Parliament holds the first meeting outside the Green and discusses the fight against corruption in the presence of Abdul Mahdi (expanded)

Parliament holds the first meeting outside the Green and discusses the fight against corruption in the presence of Abdul Mahdi (expanded)

2019/3/9 19:55

Parliament holds the first meeting outside the Green and discusses the fight against corruption in the presence of Abdul Mahdi(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The House of Representatives held its first session of the second semester of the first legislative year in the fourth electoral cycle under the chairmanship of Mohammed al-Halbusi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Saturday, the presence of 285 deputies, and hosting the presidents of the Republic and the government and the Supreme Judicial Council to discuss anti-corruption mechanisms, In this regard.
A statement by the Information Department of the Council, received the agency {Euphrates News} copy of it, that, at the outset of the meeting welcomed the President of the Council deputies on the occasion of the start of the second legislative session, noting that the government sent 13 draft laws for approval, calling for speed legislation and efforts to serve Sons of the Iraqi people.
On the other hand, Hussein Jassem was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives after the deputies agreed to add this paragraph to the agenda.
The council was hosted by Barham Saleh, President of the Republic, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Prime Minister, Faiq Zaidan, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Ezzat Tawfiq, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, and Salah Nouri, Head of the Supreme Audit Bureau.
At the beginning of the hospitality, Halaboussi welcomed the Speaker of the House of Representatives to attend the first session of the legislative term of the Council.
On the occasion of the start of the second legislative term, the President of the Republic read a speech in which he praised the important and vital role of the Council of Representatives and the members of the Council to promote the work of the institution, which is the foundation of the constitutional system and representing the people, expressing his wishes to exert efforts and more work to express the aspirations of the people and his desire for the Council With its legislative and oversight functions.
Saleh stressed the importance of making radical and serious reforms, some of which are too late, including reconstruction, services and fighting corruption. He said that the victory over the organization of the terrorist advocate is important, but the victory must be established and dedicated, especially as the threat of terrorism is still present.
He stressed the importance of supporting the government and overcoming all difficulties in front of it to play its vital role in building and reconstruction, maintaining security and expressing the unified foreign policy. He pointed out the need to complete the government cab and start combating corruption. The most dangerous responsibility, which is no less important than the fight against terrorism, pointing out that corruption, such as terrorism, hinders construction and development, which requires the creation of important legislation to recover smuggled and stolen money and strengthen work between the Council of Representatives and the government and the judiciary.
Saleh called for activating the supervisory role according to liberal principles. He pointed out that the government has the responsibility to limit weapons within the authorized bodies and to support its procedures in this mission to achieve security and stimulate investors to build the country and provide job opportunities and consolidate the infrastructure and create an ideal investment environment. Because of terrorism and the return of displaced people and the quest to rehabilitate and build Basra to eliminate unemployment.
The President of the Republic stressed the importance of caring for and securing the rights of the families of the martyrs, expressing his intention to benefit from the constitutional powers to submit draft laws, including the fair families of the martyrs of Spyker and settle the file of the city of Kirkuk, pointing out that the major transformations require responsibility and keep away from narrow debates, especially that the House of Representatives Is capable of achieving a breakthrough in this regard.
The council then discussed the unification of efforts between the authorities to combat administrative and financial corruption.
He pointed out that Iraq has suffered during the past years from terrorism and corruption, noting that the Iraqis have managed to defeat terrorism by their unity and it is time to stand up against corruption, which represents the second scourge that destroys state institutions, calling for national effort and integrated people and unite efforts among all authorities for Eliminate corruption.
For his part, the Prime Minister stressed in his speech during the hosting that corruption has a devastating impact on development and investment, pointing out that the government has taken steps to take measures to promote integrity and fight corruption, pointing out that the size and consequences of corruption are serious as they undermine state institutions and delayed development and reconstruction and helped the growth Terrorism and spread, noting that the accumulation of causes of corruption since the previous decades and the economic blockade and some of the wrong policies followed contributed to the spread of corruption.
He pointed out that the government takes steps at the preventive and deterrent levels by providing support to the SAIs, especially the Integrity Commission and the Financial Control Bureau, to provide them with technical and financial assistance and to review their policies in line with the current stage and assign ministries and entities not related to the development of programs and action plans. Through regulatory bodies.
Abdul-Mahdi said that the government has started preparing a comprehensive national strategy to combat corruption with the participation of ministries and government bodies where both the Integrity Commission and the Financial Control Bureau intend to submit the preliminary draft, calling on the deputies to participate in the maturation of the strategy, pointing to the start of the government to implement plans to recover looted money abroad .
