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Re: [casi] Iraqi Governing Council

Thank you for this.
I heard on the news that 4 women were selected to be on the Governing
Council - but only 2 are identified below as women:

Can anyone tell me if any of the others are women - or are there in fact
only 2 women on the Council?

In message <002e01c349cf$06921240$7e2407d5@excalibur>, AS-ILAS <AS-> writes
>1) Thumbnail sketches of members of Iraq's newly named 25-member governing
>2) A text of the authorities of the new Iraqi Governing Council, as
>described by coalition authorities
>Members of Iraq's Governing Council
>The Associated Press
>Sunday, July 13, 2003; 3:10 PM
>Thumbnail sketches of members of Iraq's newly named 25-member governing
>AHMAD CHALABI: A Shiite and leader of the London-based anti-Saddam Iraqi
>National Congress. Chalabi, a 58-year-old former banker who left Iraq as a
>teenager, had been touted in some U.S. government circles as a future Iraqi
>leader — though he denies he has any ambitions to lead the country. He also
>has many critics who are opposed to anyone ruling Iraq after spending so
>many years abroad. Chalabi was convicted in absentia of fraud in a banking
>scandal in Jordan in 1989 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His group is
>an umbrella organization for a number of disparate groups, including Kurds
>and Shiites.
>ABDEL-AZIZ AL-HAKIM: A Shiite and a leader of the Supreme Council for the
>Islamic Revolution in Iraq. SCIRI, long based in neighboring Iran, opposes a
>U.S. administration in the country but has close ties with the other
>U.S.-backed groups that opposed Saddam, including the Kurds and Chalabi's
>JALAL TALABANI: A Sunni Kurd and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
>He and Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led the Kurdish
>zone in northern Iraq that had near-autonomy from Saddam's regime since the
>1991 Gulf War. Born in Kirkuk Province in 1934, Talabani joined the KDP at
>the age of 15 and rose to its politburo in 1953. But he broke with the KDP
>and founded the PUK in 1957.
>MASSOUD BARZANI: A Sunni Kurd and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
>Barzani, 56, leads the KDP, founded in 1946 by his father, the legendary
>mountain warrior Mustafa Barzani. He was a teenager when he became an aide
>to his father, then became KDP president when his father died in 1979. In
>1983, three of his brothers disappeared in what Kurds call an Iraqi massacre
>of the Barzani clan when 8,000 people were rounded up by the Baghdad regime.
>IBRAHIM AL-JAAFARI: A Shiite and the main spokesman for the Islamic Dawa
>Party. The party, once based in Iran, launched a bloody campaign against
>Saddam's regime in the late 1970's, but it was crushed in 1982. The group
>said it lost 77,000 members in its war against Saddam. Born in Karbala,
>al-Jaafari was educated at Mosul University as a medical doctor.
>NASEER KAMEL AL-CHADERCHI: A Sunni and leader of the National Democratic
>Party. He lives in Baghdad and works as a lawyer, businessman and farmowner.
>He is the son of Kamel al-Chaderchi, who played a leading role in Iraq's
>democratic development until 1968, when the Baath Party seized power.
>IYAD ALLAWI: A Shiite and secretary-general of the Iraq National Accord. He
>is a medical doctor and began opposition to the Iraqi regime in the early
>1970's. He was at the forefront of efforts to organize opposition both
>within Iraq and abroad.
>ADNAN PACHACHI: A Sunni who served as foreign minister in the government
>deposed by Saddam's Baath party in 1968. The respected, 80-year-old
>politician founded the Independent Democratic Movement in February to
>provide a platform for Iraqis who back a secular, democratic government. He
>returned to Iraq in May after 32 years in exile.
>AHMAD SHYA'A AL-BARAK: A Shiite and general coordinator for the Human Rights
>Association of Babel. He also is coordinator for the Iraqi Bar Association.
>He has worked with U.N. programs in Iraq since 1991 in the Foreign Ministry.
>AQILA AL-HASHIMI: A Shiite and diplomat, he led the Iraqi delegation to the
>New York donor's conference for Iraq. He holds a doctorate in modern
>literature and bachelor's degree in Law.
>RAJA HABIB AL-KHUZAAI: A Shiite woman who heads the maternity hospital in
>the southern city of Diwaniyah. She studied and lived in Britain from the
>late 1960s until 1977, when she returned to Iraq.
>HAMID MAJID MOUSSA: A Shiite and secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party
>since 1993. He is an economist and petroleum researcher. He left Iraq in
>1978 and returned in 1983 to continue his political activities against the
>Saddam regime.
>MOHAMMED BAHR AL-ULOUM: A highly respected Shiite cleric who returned from
>London where he headed the Ahl al-Bayt charitable center. He was elected as
>the Shiite member of a leadership triumvirate by the Iraqi opposition after
>the 1991 Gulf War.
>GHAZI MASHAL AJIL AL-YAWER: A Sunni who was born in the northern city of
>Mosul. He is a civil engineer and recently vice president of Hicap
>Technology Co. in Saudi Arabia.
>MOHSEN ABDEL-HAMID: A Sunni and secretary-general of the Iraqi Islamic
>Party. He was born in the northern city of Kirkuk and is author of more than
>30 books on interpretation of the Quran. He was detained in 1996 on charge
>of reorganizing the IIP.
>SAMIR SHAKIR MAHMOUD: A Sunni and member of al-Sumaidy clan. A writer from
>the western city of Haditha, he was a prominent figure in the opposition to
>Saddam's regime.
>MAHMOUD OTHMAN: A Sunni Kurd who is politically independent but a longtime
>leader of the Kurdish National Struggle.
>SALAHEDDINE MUHAMMAD BAHAAEDDINE: A Sunni Kurd who was first elected
