Thursday, September 13, 2007


IAF deny return of minister to government

(Voices of Iraq) - Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi's office denied on Wednesday that Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation Ali Baban decided to return to the government, describing media reports on that as "misinterpretation of Baban's statements." "Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi received on Wednesday morning the resigned minister Ali Baban at his office in Baghdad," Hashemi's office said in a statement received by the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The statement added "minister Baban clarified the truth and objectives about his stand that was reported by media on his return to the government, saying that some regrettably politicized his stand and mistakenly misinterpreted it as a rebellion on the Iraqi Accordance Front's decision to quit Maliki's government."
Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation Ali Baban on Tuesday unveiled that he decided to return to the government after a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, adding "my decision came in favor of serving the public good" after he was entrusted with carrying out "important investment projects."
Baban stressed during his meeting with Hashemi his "commitment to IAF's decision to quit the cabinet and that he neither intends to return to the government nor violates his obligation towards IAF of which he is a member," VP's office said. The statement added "the issue was settled and the misunderstanding was clarified."
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Sunni Accordance Front said that IAF is no longer part of Maliki's government even "if all ministers returned to cabinet."

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