Corruption in Iraq is more dangerous than war and rupture

Corruption in Iraq is more dangerous than war and rupture

11-21-2022

Corruption in Iraq is more dangerous than war and ruptureThe richest oil country in the world and one of the poorest at the same time, this is how corruption made Iraq a global station for it, despite the efforts of successive governments after 2003 to confront its dangerous repercussions that exhausted the joints of the Iraqi state and the infrastructure of Mesopotamia .

Last Wednesday, the media office of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani revealed the formation of the “Supreme Anti-Corruption Commission” in what was described as an “extraordinary formation,” although this committee is similar to the committee formed by former Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi headed by Lieutenant General Ahmed Abu Ragheef.

unconventional mechanisms

In a statement, the office stated that “under the direct guidance of the Prime Minister, and with the aim of combating corruption in accordance with the ministerial curriculum and with unconventional mechanisms that overcome previous negatives, the (Integrity Commission) formed an exceptional formation entitled (The Supreme Commission for Combating Corruption) on Wednesday, in order to accelerate the confrontation of major corruption files and recover Those wanted in cases of corruption and abused public funds.”

The decision comes after the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani, confirmed that the priority of his mandate is “combating corruption,” which he described as “a serious threat to the Iraqi state, more dangerous than all the threats that passed through Iraq over the past period.”

The Iraqi authorities investigated the theft of $2.5 billion of the General Tax Authority’s funds in the government-run “Al-Rafidain” Bank, and arrest warrants were issued against those involved.

In addition, the “State of Law” coalition bloc considered that the “Higher Commission for Combating Corruption” formed by the Prime Minister will be different from its predecessors. “The prime minister is serious about fighting corruption and holding the corrupt accountable, away from all political pressures and pleasantries,” said Thaer Makhaif, a representative of the bloc, in a press statement.

Mukhaif explained that “there is great political and parliamentary support for Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani to fight corruption and the corrupt, especially since the government program focuses on these paragraphs that the Iraqi people and the religious reference have been calling for for years.”

exceptional situation

A member of the “Parliamentary Integrity” Committee, Alia Nassif, stated that “corruption in Iraq is exceptional and needs exceptional treatment,” indicating that “the Prime Minister did not move away from the oversight circles in confronting the phenomenon, as he formed a higher body from the (Integrity Commission), because there are red lines for corruption Special degrees and economic bodies”.

Nassif added, in a press statement, that “there are large corruption files, including oil smuggling that takes place by authorities and officers who have connections and interests, as well as the file of tax and real estate secretariats, and the file of contract corruption and breaches that occur, all of which require exceptional measures.”

And she added, “The prime minister has taken exceptional measures, as he is heading according to two lines: the service line and the other is the fight against corruption, and these steps will enable him to cross the country to safety.”

On the other hand, former MP Wael Abdel Latif considered that the promises made by the new Iraqi government could not be fulfilled without confronting the “whales” and the big heads responsible for corruption.

Abdul Latif said in a press statement that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani is required to arrest a group of corruption whales who should be known to the people, as holding a general manager or deputy director here or there accountable will not realistically affect the fight against corruption.”

Abdul Latif acknowledged that corruption today is rooted in the Iraqi state, and the state is leading it, as it appeared in the oil smuggling network that he exposed in the Basra governorate, so that it became clear that all its members are among the important military ranks in the state, stressing that corruption threatens the collapse of the Iraqi state if it continues in this way. format in the near future.

Popular wins

In turn, the political researcher Nabil Jabbar Al-Tamimi reveals that the political forces fell into their recent alliance through which the current government formed a policy paper that was reflected in the form of a ministerial platform for the government. Therefore, we believe that Al-Sudani is trying first to fulfill his commitment in the ministerial curriculum to complete the agreed-upon policies, and he is also seeking to achieve popular victories.

Regarding the reasons for linking this committee or commission to the “Integrity Commission” itself, Al-Tamimi explained the matter in order to avoid the defect that occurred in the previous committee formed by former Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, whose formation was rejected by the Federal Court after it accepted the appeals submitted against its formation as an unconstitutional committee. The question remains, according to Al-Tamimi, about the seriousness of the political forces in combating corruption, especially since suspicions are hovering around these same political forces.

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