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White House May Modify Iraq Gov't Plan

The White House said Friday it would consider proposals “to refine or improve” its troubled plan for turning over power in Iraq but insisted that the United States is sticking with the framework of an agreement that calls for an unelected, temporary government by July 1. The administration is trying to find ways to cope with Shiite demands that the U.S. plan for self-rule in Iraq be submitted directly to Iraqi voters. U.S. officials also were to discuss a possible new role for the United Nations in guiding elections. The chief U.S. administrator in Baghdad, L. Paul Bremer III, was called home to confer with President Bush, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and other officials. He was to meet with the president before Bush flew to his weekend retreat at Camp David and three times during the day with Secretary of State Colin Powell. Full Story

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