al-Fateh responds to Fayyadh's dismissal as NSA, PMF chief

Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad (Photo by AFP)

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SULAIMANI — The Fateh Alliance led by Hadi al-Amiri on Friday (August 31) issued a statement on the dismissal of Faleh al-Fayyadh as National Security Adviser and head of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), saying that the decision was illegal and personal.

Fateh said in a press release that "the decision to dismiss Faleh al-Fayyadh from the chairmanship of the [PMF] and as National Security Adviser shows serious motive to politicize the PMF and the security services and [is an example of Abadi] settling personal accounts.”

It added that "these decisions are illegal according to the Constitution because Fayyad occupies [a position whose rank is equivalent to] the rank of a minister in the Ministry of Defense or Interior."

On Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree ordering the removal of Fayyadh from his duties.

On January 11, 2011, Faleh al-Fayadh was appointed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as National Security Adviser.

The PMF is an official institution in the Iraqi state, but with a different command structure from the Army or the other branches. On March 8, Abadi issued a decree giving PMF officials ranks and salaries equivalent to their counterparts in the regular military.

The Fateh Alliance is close to the PMF, with many of the latter’s constituent militias fielding candidates in the May parliamentary election.

The dismissal comes at a delicate time as the winning Shia parties are negotiating the formation of a new government. Two broad camps have emerged around Moqtada al-Sadr and Abadi on the one hand and Amiri and Maliki on the other.

While the Sadr-Abadi grouping currently has the most seats within their potential coalition, the government formation process in ongoing.