Secretary-General of al- Haq al-Watani (National Right), leader of the Iraqi decision coalition, MP Ahmad al-Masari called on Monday for the European Union to participate in the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary elections as observers.
Vice President of the Republic Osama Abdul Aziz al-Nujaifi called for international monitoring to ensure the fairness and transparency of the elections.
Al-Nujaifi received on Wednesday the Australian Ambassador in Iraq Joan Lundes, who congratulated him on the occasion of the victory of Iraq on the Daesh terrorist organization, and offered Australia's contributions with the International Coalition to help Iraq, both in the training aspect or grants.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri and Interior Minister Qassim Araji discussed the security file and preparations for securing the elections on time.
A statement by Al- Jubouri office said that during the meeting they discussed the developments of the security file, the preparations of the Ministry to secure elections in the country, and its efforts to achieve security and stability in all governorates.
Vice President Nuri al-Maliki stressed the resolve to correct the course of the political process through the elections and achieve development and stability and provide the necessary quality of services.
The accountability and justice confirmed body that the decision to call for more than 600 candidates does not mean including them in its legal procedures and exclude them from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Vice President of the Republic Iyad Allawi stressed the need for active participation in the upcoming elections, calling at the same time not to pay attention to rumors of inhibition and dismissing.
The Leader of the Sadrist Movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, called for UN intervention to supervise the upcoming elections.
"The legislative elections are on the door," Al-Sadr said in a tweet on his official Twitter website, "We are increasingly concerned about fraud, so we call for independent international supervision to keep the elections transparent and fair and not corrupt."
MP from the state of law bloc, Zeinab al-Basri said president Fuad Masum is responsible for all the consequences of delaying the budget.
Basri said in a press statement that "the President of the Republic deliberately delay the budget because of the share of the Kurdistan region, which was stipulated in the Constitution, trying to violate the law and the Constitution to return the Kurdistan share of 17%," considering that "Masum is the first and last responsible for all the consequences of delaying the budget.
Vice President Nuri al-Maliki called for a broad participation in the elections and actively contribute to granting the visionaries capable of making the achievements to work and to create a promising future for all Iraqis.
"Iraqi tribes are a source of strength for society," Maliki said during a meeting with elders and tribal elders in Al-Muthanna province, according to a statement by his media office. Added "Iraq is distinguished by multiple tribes because they represent the spectrum of the Iraqi people, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and various religions."
Head of the Baghdad Alliance, former MP Hamid al-Zobaie warned of the pursuit of some parties to use the political squabbling whenever the election date come close.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that some of the political forces and figures who lost the influence of the masses are trying by various means to use the method of political defeat against the forces and personalities who have a great national impact in the political scene and the depth of the masses."
President of the Republic Fuad Masum stressed the importance of the role of security forces in the success of the elections in the liberated areas.
A Presidential statement said that Masum met today, a senior delegation of federal Police Chiefs headed by Lt. Gen. Raed Shaker Jawdat, to discuss the support of the security forces and enhance their role in social peace."
A member of the House of Representatives for the province of Anbar, Adel Khamis al-Mahallawi said "several important laws are ready to vote on and waiting for consensus and quorum legal."
"The parliament is about to complete its legislative term and the people are waiting to pass several important laws to be a positive sign of the current council in the democratic and legislative process in the country," he told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA).
The leader of the Sadrist Movement, Moqtada al-Sadr stressed that the removal of corrupt in the upcoming elections is necessary and a national duty.
Al-Sadr said in a statement in response on the question of a citizen on the difficult circumstances that Iraq has experienced and what would he recommend the members of the Sadrist Movement in the upcoming elections, "the removal of the corrupt by giving the voice of competence is necessary and a national duty."
The head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council Hammam Hamoudi discussed with the leader of the National Coalition (Watania) , Iyad Allawi, the need to maintain the foundations of the political - democracy process in the country away from the danger of bidding.
The two sides stressed during the meeting that the electoral programs of the parties should be "realistic" and represent a real link between the people and their representatives.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum has rejected the country’s controversial 2018 budget bill, and ordered it back to the parliament, according to a source quoted saying on Tuesday.
Alsumaria News quoted an “informed source” saying that the president declined to approve the bill and decided to return it to the parliament for review.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met today with members of the Independent High Electoral Commission in the presence of a number of Ministers, to check on the safety of the procedures adopted by the Electoral Commission and the distribution of voter cards in the provinces of Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Anbar.
Kurdistan politicians are considering a total withdrawal from the Iraqi political arena after the Iraqi parliament approved the 2018 with a reduced share for the autonomous region.
Sputnik quoted Shakhwan Abdullah, a parliament member of the Kurdish Alliance, saying that following the passing of the budget, several options were discussed, including a withdrawal from the political process.
El Parlamento de Irak ha aprobado este sábado los presupuestos generales para 2018 frente al boicot del bloque parlamentario kurdo como protesta frente a la marginación de la que el Kurdistán iraquí denuncia ser objeto por el Gobierno central y que ha culminado en la actual crisis separatista.
Kurdish factions to continue to meet with Iraqi President on Saturday
Muthana Amin, the head of the KIU faction in parliament, told Rudaw that the Kurdish blocs’ meetings with President Masum will continue and "we will be in touch with the Kurdistan government and relevant parties."
He added they will have another meeting on Saturday to decide whether or not attend the parliament to pass the budget bill.
Erbil and Baghdad coming to an agreement should resolve the budget dispute, according to Amin.