The vacant ministries … hold the spoils and an opportunity for the ingredients
The vacant ministries … hold the spoils and an opportunity for the ingredients
The political blocs are scheduled to resume their discussion rounds with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to resolve the file of the seven vacant ministries [Trade, Justice, Culture, Agriculture, Immigration, Foreign Affairs, and Oil] amid disputes related to the remaining sovereign ministries that prevented their resolution ranging between Component and Regional Benefits Department.
This was confirmed by Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bashir Al-Haddad, that there were differences between the political parties over the remaining ministerial portfolios that prevented their resolution until now, saying: There are differences between the blocs regarding the nomination of the candidates for the remaining ministerial portfolios, and if not for those differences, these ministries would not be vacant until now. , And it would have been decided early and passed, “noting that“ the lack of voting on these portfolios reveals the size of the differences between the various political parties. ”
As the MP affirmed by the other coalition, Sitaran Al-Ajebi, that the differences between the blocs are still around the candidates for ministerial positions. Remaining in the Al-Kazemi government and have not yet reached any names for the House of Representatives. ”
On the other hand, other political calls are escalating to leave the political differences and resume the sessions of the House of Representatives after the exacerbation of the political and health crisis in the country. However, the fact that some blocs held positions of sovereignty increased the complexity of the political scene and put obstacles in Al-Kazemi’s path to complete his ministerial approach, especially setting a date for early elections and facing the health reality After the Corona pandemic in Iraq.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party announced its determination to nominate Fouad Hussein to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The party deputy, Bashar Al-Kiki said, “Fouad Hussein is our exclusive and official candidate, and others must respect our choice and our desire in this matter, because he represents the party and the Kurdish component politically within the ministerial formation. Just as we announced our support and acceptance of Al-Kazemi’s candidacy for the post of prime minister, as it was the choice of the Shiites, so others should respect our choice. There is no substitute for Fouad Hussein to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ”
For its part, the Turkmen forces stepped up the ceiling of their demands to include a ministerial portfolio and two positions for the component, according to a statement by the front, which included the support of the Turkmen deputies by uniting the word and goal and the need for the Iraqi government to respect the candidates of the Turkmen deputies in representing the ministerial cabinet, without referring to the name of a candidate or a specific ministry.
According to information, there is progress on three ministries that may soon be resolved, namely trade, agriculture and culture, while disputes continue over oil and foreign ministries and justice between the alliance blocs or one political component, as well as with other blocs that reserve, for example, the names provided by the Kurdish forces to fill The position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or names submitted to the Ministry of Justice and Oil.
A deputy from the Al-Nasr bloc, who preferred not to be identified, said that the government formation agreements granted the Ministry of Commerce to Sunni forces, justice and foreign forces for the Kurds, and the ministries of agriculture, culture and oil to the Shiites, provided that the Ministry of Immigration is granted to a Christian figure, noting that there are differences regarding the way a Christian figure takes over the Ministry of Immigration, A team sees it as the merit of parties representing the component, while others claim that it be given an independent Christian personality.
And he clarified that “the scene is complicated and needs consensus, which would pass the new names, in light of some parties’ adherence to specific candidates”, warning of pressure exerted by political blocs to impose names for the vacant ministries according to the principle of quotas.
On the other hand, the former representative of the Christian component, Joseph Saliwa, said that successive governments, up to the present time, use minorities as a card to gain the support of the international community when they bring people who do not represent their components in real terms, but they are just names belonging to these components.
And he, in a press statement, stressed the necessity of granting positions to independent Christian figures, not to people working within the large parties that control the reins of government in Iraq.
Last week, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Saco said that the Christian component in Iraq lacks real representation in political forums, adding that their share in previous years was poor because of the crises that followed them, as well as the absence of constitutional articles that guarantee their rights.
Although Al-Kazemi had promised to complete the vacant bags before the holiday, his promise collided with the persistence of differences between the blocs over the remaining ministries.
The Ministry of Oil, for example, which has become part of the Basra governorate’s share, because this province exports more than 80 percent of Iraqi oil, and the political parties in it did not agree on a specific name to take over this bag, whose number of candidates increased from among the governorate’s figures to 50 candidates, in order to eventually reduce the number Up to 10 names.
And the deputies of Basra authorized the Prime Minister to choose an efficient and impartial figure from workers in the oil sector to be the oil minister, stressing that choosing ministers within the government formation is the prime minister’s task and that he will be questioned about this choice and that his choice will be subject to parliamentary and popular control, especially with the critical importance that the sector occupies Oil is within our country, as oil represents 90% of the country’s revenues.
And about the possibility of resuming the sessions in the House of Representatives to remedy the political and health crisis that has plagued the MP from the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Bashar Al-Kiki, to clarify by saying: There is a signed request from a large number of deputies to resume the sessions, but it is up to the Presidency of the House of Representatives to estimate the date of the resumption of the sessions.
Meanwhile, the deputy of the Kurdistan National Union bloc, Dylan Ghaffour, suggested resuming the parliament’s sessions next week, saying: The Parliament will resume its sessions during the next week, explaining that the political blocs submitted the names of their candidates to the vacant ministries and handed them over to the Prime Minister. ”
Ghaffour indicated that“ The representatives have not yet received any official notification of the date for the resumption of the parliament’s sessions. ”Al-
Haddad [Deputy Speaker of Parliament] reaffirmed,“ The parliament is scheduled to soon hold two sessions, the first of which is to vote on the remaining ministerial portfolios and complete the government formation if a list of the names of candidates is received, and a session Another is to discuss and approve the Federal Budget Law of 2020, if it is received from the government.
However, he returned and ruled out the habitual resumption of the parliament’s sessions due to the curfew and the Corona pandemic, and the inability to move deputies from their governorates to attend the assembly’s sessions, expecting the parliament to resume its sessions after the stability of the health situation in the country and the control of the Corona epidemic !.
Representative Naji Idris, in turn, held the Prime Minister responsible for delaying submitting the remaining names to the House of Representatives to resume its sessions.
It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi wrote in an article this month that he faces “contradictory promises of the blocs in completing the government, which emphasized my freedom to choose the cabinet, and what is going on behind the scenes of maneuvers and tightening by some, which hinders and disrupts the completion of the government in order to start Its tasks are vital and synergy in the efforts to reach the declared goals, and Al-Kazemi
cannot solve the problems and crises that Iraq is going through, without everyone having a fundamental role in it and this is what Member of Parliament MP Aras Habib emphasized in his statement, and he says that “the problems and crises that demand The political forces, the prime minister, with its solution cannot be achieved without everyone having a fundamental role in it, stressing that “it is no longer feasible to follow the policy of distancing oneself from what is going on and holding this party or that responsibility alone, but it is a joint and joint responsibility, so everyone in one ship will sink all of us If we keep throwing accusations. ”