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Deal reached on Iraqi PM?
The representatives of the Kurdish list, the Sunni Iraqi Concord Front and much of the Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI) have reportedly reached an accord on a new prime minister. Their agreement not to reconfirm Ibrahim al-Jaafari as prime minister and instead nominate Abdel Mahdi, a leading SCIRI figure and currently vice president, was reported by the al-Arabiya network and confirmed by Sunni deputy, Salman Jumeiri. The nomination of a new prime minister is the main sticking point in efforts to forge a new government in Iraq after the elections in December.

The representatives of these lists have the parliamentary majority needed to reconfirm president Jalal Talabani as president and nominate Abdel Mahdi as prime minister.

The line-up of those endorsing Abdel Mahdi - who lost narrowly to Jaafari in an internal vote on a prime ministerial candidate - may well exclude MPs from the faction of radical Shiite imam Moqtada al-Sadr and those of the Islamic party Dawa, led by Jaafari.

The choice of a new prime minister has become the crucial obstacle in forming a new national unity government, following last December's elections.
Posted by:Dan Darling

#8  Dat Mighty City!
Brethren and Sistern you will grab your hairs and weep in rememberance of the fleshpots.
Posted by: 6   2006-03-19 15:08  

#7  Alas, Babylon.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2006-03-19 13:34  

#6  :) Seafarious!
Posted by: Inspector Clueso   2006-03-19 12:35  

#5  We're returning the Mahdi to Babylon? The end times are surely upon us.
Posted by: Seafarious   2006-03-19 09:18  

#4  The national unity will come only when they recognize the enemy is Iran, not each other.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2006-03-19 09:16  

#3  There seems to be a wealth of individuals who are ineffective, are put into power for this very reason, and yet enjoy the trappings of power. Considering the range of depravity of which humans are capable, it's hardly surprising. Every day, one gets up, showers, looks into the mirror, and thinks to oneself, "Yeah, I'm a zhlub, but I'm the right zhlub in the right place at the right time." Not exactly Saddam or BTK, but not George Washington either.
Posted by: Perfessor   2006-03-19 09:01  

#2  I like this because Jaafari is inept - and it puts al Sadr on the outside (I hope). He will throw some nasty tantrums and the new PM Mahdi will not be predisposed to kiss his ass, as Jaafari was. Eventually, I hope sooner rather than later, this will lead to the demise of al Sadr and his militias. They have enjoyed the cover of Jaafari and other Iranian tools up to now. No longer.
Posted by: Griper Phulet7709   2006-03-19 06:42  

#1  If so, Joe Biden will take credit on the chat shows tomorrow morning.
Posted by: JAB   2006-03-19 00:59