9-13-2012 Enorrste: Some years ago a man named Al-Zubaidi was the head of the Ministry of Finance. He and Shabibi were apparently good friends, or at least worked weil together. In 2007 Al-Zubaidi, as the Head of the Ministry of Finance, recommended to Shabibi that a plan be put in place to raise the value of the dinar to $3.33, a value that he said existed prior to the Saddam Hussein regime in the early 1980s.
A month later Shabibi agreed to Al-Zubaidi's recommendation and a 5 year plan to raise the value of the dinar was put in place. It included the removal of the large 3-zero notes as well. Later, they introduced the plan to create a new currency. This is the plan that exists today.
While it has been delayed somewhat (about 1 year) it is still in effect. Now, here is the clincher. Al-Zubaidi is gone and a new Minister of Finance has taken his place, appointed by NurI Al-Maliki. Does that name ring a bell?
Therefore, we should not be surprised that one of Maliki's "lackies" is now touting a totally different tune, just as Al-Anburge and others from the various ministries are doing. After all, they are only following the orders of their boss, Nuri Al-Maliki. Have no fear, folks.
Shabibi is a man of principle who will accomplish his goal, regardless of the "piffle" that comes from within the GOI. He is on record that he would have loved to have the GOI join his party, but that he is also more than willing to move along without them should they elect not to participate.