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Iraq’s al-Jaafari Insists He’s Staying

Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari stood firm Wednesday, insisting he is the Shiite nominee for a new term and to step down is “out of the question.” Officials called a session of parliament to try to break the political deadlock caused by disputes over his candidacy. Efforts to form a national unity government in Iraq have been stalled for months. Sunnis and Kurds oppose al-Jaafari, blaming him for the rise in sectarian tensions across Iraq and for a high-handed leadership style since he assumed office last year. Full Story

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