In the list of the worst cities to live in the world … Will the law of the capital return the glory to Baghdad? | News from politics

Scholar Hammam Al-Shammaa believes that the capital does not need such a law as much as it needs a system and currently lacks it and this is its main problem.

Baghdad- A new parliamentary movement aimed at bringing life back to Baghdad by passing a new law called the “Capital Law” to divide expectations between optimism and pessimism about the possibility of changing the reality of the city and exposing corruption files in to, after him. drowned in pools of blood, violence, and deteriorating services, health, and education since the U.S. invasion in 2003, topping the list of the worst cities to live in the world for years.

The introduction of the new law came at the initiative of Hakim al-Zamili, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, to give broader powers to the Municipality of Baghdad and to bring about a comprehensive development revolution in the city, implementing the first steps of reform. stage by opening corruption files and demanding accounts of the corrupt to stop the misuse of public money.

Reality despair

Since 2003, problem files have been piled up in the capital with no solution to them, despite the large annual budgets allocated to them. Perhaps the most salient thing that Baghdad has suffered for nearly two decades is the housing crisis with the huge increase in population density. , ever-expanding slums, power outages, traffic jams, dilapidated and outdated roads, sewage and drinking water, garbage collection and abuses of basic city planning.

One of the reasons that made Baghdad one of the worst cities is the decline in interest in preserving green spaces and the increase in the rate of desertification in them, due to the violation of green areas and public parks and their conversion into residential areas. or shops. .

Last year, the Minister of Agriculture, Muhammad al-Khafaji, criticized the failure to implement Law 154, as well as the Basic Design Law for the city of Baghdad to maintain the proportion of oxygen in it. Where the baseline project ensures that there will be 40% of green space and 60% of housing, but the green space in the capital now amounts to only 10%, which means that the capital has lost 75% of the projected green space and saves only 25%.

And last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi fired Baghdad Secretary-General Alaa Maan amid allegations of corruption and misconduct.

The Mayor of Baghdad, Engineer Ammar Musa Kazem, announces the launch of the #Baghdad_Cultivated campaign, starting with the Army Channel to plant 10,000 trees as the first phase, stressing that this campaign will continue to cover all parts of the capital, Baghdad, and create green spaces that will be a healthy and environmental outlet for the beloved people of Baghdad. # plants_Bagdad #Baghdadiyat #Baghdad #Amanat_Baghdad

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corruption in the first place

However, optimism was somewhat revived that the capital’s law would bring him back to life. The First Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Services Commission, Baqir Al-Saadi, says that one of the priorities of the plans approved for this new law for the administration of the capital is to address the deterioration of services provided to citizens, the deterioration of roads and the spread of neighborhoods. poor.

Among the paragraphs of the law, it aims to bring a comprehensive development cycle to Baghdad and will be supportive of the Department of the Municipality and the Governor (local government), according to Al-Saadi, who confirms that he really needs laws, administrative support and policy to complete all stalled projects.

Al-Saadi said in a speech to Al-Jazeera Net that one of the priorities of the law is to open corruption files and bring the corrupt to justice, to stop the misuse of public money that led to the interruption of services and projects provided.

What increases Al-Saadi’s optimism is that the law to be passed and voted on in parliament supports future planned plans to implement them without any obstacles hindering the projects implemented. Reinforcing his optimism, he affirmed that the new law will solve many administrative and technical problems, so that the main objective is to provide public services to the capital and its citizens.

Analysts believe priority should be given to rebuilding Baghdad infrastructure and then exposing corruption files (Reuters)

Ink on paper

Unlike Al-Saadi, political scholar and analyst Ali Al-Sahib seems not optimistic, as he says in his response to a question from Al-Jazeera Net whether the fate of this law will be like dozens of laws, just paper ink, that “everything that happens in the political arena is subject to auctions and all the laws issued by the legislative or executive authority are nothing but a piece of paper.” The reason for this he attributed to widespread corruption in all successive governments.

Al-Sahib sees no difference between the capital law and the white paper that Al-Kazemi started in the first months of his presidency, which turned into a “black paper” because it did not end corruption and confirms that the launch of such initiatives are for media consumption only, with the country needing a government that has the power to hold accountable all those who begged themselves to intervene in Iraq’s security and economy.

Al-Sahib disagrees with Al-Zamil and Al-Saadi and believes that the priority in this law, if implemented, is to rebuild the capital’s infrastructure and then expose corruption files. Capital goes into the pockets of the corrupt instead of utilities and this phenomenon will continue due to the lack of strict control.

The political scholar emphasizes that the capital does not need to speak only as much as it needs real leaders, at this particular stage, to bring it out of miserable reality and to restore its life, glory, history and morals.

The head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Hassan al-Kaabi, had earlier revealed that the law on emergency support for food security and development would include, for the first time in 18 years, additional allocations to the Municipality of Baghdad, amounting to $ 500 billion. dinars (more than $ 342 million) to be allocated for service and reconstruction of the capital.

This comes after the capital witnessed an almost complete lack of investment, manufacturing, industry, agriculture and tourism for almost two decades.

Economist Hammam Al-Shamaa Al-Jazeera 2
Economist Hammam Al-Shamaa (Al Jazeera)

Lack of order and state

Economically, the law of the capital has no hope of bringing economic development and investment in it, as researcher and economic expert Hammam Al-Shamaa links the emergence of this boom in the economy with the completion of the current political process first and then. starting with a new one and a new constitution away from quotas, asking yourself: How can Baghdad grow economically in the absence of budget and planning?

Al-Shammaa explains in his speech to Al-Jazeera Net that the capital does not need such a law as much as it needs the system and currently lacks it and this is the main problem that made the state in it completely lack. because the money and investment in it is distributed to the parties, not the services.

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