>secretary-general of the Kurdistan Islamic Union in the first conference of
>the party in 1994. He was born in the Kurdish village of Halabja and has
>written several books in Kurdish and Arabic.
>YOUNADEM KANA: An Assyrian Christian, secretary-general of the Democratic
>Assyrian Movement and active member of the Assyrian-Chaldian Christian
>community. He was a former minister of public works and housing and a former
>minister of industry and energy in Iraqi Kurdistan. He began activism
>against Saddam in 1979.
>MOUWAFAK AL-RABII: A Shiite and longtime human rights activists. A member of
>the British Royal Doctors' College, he practices internal medicine and
>DARA NOOR ALZIN: A Sunni Kurd who served as a judge on the Court of Appeal.
>He ruled that of Saddam's edicts — confiscating land without proper
>compensation — was unconstitutional. He was sentenced to two years in
>prison, eight of them served at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison west of
>Baghdad before being released in a general amnesty in October.
>SONDUL CHAPOUK: A Turkoman and a woman from the northern city of Kirkuk. She
>was trained as an engineer and teacher. She serves as leader of the Iraqi
>Women's Organization.
>WAEL ABDUL-LATIF: A Shiite lawyer and judge, named governor of the southern
>city of Basra on July 4 by local authorities.
>ABDUL-KARIM MAHMOUD AL-MOHAMMEDAWI: A Shiite, dubbed "Prince of the Marshes"
>for leading the resistance movement against Saddam in the southern march
>region of Iraq for 17 years. He was imprisoned for six years and leads the
>Iraqi political group Hezbollah in the southern city of Amarah.
>ABDEL-ZAHRAA OTHMAN: A Shiite and the leader of the Islamic Dawa Movement in
>Basra. He is a writer, philosopher and political activist, who served as
>editor of several newspapers and magazines.
>A text of the authorities of the new Iraqi Governing Council, as described
>by coalition authorities
>Monday July 14, 2003
>BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A text of the authorities and responsibilities of the
>Iraqi Governing Council that held its inaugural meeting Sunday, according to
>a document released by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority:
>The Governing Council is the principal body of the interim administration of
>Iraq called for in U.N. Security Council Resolution 1483. It will exercise
>specific powers in addition to representing the interests of the Iraqi
>people to the Coalition Provisional Authority and the international
>Ministerial authorities: The Governing Council shall name an interim
>minister for each ministry. Each minister will be responsible to the
>Governing Council, reporting back to it regularly. The Governing Council
>shall have the authority to dismiss ministers should they lose the Council's
>Policy authorities: The coalition will be required to consult with the
>Governing Council on all major decisions and questions of policy. The
>Governing Council shall have the right to set policies and take decisions in
>cooperation with the coalition in any area of national policy, including
>financial and economic reform, education, electoral law, health.
>The Governing Council shall decide how it wishes to organize itself for the
>purpose of preparing new policies. It may choose to form specialist
>commissions to generate proposals. It could also include experts from the
>United Nations, the coalition or other bodies on such commissions.
>Foreign Affairs: In addition to naming Iraq's interim minister of foreign
>affairs and overseeing his or her work, the Governing Council will arrange
>for international representation during the interim period. Together with
>the coalition the Council shall name Iraqi nationals to serve as
>representatives to international organizations and conferences. The Council
>will also have the authority to appoint heads of Iraq's bilateral missions
>abroad and to receive representatives from other countries.
>Finance: The Governing Council will name an interim finance minister and
>oversee his or her activities. The Council, with the coalition and with the
>involvement of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the United
>Nations Development Program, will play a full part in drawing up the 2004
>national budget. The 2004 budget will be subject to Council approval. The
>Council will have the right to consider substantial amendments to the 2003
>emergency budget. It will also have the right to develop policies regarding
>monetary and fiscal matters.
>Security: The Governing Council shall have the right to prepare policies on
>matters concerning Iraq's national security, including the rebuilding and
>reform of Iraq's armed forces, police and justice sector. The Governing
>Council will be responsible for ensuring that Iraq's police and military are
>de-politicized and that the principle of civilian oversight and supervision
>of the military is established.
>Operational security matters will remain the responsibility of the coalition
>during the period of transition.
>Consitutional Process: The Governing Council shall consider appointing a
>Preparatory Constitutional Commission to recommend a process by which a new
>constitution for Iraq will be prepared and approved. The Commission would
>report to the Council. The recommended procedure should lead to a new
>constitution based on the principles adopted at the Salahuddin and Nasariyah
>Once adopted, the constitution would pave the way for national elections
>leading to a new, fully sovereign Iraqi government which will immediately
>take over the powers and responsibilities of the coalition.
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