Baghdad (NINA)- Political issues, security developments and the ministerial reshuffle were the main focus of Iraqi newspapers on Thursday.
Al-Sabah said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has set four priorities for the government's programme in the forthcoming period, "following the achievements accomplished recently." The priority included establishing the state institutions on efficiency basis, promoting the rule of law, focusing on reconstruction and providing services.
Over demands to lift immunity from some MPs, Al-Muwatin cited that a parliamentary commission started last Wednesday a study on the legality of the Supreme Judicial Council's demand to lift the parliamentary immunity of seven lawmakers, preparing for interrogating them or hear their testimonies on assault, corruption or terrorism accusations against them.
Addustour cited in a headline, "Sadr Trend cooperates with army." The paper quoted Salah al-Ubaydi, spokesman for Muqtada al-Sadr as saying that Mehdi Army is doing its best to cooperate with Iraqi forces in Sadr City while the forces deploy, deactivate bombs and arrest wanted individuals, expressing hope that the forces conduct their duties with neutrality and professionalism.
Addustour wrote that Yaseen Majeed, media advisor to Premier al-Maliki, has revealed that al-Maliki has instructed to allocate the portfolios of justice and communication –formerly occupied by the Iraqi National Slate INS- to the Iraqi Accord Front and the Kurdistani Alliance, "as the INS refrains from returning to government." He added that the six ministerial posts, from which the Sadrists had withdrawn, will be allocated to the United Iraqi Alliance, "as the Sadrists was part of the UIA." /End/