Iraq has a GOI (MALIKI'S GOI)

AS OF 8/29/2012


Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Date of Information: 8/29/2012


Pres. Jalal TALABANI
Vice Pres. Tariq al-HASHIMI
Vice Pres. Khudayr Musa Jafar Abbas al-KHUZAI
Prime Min. Nuri al-MALIKI
Dep. Prime Min. for Economic Affairs Rowsch Nuri SHAWAYS
Dep. Prime Min. for Energy Affairs Husayn Ibrahim Salih al-SHAHRISTANI
Dep. Prime Min. for Services Salih al-MUTLAQ
Min. of Agriculture Izz al-Din al-DAWLAH
Min. of Communications Muhammad Tawfiq ALLAWI
Min. of Culture Sadun Farhan al-DULAYMI
Min. of Defense (Acting) Sadun Farhan al-DULAYMI
Min. of Displacement & Migration Dindar Najam Shafiq DOSKI
Min. of Education Muhammad Khalaf Tamim al-JUBURI
Min. of Electricity Abd al-Karim AFTAN Ahmad al-Jumayli
Min. of Environment Sargon Lazar SULAYWAH
Min. of Finance Rafi Hiyad al-ISSAWI, Dr.
Min. of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Mahmud ZEBARI
Min. of Health Majid Hamad Amin JAMIL
Min. of Higher Education & Scientific Research Ali Muhammad al-ADIB
Min. of Housing & Construction Muhammad Sahib al-DARAJI
Min. of Human Rights Muhammad Shia al-SUDANI
Min. of Industry & Minerals Ahmad Nasir Dilli al-KARBULI
Min. of Interior (Acting) Nuri al-MALIKI
Min. of Justice Hasan al-SHAMMARI
Min. of Labor & Social Affairs Nasar al-RUBAI
Min. of Municipalities & Public Works Adil Muhudir Radi al-MALIKI
Min. of Oil Abd al-Karim LUAYBI
Min. of Planning Ali al-SHUKRI
Min. of Science & Technology Abd al-Karim al-SAMARRAI
Min. of Trade Khayrallah Hasan BABAKIR
Min. of Transportation Hadi Farhan al-AMIRI
Min. of Water Resources Muhannad al-SA'DI
Min. of Youth & Sports Jasim Muhammad JAFAR
Min. of State for Council of Representatives Affairs Safa al-Din al-SAFI
Min. of State for Foreign Affairs Ali al-SAJRI
Min. of State for Provincial Affairs Turhan Mudhir al-MUFTI
Min. of State for Women's Affairs Ibtihal Qasid al-ZAYDI
Governor, Central Bank of Iraq Sinan Muhammad Ridha al-SHABIBI
Ambassador to the US Jabir Habib JABIR
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Hamid al-BAYATI

23 Aug 2011 AK News

Iraqiya slammed for submitting 'ineligible' Defense Ministry candidates

 By Haider Ibrahim
Baghdad - The al-Iraqiya list led by former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has been accused of deliberately prolonging the political crisis over the Defense Ministry leadership by submitting candidates that have already been rejected.
Saad al-Mutlabi from the State of Law Coalition (SLC) led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said today that all of Iraqiya's candidates, with the exception of the former Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani, have previously been submitted and deemed "ineligible".

"The Iraqiya list is seeking to create crises by not nominating candidates that get the approval of the political blocs," Mutlabi said. 

Al-Iraqiya was promised the Defense ministry as part of the power-sharing deal - signed by the political blocs in Erbil at the end of last year to bring to term a nine-month political impasse that had paralyzed the country's political process since the March 7 legislative poll - that gave Maliki the green light to form the current government.

Maliki has personally headed the three key security ministries of the Interior, Defense and National Security since his cabinet was inaugurated last December because of ongoing political disputes over the suitability of the political blocs' different nominees for the posts.

The leaders of the main political factions gathered in the Baghdad home of President Jalal Talabani on August 2 in a bid to resolve some of the main issues of contention between them. It was agreed that new candidates for the security ministry posts would be nominated within two weeks. 

