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Iraqi Politician Attacks Central Bank Corruption

The Iraqi Sunni politician Ahmed al-Alwani claims that Iraqi private banks have been involved in schemes to bypass the sanctions imposed on Syria and Iran, reports Omar al-Shaher.
A man counts stacks of Iranian rials on a street in Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) south of Baghdad January 23, 2013.     REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed (IRAQ - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR3CU69

The controversial Iraqi Sunni politician Ahmed al-Alwani, who is president of the Economic Commission in the Iraqi parliament, ridiculed the notion that if Anbar province gains autonomy, its economy will be weak because the province lacks essential economic resources. He said that large Iraqi provinces can attract a lot of investment.

Alwani proudly claims to be “the godfather of the Anbar [autonomy] project.” He said that “whoever says that Anbar wishes to become an [autonomous] province in order for it to throw itself into the arms of neighboring Sunni Arab states is getting his information from [the wrong sources].”

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