Maliki’s consolidation of power continues in Iraq

Arrest warrant issued against Iraq central bank governor Shabibi

Kirk Sowell of Inside Iraqi Politics is reporting that an arrest warrant has been issued against Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) Governor Sinan al-Shabibi. According to Sowell, Iraqi press is reporting that Shabibi is wanted for corruption, but urged skepticism.

As I covered previously, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is aggressively consolidating his power in Iraq, fashioning himself to be the next tyrant of Iraq:

Recently appearing on RT’s Crosstalk, Antiwar.com’s John Glaser said that Iraq is “sinking towards dictatorship” under the direction of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Glaser claims that Maliki has ordered the suppression of news media, detained hundreds of political opponents and even tortured them, and consolidated power by purging Sunnis and Kurds from government. Glaser goes even further declaring that the government of Iraq under the U.S.-backed Maliki is “one of the most corrupt in the world.” And one that is funded by the United States to the tune of $2 billion in annual aid and tens of billions of military assistance.

Both the CBI and the Council of Representatives of Iraq (the Iraqi parliament) are the last remaining independent institutions in Iraq and Maliki has been pressuring the CBI to replace Shabibi with one of his own picks. This move against Shabibi will ensure Maliki’s consolidation of power continues unabated.

Previously: America’s legacy in Iraq: Violence, death, and another monster to destroy.

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