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It is being reported in several media publications in downtown Baghdad that the Iraqi National Alliance has now nominated Adil Abd-Al-Mahdi, for the new Iraq Prime Minister position. Al-Mahdi is a leader in the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council (IISC). The Iraqiyah List stated that this was the right choice. Now, we are down to three candidates for the position of the Prime Minister office.
Adil Abd-Al-Mahdi of the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council (IISC)
Dr. Iyad Allawi of the Iraqiyah List
Nuri Al-Maliki, the Current Prime Minister of the Iraqi Caretaker Government
The Iraq President Jalal Talabani, does not like it when the Iraqi Parliament has already been sworn in and the Parliament has yet to put in a full days work. The Parliament members make between 20-30 thousand dollars a month and receive benefits for doing nothing. The Iraqi President is calling for all Parliament members to start showing up for work. However, no legislation can be passed with out having a Parliament Speaker.
This is not being negative this is just a fact. When the Parliament meets several times maybe we’ll get the rest of the political blocs to settle on the three Presidency’s and get on with government business.
If the Parliament can not get the political blocs to settle maybe the upcoming Sit-in with over 200 organizations will. This will take place on 7 September on the Iraqi Parliament steps.
An inside source says the President of Iraq will go to Jalal Talabani, the Prime Minister Position will go to Adil Abd-Al-Mahdi, the Parliament Speaker will go to Rafi Al-Isawi, the Vice-President will go to Tariq Al-Hashimi, and Dr. Iyad Allawi will chair the Political Council for National Security with of course with extended powers. The post of deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister will be given to the Kurds and the Foreign Minister to the Al-Iraqiyah List.
Several months ago the former Minister of Trade was arrested after trying to flee to Dubai on a commercial airline from Baghdad International Airport. Some of you may recall that the Minister of Trade was on a flight to Dubai and the Pilot turned the plane around on a request by the Iraqi government so it could remove Abd-Al-Falah Al-Sudani, who was then arrested on corruption charges. The Iraq criminal court has acquitted the former Trade Minister and the higher court upheld the ruling. The former Trade Minister and the Prime Minister Maliki are good friends.
The National Reform Trend who is headed by Ibrahim Al-Ja’fari rejects the nomination of Adil Abd-Al-Mahdi, for the position of Prime Minister. A member of the National Trend Falih Al-Fayyad, said “that the Trend does not consider Abd Al-Mahdi a representative of the Trend or the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) noting that the National Reform Trend is an inseparable part of the INA and of its founders.
Al-Sharqiyah TV in Dubai stated this on the matter. – “Informed sources have said that Ibrahim al-Ja’fari, head of the National Reform Trend, and Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, who are affiliated with the INA did not attend the meeting during which Adil Abd-al-Mahdi was nominated for the prime minister post. The sources said that Chalabi did not attend the meeting because he was on a visit to Iran, whereas Al-Ja’fari did not attend the meeting due to differences over the mechanisms to choose a candidate for the prime minister post within the INA. The sources added that Chalabi sent his representative to attend the meeting. For its part, the office of Al-Ja’fari said that the head of the National Reform Trend did not send any representatives to the meeting.”
We will continue to wait till after the Eid ul-Fitr celebration and see what happens next in this drawn out debacle. No positive development will occur until after Ramadan.
I guess its better late than never to realize that the current Iraqi government is a caretaker government and has been since 17 March. It is not an illegal government as some would wrongly claim just a temporary government with very limited authority.
The Cleric and leader of the Al-Sadr Trend Muqtada Al-Sadr, is supportive and has convinced Iranian officials to go along with the nomination of Al-Mahdi for Prime Minister. This is not a done deal we still have several more weeks of this.
Global Firms have proposed investment projects in the power sector in Basrah. Iraq desperately needs to jumpstart their power sector because they only have three hours of government electricity per day.
The German Company Siemans, recently had a business delegation in Basra looking to obtain a contract for the power sector. However, they do have some competition as some Turkish companies are also interested in the Basrah Power Sector.
Speaking of the Power Sector, did any of you happen to notice on the State Department Business trip in October which American company was the sixth on the list that I had listed? If you don’t remember just go back to my 2 September post and look at the sixth company out of the 15 U.S. companies that are going to Iraq. These companies are going in hopes of obtaining business contracts in Iraq. I will save you some time looking for the company on the list it was General Electric.
I guess someone forgot to tell the Department of State, that GE was already in Iraq? Or quite possibly, the American Contractor maybe right and GE is not there at all. Like my favorite guru says “I could be wrong.”
Things are beginning to look up in Iraq. I am staying optimistic however, you all need to still consider the governments problems and pay attention to the private sector.
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UPDATE: The date for the sit-in is 7 September….it was a Typo. Thanks.