|Thursday Press Monitoring|
|Baghdad (NINA)- Thursday's daily press mainly covered the issues of the Executive Council's meeting, Anbar Salvation Council's accusation against the Iraqi Islamic Party, Thursday's parliamentary session and last Wednesday's match between the Iraqi football national team and the Chinese counterpart.
(3+1) council meeting
Over the meeting held last Wednesday by the executive council 3+1 – the three-member presidency council+ prime minister-, Al-Sabah said the council members have agreed on forming a new cabinet of technocrat ministers –exclusively-, headed by PM Al-Maliki, and to resolve all pending issues via dialogue. The paper quoted a presidency's statement as citing that the four officials have discussed the intended new cabinet formation, and viewpoints were exchanged in this regard, adding that the convened officials have stressed the need to expedite the new cabinet's formation, by assigning ministerial posts to professional, competent and loyal to the nation ministers.
Addustour reported that Hameed Al-Hayis, head of Anbar Salvation Council has threatened to raise arm against the Iraqi Islamic Party, headed by Vice-President Tariq Al-Hashimi, if the latter did not change its policy of "dominating official posts in Anbar province, and due to the Party's implication in facilitating the entry of Qaeda militants to Anbar." The paper quoted Al-Hayis as saying after a meeting with Speaker Mashhadani that the Salvation Council has asked months ago Mashhadani to interfere in order to find a way out of this problem.
Al-Ittihad said it was decided that Thursday's session would be the last in the current legislative term in case the lawmakers would reach "an agreement or partial agreement to vote on the 2008 budget and the provinces' law draft."
Regarding last Wednesday's match between the Iraqi football national team and its Chinese counterpart that was held in Dubai and ended with a 1-1 draw, Al-Mashriq commented that the game's referee has deprived the Iraqi team of an important winning on the Iraqi team's first match within the eliminations, qualifying for World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The Iranian referee Muhsin Turki has shown an evident bias against the Iraqi team, when he disapproved "a sound goal" scored by Karrar Jasim in the first half of the match, wrote the paper. /End/