The Prime Minister pointed out that the activation of the Supreme Council for Combating Corruption is an extension of the work of the Council, which was established in 2007 and carried another name to coordinate between the anti-corruption agencies and unify their efforts and coordination between the executive and legislative to produce the results of a unified policy and coordinated to combat corruption, Is not a substitute for the competent agencies to combat corruption, stressing that the government will address the file of oil smuggling and border crossings, especially in the province of Nineveh as well as other provinces, stressing that the fight against corruption has become the issue of state and people, which requires successful plans to reach the results Positive.
For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives confirmed the Council’s intention to activate the supervisory and legislative role to combat corruption, noting that the Council is ready to receive draft laws that the government wishes to consider in order to amend them, which contributes to the fight against corruption.
The deputies’ interventions focused on the importance of raising the political cover of the corrupt and unifying the regulatory bodies in a single formation, which is legislated through the parliament, restructuring the institutions concerned with fighting corruption, providing the legal environment to fight corruption, reviewing the culture of integrity as well as calling for the formation of a competent court similar to the criminal court to punish the spoilers With the importance of activating the law of public prosecution.
The interventions stressed the importance of establishing the Higher Construction Council, focusing on the corruption files in Nineveh governorate to avoid re-producing an appropriate environment for terrorist organizations, reactivating the large contracts committee and adopting the principle of transparency to help regulatory institutions perform their duties. For monitoring agencies and the preparation of programs by the Ministries of Education to be a seminar, and
focused interventions on the importance of disconnection of the offices of the Inspectors-General of the ministries to be far from partisan and that the measures taken quick to combat corruption As well as the need to resolve the names of the head of the Integrity Commission and the head of the Financial Control Bureau in addition to the suspension of release of those who proved misappropriation of public funds, and the implementation of anti-corruption measures in a confidential manner and not public to ensure the functioning of the operation as well as activating the system of electronic governance to reduce the channels of corruption and work on Forming a security force to implement the judicial decisions according to the governmental program, and work on the selection of 100 personalities known for their courage, efficiency and integrity and distribution between the provinces with the necessary protection and powers and allocations to them.
For his part, the Supreme Judicial Council Chairman Faqih Zaidan solutions to address the issue of administrative corruption, including the need for legislative intervention by the House of Representatives to give the integrity of the issues of corruption and leave the other courts responsible for issues related to minor crimes and reconsider the drafting of government contracts and mechanisms and criteria for the selection of candidates For special grades and respect for specialization in judicial cases, stressing the keenness of the judiciary to combat corruption in all its forms.
In turn, demanded Judge Izzat Tawfiq, head of the integrity of the agency to review the total files on corruption, noting that the Integrity Commission working on the files of real estate and border crossings and legislation of the law Where do you have this? Smuggled money and dilapidated projects, urging the House of Representatives to review the laws that were the cause of weak anti-corruption.
For his part, Salah Nouri, head of the Financial Control Bureau, said the SAI has started following up and auditing the pensions and taking the necessary measures to follow the mechanisms of supervision and address many obstacles, including the shortage of general managers.
In his response to the interventions of the deputies, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Prime Minister, started the implementation of contracts in coordination with the Ministry of Planning and opened channels with the Anti-Corruption Council to receive information from the complainants without resorting to bureaucratic methods, noting the Anti-Corruption Council held several meetings focused on addressing the work of the Inspector General and Serious mechanisms to deal with various corruption files in all governorates.
He pointed to the urgent need for the cooperation of the three authorities (legislative, executive and judicial) to win the trust of the people, urging not to rely on oil as a single source of income, but to diversify sources to support the Financial resources, calling for the development and diversification of investment opportunities through the creation of an appropriate environment.
The Prime Minister said that the positive coordination between the House of Representatives and the government will achieve fruitful results and productive for the benefit of the people at this sensitive stage, noting that the government completed the final accounts for all financial budgets except in 2014 because of lack of financial budget and then seek to submit those accounts to the House soon after The opinion is settled.
For his part, the Speaker of the House of Representatives expressed the readiness of the Council to make amendments to any law that contributes to the fight against corruption, especially the decisions issued by the dissolved Revolutionary Command Council, calling on the Prime Minister to send the names of candidates for the post of Chairman of the Integrity Commission and the President of the Office of Financial Supervision and their deputies to the House of Representatives within a month.
The Council voted on a parliamentary decision stating that “the government should rely on Article 5 {a} and {b} of the Federal Budget Law to provide the necessary funds to support the judiciary and provide all necessary requirements to strengthen anti-corruption measures, For the prosecution.
The Council also voted in principle to abolish the offices of the inspectors and activate the role of the prosecution.
The President pointed out that the House of Representatives will take upon itself to amend the law of the offices of the inspectors general, or canceled, directed the Finance Committee to host the border crossing points in order to identify the reasons for non-application of tariff customs sometimes in the Kurdistan region and the ports of Basra.
It was then decided to adjourn the meeting until Monday, 11/3/2019

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