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Jaafari seen losing bid to lead next Iraq cabinet

Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s stubborn fight to stay on as Iraq’s prime minister looked all but over on Tuesday after a party in his main Shi’ite alliance offered to name a replacement to break a four-month-old political deadlock. The Fadhila party is not a powerful force in the United Iraqi Alliance but its public stance will step up pressure on Shi’ite leaders to drop Jaafari and consider other candidates. “If the Iraqi Alliance cannot nominate Jaafari, anyone from the Alliance can present their own candidate whom they see as the right person to save the political process and get us out of this impasse,” Fadhila spokesman Sabah al-Saadi told a news conference. Full Story

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