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The Sadrist bloc talks about corruption in 7 ministries: We will open its files to public opinion
Feb 23 2022
Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team
On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Sadrist bloc announced the formation of a working room of members of the Sadrist bloc on files it described as "very important."
The Sadrist bloc emphasized opening files to public opinion, starting with hosts and interrogations, to expressing confidence
The head of the bloc, Hassan Al-Adhari, mentioned in a press conference seven files, which are "electricity, oil, agriculture, trade, communications, justice and water resources" and said that other files will come successively.
Al-Adhari stressed "the necessity of opening the files to the public opinion and the Iraqi people with complete clarity and transparency in accordance with the constitutional and legal frameworks, starting with the hosting and interrogations, all the way to the proposal of confidence."
He said that this aims to "put an end to the waste of public money, the deliberate neglect of serving the citizen, and the wasting of many explosive budgets and for more than previous and current governments."
The head of the bloc indicated that "the first steps of the reform parliament had begun, by opening the file of food prices and the currency sale auction, and the officials concerned with these two files were hosted."
In the same press conference, and to complement Al-Adhari, the Vice President of the Sadrist bloc, Hassan Al-Kaabi, spoke about the formation of sub-committees specialized in the aforementioned fields for the file of interrogations and hostings.
The Sadrist bloc talked about the oil and electricity files and the accompanying waste and corruption, especially in the contracts
He said that the priorities of these committees are "these files that resulted in a waste of public money, and the investigation and scrutiny of some contracts in which there is a great deal of unfairness to the state and the people for the purpose of reviewing them."
Among the committees’ priorities, according to Al-Kaabi, is the electricity file, “on which very large sums have been spent,” continuing: We are now in a springtime atmosphere, and the electricity quotas are supposed to be equal and fair among the governorates, but we find a clear injustice.
Al-Kaabi referred to the previous file he investigated during the previous parliamentary session and said that "26 officials in the Ministry of Electricity have been referred to the judiciary and the committee will continue its work."
As for the second file, it is the oil file, on which the state depends on its revenues by 90%. Al-Kaabi spoke of "clear suspicions in licensing contracts and extraction and gas contracts that were investigated by the Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee."
Since 2009, Iraq has conducted five licensing rounds for oil and gas fields. There has been much talk about the existence of suspicions of corruption in its contracts.
The Sadrist bloc said that 26 officials in the Ministry of Electricity have been referred to the judiciary
Al-Kaabi indicated that "the project was completed with specialists in the field of law and consultants who are experts in the field of oil and the field of international contracts."
He added, "We found these contracts that were concluded were within an illegal ceiling and powers, and we will have a serious pause in the coming days."
On January 26, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hakim Al-Zamili, asked the current Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, “the legal procedures regarding signing the special contracts for the Mansourieh and Cruz fields, the methods used to refer them to foreign companies, and the legality of concluding those contracts in light of day-to-day caretaker government.