Suhaib al-Rawi

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Suhaib al-Rawi
صهيب الراوي
Governor of Anbar
In office
24 December 2014 – 29 August 2017
Appointed by Anbar Provincial Council
President Fuad Masum
Preceded by Ahmad Khalaf al-Dulaimi
Personal details
Born 1966 (age 51–52)[1]
Rawa, Anbar, Iraq
Political party Iraqi Islamic Party
Other political
affiliations
Muttahidoon

Suhaib al-Rawi (Arabic: صهيب الراوي‎; born 1966) is an Iraqi politician and the former Governor of Anbar until August 2017. He is a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party.

Political career

On 23 December 2014, the Anbar Provincial Council voted in al-Rawi as the next Governor of the province. 18 out of the 30 members of the council voted for al-Rawi during a meeting held in Baghdad. Previously, on 13 December, the council had voted to make al-Rawi's predecessor, Ahmad Khalaf al-Dulaimi, retire due to injuries he had received.[2] On 24 December, the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, approved al-Rawi's appointment in a decree, which was announced on 28 December.[3]

According to Ayub Nuri, writing for Rudaw, "It is said that the people of Anbar support him and he has a genuine following" because he "has so far remained neutral between the tribes and the government and rather focused on his job as governor."[4] In late February 2015, al-Rawi met with tribal elders from Anbar, led by Sheikh Rafi Abd al-Karim al-Fahdawi, where they stressed that "Anbar must not be liberated but by its people" rather than by those from outside the province.[5]

On 13 August 2015, al-Rawi announced that he was dismissing all of his aides and advisers as part of the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi's reform plans to crack down on corruption within government. Al-Rawi also announced that he was dismissing all the district managers who had been in their jobs for more than four years or performed poorly. Reuters wrote that al-Abadi's "reform drive is especially important in Anbar, the Sunni heartland in western Iraq where the Baghdad government is focusing its offensive against Islamic State, which has seized large swathes of the country's north and west including the Anbar capital Ramadi." Al-Rawi also said that future appointments would be made "on the basis of experience and competence" and "according to need and specialization".[6]

He was removed from his office by the Anbar Provincial Council in June 2016 on charges of misusing powers, negligence, and deliberate delinquency. al-Rawi rejected the decision and demanded a public interrogation.[7] He was dismissed from his position as governor on 29 August by the council after a majority of its members voted to remove him over charges of financial and administrative corruptions.[8] However, he refused to relinquish his position and the dismissal order was revoked by a court on 14 November. In response, the council froze his financial powers the following day. It however revoked his dismissal after the election of its new president on 26 November.[9]

References

  1. ^ "العراق: تعيين صهيب الراوي محافظاً للأنبار خلفاً للدليمي". Al Hayat. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Anbar provincial council votes for Suhaib al-Rawi as governor". Iraqi News. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Masum approves the appointment of Suhaib al-Rawi as governor of Anbar". Shafaq News. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Nuri, Ayab (26 December 2015). "There might be a man who could save Ramadi". Rudaw. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Al-Rawi to the elders of Anbar: The province must be liberated by its people". Shafaq News. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Hameed, Saif; Kalin, Stephen (13 August 2015). "Iraq's Anbar governor sacking all aides under Abadi reform plan". Reuters. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Munaf al Obeidi (30 June 2016). "Anbar Governor Removed from Office". Asharq al Awsat. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Anbar Governor Removed from Office". NRT. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Omar Sattar (5 December 2016). "Has political crisis in Iraq's Anbar reached a dead end?". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
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