This is no good:
Armed men entered Baghdad’s municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city’s mayor and installed a member of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia.
The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, recounted the events in a telephone interview on Tuesday and called the move a municipal coup d’état. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.
“This is the new Iraq,” said Mr. Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation. “They use force to achieve their goal.”
The group that ousted him insisted that it had the authority to assume control of Iraq’s capital city and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.
The militia has been credited with keeping the peace in heavily Shiite areas in southern Iraq but also accused of abuses like forcing women to wear the veils demanded by conservative Shiite religious law.
“If we wanted to do something bad to him, we would have done that,” said Mazen A. Makkia, the elected city council chief who led the ouster on Monday and who had been in a lengthy and unresolved legal feud with Mr. Tamimi.
“We really want to establish the state of law for every citizen, and we did not threaten anyone,” Mr. Makkia said. “This is not a coup.”
Since the Iraqis are new to this whole ‘democracy’ thing, I will cut them a little slack and chalk this up to ‘growing pains.’ Let’s break it down:
-They didn’t kill him
-They want law for every citizen
-They didn’t threaten him
-They are rapidly learning doublespeak, like every good Democracy
-armed removal of elected officials
-armed militias are now strong enough to impose their will on the populace
-They are rapidly learning doublespeak
Lots to learn here. [/sarcasm]
Looks like some tricksy ‘facts’ have been left out of the story. Like the fact that the mayor who was ‘ousted’ resigned in June and the man who replaced him was appointed by the Baghdad governing council. More here.