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Dr.. Hasan Latif Kazim *: The Iraqi economy in the time of Corona Virus: the results of spending cuts DinarDailyUpdates?bg=330099&fg=FFFFFF&anim=1

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Post by claud39 on Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:39 am

Dr.. Hasan Latif Kazim *: The Iraqi economy in the time of Corona Virus: the results of spending cuts


06/07/2020



Dr.. Hasan Latif Kazim *: The Iraqi economy in the time of Corona Virus: the results of spending cuts Hassan-Latif-image-1




Since the days of the escalation of the debate about reducing the salaries of employees and retirees, as if the magic solution to the financial crisis in Iraq, and the discussion centered mainly on the political cost of the decision, and not the financial and economic gains for it. A number of deputies and politicians set out to defend the rights of these two groups, and all solutions were reduced to this reduction. In this article, we will try to discuss this issue in its financial, economic and political aspects, and analyze its various dimensions briefly.

 

Compound crisis

 

It is not new to say that we are facing today a complex crisis of three major crises, which are synergistic in their negative results, to produce diverse and severe economic crises for the poor and vulnerable groups. These crises are:

Political crisis : On October 1, 2019, some governorates in southern and central Iraq witnessed youth protests, during which protesters called for political reform, confronting corruption, providing job opportunities, and improving services, and a decent life that accommodates the minimum aspirations and basic rights. The excessive violence in which young people were confronted was a milestone in the history of Iraq, as 490 demonstrators were killed and 7,783 injured, between October 2019 and May 2020, according to the United Nations Mission (UNAMI) .[i]) . The government's actions were insufficient to overcome the crisis, which seems to be a crisis of governance that has gradually deepened, with the emergence of what we might call a "semi" state; There are:


  • "Semi-state", whose institutions possess the dominant parties, whose roots extend deeper than they are the institutions of the state, so the state became deep without legal, political or societal depth, but with a party depth that hijacked it away from the rationality of society and the market. While oil rents were not used to build institutions independent of society and politics, Rather, this rent became a honey that attracts ants to feed on it and sabotages the state at the same time.

  • A "semi-private sector" that is separated with the quasi-state in a symbiotic relationship, and living on the crumbs of power tables rather than making its table, as it is a sector that does not want to be far from the rentier state, and prefers to coexist with it and work in its projects and contracts and sell goods and services to it at a high price, or by relationships Contractual suspicious of corruption at times.

  • A "semi-civil society" that grew into a penetrating subordinate of the quasi-state and its parties, and did not possess its own sphere, but remained a prisoner of the state and its parties, and not independent of it.



[i] United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Human Rights Office, Demonstrations in Iraq: The Third Update, May 23, 2020, p. 2

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