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The Political Programme
For
The Islamic Dawa Party
May 2006

Issued by: Islamic Dawa Party
Baghdad- Iraq


Overview:
The political programme of the Islamic Dawa Party is centred on unifying all Iraqis, irrespective of sect and ethnicity, and building a peaceful, democratic, federal country that abides by international laws and regulations. The Party will work to provide security to all Iraq's citizens, enabling the advancement of democracy and freedom in Iraq. We endeavour to alleviate poverty, unemployment and social discrimination, encouraging the growth of a strong economy that will utilise Iraq's wealth for the well-being of its citizens. The Party aims to establish effective and competent health and education systems, thereby safeguarding Iraq's future development. We advocate mutual cooperation with the international community, and participation and peaceful dialogue to resolve disagreements and disputes.

Security: Safer communities, crackdown on terrorism and crime, disbanding militias and securing borders

Security is the major issue in Iraq. Iraq's security has been threatened by various kinds of terrorists, namely by the Saddamists (belonging to the ousted Baath party) and the Al-Qaeda backed foreigners. Their ultimate goal is to destabilise Iraq and ignite civil war, thereby stopping its progress towards democracy and freedom. Their targets are the innocent Iraqi citizens, the Iraqi guard, police, and government officials. These crimes are committed under the pretext of targetting the multi-national forces. Their terror machine uses methods such as suicide bombings, mortar rocket attacks, beheadings and kidnappings. Not only have they killed thousands of innocent Iraqis, they have also worked to sabotage attempts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure, including the systematic targeting of water supplies, electricity grids and oil pipes.

We at the Islamic Dawa party:

1. Denounce all forms of terrorism and work to establish peace and security for all the citizens of Iraq
2. Comply with the Iraqi constitution that states: "Terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and 'takfireen' are banned, as is the Saddamist Baath Party".
3. Empower the police and the military to crackdown on terrorism and crimes such as fraud and drug-trafficking.
4. Seek to develop and advance the military and police institutions primarily on the basis of loyalty to Iraq's national interests and its citizens. Military and police recruitment must be based on morality and honesty of the new Iraqi soldiers or police. Policies of racial and religious discrimination inside the military and police institutions that were practiced by Saddam's regime will be banned.
5. Cleanse the government institutions and offices from elements of corruption and bribery. This includes the support of the 'Nazaha Committee' in uprooting corruption.
6. Put an end to the flow of terrorists and drug-trafficking by securing borders with neighbouring countries.
7. Ensure a fair hearing to anyone accused of terrorist activities and those financing them.
 

Economy: A prosperous and booming Iraq

Iraq has the potential to be one of the richest countries in the World. It has the second largest proven oil reserves currently estimated at 112.5 billion barrels, about 11% of the world total. It has immense gas fields. It has the potential of becoming the world’s largest producer of dates, as it was before Saddam Hussein came to power. It can also generate huge wealth from religious and historical tourism.

Thus, we at the Islamic Dawa Party:

1. Aim to extensively rectify the economic problems left behind by the previous regime. This involves firstly instigating change in Iraqi society. During its rule, the Baath Party made people heavily dependent on government handouts and killed any spirit of entrepreneurship. We aim to reverse this by making the promotion of free enterprise one of our main priorities.
2. Establish a new and carefully studied approach to oil policies that will utilise oil revenues to satisfy the needs of Iraq and its people. Appropriate coordination with OPEC will take place to achieve this aim.
3. Seek to prepare the technical and engineering experiences in the petroleum industry and the petrochemical field as well as developing studies through research in this important economical sector.
4. Expand the electrical energy supply, and set a timetable to industrialize the devices that produce electrical energy.
5. Develop the natural gas industry and seek to benefit from it by providing energy locally, and exporting the surplus to the outside.
6. Aim to reduce Iraq's foreign debt, which accumulated due to Saddam Hussein's policies.
7. Support the establishment of a free-market economy.
8. Aim to open Islamic and national banks that participate in administrating the economical and commercial operations.
9. Provide employment opportunities and jobs for the unemployed across the country.
10. Develop a self-sustaining agricultural sector.

Health and Environment: Better health care system, better hospitals, cleaner environment

The World Health Organization reported in 2003 that the people of Iraq are in urgent need of better health care and their situation is deteriorating by the day. Iraqi infrastructure has been severely and repeatedly damaged by over 20 years of war, neglect and mismanagement, economic collapse and sanctions. This has a direct and indirect impact on health as water and sanitation, power supply, food security, housing, transport and many other factors are important health determinants. The current health care system is in bad shape; there are too few hospitals, and almost all existing ones are old and lack essential equipment and machines. Diseases and especially mental illnesses are common. This is partly due to the environment in some areas being contaminated by chemical spills, unsecured hazardous material and pollution by depleted uranium.

