Monday, 6 June 2011
Iraq: Security post possibilities
He returned to Iraq after the fall of the Ba'athists and was defence minister from 2005–06. He was appointed culture minister in the current government, but Iraqiya is reportedly pushing for him to be given the Defence Ministry once again.
The current favoured candidate for interior minister is Tawfiq Al-Yasseri, who is the National Alliance nominee. Born in 1945, he graduated from military college in 1967. He took part in the Shi'a uprising against the Ba'athist regime in 1991, after which he escaped to Saudi Arabia.
From there he moved to the UK. As for the state minister for national security affairs, the current favourite is Riyath Ghareeb, who is from Kerbala. Born in 1954, he has a masters degree in engineering management from Baghdad University. He left Iraq in 1981. After returning to the country he became an MP in 2005. He is now a State of Law Alliance MP.
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