21:35 - 10-18-20-20
Today, Tuesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed his confidence in the new government, and while stressing the need for it to have a quick budget, he called on political forces to support the Prime Minister-designate and give him freedom to choose his cabinet.
Al-Kazemi said in a speech during the cabinet session that was held today, “I congratulate the President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Rashid, assuming his duties in the Peace Palace, and I wish the Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani success in forming the government,” noting that “the task is difficult, and I wish the forces The political task is to facilitate the task of the Sudanese, and give him the freedom to choose his cabinet to serve his people, a freedom that we have been denied.”
He added, "We have complete confidence in the new government, and it must have a quick budget to carry out its tasks and duties towards the people," noting that "the circumstances of forming this government began with a complex social circumstance. that guarantees the dignity and lives of citizens, as this movement that I call the revolution has pushed many martyrs from our youth, and many serious injuries, for the sake of the dignity and future of Iraq.”
He continued, "This government came and was formed in a very difficult economic situation, as we were on the verge of a real economic collapse, and the challenges of the Corona situation and the collapse of oil prices, as well as the international conflict that some wanted to turn Iraq into a backyard for international and regional conflicts, but we were able with patience and wisdom to cross those challenges.
And he indicated that "we developed a reform plan in the economy from the first moment, and established a new economic vision through the white paper, and we succeeded in saving our economy and moving it from the stage of collapse to the stage of growth," explaining that "Iraq has now registered, according to an international report issued this month, the fastest growth." in the Middle East and the second country in the world, with a growth rate of 9.3%.
He stressed that "there are those who doubt the government and do not want these successes to be recorded in its name, as some say that the document is old while it was issued in October, and with all this some questioned the reforms of this government, and all the correct measures that it took," noting that "This government is two and a half years old. It worked for twenty-eight months and did not receive only six months of the budget. Despite all this, we managed to cross an important stage."
He stated that "the central bank's reserves were downward at the moment we received the government, as it was 49 billion dollars, and today we have a reserve of 85 billion dollars, and we had gold reserves close to 96 tons, and today it has become up to 134 tons," noting that "this did not come randomly, some He says of oil prices, and this is not true, and many countries of the world have increased oil prices, but no growth has been recorded in them, and this is due to the reform paper that we applied."
He pointed out that "from the first moment, we had a vision to reform the Ministry of Finance, which was adopted by the former minister, and we presented a set of reform projects, and it was met with strong objections by parliamentarians and political blocs to prevent reform in the Ministry of Finance and to maintain traditional mechanisms that do not fit the times," explaining that "A former minister presented a comprehensive accounting project that requires automation and modern methods, but everyone fought it, and yet we went ahead with it, and it takes time."
He pointed out that "comprehensive accountability helps us to stop waste, reduce corruption and stop manipulation in many cases, as happened in the issue of secretariats in the Tax Authority, which we announced its disclosure, and some tried to protect the corrupt and thieves and transfer the accusation to the government," stressing that "this issue does not concern the government." The government, but a department of the Ministry of Finance, and with all this, I was the first to alert the former minister about this phenomenon in 2021, and directed him to conduct an investigation, and in light of the investigation, he issued an order preventing the disbursement of any tax trusts without obtaining the minister’s approval.”
He pointed out that "some people are trying to obstruct any success, since the first day we announced the anti-corruption project, we fought corruption and were subjected to great pressure, threats and extortion, and we saw that the government did not obtain parliamentary sponsorship for well-known reasons, but rather continued opposition to it, because of the damage to the interests of some, we announced since The first day is to fight corruption, and we will end the last day of the government’s life by fighting corruption.”
And Al-Kazemi indicated that "what was announced on the issue of taxes is one of the great challenges," noting that "history will do justice to this government, and this will be shown by the investigations that the judiciary is quietly carrying out."
He stressed that "the judiciary began the investigations for months and quietly, but some knew that accountability would reach him, so he tried to make a fuss, and take advantage of some circumstances to create chaos and cover up the real corrupt and the causes of this problem," adding, "When the ministry did not succeed more than 17 years ago." In finding an electronic automation system that integrates with the times and the correct calculation mechanisms, and if these systems existed, we would not have fallen into these problems.”
