The President of the Republic affirms the keenness for Iraqis to practice their rituals with complete freedom


Baghdad, The President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, received, today, Tuesday, at Baghdad Palace, the head of the Office of the Christian, Yazidi, and Sabian-Mandaean Religions, Rami Joseph Aghajan.

The President of the Republic stressed, according to a statement, ‘the Iraqis’ keenness to practice their rituals with complete freedom regardless of their different religions and beliefs, explaining that the various religions represent the cultural heritage and historical extension of the people of Mesopotamia.’

For his part, Rami Joseph Aghajan thanked the President of the Republic for his national role that brings together Iraqis of all components. He also reviewed the activities of the endowment and its endeavors as a link between sects and religions.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The Federal Court rejects a new lawsuit regarding the Kurdistan Parliament elections


Baghdad, The Federal Court ruled, in its session today, Tuesday, to dismiss a lawsuit submitted by the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and to cancel the state order regarding the unconstitutionality of Article 2 of the candidate registration and approval system in the regional parliament elections, due to the issuance of the judicial body’s decision on the same subject.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Mandalawi calls for holding periodic meetings before and after enacting the budget to ensure fair distribution of its revenues in accordance with constitutional mechanisms


Baghdad, Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, called for holding regular periodic meetings before and after the budget legislation to ensure fair distribution of its revenues in accordance with constitutional mechanisms and the government and local programme.

A statement from his media office stated that Al-Mandalawi sponsored, this morning, Tuesday, an expanded conference on legislative and oversight cooperation between the House of Representatives and the provincial councils not organized into a region, in the presence of the heads of the parliamentary committees (legal, financial, strategic planning, and the regions and governorates not organized into a region), and heads and MPs and members of the provincial councils, at the hall of the martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, may God rest his soul, inside the House of Representatives building.

During the opening speech, Al-Mandalawi stressed that the conference establishes a new phase of integration between the House of Representat
ives and the governorate councils, and aims to organize and develop cooperation mechanisms between them, and is the beginning of a phase in which everyone participates towards (a partnership of legislation, oversight, and representation to provide better performance), noting the central importance of building a vision and policies while preserving the specificity of the region and governorates and their legal jurisdictions, to overcome the state of impasse resulting from the transition from severe centralization to administrative decentralization and ensure success.’

The Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives recommended joint work between Parliament and the governorate councils to legislate and implement federal laws, especially the general federal budget law, indicating that the Constitution has guaranteed fair shares for the regions and governorates in a way that ensures the fulfillment of their responsibilities, in addition to establishing a cooperation and partnership methodology that ensures th
e presence of the mature legislative opinion of the governorates in federal legislation, as well as holding regular periodic meetings before and after the enactment of the federal general budget aimed at attending to the vision of the provincial legislative councils to ensure fair distribution of budget revenues in accordance with constitutional mechanisms, the federal government program, and local government programs.’

According to the statement, Al-Mandalawi called on local governments to develop ambitious and realistic service programs that rise and are compatible with the needs of the governorates and the federal government’s curriculum and programs, stressing his aspiration to reach a common vision for legislative, supervisory and representative work, and a joint understanding and work to preserve the exclusive and shared constitutional powers of the federal government and local governments, and reduce the gaps and intersections to the minimum, indicating that clarity of the future political and legisla
tive vision would crystallize the draft law of the Federal Council, and clarify its objectives and powers, to contribute to the completion of the second legislative chamber, which is responsible for considering federal legislation.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

The President of the Republic receives the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman on the occasion of the end of his tenure


Baghdad, The President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid, received today, Tuesday, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Iraq, Hamid bin Ahmed Aidaroos, on the occasion of the end of tenure.

According to the statement, the President stressed: ‘The importance of raising the levels of cooperation between the two countries in a way that strengthens bilateral relations between the two brotherly peoples, praising the role of the Sultanate of Oman in supporting issues of regional security and enhancing stability among the countries of the region.’

The President instructed the Ambassador to convey his sincere greetings to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and Crown Prince Dhi Yazan bin Haitham bin Tariq, and his wishes for good health and wellness to them, and to the Omani people further progress and prosperity, appreciating the efforts made by the Ambassador throughout his work in Iraq, and wishing him success in his future tasks.

The Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman expressed his thanks and a
ppreciation to the President of the Republic for his interest and support for developing Iraqi-Omani relations, wishing the Iraqi people further progress, prosperity and well-being.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Sayhoud: The attempt to thwart the session to elect the Speaker of Parliament is intended to put the country in a political vacuum


Baghdad, The MP, Muhammad Saadoun Al-Sayhoud said that the attempt to thwart the session to elect the Speaker of Parliament is intended to put the country into a political vacuum in order to thwart the government’s project and its service and development program.

Al-Sayhoud explained in a press statement today that: ‘There is no justification for holding early elections in Iraq, given that the government is continuing at an increasing pace to improve the standard of living and improve services in a way that suits the aspirations of the Iraqi people.’

He added: ‘The great achievements achieved by the government may not please some who do not want to see Iraq as a stable and healthy country.’

Source: National Iraqi News Agency