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Allawi to Run for Election, but With Whom?

Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi formally threw his hat into the ring Wednesday for Iraq’s Jan. 30 election, announcing a slate of 240 candidates that is likely to become a key contender in the race. But Allawi, who will head the slate, delayed his announcement by several hours Wednesday morning and declined to release other names on his list. That raised speculation about last-minute haggling behind the scenes. In particular, it was unclear whether interim President Ghazi Ajil Yawer would join Allawi’s list of candidates for the new national assembly or form his own slate. Voters will choose from among the lists, rather than select individual candidates. The elected assembly will be charged with appointing a new prime minister and drafting a permanent constitution. Full Story

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