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WikiLeaks: 2007-07-29: 07BAGHDAD2500: COR Member Calls for New Leadership, Discusses Legislation

by WikiLeaks. 07BAGHDAD2500: July 29, 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07BAGHDAD2500 2007-07-29 10:18 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO5154
RR RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #2500 2101018
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 291018Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2495
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 002500 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/28/2017 
TAGS: ECON ENRG PGOV IZ
SUBJECT: COR MEMBER CALLS FOR NEW LEADERSHIP, DISCUSSES 
LEGISLATION 
 
Classified By: Economic Minister-Counselor Daniel Weygandt for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1. (C) Council of Representatives Member Yonadam Kanna 
(Assyrian Christian - Rafidayn) called for replacing Prime 
Minister Maliki with Adel Abdul Mehdi and discussed current 
legislation with Econoffs on July 26.  A member of the 
Council of Representatives' (CoR) economic committee, Kenna 
spoke heatedly about the need to replace Maliki with Abdul 
Mehdi, describing the former as powerless and the latter as a 
"well-respected statesman with support in both Baghdad and 
the provinces", particularly in the south.  Kanna added that 
Abdul Mehdi had chosen technically qualified advisors. 
 
2.  (C) Kanna described the debate on the framework 
hydrocarbon law as "a turning point in the political 
relationships at the Council of Representatives".  He said 
Tawafuq and the Sadrists were against the law and the entire 
federal system, and while the Kurds were generally for it, 
divisions within the Kurdistan Regional Government have 
prevented the CoR from moving forward.  According to Kanna, 
the PUK and KDP disagree on the law, with objections 
centering on accusations of corruption and control by the 
Barzani family. 
 
3. (C) Kanna also discussed the effort led by CoR Member 
Haider Abadi to allow for voting by proxy at the Council of 
Representatives.  "Proxy voting would be a disaster," Kanna 
said, "and less than 50 elected members would actually attend 
the session if they could vote by proxy."  He considers this 
idea unconstitutional, and is gathering signatures from CoR 
members for a petition to protest against it.  Kanna also 
said that he had objected to the pension law first submitted 
to the CoR because it created categories for different 
pension entitlements based on when employees retired (during 
Saddam Hussein's government or afterwards), and therefore did 
not treat all Iraqis equally.  "We sent the law back to the 
government," Kanna said, "and the revised version will have a 
new first reading at the CoR when it is submitted to us 
again." 
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