Thus, we at the Islamic Dawa Party:

1- Aim to establish a competent health system for individuals and families who cannot afford medical treatment, and to provide free emergency treatment for all.
2- Introduce the family doctor system which will ensure every Iraqi citizen is registered in the health system.
3- Build new and high-tech hospitals and equip existing ones with advanced equipment and latest medical instruments.
4- Work to ensure medical supplies and treatment are available for people affected by trauma and other injuries
5- Assist in continuously educating our doctors and nurses and other medical professionals with up-to-date medical information.
6- Assist in ensuring adequate, safe drinking water and access to sanitation is provided.
7- Support efforts for an “environmental rebirth” by working, amongst other things, to neutralise contaminated areas, clear away garbage and repair soil damage. Repairing the environmental damage of the last twenty five years is a long and arduous task, and only by making a consideration for the environment central to reconstruction efforts can we hope to repair the long-term damage to the air, soil and water of Iraq.
7- Encourage the return of exiled healthcare professionals, medical academics and environmental experts to assist in the revival of healthcare and environment.

Education: Better schools, more quality teachers and free education for secondary, college and university students.

Seeking knowledge is the right and duty of every individual. Under Baathist rule, gross negligence on behalf of the government led to a decline in education standards and an increase in illiteracy rates in the 1990s. Education was used to serve propaganda purposes. This and other reasons left many Iraqis without access to education, youth with limited training, as well as schools and universities with poor facilities and equipment. There is now an urgent need to renew Iraq's educational system as it is instrumental to the development and enhancement of Iraq's future.

Thus, we at the Islamic Dawa Party:

1. Pledge to provide freedom of education, including free and affordable education to all, whether at primary, secondary, college or university levels.
2. Build and refurbish schools, colleges and universities.
3. Encourage the establishment of private educational institutions.
4. Encourage schools, colleges and universities to stay up-to-date with current and modern worldwide educational development.
5. Establish more research centers in universities across Iraq and develop existing ones.
6. Work to make sure both men and women have equal education rights.
7. Assist in the wholesale revision of curricula
8. Help to maintain the 'hawzaa' or Islamic theological studies and advance such centres through providing the required facilities and equipment.
9. Develop vocational courses across the country.

Federalism and power-sharing in Iraq: power in the hands of regions, united by strong central government

Iraqi regimes have always wielded excessive power from the centre. Saddam’s totalitarian rule is but a further extension, albeit to a horrifying scale, of the authoritarianism and dictatorship of previous regimes. The Iraqi constitution has sought to remedy this through adopting federalism. However, grave danger can come from misunderstanding how federalism is meant to work. Giving too much power to regions may serve to divide Iraq into mini-states based on ethnic and sectarian lines, seriously undermining the unity of the country and its elected national government.

Thus, we at the Islamic Dawa Party:

1. Support the Iraqi Constitution’s adoption of a federal structure to power sharing in Iraq
2. Work to encourage the establishment of several federal regions in the south and centre of the country, based on geography and not on ethnicity or sect
3. Reject calls to divide Iraq into three Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni regions, and regard any attempts to work along such lines as seriously undermining the unity of the Iraqi people
4. Work to maintain a cohesive central government, which can coordinate the needs of the different regions in Iraq, and respond effectively to challenges that face the nation as whole, including the fight against terrorism and the process of reconstruction.

International Policies and Relations: protect Iraq's independence; ensure its national sovereignty and maintain good international relations

Iraq under Saddam's regime had more enemies than allies. Its aggressive international policy meant that Iraq was a vulnerable and poor country, unsustainable and hated. Furthermore, Iraq's heavy debts also meant that it lost the trust of other countries and had a weak presence in the United Nations.

Thus, we at the Islamic Dawa Party:

1. Aim to establish foreign policies that will protect Iraq's independence and ensure its national sovereignty and unity over its land.
2. Establish working political and economical ties with countries worldwide.
3. Play an effective role in multi-national organizations and institutes such as the Arab League, the Islamic Conference Organization, and the United Nations to serve the interest of the Iraqi people, Arab and Muslim nations, and the World at large.
4. Work with neighboring countries to secure Iraqi boarders.
5. Work with other countries against any form of terrorism.

 

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