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Iraqi Premier Allows Vote That Could End Deadlock

In a sudden reversal, embattled Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said today that he was willing to relinquish his job, a move that was hailed by some other political leaders as a potential breakthrough in the stalemate has fueled the country’s bitter sectarian violence. After his announcement, a planned session of Parliament was canceled to allow for the Shiite coalition to which Mr. Jaafari belongs to choose another candidate. At a news conference outside the legislative hall, President Jalal Talabani expressed confidence that with the hurdle of the prime minister past, other disputes over top government jobs could be quickly overcome. Full Story

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