© AK News 2011

20 Aug 2011 Aswat Aliraq

Iraqi government denies approval to extend U.S. troops presence in Iraq

BAGHDAD: The Official Spokesman for the Iraqi government, Ali al-Dabbagh, has denied on Friday that his government had approved the statement by the U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, that the government had agreed to extend the presence of the American forces in Iraq after 2011.

"The Official Spokesman for the Iraqi government, Ali al-Dabbagh, denies the statement of the U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, that the Iraqi government had agreed to extend the presence of the American forces in Iraq after 2011," a statement by Dabbagh's office, copy of which was received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported.

The statement quoted Dabbagh as saying that "the meeting of the Political Blocs had approved the need for training the Iraqi Security and Military forces, but official negotiations have not started yet to decide the type, period and number of the needed (US) training forces, according to which the need for the presence  or non-presence of such training forces in Iraq is decided."

© Aswat Aliraq 2011

16 Aug 2011 AK News

Parliament criticizes electricity minister for non-appearance

By Haider Ibrahim
Baghdad - The Iraqi parliament has castigated the outgoing Electricity Minister Raad Shallal of not appearing before the house after he was asked to do so yesterday.
The parliament called on him to attend the parliamentary session to discuss the fake contracts awarded by in his ministry, but he failed to show, issuing a clarification saying he "did not refuse to attend the parliament but was waiting for the approval of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki."
MP Mouhammed al-Khalidi told AKnews that the refusal of the minister to meet the invitation will make him responsible first for corruption and second for non-compliance with the demands of the parliament.
"The parliament will pursue the Minister of Electricity even if he has resigned from his position," he said.
Sallal submitted his resignation to the prime minister two days ago after it was revealed on August 2 that his ministry had signed contracts with a nonexistent company and a company that went bankrupt shortly after the signing of the contract.

The contracts were worth $1.7 billion, but were canceled by the ombudsman after the discovery of the errors.
Shallal has defended himself, saying that the contracts were seen by the prime minister and the Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani before they were signed.
© AK News 2011

BAGHDAD — Iraq seated a freely elected government Tuesday after nine months of haggling, bringing together the main ethnic and religious groups in
Iraq New Government a fragile balance that could make it difficult to rebuild a nation devastated by war as American troops prepare for their final withdrawal.

One of the government's first priorities will be to decide whether to ask the Obama administration to keep thousands of U.S. soldiers in Iraq after their scheduled departure in December 2011.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's new government solidifies the grip that Shiites have held on political power since Saddam Hussein's ouster. It leaves open the question of whether the country's disgruntled Sunni minority will play a meaningful role.

Despite tortuous negotiations that threatened to unravel the country's tenuous democratic gains, the public face of the new government will look remarkably like the outgoing one. The prime minister, president and foreign minister will remain the same.

The outcome was a huge victory for al-Maliki, who has made more than his share of enemies as prime minister since May 2006. Parliament originally tapped al-Maliki as a compromise candidate to lead Iraq following tumultuous elections in December 2005 during the height of the war.

The new government was sworn in Tuesday immediately after the Iraqi parliament voted to approve 34 Cabinet ministers including al-Maliki. The remainder of the 44-member Cabinet is made up of acting ministers who will be replaced at a later date because of ongoing disputes among coalition partners.

President Barack Obama praised Iraq for building an inclusive coalition that he described as "a clear rejection of the efforts by extremists to spur sectarian division."

At United Nations headquarters in New York, Security Council members said they welcomed the formation of the new government.

"This decision reflects the will of the Iraqi people as displayed by the parliamentary election of 7 March 2010," the council said. "We encourage its leaders to continue to pursue a federal, democratic, pluralistic and unified Iraq based on the rule of law and respect for human rights."

Al-Maliki hailed what he called a unified but diverse government, the creation of which was "the most difficult task in the world."

