A parliamentarian proposes a law on "compulsory employment" instead of "compulsory conscription" and recalls the Baath and coups
It is expected that the House of Representatives will hold a session later in the day, the agenda of which includes the first reading of the draft law on the service of science.
Al-Bajari said in a statement today, "We reject the so-called forced conscription law because it is against democratic systems and reminds us of the time of the infidel Baath and military coups, in addition to the high costs that exceed 2 billion dollars for preparing the camps and the necessary equipment," she asked, "If there is a possibility to spend 700 thousand for the recruit, why? Why are the salaries of lecturers and contractors in the ministries paid?
And she added, "Most of the arguments for approving this law are flimsy and illogical. Our youth is a jihadist and jealous, not a liquor. Drugs have other solutions, and most of our youth are believers and good people, and the battlefields of jihad against ISIS have witnessed them."
Al-Bajari called for the enactment of the compulsory employment law and the establishment of the Great Port of Faw and the Silk Road instead of forced conscription because they eliminate unemployment and have a great economic return for the country, unlike the law of forced conscription, which robs the citizen of his opinion and freedom, adding, "Enough with the militarization of the people, we are tired of the absurd wars in the time of the Baathist regime. ".
The parliamentarian concluded, saying, "The Iraqi youth aspire to a free and dignified life, and the holders of degrees are waiting for jobs worthy of them, so we work to run factories and laboratories and eliminate unemployment instead of such miserable laws."
The Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee recently confirmed that the 2023 budget will include allocations for the compulsory service law.
Committee member Hussain Al-Amiri told Shafak News Agency, "The adoption of the budget will solve many problems, including the compulsory service law, which addresses the problem of unemployment in society and is an alternative to volunteering," explaining that "there is an intention to approve the compulsory conscription law in the current parliamentary session." .
On (August 31, 2021), the former Iraqi government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi approved, "in principle", the draft compulsory service law, and referred it to the Iraqi Parliament.
And former Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi pledged to pass this law before the end of the current parliamentary session, because political differences prevented it.
And the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament had previously announced the readiness of the compulsory service law in the country for approval by Parliament, and stressed the importance of this law at the current stage, and indicated that its approval requires “will and political consensus.”
And the Ministry of Defense announced in the year 2020 sending a draft of the compulsory conscription law to the State Shura for legal review.
Military service was mandatory in Iraq until the overthrow of the former regime in 2003, and the US civil administrator Paul Bremer dissolving the former Iraqi army and re-establishing a new army based on volunteering rather than conscription.
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