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.