Coalition Provisional Authority
For Immediate Release
Contact: Shane Wolfe/J. Pepper Bryars
April 9, 2004
Governing Councilmen Assume Posts as Minister of Interior
and National Security Advisor
Baghdad, Iraq - Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III announced the appointments of a
new Minister of Interior and a new National Security Advisor during a meeting
Friday morning in Baghdad.
Following consultation with the Iraqi Governing Council, Ambassador Bremer named
Mr. Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaiday as the new Minister of Interior and Dr.
Mowaffak Al Rubaie as the new National Security Advisor.
"Mr. Sumaiday and Dr. Rubaie have worked diligently during the past few months
to bring security to Iraq, and they've spent decades bringing democracy to Iraq.
And under their leadership, Iraqis will have both," Ambassador Bremer said.
Both gentlemen were members of Iraq's Governing Council.
As Interior Minister, Mr. Sumaiday oversees the Iraqi domestic security forces
such as the Iraqi Police Service, Department of Border Enforcement and the
Facilities Protection Service. Mr. Sumaiday has been involved in opposition to
the former Ba'athist regime for many years.
In the role of National Security Advisor, Dr. Rubaie is the primary advisor to
the head of government and the Ministerial Committee for National Security on
national security matters, and manages and supervises the National Security
Advisory Staff. Dr. Rubaie is tasked with providing balanced, impartial advice
to the head of government and the MCNS, along with facilitating coordination
among the ministries and agencies charged with national security-related