Basem Al-Awadi, the Iraqi government’s spokesman, revealed what the government of Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani accomplished in its first year, noting that the latter incorporated a set of political norms into the government program, while also confirming that the government may be forced to sell the dollar directly if the crisis persists.
During an interview with Al-Sumaria TV’s Twenty show, Al-Awadi stated, “The result is optimistic in the first year of the government’s life, and we seek to provide the best.”
Furthermore, “Al-Sudani established a set of political norms within his government program that were based on the basics of addressing poverty, unemployment, employment, and services,” pointing out that “Al-Sudani established executive oversight of the decisions and orders that are issued, and also prepared a semi-annual report to evaluate the government’s performance, and this is something that did not exist previously.” .
“During the first year, the total amount of money to be saved from waste reached one billion dollars, and more than one hundred million were recovered,” he explained, “while the number of reports reached 30,000, 8,690 people were brought in for investigation, 3,015 arrest warrants were issued, in addition to the arrest of 1,300 people.
Al-Awadi addressed the dollar problem, emphasizing that “this crisis is major and has affected the rise in the prices of cars, real estate, and construction materials, but the government was able to maintain the prices of food, which is the most important thing.”
He went on to say, “Trade with China will be opened in yen value, and our trade with Iran and the Emirates will be in tomans and dirhams.”
He noted that “if the crisis continues and through government exchanges,” “the government may be forced to sell the dollar directly,” while also adding that “inflation in Iraq decreased by 4%.”
Concerning Al-Sudani’s address at the Cairo summit and rumors of Washington’s displeasure, the government spokesperson stated, “Iraq is a sovereign country and has a decision, and in his speech he expressed the position of Iraq and its people, and we do not care who accepts or is upset.”
He also pointed out that “we did not receive threats regarding Al-Sudani’s speech,” and pointed out that “protecting missions is the government’s responsibility and must carry it out properly.”