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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06BAGHDAD1355 2006-04-25 20:48 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy
Baghdad
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DE RUEHGB #1355/01 1152048
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P 252048Z APR 06
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4093
INFO RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BAGHDAD 001355 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/25/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PNAT IZ
SUBJECT: PROVINCIAL REACTION TO PM SELECTION 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR ROBERT S. FORD,
FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1. (C) SUMMARY: Initial reactions from provincial 
contacts to Nuri Kamal (Jawad al-Maliki)'s selection as 
Iraq's 
next PM have been positive.  Shia Islamists tended 
to view the new PM as equally capable as Jafari at 
promoting the UIC agenda.  Sunnis and Kurds tended to 
question his independence, while expressing general 
relief that the Jafari era is over and Government 
formation can move forward.  END SUMMARY 
 
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Anbar 
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2. (C) The Sunni Arab mantra in Fallujah has long 
been that PM Jafari needed to go and that they want 
strong leadership above all else.   The Fallujah 
police chief told SETOFF April 22 that he did not 
care if a rock star became Prime Minister, as long 
as the new leadership improves security.   Anbar 
Governor Ma'moun told SETOFF that while Maliki is 
only known as a spokesman for Dawa, his initial 
promises on April 22 seemed promising.  Ma'moun 
added that key factors to watch will be Maliki's 
stance toward militias and the selection of cabinet 
positions. 
 
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Diyala 
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3. (C) Contacts in Diyala -- both Sunni and Shia -- 
expressed relief that government formation is 
finally underway.  Mixed with this relief was a 
sense of apathy about the new government's prospects 
of resolving the current security situation. 
A Sunni provincial council member from the central, 
conflict-ridden region of Abu Sayda glumly predicted 
that conflict would continue unabated in his area. 
A Kurdish provincial council member's only positive 
comment was that at least Jafari is now gone. Sunni 
contacts focused on the importance of the selection 
of the as-yet-unnamed ministers in determining 
success of the new government. 
 
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Kirkuk 
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4. (C) Contacts in Kirkuk expressed satisfaction 
with the progress made toward government formation. 
Bahman Husayn, Head of the Kurdistan Toilers Party 
in Kirkuk, likened a country without a government to 
an airplane without a pilot.  Najat Hassan, Head of 
the KDP in Kirkuk, said the new government must 
establish a plan to restrict interference from 
neighboring countries.  Omar Muhammad, Head of the 
KIU in Kirkuk, commented that his party will 
strongly support the new government which it would 
call upon to take steps to improve living conditions 
and end corruption.  Jalal Jawher, Head of PUK 
Kirkuk, indicated that the KDP will work to support 
the new government, which will ease Iraqi suffering 
and provide a new foundation for trust throughout 
the country. 
 
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Mosul 
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5. (C) In Ninewa, diverse political party contacts 
generally reacted positively to the selection of 
Nuri Kamal to lead the new government.  While many 
claimed they did not have enough information about 
his administrative ability, they tended to 
believe that he would be an improvement over Jafari. 
Contacts characterized him as a strong personality 
without much high-level leadership experience.  Non- 
Shia questioned the PM-designate's independence, given his 
allegiance to Dawa, particularly with regard to 
militias and consensus building.  National Assembly 
member Mahmood Al Azzawi from INDC claimed Maliki as 
a good friend, but doubted his ability to draw UIA 
away from militias and sectarian strife.  PUK 
provincial spokesman Omar Azzo saw him as a 
strong leader, but one who would still "have to take 
orders" from the Dawa leadership. Ninewa KDP leader 
Khassro Goran said he did not have much faith in 
 
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Maliki's qualifications and doubted Maliki's ability 
to be "truly independent" of Jafari (who occupies a 
higher rank in Dawa) and the UIA. Gevara Zia, Ninewa 
provincial council member (Assyrian Democratic 
Movement), said he believed Maliki was a "secular 
man" who did not have the same sectarian views as 
Jafari but who "without a doubt, will support 
Muqtada Al Sadr."  Hameed Zenal of the Shia, Shabek 
Democratic Assembly (SDA) party said Maliki would be 
"on the same path" as Jafari, meaning he was "loyal 
first to Muqtada Al Sadr." 
 
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BABIL 
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6.  (C) Babil Deputy Governor Hassoon Ali Hassoon 
(SCIRI affiliated) said Maliki was a good choice 
because he is number two in the Dawa party and the 
UIC lost nothing by replacing Jafari with him. 
The most important issue, Hassoon said, was that the UIC 
agenda will be implemented irrespective of which 
Dawa member is PM. 
 
7. (C) Sabah Allawi of the Iraqi National Accord 
expressed support for any PM who will apply the 
constitution regardless of sectarianism or 
ethnicity.  Adnan Abid Al-Turki, an Islamist journalist from 
Al- 
Fayhaa newspaper, said Maliki was a good compromise 
solution.  He noted that the UIC could accomplish 
its program, whether through Jafari or Maliki. 
 
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NAJAF 
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8. (C) Provincial Council Chairman Dr. Abdul Hussein 
Al-Mousawi welcomed Maliki's nomination. 
Mousawi expected Maliki to have a more stable 
support basis in the Council of Representatives than 
Jafari.  Mousawi surmised that the Kurdish and Sunni 
blocs would offer substantive concessions to the UIC 
for agreeing to drop Jafari. If such concessions are 
made, Mousawi predicted that the remainder of the 
government formation negotiations will move quickly. 
Sa'ad Zawain, the Islamic Dawa Deputy head in Najaf, 
asserted that Maliki would be "more flexible" than 
Jafari. 
 
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Basrah 
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9. (C) Basrah Governor Muhammad al-Wa'eli told REO 
April 23 that the selection of the Prime Minister- 
designate was a step forward.  Though 555 is still 
extant, he offered, fissures resulted from the 
Jafari nomination.  Dr. Hayder al-Wa'eli, Head of 
the Fadillah party in Basrah, told REO on April 22 
that Fadillah supported Maliki because of the PM- 
designate's support for national unity.  (COMMENT: 
In contrast, Nadeem al-Jabiri told PolOff April 22 that, in 
the 
previous day's UIC 555 internal meeting, The Fadhila 
Party voted for al-Jabiri as PM, while the other six 
parties, which he termed "Iranian" voted for 
Maliki.  In an April 23 phone conversation with 
PolFSN.  Mohammed Ismael al-Kusai claimed that the 
Fadhila party CoR members all turned in blank 
ballots during the voting for the Presidency Council 
and the CoR Speakers.)  Hassan al-Rashid, Head of Badr 
Organization in Basrah, said that the problem of 
forming the government has now been solved and the 
difficulties removed. 
KHALILZAD

 


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