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Today..”State Administration” enters an important meeting

Shafaq News/ The “Coalition of State Administration”, which brings together the main Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political forces, is holding an important meeting, today, Saturday, to discuss the completion of the movement to form the new Iraqi government.

Informed sources told Shafaq News Agency, “The State Administration coalition, with all its forces, will hold an important meeting this evening in the capital, Baghdad, to discuss completing the movement to form the new Iraqi government and pushing the Kurdish forces towards resolving the dispute with the presidency.”

The sources indicated that “the meeting of the State Administration Coalition will discuss the issue of forming a delegation representing it for the purpose of conducting dialogue and negotiation with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, regarding the next government and its tasks.”

And earlier today, Saturday, the head of the “Al-Fateh” coalition bloc, Abbas Al-Zamili, denied the existence of any secret meeting that brought together the leader of the coalition, Hadi Al-Amiri, with the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr over the past period, stressing that there will be a meeting that brings together Al-Amiri with Al-Sadr soon.

This is what the economy of Iraq lost during a year of political paralysis

On October 10, Iraq completed a full year since the early parliamentary elections, in the absence of a new government or budget due to political paralysis that threatens to deprive the country of much-needed infrastructure projects and reform opportunities

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Iraq, an oil-rich country wracked by decades of conflict, generated massive oil revenues in 2022The money is in the Central Bank, which has $87 billion in foreign currency reserves. But benefiting from these funds in projects that Iraq needs is contingent on forming a government with full powers and a budget that controls the pace of spending

Yasar Al-Maliki, an economist at the Middle East Economic Survey, explains that “infrastructure projects need years of steady funding from the government,” adding thatthe political situation has caused great turmoil that has further weakened Iraq’s already fragile position in front of its investorsHe explains that “the political crisis has added to other long-standing concerns, especially security and corruption

Political disputes are still continuing between the two prominent Shiite camps, the Sadrist movement on the one hand, and the coordination framework, which includes blocs representing the Popular Mobilization, an alliance of armed factions loyal to Iran that have become affiliated with the state apparatus, on the other hand, a year after elections that were already hesitant among Iraqi voters. . With the two sides of the political crisis unable to resolve their differences, a new government has yet to be formed

‘Loss of great opportunities’

On August 29, violence erupted in Baghdad between fighters from the Sadrist movement on the one hand, and the security forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces on the other, killing about 30 al-Sadr supporters and considered the United Nations representative in Iraq, Jenin Plasschaert, before a recent Security Council session, that these events were supposed to represent “a wake-up call,” adding that “the situation is still very volatile

Many Iraqis have lost confidence in the ability of the political class in Iraq to work for the benefit of the country and its people,” she said. While the World Bank estimated the growth of the Iraqi economy at an average of 5.4% annually between 2022 and 2024, “the macroeconomic outlook is surrounded by a large degree of risks given the heavy dependence on oil, the persistence of budget stalemates, and the delay in forming the new government”, as stated in a report in June

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As a result of the absence of a budget, Iraq spends today on the basis of the Federal Financial Management Law, that is, what was spent in the previous budget divided over 12 months, which does not reflect the reality of the revenues that the country achieved in 2022However, “these are minimal budgets… that resemble the past, not the present or the future, and there are no opportunities for economic growth, and they deprive Iraq of major strategic projects,” according to the Prime Minister’s financial advisor, Mazhar Salih. “We are missing out on great opportunities, opportunities to invest in important, strategic and planned projects,” he told AFP

For exampleIraq signed a contract last summer with the French company “Total Energy“, which includes many projects, especially in the field of the exploitation of associated gas and solar energy, worth ten billion dollars, partially funded by the Iraqi government, which is still in its infancy andthe Iraqi government is working hard to speed up work in it and remove obstacles before it,” according to a source familiar with the file

Other projects are progressing “at a slow pace” in the oil sector, and with “the absence of a government with full powers, the Ministry of Oil cannot finance, sign and award contracts for these key projects,” explains Yasar al-Maliki

People are tired

To meet emergency expenditures, the Iraqi parliament enacted an emergency subsidy law in June, worth 25 trillion dinars ($17 billion), which allowed meeting emergency needs for the population and buying grain to ensure “food security,” but also ensuring the purchase of energy and electricity from abroad

As the year 2023 approaches without a budget, the authorities will have to either legislate a new similar food security law or continue spending on a 12-month basis, meaning “reduce spending again,” as Yasar al-Maliki explains

Upon resigning from his position as finance minister in August, Ali Allawi, the owner of the reform economic project that had not yet fully turned into a tangible reality, did not hesitate to define the problem quite frankly. “All plans and programs of the government are always constrained by the need to obtain broad agreement from a fractured political class,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “All calls for reform have been hindered by the political framework of this country,” he added

People’s economy

Out of every ten young people, four are unemployed, according to the United Nations, while a third of the 42 million population are below the poverty line

Despite the huge oil revenues, the life of Amin Salman, the sixty-year-old retired from the Iraqi army, who was among the demonstrators on the third anniversary of the unprecedented October 2019 uprising, which came out against the regime and corruption, has not improved much

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The country is going through a political crisis, and this political crisis affects people. People are all tired,” says the man from Tahrir Square in central Baghdad

The man earns only 400,000 dinars ($274), an amount that barely covers his daily income, and his two sons are unemployedHe adds, “Iraq has billions, money and gold, but politicians are only interested in their parties and pockets

After the decision of “OPEC +” .. Economist : Oil prices will rise to 150 dollars per barrel

An expert in economic affairs, Raad Twij, suggested that oil prices would rise in the coming days to 150 dollars per barrel, while attributing this to the recent reduction in the volume of production by two million barrels per day.

Twig said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: “The process of monitoring the volume of production by OPEC and Russia is a historic process in managing the oil market, especially the recent reduction in the volume of production by two million barrels per day, stressing:” that the last reduction it turns (OPEC +) into a major oil monopoly, and no other power will be able after today to manipulate the price of oil, whether the United States of America or the International Energy Agency, with shale oil or strategic reserves.”

Twig added, “Oil prices will rise to $150 per barrel, especially as we are on the cusp of the cold season. This will increase Iraq’s financial savings.”

It is noteworthy that the (OPEC +) alliance decided recently to reduce oil production by two million barrels per day.

The alliance, which includes members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and partners including Russia, has ignored pleas from the White House to continue pumping oil supplies. And he decided to cut production by two million barrels per day, which is the largest reduction since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020.

The decision of the “OPEC Plus” group to reduce oil production angered the United States, which accused the group of siding with Russia, and US President Joe Biden instructed the Ministry of Energy to distribute 10 An additional million barrels of strategic petroleum reserve will be in the market next month. 

Source: Dinar Recaps

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Tishwash:
With the resumption of parliament sessions, an independent deputy reveals the date for resolving the presidency

Independent MP Hussein Al-Sabri confirmed, on Saturday, that there is optimism that the political impasse in the country will break.

In an exclusive interview with Mawazine News, Al-Sabri said, “There is a kind of optimism in general, and the signs of political dialogues seemed clear, even those taking place from under the table, indicating that the current situation in the House of Representatives is positive and nearly two hundred deputies attended today’s session.”

Al-Sa’bri added, “The parliamentary sessions will continue, and the spirit has started in Parliament, and this is what we hope for and it will be for the best.”

He added, “The file of the Presidency of the Republic concerns the Kurds first and foremost, and the signs indicate the end of all matters during this month.”  link

Source: Dinar Recaps

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