Despite the Iraqi protests against corruption and party control ... continuing to "buy and sell" positions in Iraq
Observers emphasized that, despite the continued [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] the Iraqi people against [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and the domination of political and religious parties, but the "buying and selling" of positions in Iraq continues.
They added that similar deals were reported during the formation of previous governments, but the "bazaar" is back on the front today as the street awaits the birth of an independent government as pledged by Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Allawi, in response to the demands of the demonstrations in which about 550 people were martyred.
The judiciary has announced that it is investigating Iraqi politicians over the allegations that have accompanied the birth of the previous four governments since 2003.
Investigations began after a political analyst, Ibrahim al-Sumaida’i, who is close to the prime minister-designate, tweeted that 30 million dollars had been offered to him in order to reserve a ministry for a "certain body."
And Al-Sumaidaie is not the only one who mentioned that. Deputy Kazem Al-Sayyadi, who belongs to the rule of law led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, published a tweet in this regard in which he said that the ministries of Iraq "for sale."
"The Ministry of Oil at 10 billion (about 8.4 million dollars), who buys?" He wrote.
The judiciary has investigated al-Sumaida ، and is seeking to lift the immunity of the fisherman with the aim of investigating him with the allegations he mentioned.
The government of Adel Abdul-Mahdi had resigned over the impact of the demonstrations that, since its beginning on the first of last October, were calling for change in a country that lost in 17 years about 450 billion dollars due to rampant corruption, according to Parliament, an average of 25 billion dollars annually.
Allawi asserts that his government will be completely independent, but political forces still aspire to dominate positions that generate money as part of a legacy that he has been accustomed to since the regime change in 2003.
While some parties fear that they will lose their sources of funding and the commercial contracts that they finance themselves, one of the leaders of these parties seeks to persuade the Prime Minister-designate to keep one of the ministries within his share.
A party official told the party, "The party leader told the prime minister (in charge) that he has financial obligations in the ministry at the present time and cannot be abandoned during this period and asked him to appoint a person close to him."
From this standpoint, a senior government official said that the issue of assigning independent ministers at this stage is "just a lie and cannot be acted upon amid partisan incoherence" over ministerial quotas.
"The parties may accept independent ministers, but after that they will gather around the minister and tell him that this ministry is our share, and you must abide by the orders we dictate to him," he said.
The political parties ’influence is not confined to the position of minister alone, but rather exceeds that of all the ministry’s resources, especially by controlling other important positions such as the deputy minister and the general director of the ministry, which are the sites through which most of the financial facilities pass.
A politician said, "There are political and commercial forces trying to implement into ministries through financial deals," adding, "The bazaar is there and great."
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