicited to the blocs for candidates but has reiterated to them that any candidate you put forward must meet the qualification as listed and will not be accepted unless he/she is qualified to do the job. So many of the previous ministers (or loyalist to Maliki) are simply not going to continue and are not being considered for this reason. The search begins to find real qualified candidates. This will take some time but they still anticipate that they can form the new government in a matter of weeks at most. This brings us to the end of August. I believe this is their new target. Can they complete the task earlier? We all know anything is possible in Iraq. It could also be stalled. We just have to be patient and wait to see what happens.
Then when can we expect the RV?
All I will say is what I have been saying all along. Since the prime minister is now selected (the third of the three presidents) we wait for his council (or cabinet) to be formed and a formal announcement to the public that the Iraq government is now fully formed.
I do whole heartedly believe we are once again in a very sweet spot to see the RV announcement in the next couple weeks. Be patient it is coming.
I want to emphasize once again this final announcement of the IQD going international will not happen until the USA feels the Iraq government is stable, non-sectarian and is a functional government. This is has been the plan all along. They may have wavered a bit on how the plan was implemented but the overall plan guidelines have not changed.
Peace and Luv To Ya All,