Thursday, February 17, 2005
According to Maggie Michael of the AP, the winning coalition in Iraq can't settle on a PM. It's between Al-Jaafari and (can you believe it?) Ahmad Chalabi of WMD fame. They've decided to put the matter to a secret ballot of some 148 alliance members and allies.
But in the end it may not matter.
A close aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite Muslims, said the alliance's leaders will visit the grand ayatollah's office in Najaf to get his blessing for their choice for prime minister. In the event they can't agree, al-Sistani will make the final decision, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity.