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Iraq

Maliki Suspends Saladin Governor on Corruption Allegations

By Rudaw 27/12/2013
“The cabinet of ministers does not have the authority to remove me,” said Juburi, who won a second term as governor in June. “According to Article 20 of the provincial law, only the Provincial Council has such powers.” Photo: akhbaar.org
“The cabinet of ministers does not have the authority to remove me,” said Juburi, who won a second term as governor in June. “According to Article 20 of the provincial law, only the Provincial Council has such powers.” Photo: akhbaar.org

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The governor of Iraq’s majority-Sunni Saladin province, Ahmad al-Juburi, has been suspended on allegations of corruption, a senior politician disclosed.

Jamal Gailani, a leading member of the Sunni-majority Iraqiya bloc, told Iraq’s state TV on Wednesday that the Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had ordered the governor suspended for at least two months.

“The prime minister has decided to suspend the governor for two months, with the possibility of extending the suspension,” Gailani said. “The decision would include other members of the governor’s office who are allegedly involved in the corruption case,” he explained.

Gailani added that the governor’s office had allegedly mishandled the allocated budget for public services in Saladin.

“A number of city officials have been negligent about spending money that was allocated by the government for public services in the province,” he said. “This negligence has slowed progress in the province and public funds have been wasted.”

But Juburi told Al-Sumaria News that the prime minister does not have the power to remove him.

“The cabinet of ministers does not have the authority to remove me,” said Juburi, who won a second term as governor in June. “According to Article 20 of the provincial law, only the Provincial Council has such powers.”

Politicians in Saladin and other Sunni provinces accuse the Iraqi prime minister of discrimination against their provinces and an “unfair” police crackdown on their cities.

Meanwhile, the governor’s public relations officer, Jamal Mukhtar, told Rudaw that news of the suspension had come as a surprise and through the media.

“We became aware of the decision through the media,” said Mukhtar. “If it is true, then it has to be implemented, because it comes from higher up and the governor has to abide by it.”

Regarding the allegations of corruption against the governor, Mukhtar said: “Corruption isn't only unique to Saladin. It exists throughout Iraq. For every corruption allegation you need evidence in order to be able to bring the accused to court.” 

Comments

 
KIM | 29/12/2013
Maliki is another corrupt dictator who is greedy trying to seek 3rd term in office now. After the demise of dictatorship , new little Saddams are born now throughout terrorism-ravaged Iraq, never willing to leave power at all. The entire country is corrupt! Perhaps the situation is maintained on purpose in such a form so that some can exclusively benefit from it. The question is: How long is it gonna last? Eventually the entire general public will rise up! And most probably it will lead to fragmentation of country if not a pernicious Ethno-sectarian civil war. Facebook: kim indepndenceforkurds
aNgrYbiRd | 29/12/2013
@KIM: The only reason that brainless Maliki is in power is because the boss in Tehran wants him to be there. Maliki is a crook with IQ below 60. Ali Khamenei has it all worked out for him. Luckily for Maliki he doesn't need to think, for he is as capable as a chimp. He just need to act on the behest of a bigot ayatollah and his inner circle in Tehran! We Kurds must stay away from the Shiite/Sunni conflict for good. Let them settle their scores in a boring battle that has taken more than 1000 years...Shaytan barawan be!
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