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Pachachi turns down Iraqi Presidency. Al-Yawer named.

Pachachi was supported by the CIA and MI6, despite rumors he was the source of the infamous "45-minute" WMD claim. L. Paul Bremmer had threatened a "veto" if anyone else but Pachachi was "elected" by the "Governing Council"
al-Yawer
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Al-Yawer Named Iraq's New President

June 1, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Former Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi was appointed Iraq's new president on Tuesday but turned down the post, an aide said. Governing Council President Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer was then named to the top post, a council member said.

Nasser Kamel al-Chaderchi said al-Yawer accepted the post in a move to break the deadlock over selection of a new government to take power June 30.

The Americans had favored Pachachi, 81, while most of the Governing Council backed al-Yawer. An aide to Pachachi, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the elderly figure turned down the job, and the account was confirmed by al-Chaderchi.
More 01.Jun.2004 00:49

Repost: AP

A formal announcement was expected within hours.

The confusing scenario unfolded after council members angrily accused the American governor of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, of trying to strongarm the choice of Pachachi for the largely ceremonial post.

Earlier Tuesday, council members said they expected a third name to be put forward. Some sources close to the deliberations, speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested the choice could be Saad al-Janabi, who was close to Saddam Hussein until he fled to Kuwait and the United States in the 1990s.

On Friday, the most powerful post, the prime ministership, went to Iyad Allawi, a U.S.-backed Shiite Muslim with military and CIA connections. The presidency was to go to a Sunni Muslim Arab. Both Pachachi and al-Yawer are Sunnis.

U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had hoped to complete the selection of the 26-member Cabinet by Monday. However, a Governing Council session that was to have chosen a president was postponed until Tuesday, with sharp differences remaining between the council and the coalition over the largely ceremonial head of state job.

WRONG about Pachaci - 01.Jun.2004 00:59

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the Presidency of Iraq is a largely ceremonial post - the post with the real power is the Prime Ministership:
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 http://www.boston.com/dailynews/153/world/Pachachi_reportedly_named_pres:.shtml
The confusing scenario unfolded after council members angrily accused the American governor of Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, of trying to strongarm the choice of Pachachi for the largely ceremonial post.

Earlier Tuesday, council members said they expected a third name to be put forward. Some sources close to the deliberations, speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested the choice could be Saad al-Janabi, who was close to Saddam Hussein until he fled to Kuwait and the United States in the 1990s.

On Friday, the most powerful post, the prime ministership, went to Iyad Allawi, a U.S.-backed Shiite Muslim with military and CIA connections. The presidency was to go to a Sunni Muslim Arab. Both Pachachi and al-Yawer are Sunnis.
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the person who has links with both the CIA and MI6 is ___Ayad Allawi___ Iraq's new interim Prime Minister.

he's a British-educated neurosurgeon who spent 30 years in exile in Britain, and is head of the Iraqi National Accord (INA) - earlier this year the INA said it had provided "in good faith" the raw intelligence from a single source that was used to support the claim that Saddam Hussein was able to deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of the order.

The INA said later it had presumed that MI6 would verify the claim.

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1227372,00.html


Former member of the ruling Ba'ath party who left Baghdad and formed the opposition Iraq National Accord (INA) in 1976. Survived attempted assassination by Saddam's agents in London. Claims support of hundreds of activists abroad and thousands of disillusioned government and party officials inside Iraq. The INA has worked closely with the CIA and MI6 and is said to have received covert US funding and money from Saudi Arabia.
(Photograph: Sean Smith)
Dr Ayad Allawi
Dr Ayad Allawi

Sorry 01.Jun.2004 01:14

My Bad

I realized that i had confused Allawi and Pachachi right after I hit submit, but there is no way to edit articles here in IndyLand.