Insight from Fahd Al-Jubouri

Unveiling the Coordination Framework’s vision

BAGHDAD, January 4 — A member of the Al-Hikma Movement has denied any personal conflict between the leaders of the Coordination Framework and conservatives who won a majority in the recent provincial council elections.

Fahd Al-Jubouri spoke in an interview with journalist Adnan Al-Taie and said the Coordination Framework’s success among southern voters does signal a popular mandate that requires a change in “all governors.”

Fahd Al-Jubouri, Member of the Al-Hikma Movement:

No official statement has been issued by the Coordination Framework regarding the Tuesday night meeting, but I believe it will move towards changing all governors in the coming period. We are now talking about a democratic process, so how can a governor be retained if they do not have the support of the council or at least the majority, plus one?

Most of the governorates, including Baghdad and in the south, belong to the Coordination Framework, and the situation is clear. The Coordination Framework now bears responsibility before the Iraqi public.

The Coordination Framework is determined to change all the governors, including the governors of Maysan and Najaf (Sadrists). The Coordination Framework now bears responsibility before the Iraqi people, and the government that will emerge in the provincial councils is the Coordination Framework government. If the performance is disproportionate, it will be attributed to the Coordination Framework. The Sadrists claim that they have withdrawn from all these details, so they have relinquished 73 seats, and I do not think they will seek the position of governor.

There is no personal dispute between the parties in the Coordination Framework and the current governors. On the contrary, the question here is: who brought these governors, who appointed them?

The media has exaggerated the significance of three governors, portraying them as if Iraq relies solely on them and as if this trio manages the entire process from Zakho to Faw. This is not accurate. While we appreciate their sacrifices, we aim to increase momentum in these governorates and introduce figures through democratic means.

Let Asaad Al-Aidani form his government; what remains is just approving the results after reviewing objections. The council will convene on February 9, and anyone who can achieve this democratically will not face opposition from us.

Considering how the governors obtained their votes, they held positions, and some were involved in distributing land before the elections, among other details. However, elections were held, and there were winners who secured seats. Therefore, we want to bring in a governor through peaceful and democratic means. Here, we do not seek to exclude those who succeeded. Instead, we have a program as a framework, and I want to present this program as a framework. I have challenges, and facing these challenges requires us to serve.

Consequently, a governor who insists on his own opinions will encounter opposition from the council, as he will not be satisfied being a governor without majority support.