Thursday, December 17, 2009

Parliament to legislate security agencies

Iraqi Parliament analyzes security situation of the country following questioning top officials. It will make recommendations on improving cooperation between police and the army, and raise the reward money for informers who reveal information about explosions, stated a lawmaker.

In a covert series of meetings, Iraqi Parliament questioned Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Interior Minister Jawad Polani, Defense Minister Abdul-Qadir al-Obaidi, National Security Minister Shirwan al-Wa’ili, and other top security Baghdad officials on the deadly explosions that have claimed hundreds of lives in Baghdad over the last few months.
The MPs’ notes and the security ministers’ and commanders’ answers were given to the Parliamentary Committee of Security and Defense to be studied and collected in a wide-ranging report with recommendations, said Parliament Speaker Ayad al-Samara’i, following Monday’s Parliament questioning session. The government will be obliged to apply the recommendations, he noted.
“The committee is working to identify the weak points and then suggest solutions,” stated Sirwan Adnan, Parliament member from Kurdistan Alliance list.
According to Adnan, Parliament realized during the questioning that relevant ministries lack coordination within their operations, they suffer political struggles, they lack powerful intelligence and information agencies, and ex-Baath Party insurgents have infiltrated some of their organizations.
Explosions have rocked Baghdad since last August. On Tuesday, November 8, five car bombs, four with suicidal drivers, exploded near government offices, killing 130 and injuring over 500.
Parliament, according to constitutional Article 84, will issue a law to framework duties and responsibilities of the security ministries and agencies, said Adnan, who blamed the government because it hasn’t yet offered projects to legislate these ministries’ affairs.
Based on the ministers’ demands, the award system for security activities will be amended to increase to more than the legal award—1 million Iraqi dinars (almost US$847)—announced the Parliament member. “They have the right to ask for more. Nobody reveals a terrorist plan for 1 million dinars; but if it’s 50 million, it will help. Revealing an explosion before it occurs means hundreds of millions.”

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