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The following is the Editorial of “Tareeq Al-Shaab” (People’s Path), the daily newspaper of the Iraqi Communist Party, published on 31 October 2019:

The glorious October Uprising has not limited its slogans and demands to replacing this or that person, nor did it make the enormous sacrifices so that the same mechanisms enforced since 2003, andwhich have proved to be a terrible failure at all levels, would remain in place.

The ongoing popular national uprising has created a new reality. The balance of forcesis no longer subject only to the results of the 2018 elections and cannot ignore the newbig realities imposed by the rising masses.

ICP interviewed Rudha Al-Dhahir, member of the CC of the Iraqi CP, who explained the Party's demand for the resignation of the government.

ICP, 28 October 2019

A statement issued by the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party on 23 October called for the resignation of the Iraqi government regarding the bloody repression of the demonstrations since October 1st. "The last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated, just as the hopes for the government to complete its program, on the basis of which it had won the confidence of the parliament a year ago, were dashed" said the statement.

The final results issued on 22 October 2019 by the government committee to investigate the bloody repression of the demonstrations on 1 October 2019, and their conclusions and recommendations, have shown that the last hope that the government and its institutions would bear the political and criminal responsibility for the killing and wounding of thousands of unarmed innocent people has completely dissipated, just as the hopes for the government to complete its program, on the basis of which it had won the confidence of the parliament a year ago, were dashed.

The Political Bureau of the Iraqi CP issued the following statement on 25 October 2019:

Stop the Suppression of the Demonstrators Immediately!

Once again peaceful demonstrators are subjected to a bloody repression no less severe than what happened on the first of this month and afterwards, which received widespread condemnation from political and popular organisations, both local and international. After the horrific deliberate killings that took place at the time, the government promised to act differently in future.

It is time to form a government that responds to the demands of the people

For the fourth consecutive day, crowds in Baghdad and many other provinces and cities took to the streets, continuing their legitimate protest movement and confronting live bullets and other forms of excessive violence that led to the death of dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded among demonstrators and security forces.

The widespread nationwide popular protests that are continuing since they began on 1st October 2019, have served as a real warning to the government and dominant political forces, that are responsible for the tragic situation in the country and the dire living conditions of the citizens, especially the poor, toilers and youth, and its repercussions demonstrated by the current state of unprecedented anger. This makes it an urgent matter that sweeping fundamental reforms should be taken at various political, economic and social levels. The government is therefore today facing the moment of truth in the full sense of the word, and it must take urgent serious and just measures, which the people are expecting and demanding.

iraqcp"The path and policy of running the country on the basis of sectarian-ethnic quotas must be abandoned, and a government of competent people, untainted by the quota system and corruption, must be formed, adopting a realistic program with a timetable for implementation. This is the message of the protestors who reject the corrupt and the failed, and are demanding services and jobs, and embarking along the path of real reform, leading to the establishment of a state based on the principle of citizenship and social justice. It is the cry of the hungry, the deprived and those aspiring to a better Iraq that long-suffering Iraqis deserve."

The Tudeh Party of Iran interviewed the Iraqi Communist Party on the success of trans-sectarian ‘Sairoun' Alliance in the recent Iraqi elections.

Salam Ali, Member of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party was interviewed by ‘Nameh Mardom’, the central organ of the Tudeh Party of Iran on 28 May 2018. According to the CC of the Iraqi CP, the success of the Alliance indicated to the Iraqi people’s approval of an anti-sectarian and anti-corruption political program rejecting foreign interference.

Two weeks after the electoral victory of the Saeroun alliance, the Headquarters of the Iraqi CP was targeted by a homemade bomb.

Parliamentary elections in Iraq were held on May 12, with the participation of the 44% of total electors. Saeroun alliance, led by the Shia cleric called Muqtada al-Sadr, secured more than 1,3 million votes and obtained the first place in the elections with the support of the Iraqi Communist Party.

Two weeks after the elections, on May 25, the headquarters of the Iraqi Communist Party at Andulus Square, in central Baghdad, was targeted with a homemade bomb thrown into its garden, causing some material damage.

As Iraqi Communist Party enters elections with Sairoun Alliance, GS of CP warns against escalation with Iran and anticipates divergance from secterianism.

General Secretary (GS) of the Iraqi Communist Party, Raid Jahed Fahmi told Middle East Eye that any war between the two countries would risk stirring up sectarian tensions in the country again."Iraq should be not be involved in any military conflict on one side or another" Fahmi said, "Rather, we have an interest to maintain peace. All political groups [in Iraq] recognise the need to maintain peace, because we know that the first country to pay the price is Iraq.  Iraqis will pay the price in terms of stability, in terms of terrorism, in terms of destruction and so on."

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its support and solidarity with daily wagers and with workers who have contracts at the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq. Daily wagers electricity workers were dismissed after participating in a protest at the end of March about the nonpayment of their salaries for several months.

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