He explained that "the issue of tax secretariats is long-lived and has nothing to do with this government and it is old, but with all this we have taken a decision on the issue of comprehensive accounting and its implementation, but it needs time because it needs restructuring and arranging some procedures in the ministry," noting that "the uproar that occurred Regarding the automation of customs, it also caused a problem, and there were many objections from some, but thank God we signed agreements with the United Nations to re-automate some joints in the Ministry of Finance and it takes many years, and it was supposed to start since 2003, and all countries in the region have adopted it.” .
He continued, "The customs regimes that we proposed are compatible and complementary with 90 countries in the world, including all the neighboring countries of Iraq, but with great regret there are those who are trying to blackmail the government and come out with populist and extortion speeches aimed at bringing down and preventing any achievement of this government," stressing "the presence of parties Many have tried to pressure, directly or indirectly, that the ministry not take its measures, despite all this, the government has adhered to a policy of silence in order to avoid any attempt to frustrate the people.
And he stated, "We remained silent so as not to create despair, and we have little knowledge of what is happening on the ground, and the state knows everything, and if the state wants to open the files, it will cause earthquakes, and the Iraqi situation does not bear earthquakes, but rather needs construction and patience for the future of Iraqis." He pointed out that "there are those who took advantage of the policy of silence that we adopted from the first moment, and Iraq has many problems and challenges, and we resorted early to the policy of patience and silence, and we were not willing to exaggerate the problems or engage in political rivalries in an environment in which poverty became a part, the lack of services and the shortcomings in education".
He stated, "We did not want to engage in quarrels and thus create despair among the people, so we preferred silence and let our work stand out, and we did not want to frustrate the people's resolve," pointing out that "we have endured many accusations and slanders and even assassination attempts, for the sake of the people's eyes, which were subjected to For three assassination attempts, I did not develop the issue, although the last attempt witnessed international pressures to internationalize it, and it refused to protect Iraq and the Iraqis.
He pointed out that "there are those who try to question any step taken by the government in favor of the Iraqis, with all this, we must protect everyone who raised the banner of fighting corruption, and people know that this campaign of confusion comes to try to distort the investigation or influence it with false accusations, and people know who They are the corrupt, and they know that there are big whales behind this process," noting that "there is no government that fails or succeeds because it has wealth, and the successful country is the one that invests in people's minds, and we see that many countries in the world have wealth, but they are failed countries." The countries of the world do not have wealth, but they are successful countries. We have Singapore as a model, and Taiwan, small countries, but they have the fourth or fifth reserves in the world, and sometimes they are forced to import stones, and they have been able to build countries that have turned into icons.”
He stressed that "Iraq possesses history, civilization, wealth, the youth generation, geography and culture. All the ingredients for success are ours, and what we need is paternity and honesty in dealing with service files." Iraq did not have a government that remained for two years without a budget," he asked, "How did we continue to work then? And how did we succeed with deprivation of money? We have prevented the economy from collapsing, and we have built a kind of economic growth in a world that is witnessing a great decline and great challenges for all countries of the world."
He stated, "We got the second place in economic growth, and today we have distributed to you the achievements of the government, last year, and today we end this year of the government's life with the submission of the report on government performance, and the percentage of achievement in it is a high percentage," explaining that "some people accuse us that we did not market." Achievements, I say yes: We have a flaw in marketing because we did not rely on corrupt money to create electronic armies, and I do not believe in them, and I believe that in politics there should be a minimum of cavalry qualities and moral values, because we work for the people, not for agendas partisan, sectarian, or ethnic.
He pointed out, "We have achieved a lot of what we are proud of as a government and as ministers, and we should not pay attention to the dissonant voices that try to blackmail under the headings of concern for public money, while they are the parties most involved in wasting money," explaining.
Al-Kazemi called on "the political forces to support the next government, and to give the prime minister-designate a space to carry out his mission as soon as possible," addressing the ministers by saying, "Prepare yourselves and the files regarding the handing over of your fellow ministers to come, each ministry in its own ministry."
Al-Kazemi thanked "everyone who supported this government," explaining that "our bet and our hope for the Iraqi people is to interact and embrace hope for a better future than the present."
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