Enter new prime minister Haider al-Abadi representing change or 'change.'
And nothing has changed.
Sunnis remain targeted, Sunnis continue to be arrested without warrants, they continue to be threatened and bullied and now it's time for Haider to go after Sunni politicians.
Atheel al-Nujaifi is the Governor of Nineveh Province. He is also someone Nouri repeatedly attempted to force out of office. He is also the brother of Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi (one of Iraq's three vice presidents).
And now he's supposedly out of office.
Al Manar reports that 169 MPs voted to remove Atheel as governor and State of Law MP Hatham al-Jubouri insists this took place following "a formal request from the prime minister" to remove al-Nujaifi.
There's no report on how many MPs were present so its not even known if there was a quorum. Atheel has twice been elected governor.
No surprise, he is not just saying, "Okay, whatever."
All Iraq News reports he stated that he is still the governor and that he has received no notification that this has changed. He is quoted stating, "The members of the State of Law Coalition voted for dismissing me because I rejected involving the Popular Mobilzation Forces (PMF) in liberating Nineveh. I have been dismissed for different reasons that include my last visit to the US [. . .]"
State of Law is the political coalition headed by Nouri al-Maliki. The so-called Popular Mobilization Forces are the Shi'ite militias -- many of which are the thugs accused of crimes against civilians.
MP Hadi al-Amiri is a thug. He heads the Badr militia. Alsumaria reports that he was crowing that Atheel is "a lesson" for those who betray. He is most infamous internationally for threatening to mutilate Americans a few weeks back when he was unhappy with a bill being considered in the US Congress.
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