MESOP MIDEAST WATCH:  Iraqi government formation process on brief hold

 
22-1-2022 MESOP  – AL MONITOR –  Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court will decide on Jan. 25 whether the election of Mohammed al-Halbousi on Jan. 9 to return as Speaker of the Council of Representatives (or parliament) is valid. The speakership is held by a representative from the Sunni parties. Halbousi’s “Progress” party won 37 seats, second only to Iraqi populist Shiite Cleric Muqtada Sadr’s party winning 73 seats. Hassan Ali Ahmed has the background on the vote here.

The expectation is that Halbousi’s selection will stand and the process of government formation will resume. The parliament will then have about 20 days to choose a president from the Kurdish parties. Fifteen days after that, the president will designate a prime minister (a Shiite), appointed from the largest bloc, to form a government.

The current president, Barham Salih, has been nominated by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party; the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has nominated former Finance and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. The KDP has 31 seats in the new Iraqi parliament; the PUK has 18. The custom has been for the PUK to hold the Iraqi presidency and the KDP to hold the Kurdistan Region presidency; the current Kurdistan Region president is Nechirvan Barzani from the KDP.

So far the Iraqi government formation process has taken three months since elections on October 21, 2021. The previous timeframe from elections to government was five months in 2018, and eight months in 2010.

Pro-Iran militias increase attacks in capital…

In an escalation of violence many see as connected to the government formation process, Shiite armed groups close to Iran, and who are linked to parties which lost support in Iraq’s October elections, have launched attacks in Baghdad over the past week.

As Shelly Kittleson reports from the Iraqi capital, “two Kurdish-owned banks in Baghdad were targeted by attacks using explosives on Jan. 16 in which a woman and child were injured. Iran-linked armed groups had recently increased threats against and attacks on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and those associated with it. The latest in a long string of attacks by these groups on Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone occurred on Jan. 13 and also injured an Iraqi woman and child.”

Ali Hashem has the inside story here at Amwaj on the visit to Iraq last week of Ismail Ghaani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, in seeking to quell divisions among the disparate forces in the Iraqi “

 

MESOP MIDEAST WATCH:  FULL SITU REPORT IRAQ BY SOUFAN – RIFTS COMPLICATE IRAQ’S GOVERNANCE &REGIONAL ALIGNMENTS

THE SOUFAN CENTER  21-1-2022   

  • The process of selecting the next Iraqi leaders has begun and will have a significant impact upon Iraq’s regional and global alignments.

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THEO VAN GOGH SOCIETY –  ROT China: kauft Europa auf – von Judith Bergman19. Januar 2022 GATESTONE INSTITUT

  • Erstaunliche 40 % von 650 chinesischen Investitionen in Europa in den Jahren 2010-2020 hatten laut Datenna [ein niederländisches Unternehmen, das chinesische Investitionen in Europa im Auge behält] “eine hohe oder mittlere Beteiligung von staatlichen oder staatlich kontrollierten Unternehmen”.
  • Der Europäische Rechnungshof, eine EU-Institution, die die EU-Finanzen überwacht, hat festgestellt, dass es aufgrund des Mangels an umfassenden Daten schwierig ist, sich einen Überblick über chinesische Investitionen in der EU zu verschaffen. es scheint, dass niemand es aufzeichnet.
  • Effiziente Systeme zur Blockierung ausländischer Investitionen aufgrund nationaler Sicherheitsbedenken scheinen ebenfalls entweder zu fehlen oder werden einfach nicht ausreichend genutzt.
  • Die “strengsten Kontrollrahmen” halten China eindeutig nicht auf.
  • Was in Europa jetzt dringend benötigt zu werden scheint, ist ein tieferes Verständnis der Bedrohung, die von China ausgeht, sowie der politische Wille, darauf zu reagieren. Maßnahmen sind dringend erforderlich, um Investitionen zu blockieren, die Europas strategische Vermögenswerte auf einem Silbertablett Chinas Staatsunternehmen servieren, die die Kommunistische Partei Chinas dann verwendet, um ihre expansionistischen Ziele voranzutreiben.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Majority of migrants in Lithuania are from the Kurdistan Region: official

Rudaw 18-1-2022 –Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuanian foreign minister, speaks to Rudaw TV on January 17, 2022 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Over 90 percent of the migrants in Lithuania are from the Kurdistan Region, the Lithuanian foreign minister told Rudaw on Monday, while adding that the government has initiated a program to subsidize the migrants voluntary return home.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Divisions deepen among Iraq’s Shiite +Kurdish political establishment, Sunnis clear winners

Farhad Alaaldin RUDAW  18-1-2022 – It has become clear that the Sadrist movement dominated the new Iraqi parliament’s first session last week. Despite their main Shiite rivals, the Coordination Framework, attempting to block the session’s progress, the Sadrists forced the legislative body to adhere to the constitutional deadlines and vote in a speaker and two deputies during the first session.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Berwarî-„Dem Irak +Südkurdistan stehen große Gefahren bevor“

Dr. Kamiran Berwarî sieht im Irak den Schauplatz einer Abrechnung von regionalen und internationalen Mächten und warnt vor großen Gefahren für den Irak und Südkurdistan.

  • SEYIT EVRAN SILÊMANΠMontag, 17 Jan 2022 ANF (Pro PKK source)

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Clash Imminent Between Iraqi Army and PKK Fighters in Sinjar

RUDAW – 15-1-2022The Iraqi army and groups affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have reinforced their positions in Sinjar where an armed conflict is imminent.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Kampf gegen IS: Lambrecht lobt Zusammenarbeit mit Irak und Kurden

 

Von euronews   09/01/2022 -Die deutsche Verteidigungsministerin Christine Lambrecht (SPD) hat im Irak Ministerpräsident Mustafa al-Kadhimi getroffen. In den Gesprächen ging es laut Ministerium vor allem um den gemeinsamen Kampf gegen die IS-Miliz.

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MESOP MIDEAST WATCH: Iran, Iraq draw up plans for railway connection from Basra to Shalamcheh

Iran and Iraq transportation ministries signed a document setting a roadmap for implementation of Basra-Shalamcheh railway connection, which should boost economic activity for both countries.

Iraqi protesters block the road leading to the Shalamcheh border point between Iran and Iraq on Sept. 2, 2018. –Muhammad Jawad Adib AL MONITOR – Jan7, 2022

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