The Secretary-General calls on the expatriates to seek change through the ballot boxes

On May 4th, 2018, the Secretary General of the Iraqi National Congress, Aras Habib Mohammed Kareem, urged the expatriates to participate in the forthcoming elections, calling on them to harness their energies and expertise to serve the country and bring about change.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in the diaspora,

May peace be with you,

Iraq is approaching a pivotal moment in its modern history, which is the completion of the democratic experiment through the ballot boxes.

Our valiant country has defeated terrorism by the end of 2017 and this victory, which was praised by the whole world, has turned a new leaf on the relations between all the Iraqi factions, religions, sects and orientations. The Iraqis who have triumphed over the dark forces of terrorism today are approaching a new era, that of the civic life which everyone is calling for because it alone reflects the true framework of the concepts of patriotism, justice, human rights and law enforcement.

My brothers and sisters,

Everyone knows that our youth constitutes more than 60% of Iraq’s population. This alone is sufficient evidence of this society’s vitality and its ability to renew itself.

Because of your expertise and energy, because your country is mentioned in the books of orientalists and travelers who have wandered throughout Mesopotamia and because of its wealth in natural and human resources, your capabilities and strengths are all that is needed to revive your country.

Your contribution to the process of change, whether through the elections or later on through the use of your potentials and capabilities in various fields, gives us the hope we need to implement our ambitious program in our contemporary state. This is the state that we have defined according to two main areas that will receive our focused attention: economic development and social justice.

I am directly connected to you and all the countries you live in and I firmly believe that you will not cut corners when it comes to giving your country the talent and energy it needs even if certain circumstances beyond your will forced you to emigrate.

Iraq is our country, it belongs to all of us and no party can monopolize it or categorize its people.

eace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you

Aras Habib Mohamed Kareem

Secretary General of the Iraqi National Congress