But even as he praised the new government, al-Maliki hinted at its weakness: the need to include all the major political factions as a way to preserve stability at the expense of efficiency.

"There were people whose parties have only one or two seats and even they were demanding a ministry," al-Maliki said. "So I know that nobody is satisfied with me."

Indeed, two groups blasted the new Cabinet even before it was sworn in.

The Kurdish splinter Goran party, which has only eight lawmakers, said it should have gotten more than the one Cabinet post it was offered and threatened to boycott the government. And women lawmakers jeered the male-dominated political parties for largely excluding them from the Cabinet though they make up a quarter of parliament.

"This government is not a strong one because it is built on sectarian divisions and self-interests," said Hassan al-Alawi, a leading member of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya coalition that won bragging rights by narrowly edging al-Maliki's bloc in the March 7 parliamentary election. "It is a fragile government."

Doing the work of the government ultimately may prove as hard as putting one together.

Experts said Iraq's top priority over the next few years is to control its vacillating levels of violence and protect itself from foreign threats. Sandwiched between Shiite majority Iran and Sunni Arab states, Iraq is a Mideast fault line for sectarian tensions and has weak borders.

Baghdad University political analyst Hadi Jalo said that factor alone should help al-Maliki gain the necessary support from parliament to ask U.S. troops to remain in Iraq past the December 2011 deadline outlined in a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad – should he choose to do so.

"Stability is the backbone for any other progress," Jalo said. "Al-Maliki knows that he cannot overcome any challenges while the security problem is not solved. This is the only way to win the trust of the people and the foreign investors."

The clock is already ticking on that decision: A senior U.S. military official said plans will be approved by early April to start sending troops and 1.75 million pieces of equipment back to the U.S. next summer. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the ongoing discussions.

Neither Obama nor al-Maliki has shown any enthusiasm for keeping U.S. soldiers in Iraq. More than 4,400 American troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis died in a war that has yet to bring stability and prosperity to this oil-rich Middle Eastern nation.

On Tuesday, al-Maliki maintained his commitment to keeping "the pact of the foreign troops' withdrawal, according to the announced schedule."

Saying otherwise, however, amounts to political suicide before he is firmly ensconced in his second term.

A slew of other top concerns must be settled quickly to satisfy Iraqis who have been frustrated with the lame-duck government since the March elections.

The government has been dithering for years over a package of laws that would streamline oversight of the country's oil wealth and make it more quickly available to investors. Iraq holds the world's fourth largest oil reserves, valued at $11 trillion according to current oil prices.

Electricity and water shortages, too, have been a major source of anger across Iraq – especially during the sweltering summers. Iraqis have been furious with lawmakers who collected cushy salaries and perks for doing light work while the rest of the country suffered.

"We hope that this government will offer something to the people," said Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, a lawmaker with the secular Iraqiya bloc who only last week was allowed to return to political life after being accused of having links to Saddam's former regime.

Although Iraqiya won two more seats than al-Maliki's bloc did in the March elections, the prime minister was able to hang onto his job by making admittedly uneasy allies during months of backroom deals.

Iraqiya's leader, former prime minister Ayad Allawi, agreed to join al-Maliki's government in exchange for heading a council that will oversee the government's security and foreign policies. It was still unclear how much power the council will have.

Al-Maliki also had to accommodate the hardline Shiite followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Al-Maliki and the Sadrists reached an uneasy detente several months ago after years of fighting each other.

A senior Sadrist said his 40-member political coalition was pressured by Iranian officials and Iraq's top Shiite cleric to fall in line behind al-Maliki. He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive negotiations.

The competing demands within the new democracy will help foster Iraq's stability, said Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group.

Still, "it's going to be a government that is beset by problems," Hiltermann said. "It's going to take a long time for Iraq to rebuild itself."


Associated Press writers Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Hamid Ahmed and Mazin Yahya contributed to this report from Baghdad, Sameer N. Yacoub from Amman, Jordan, and Anita Snow from New York.