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09BAGHDAD2574
2009-09-25 09:19:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Baghdad
Cable title:  

PRT SALAH AD DIN: VOTE TO REMOVE GOVERNOR TRIGGERS

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/20/2019
TAGS: PREL PGOV IZ
SUBJECT: PRT SALAH AD DIN: VOTE TO REMOVE GOVERNOR TRIGGERS
POLITICAL FIREWORKS

Classified By: David C. Stewart, PRT Salah ad Din Team Leader for reaso
ns 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (U) This is a Salah Ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team
(PRT) message.



2. (C) Summary: In a September 3 session, the Salah ad Din
Provincial Council (PC) voted to remove the Provincial
Governor, Mutashar Hussein Ilaiwee Yaseen, from office. The
Governor appeared before the PC in response to their summons
to answer questions about his performance in office, made a
brief statement criticizing the proceedings as illegal and
abruptly departed. The Governor has stated his intention to
file an appeal of the decision with the Federal Supreme
Court. Following the PC's decision, there were small
demonstrations for and against the decision in Samarra and
Tikrit as well as several missile attacks and bombing
incidents. End Summary.



3. (U) On September 3, the PC held a special session to
question the Salah Ad Din Governor about his job performance.
The Governor's arrival followed two failures to appear
before the PC on this matter in the previous ten days. PC
members told PRToffs that the Governor had been stalling to
buy time in order to shore up support among senior Iraqi
Islamic Party (IIP) members and GOI officials in Baghdad, as
well as in key areas in the province.



4. (U) After the PC dismissed a memo alleging that PC Chair
Ahmed Abdullah Abid Khalaf al-Jabouri (Abu Mazin) did not
possess a valid high school diploma (which would make him
ineligible to serve on the PC), the PC Chair read the
allegations against the Governor. Governor Mutashar refused
to respond to the allegations, claiming that the questioning
was motivated by personal animosity, that there was no
evidence to support the charges, and that the questioning was
illegal. After ignoring the PC's attempt to question him, he
abruptly departed.



5. (U) Following the Governor's departure, the PC Chair Abu
Mazin read out the complete list of charges before opening
the floor for PC discussion. The allegations included making
improper statements concerning the GoI; utilizing government
resources for his Personal Security Detail (PSD); bias in the
appointment of government employees; and interference in PC
approved projects.



6. (U) The PC Chair consulted frequently with Legal Advisor
Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Jabour to ensure all procedures for
removing a government official under the Provincial Powers
Law (PPL) were followed. Dr. Ahmed advised that because the
Governor had refused to answer any questions, the PC could
proceed with a vote. Seventeen members voted to remove
Mutashar, seven voted against and four abstained, achieving
the required absolute majority. The Governor publicly stated
his intention to file an appeal of the decision with the

Federal Supreme Court on September 4. The Court will have 30
days to rule on the PC action.



7. (U) In the days following the PC action, there were small
demonstrations and several low level attacks. About 100
individuals came out in Samarra (home of the Governor) to
protest the PC's decision, while a parallel demonstration in
Tikrit (primary base of the PC Chair's al Jabouri clan)
supported the action. On September 5, the Joint Coordination
Center (JCC) reported that the PC compound was hit with a
60mm mortar that landed in the yard; no damage or injuries
occurred. On September 8, the First Deputy Governor survived
an assassination attempt when a bomb targeted his motorcade
in downtown Tikrit, 500 meters from the governor's building.
The blast wounded three of his security guards and caused
damage to two vehicles of the motorcade; some PC members and
Qdamage to two vehicles of the motorcade; some PC members and
Iraqi security forces have attributed this attack to the
militia attached to the IIP.



8. (C) Comment: The PC's effort to remove the Governor
appears primarily to be a response to actions by the Governor
that "crossed the line" in terms of excessive patronage and
incompetence. Since his appointment, the Governor appointed
only IIP members to key positions in the government. While
on a trip to Turkey, he openly criticized the GOI as corrupt
in front of Turkish officials and Salah Ad Din council
members. On numerous occasions has sent unclear, often
outlandish memoranda to other government officials. His
actions have marginalized the IIP in Salah ah Din and created
a power struggle between the IIP and the remaining bloc of
parties now aligned against them. There have been media
smear campaigns, bribery attempts (one successful), and
intimidation attacks against PC members and the First Deputy
Governor, Ahmed Abed al-Jabour.



9. (C) Comment Continued: The overall response of the

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Provincial government has been positive. The PC appears
determined to adhere to proper procedures, as witnessed by
the PC Chair's frequent consultations with the Council's
legal advisor about ensuring that PC actions comply with the
Provincial Powers Law. When the citizens of Salah ad Din
publicly voiced their opinions on the removal vote at
demonstrations in Samarra and Tikrit, the Iraqi Security
Forces took appropriate precautions and actions which helped
maintain order and safety at both venues--a significant
improvement, particularly in Samarra. Less positive,
however, are the attacks, which unfortunately have been a too
regular feature of the Iraqi political landscape. End
Comment.
FORD