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Iraq: Governing Council Elects Nine-Member Leadership

Baghdad, 29 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Iraq's interim Governing Council has elected a nine-member rotating leadership. Hoshyar Zebari, a spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party, said the nine members include five Shi'ite Muslims, two Sunni, and two Kurdish members. He said the council will choose the order of their rotation tomorrow.

Any decisions made by the Governing Council are subject to the approval of the top U.S. administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces searching for Saddam Hussein reported capturing four people in an early-morning raid in Saddam's hometown Tikrit. The U.S. military said it believes three of the individuals are Ba'athist loyalists.

Also, U.S.-led authorities announced that Iraq's oil output has now reached more than 1 million barrels per day. The oil sales are aimed at helping reconstruction efforts.

Also today, hundreds of Iraqis staged a protest outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad, demanding jobs and better living conditions.