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RUMOR MILL
Ruba'i's New Party: How Independent?
Rumors of Ongoing Links with Security Forces, Iraqi Government
By SLOGGER NETWORK 06/08/2009 5:01 PM ET
Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie in May 2007.
Jim Watson/AFP.
Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie in May 2007.

Rumors are circulating in the Iraqi capital over the newly announced parliamentary bloc after the announcement of Iraq’s former national security advisor that he has formed a new political party.

Mowaffak al-Rubai’i, who had until recently been Iraq’s national security advisor over several Iraqi administrations since 2003, has announced the formation of a new political party, the Center Party. The new grouping’s first public event was held on Sunday in the Meridian Hotel in central Baghdad.

Speculation in the capital is that the new grouping, known in Arabic as the al-Wasat Party, will enter into alliance with the leading Shi'a political blocs already in the Iraqi Parliament, including the United Iraqi Alliance, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, and the Iraqi National Congress led by Ahmad Chalabi.

Meanwhile, IraqSlogger staff in Baghdad report that the first party event on Sunday was heavily guarded by a large contingent of Iraqi security forces.

Local sources say that the heavy security presence has led some Baghdadis to speculate as to the degree of separation that the former national security advisor enjoys from the security forces and the Iraqi government.

IraqSlogger cannot confirm these rumors at this time.

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