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It seems that the compulsory conscription law, which has not left the political scene throughout the past parliamentary sessions without being resolved, seems to be absent for a long time this time, as information indicates that it has been postponed until further notice, especially with the growing idea of a “security contract” in political circles after the experiment. Presented by the Minister of Interior, Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, represented by contracting with security personnel in the capacity of police officers, for a period of 3 years.
Member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Yasser Iskandar, today, Monday (October 2, 2023), ruled out the return of the draft law on military service (compulsory conscription) in Iraq to the House of Representatives.
Iskandar told "Baghdad Today", "The compulsory conscription law is important, but its approval has not been decided in the House of Representatives for direct political and partisan purposes and not for other reasons. The truth requires us to reveal all the facts before public opinion."
He added, "The compulsory conscription law currently in place with the government will not return to the corridors of Parliament, whether in 2024, 2025, or after," noting that "the alternative are the contracts proposed by the Ministry of the Interior to create a balance in the ages and give new blood to the corridors of the ministry and the rest of the security institutions." ".
Iskandar pointed out, “Many points must be agreed upon before the law returns to the corridors of the House of Representatives, including political consensus. Otherwise, it will remain in the corridors of the government until further notice.”
The idea of "security contracts" removes compulsory conscription from the forefront
It seems that the exceptional experience brought by the Minister of Interior, Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, within the tripartite budget, represented by contracting with individuals as “security men,” has provided an alternative idea to the compulsory service law or “flagship service,” which has remained over the past years as a controversial draft law, as it It is expected that the experiment will be transferred to the Ministry of Defense.
The leader of the State of Law coalition, Turki Al-Otbi, confirms that the adoption of this experience is “strongly proposed,” and he told “Baghdad Al-Youm” that “the law on military service or compulsory conscription includes 9 controversial articles among the political forces, which obstruct its progress and were the reason for its return to the law.” "The corridors of the government again, ruling out its re-presentation again during 2023."
He added, "The experiment of the Minister of the Interior, Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, in offering more than 30,000 volunteer contracts for a period of 3 years and with specific salaries is an alternative proposed, supported by several forces, to replace the Military Service Law during the coming period, especially since it attracts those who want to work in security, in numbers that match the actual need."
According to previous statements by the Ministry of Defense, the “compulsory conscription” law, if passed through Parliament, will include age groups from 19 to 45 years of age, and will depend on academic achievement during the period of service, as primary school graduates will serve for a year and 4 months, while graduates of primary school will serve for a period of one year and 4 months. The preparatory stage is for one year, and for bachelor’s degree graduates only 9 months, while graduates of postgraduate degrees (master’s and doctorate) will be exempted from service permanently.
On (August 31, 2021), the previous government headed by Mustafa Al-Kadhimi approved “in principle” the draft compulsory service law and referred it to the House of Representatives, but political differences prevented its passage.
Source: Baghdad Today