Deputy: 77 suspended laws in Parliament
Member of Parliament Ali Turki confirmed, on Thursday, that Parliament is on the verge of legislating 77 law proposals suspended from previous sessions.
Turki said in an interview with the official newspaper, “Al-Sabah”, which was followed by Mawazine News, that “the majority of laws referred by the government to parliament and its committees are dealt with and enacted according to a specific timetable.”
He added, “Parliament has today approximately 77 law proposals and is on the verge of enacting them,” noting that “these laws have been suspended from previous sessions and were sent by the government to Parliament, where approximately four laws are presented and read. link
Al-Maslamawi: We support Al-Sudani in confirming successful ministers and replacing incompetent ones
Representative of the State of Law Coalition, Firas Al-Maslamawi, affirmed today, Thursday, the support of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani in confirming successful ministers and replacing incompetent ones.
Al-Maslamawi said in an interview with Earth News Agency, “After a long period has passed since the Sudanese government, it is now possible to evaluate the ministers and their ability to develop the relevant ministries, and therefore it is possible that there will be confirmation of successful ministers and the replacement of ministers who did not have positive repercussions in their ministries.”
Al-Maslamawi added, “We support effective steps to install good ministers and replace ministers who do not have the ability to develop their ministries, because we are facing a government of services that the people are waiting for, and we are not flattering about that.”
And he indicated that “we will support the positive ministers, and we will be in favor of changing and replacing the incompetent ministers at this stage.” link
Ramadan begins in Mideast amid high costs, hopes for peace
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The first daily fast of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began Thursday, as hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide enter a four-week period of worship.
The observance comes at a time when numerous countries and governments across the Middle East are taking tentative steps towards calming enduring conflicts and crises made more acute by the costly war in Ukraine and a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria that killed over 52,000 people.
During the coming four weeks, hundreds of millions of Muslims will abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk, before gathering with family and friends for indulgent nighttime meals. According to Islam, fasting draws the faithful closer to God and reminds them of the suffering of the poor.
In Sudan’s capital, families prepare and sell culinary delights weeks in advance to mark the break of the fast each evening, a meal known as Iftar.
The food and drink of choice for nighttime feasts across households in the Islamic African nation include assida, a semolina-based flour dish, and a sugary fermented drink called, “sweet bitter.” Both are recipes that date back generations.
“Those who can’t afford don’t have to pay,” said Fatima Mohammed Hamid, who sells the food items from her small home on Tuti island, just north of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
In addition to fasting, charity giving is another of Islam’s five pillars. During Ramadan, mosques and charities regularly provide meals for the poor at long tables that sprawl out onto the street.
For Sudan, the holy season comes as the promise of a new political era approaches. The country has been steeped in political chaos since a coup ousted a western powersharing government in October 2021.
A new transitional government could be formed before the holy month draws to a close, as promised by the country’s ruling military and other political forces earlier this week. However, many prominent Sudanese factions reject the move. Amid the uncertainty, most find common ground in complaining about the rising cost of living.
“Everything (the ingredients) costs double what it did last year,” said Hamid.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders pledged this week to lower tensions as Ramadan begins, following months of deadly violence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. This year, the fasting period coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover, spurring concern about fresh flare-ups with large numbers of Jewish and Muslim faithful expected to pour into Jerusalem’s Old City.
From Gaza to Khartoum and Tunis to Sanaa, soaring prices are proving a further concern for those set to celebrate the occasion. Arab countries are continuing to suffer from the economic fallout of the war in Ukraine, with many reliant on grain imports from eastern Europe.
In Tunis’ once-bustling Bab al-Fellah market, rising costs have left shoppers unable to splurge on Ramadan food shopping as they might have in past years.
“I have almost used up the 40 dinars (roughly $13) that my husband gave me and I bought only vegetables, a chicken and some spices,” said a woman who identified herself only as Fatima B.
In Pakistan, shoppers report similar hardships, with inflation surging to nearly 40%. To ease the struggle, many say they would consider breaking the daytime fast if free food were to be given out.
In war-torn Sanaa, the picture is bleaker still, with residents struggling to purchase even basic supplies. The country’s ruinous civil war, now entering its ninth year, has killed more than 150,000 people and pushed millions of Yemenis to the brink of famine.
“I am not able to provide daily sustenance for the children,” said Saleh al-Omrani, an unemployed resident from Sanaa. “We had Ramadan in the good old days, but today there is no longer Ramadan.”
Diplomats and leaders had expressed new hope for peace efforts in the days leading up to Ramadan, amid signs of warming relations between two of the region’s rival superpowers, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The two are on opposing sides of the war in Yemen, and despite the flickers of warmth between them, sporadic fighting continues across that country. C lashes in Yemen killed at least 16 people earlier this week.
In southern Turkey and northwestern Syria, the destruction caused by last month’s earthquake poses perhaps the steepest challenge of all.
In the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras – near the epicentre of the quake – congregants held the first prayer of Ramadan inside a 1,000-person tent on the grounds of the city’s famed Abdulhamid Han Mosque. Turkey’s fourth largest mosque sustained slight damage in the temblor and has been closed to worshippers, Turkish media said.
Some 1,400 mosques have been destroyed or damaged by the quake, Turkish authorities say, leaving tens of thousands to pray in makeshift tents. More than 100 sound systems have been installed to recite the call to prayer.
In northwestern Idlib province — Syria’s last rebel enclave — very few families still have the energy or resources to make the necessary preparations for Ramadan this year.
Abdul Qahar Zakou, a cafe owner from the province, said he will decorate his cafe despite the prevailing misery and do his best to create a festive atmosphere.
“Despite all the odds, Ramadan will always have its own atmosphere, with a symbolism and spirituality that makes life easier,” said Zakou.
Fasting is required for all healthy Muslims, with exemptions for those who are sick and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Small children are not expected to fast.
Eating or drinking in public during the day is generally frowned upon in Muslim countries. Smoking and sexual intercourse are also not permitted during daylight hours.
Islam follows a lunar calendar, so Ramadan begins around a week and a half earlier each year. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the joyous Eid al-Fitr holiday, when children often receive new clothes and gifts.
— Associated Press writers Ghaith Alsayed in Idlib, Bouazza ben Bouazza in Tunis, Andrew Wilks in Istanbul, and Ahmed al-Haj in Sanaa, Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad, contributed to this report.
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Minister of Transport: The government’s vision aspires to transform Iraq into an international trade center between Asia and Europe
Today, Thursday, the Ministry of Transport revealed the details of the talks held by the Iraqi delegation, headed by Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani, with the Turkish side in Ankara.
Minister Razzaq Mohibis Al-Saadawi said, in a statement that NRT Arabia received a copy of, that “the government vision aspires to transform Iraq into an international trade center between Asia and Europe, and therefore the path of development assumes great importance in this context.”
The statement added, “The government’s curriculum for the prime minister is centered on transforming Iraq into a center for global trade between Asia and Europe, through the large port of Faw project and its associated economic zones, residential communities, and tourist attractions.”
He explained, “This project will contribute to strengthening economic and trade relations between Iraq and its neighbors, led by Turkey on the one hand, and the countries of Europe and Asia on the other hand.”
The statement indicated, “The port project includes the development road that will be formed by a highway and a railway line, and it will pass through several Iraqi governorates, up to the Turkish border, which will allow access to the port of Mersin and Europe via Istanbul,” noting that “the Iraqi government has proposed to the Turkish side.” Details of these projects to enhance the economic and trade partnership with Turkey. link
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