Leaflets thrown in Baghdad to mobilize for the start of demonstrations in early October
An official security source said on Sunday that leaflets had been seized in the Adhamiya area in the capital, Baghdad, urging residents to go out with demonstrations in early October, coinciding with the anniversary of the major protests in the country.
The source told Shafaq News Agency, “It was indicated that there were leaflets that were thrown by people riding a motorcycle in the Adhamiya area near the church.”
According to the source, the publications included setting the date for the start of the demonstrations on the first of October, in addition to pictures of the victims active in the popular movement at the time.
It is noteworthy that the second anniversary of the October revolution in Iraq is scheduled to be commemorated in the coming days, as the revolution’s supporters prepare to go out in massive demonstrations in the central and southern regions of Iraq.
The political scene is in a crisis situation and an unprecedented deadlock in the history of Iraq, as nearly a year has passed since the early elections without being able to form a new government in the country, and the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi remains.
On the tenth of last October, Iraq held early legislative elections to get out of a political crisis that swept the country after large demonstrations in the central and southern regions in 2019 in protest against the widespread unemployment in society, the spread of financial and administrative corruption in government departments and institutions, and the deteriorating reality The service and the livelihood, which prompted the former prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to resign under popular pressure.
Iraqi political figures: Al-Kazemi’s stay in his position is a solution to the crisis, because he enjoys Iraqi, Arab and international acceptance
Iraqi political figures see that there is a great opportunity for Mustafa Al-Kazemi to remain in his position as Prime Minister, either to head a transitional government that will undertake the process of holding early elections after the dissolution of parliament, or for a second term.
These political figures spoke to Rudaw Media Network about the justifications for Al-Kazemi remaining in his position, “especially since the neighboring Arab countries, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Gulf states and Egypt, in addition to Turkey and Iran, to some extent, support Al-Kazemi’s remaining in office for a second term, and that The US administration may support this opportunity.”
On November 30, 2019, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, the former prime minister, had submitted his resignation from the presidency of the Council of Ministers to the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, under pressure from the October protesters, and Parliament approved it at its meeting held on December 1, 2019.
The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, assigned, according to his constitutional powers, Mustafa Al-Kazemi to form the government, after he refused, assigning three candidates to this position. Parliament voted on Al-Kazemi’s government, which was described as “interim”, as he promised to hold early elections, bring the killers of protesters to justice, and fight corruption.
Indeed, he carried out his promise and held early elections, on October 10, 2021, which were described as the best in the history of Iraq after 2003, as he did not run in these elections, and took a set of measures to fight corruption and limit the spread of uncontrolled weapons.
Al-Kazemi’s supporters insist that the prime minister does not have a magic wand to address all the negatives overnight, and he must be given an adequate opportunity to arrange the situation of the confused Iraqi house amid crises that have accumulated for many years, especially since he achieved in a short time what other heads of previous governments did not achieve. .
Al-Kazemi said, a year after he assumed the responsibility of prime minister: “Let us have faith in the future, for I inherited the failure of 17-year governments… Give me a chance, and let us cooperate together to fix what can be fixed, within the short period, put away the weapons and open a new page in Iraq’s history.”
He was known about Al-Kazemi as a man who solved crises and not created them, as his predecessors used to fabricate the crises that afflicted Iraq and the Iraqis, as he stressed: “I chose the policy of silence, and this is what I learned from history, but some want to enter into a clash, which will not serve the sons of Iraq, and I will not be excessive. With the blood of Iraqis, dialogue is the solution.”
Al-Kazemi called on “the political forces to assume their historical responsibility towards Iraq and take advantage of the opportunity for national dialogue.”
The Iraqi Prime Minister noted, from New York, where he is participating in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, that he will call for “a third round of national dialogue to solve our problems, and we have no way but dialogue,” adding that “we have an opportunity to build Iraq, and that the stability of the region has positive repercussions.” on the situation in Iraq.
Yesterday, Friday, September 23, 2022, Al-Kazemi complained in a televised interview from New York, of a “personal antagonism” with politicians, whom he accused of “wishing” his government’s failure with “everything.” He said, “There are those who wish the government to fail in everything because of personal differences with me,” adding: “I call on all parties that have differences with me to liquidate them away from the interests of the people.”
Raed Fahmy: He is not a man of crises
Raed Fahmy, Secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, said: “Certainly, there are parties in the coordinating framework that will not nominate Al-Kazemi to head the next government, not for national reasons, but greed for power and preserving their interests, and the facts confirm that the current prime minister enjoys local acceptance.
And Arab, Gulf, and regional, especially Iran, and international ones, and these want and are working to keep him in the prime ministership for a second term,” noting that: “Locally, Al-Kazemi did not anger the political parties, although he had somewhat sized the popular crowd, and won the satisfaction of the rest of the parties by maintaining to distribute their responsibilities within the government, but the parties to the coordination framework fear a greater expansion of the Sadrist movement during his reign, and if he remains in power, it may affect the positions of the coordination framework.”
Raed Fahmy concluded that “Al-Kazemi is not a man of crises, but rather worked to extinguish and contain many crises, and he needs a supportive force to achieve some changes that he is capable of, and perhaps remaining in his position with the support of the Sadrist movement and other parties in the political process, not to mention Arab and regional support.” And the international community, will give him support to bring about change, so I see that his chances of survival are great.”
Ezzat Al-Shabandar: Yes, Al-Kazemi comes again
. Ezzat Al-Shabandar, an independent politician and a former member of the House of Representatives, said: “Frankly, if we review Al-Kazemi’s coming to his position as prime minister, he does not have a party, deputies, or militias, nor is he desperate and a fighter to be prime minister, and perhaps he is The least enthusiastic opponents of this position and the circumstances that led to it, the circumstances of the inability of those concerned to agree on the prime minister. And if the same circumstances are repeated, and I do not think they are far away now, yes Al-Kazemi will come again.”
Adding that: “Barbara Leaf, Assistant Secretary of State for America, met with several Iraqi political and non-political officials, spoke openly during the day, and said, “We do not support any government except the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and advised, in the language of warning, not to bypass Al-Kazemi.”
His survival is a positive issue, and Manaf Al-Moussawi, head of the Baghdad Center for Studies, considered Al-Kazemi’s survival in his position a “positive” point, and he said: “We read these days tweets by journalists affiliated with the coordination framework inciting dissent, echoing the demands of the framework and praising its personalities, and attacking some of the moderate framework figures who You do not find any objection to dissolving Parliament, going to early elections, and renewing the term of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi for a period to come, and I think that if this issue takes place, the renewal of Al-Kazemi is a positive point in the path of resolving the political crisis and moving to the next stage, but the hardliners in the coordination framework are still They reject this initiative and these endeavors and insist on proceeding with the formation of a framework government.”
Al-Kazemi to his Dutch counterpart: Iraq is proceeding with economic reform and has achieved important growth rates
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met Friday, in New York, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, on the sidelines of participation in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly.
During the meeting, they discussed relations between Iraq and the Netherlands, the overall Iraqi relations with the European Union countries, and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the pursuit of ISIS remnants.
The two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various economic and investment fields, development fields, confronting the effects of drought, working to develop water treatment methods, and adopting modern methods of irrigation, as part of efforts seeking to meet the challenges of climate change.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed that Iraq is proceeding with economic reform; This enabled it to achieve important growth rates, mitigate the impact of global crises and the effects of the Corona pandemic, and that Iraq has initiated important and strategic programs and projects to advance the Iraqi economy. link
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