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Reassessing Bremer's 100 orders... An Iraqi challenge

By Alaa Al-Huwaijel

BAGHDAD, March 19 (KUNA) -- Iraqi politicians are set to slowly scrutinize and reassess the 100 orders by Paul Bremer, former Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq.
After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the eventual ousting of Saddam Hussein on April 9 of the same year, Bremer, who was appointed by former US President George W. Bush to the post on May 6, 2003, had issued over 100 orders based on the Geneva Conventions concerning the administration of occupied countries. His tenure ended on June 28, 2004.
Iraqis saw order 2/2003 "Dissolution of Entities", the dismantling of the various corps of the army and security forces in addition state bodies, as a devastating policy against the welfare of the country.
Speaking to KUNA, legal expert Tareq Harb said that Bremer's orders had the legitimacy of being within the framework of the Geneva Convention; however, most of the orders were still applied today and it would be very hard to nullify them completely.
He noted that the only path to rid Iraq of Bremer's orders would be via reformulating these laws or coming up with new legislations that would replace them.
On the same matter, Iraqi parliament's legal department representative and MP Zainab Al-Sahlani said that parliament did discuss ways to issue new legislations that would be more compatible with the Iraqi society.
The process would not be done swiftly, it would take a considerable amount of time before the reformulating process could take full effect, affirmed Al-Sahlani.
She indicated that Bremer's orders worked against the general welfare of the Iraqi people, saying that the current civil service structure would have an Iraqi employee working for a staggering 111 years before nearing a high administrative post.
Bremer's orders did not only affect the everyday Iraqi, the political and security structures of the country were as well damaged.
Political analyst Dr. Khaled Gholi said that the current state of the country's army was an indication of how the orders were devastating and damaging.
The political system is no better shape due to Bremer's orders, affirmed Dr. Gholi.
While Iraq is still feeling the effects of the 100 orders, Bremer -- in a 2016 televised interview -- defended his decisions by saying that the six general elections, the referendum, and four peaceful transitions of governments were all indications that the Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq's policies were correct. (end) ahh.gta