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Allawi Front Runner to Lead Iraq After Election

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi may return to power with American blessing after next month’s election, even if he does not score a major victory at the ballot box.Iraqi officials say it is too early to predict who will be the country’s next prime minister, but privately suggest that Allawi, a secular Shi’ite heading a list that includes several ministers from the U.S.-backed government, is considered the front runner if he wins a seat in the new National Assembly. Allawi’s return could mean more use of force to try to crush Sunni Muslim rebels and an economic policy that seeks production sharing deals with foreign firms to develop Iraq’s oil fields.Full Story

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