Prime Minister: We presented a vision for partnerships with countries in the region through the path of development


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani acknowledged today, Tuesday, that the early elections are due to the dissolution of the House of Representatives, and that the administration is prepared for them.

According to a statement from his media office, Al-Sudani stated during a press interview with The National newspaper, “We presented a vision for partnerships with countries in the region through the path of development, and it is the first time that a project has been presented that calls for everyone’s partnership.”

“When the security situation in Iraq became confused with the control of ISIS, the entire region was affected, and millions moved to emigrate, so Iraq’s stability must be preserved,” he continued, emphasizing that “political disputes in Iraq are within their natural course.”

He noted that “all political forces are talking today about providing services and developing the economy, after the talk was about sectarianism, ethnicity, and components,” pointing out that “more than 300 registered parties will run in the local elections, and this is a healthy indicator of stability.”

The Prime Minister went on to say, “The Social Protection Law addresses multidimensional poverty, and $4 billion has been allocated in 2023 to address poverty, and there are cash subsidies for school and college students and children of poor families to prevent the inheritance of poverty within the family,” adding that “the ration card is distributed in a specific manner to all citizens.” A higher-quality card is being provided to people insured by the social protection network.”

He pointed out that “the treatments included in the three-year budget for poverty are sufficient to radically end poverty rates in Iraq within five years,” adding: “We have no alternative but to support the private sector, and no session of the Council of Ministers or the Ministerial Council for the Economy is without a decision in favor of this.” sector.”

He clarified, “There is a war on corruption, and we have included the recovery of funds and wanted persons, within a systematic policy to combat corruption and reforms in tax, customs, and electronic payment, all of which establish an environment that attracts the private sector and facilitates its work.”

He said that “the price of the dollar is related to the special reforms of the banking and financial sector, and the government has begun implementing the reforms, despite their social cost, and that exchange rate fluctuations are a battle between the state that wants to stabilize correct transactions, and a group that used to live on the dollar.”

He pointed out that “goods enter illegal outlets, and no taxes are paid, and this is money that goes to the parallel price,” pointing out that “private banks take the dollar from the central bank and sell it in the parallel market, and these will be subject to sanctions.”

He pointed out that “Iraq was the first to exercise its pioneering role in bringing viewpoints together, and it succeeded in doing so, and it is continuing in the region,” stating that “the development road project is the best and shortest in its path, and the lowest in transportation costs among the projects proposed in the region.” It serves the objective of facilitating trade between Asia and Europe.”

The Prime Minister said that “the presence of Syria, with its political system and people, is better than an unknown alternative that may plunge the region into a second war with ISIS, and any security confusion in Syria will unleash the monsters of terrorists and threaten security in Iraq and the region.”

“Since the first days, we have appointed a specialized advisor to follow up on human rights, and some investigations require a period of time within the framework of the law, and there is no detainee in a prison or official detention center without a judicial order,” he added, emphasizing that “ISIS today does not represent a threat to the Iraqi state, and there is no longer a requirement for the international coalition, which was formed to confront ISIS.”

He noted that “during this month, the joint committee will meet with the American side, and we emphasize the bilateral relationship with the United States for security cooperation, and we are open in all fields.”

“The death penalty is the harshest sentence issued against terrorists, and each case goes through 45 judges on average before the death penalty takes its final form,” he stated. Amnesty laws have allowed for the retrial of all criminals, even those sentenced to death, and assurances are available for seven days under Iraqi law.” Cases in which the prisoner is entitled to a new trial.

He clarified that “the political forces that form the government have confidence in the government’s path and the implementation of its government program,” pointing out that “the Baghdad conference will expand, based on requests from the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Italy, to attend and participate.”

He stated that “the early elections come in accordance with the House of Representatives’ dissolution of itself, and then the government will be ready for any elections, but the political forces, from our reading, have confidence in the government.”

The Prime Minister ended by stating: “We look with respect at the popular movement and support all peaceful demonstration practices, and we deal with the demonstrations with all responsibility, and within the legal framework.”


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