This agreement with the Kurds over Kirkuk is Very Important!! No RV until Article 140 had been resolved. Getting an agreement with the Kurds is extremely important. This is good news!!!
The meetings between Barzani and Abadi are going very well, with the two most crucial issues being settled. In a press statement, Barzani announced yesterday that an agreement over post-liberation Mosul's government has been reached between Baghdad and Erbil.
Today, it was announced that an agreement over Kirkuk's oil was reached between Baghdad and the Kurds. Article 140 has been in contention because the Kurds wanted the Kirkuk oil fields. Today's agreement splits the oil in half and the expenses.
Resolving the differences between the Kurds and Iraq has been a major hindrance to any meaningful progress for Iraq. The Kurds have always been able to delay laws moving forward within the GOI. The HCL could never be passed nor implemented without an agreement over the Kirkuk oil fields. Retaking Mosul could not have gone forward without an agreement with the Kurds.
These two agreements with the Kurds is VERY important and is Real Progress. Finally!
Additionally, the Council of Ministers have agreed on a draft for the 2017 Budget, and plan to send it to the Parliament by mid-September.
The Amnesty Law was finally passed.
Obeidi, the Defense Minister was fired over corruption charges.
Zebari, the Finance Minister may also be fired over corruption charges.
The war on corruption is beginning with the passing of laws and the questioning and dismissing of high level officials. Iraq was lost because of corruption and terrorism, and both have to be addressed.