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New Iraqi Leader Is Likely as Sunnis and Kurds Stand Firm

The main Sunni Arab and Kurdish blocs said today that they were holding firm in their rejection of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s bid to hang onto his job in the new government, pushing the Shiite bloc closer to offering up alternative candidates. The Shiites on Sunday had decided to form a three-member committee to gauge the sentiments of the Kurds and Sunni Arabs, who in late Feburary rejected the Shiite nomination of Mr. Jaafari. Some Shiites are now calling on Mr. Jaafari to step down, and the American embassy and State Department have also been increasing the pressure. The talks to form a four-year government are deadlocked over Mr. Jaafari’s nomination. Full Story

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